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Harvest 2012

posted on 8 October 2012
It’s incredible: it seems as though we barely finished the 2011 harvest and here we are already at the end of this odd, totally crazy 2012!!! Yes, odd, since what else would be the right word to describe a growing year that started off with such a mild, dry winter that there was no snow, not even on the mountains, followed by a rainy, wet spring that created no lack of problems in the vineyards, which were trying to flower, then all of a sudden it was summer, and one of the hottest of recent years to boot? Hot and dry that is, until heavy rains came during the last stage of the growth cycle. So, changing environment, creeping tropicalisation of our climate? Who knows, but our job as winegrowers, and it isn’t an easy one, is to interpret as best we can what nature sends us, and so… …and so this year too, we were “out of the starting blocks” early, right after mid-August, picking slowly in the vain hope of some relief in the form of a rain or two but then finding that we had just about finished picking the pinot noir and white grapes by the end of August. They came in at 30% less than we expected, but the quality of the fruit was good, particularly of the rosanoire. The reds, on the other hand, took full benefit of the abundant rainfall in September, which allowed them to recover almost completely, both in quality and quantity, from the damage the high temperatures had brought. We brought in Merlot Rebo and Marzemino between mid- and late September, leaving just a small amount on the vines in the hope of getting some natural over-ripening. The final balance-sheet: the quantity was pretty much in line with previous years, while the grapes were loaded with colour, sugars, and–very surprisingly–acidity as well, all of which will produce wines with very lengthy cellarability. We are continuing to make Groppello and next winter we will start re-planting part of the vineyard, replacing the current grape varieties with, yes, Groppello, and we will be modifying the vineyard layout to better match the requirements of this fairly demanding indigenous grape. In early September, after suitable bottle-ageing, we released the new vintagesof some of the wines: Nepomuceno Esercizio n. 7, Zerdì 2009Sole di Dario 2007. Nepomuceno and Sole di Dario should reprise the exceptional quality of the 2007 vintage, powerful and elegant at the same time, and we are very pleased with Zerdì 2009: Rebo’s usual decisive character is enfolded in a superb balance not always present in past editions. Events: 14 October 2012 Profumi di Mosto. We will be open from 11.00am to 6.00pm, so come and taste our wines, paired with traditional local cheeses and cold cuts, offered by Condotta Slow Food Garda. 21-24 October 2012 HOSP&FOOD at the fair in Brescia. We will be there with our stand. This is a new event, focussing on local products, and on services and equipment for hospitality professionals. Those who want to attend can download and print the invitation here. 1-2 December 2012 Mercato dei vini at Piacenza, by the Vignaioli Indipendenti. Two event-packed days with personal contact with the wine producers, and you can taste then buy the wines right at the fair. That’s it for now… See you soon, Cristina and Diego

2021 year-end report

posted on 17 December 2021
Here we are at the end of 2021, and it has been even more stressful and challenging from various points of view: the freeze we had in the spring; the uncertainties we are all aware of, that make it so hard to make long-term plans; the work that we had to do, which exceeded all mid-year and later projections; and finally our usual autumn newsletter is off the presses so late. Cantrina is known for producing, in very limited editions, wines whose hallmarks are decisive personalities and strong characters, in some cases utterly unique, wines that targeted to niche markets of dedicated wine-lovers and represent the quintessence and vital spirit of our winery.

Virtual tour and new e-commerce

posted on 27 August 2021
Over the past few months, we have been working on a new project that we are now ready to launch. With the goal of cancelling geographical boundaries and reducing the distance between all you loyal wine-lovers, we have re-structured, updated, and enlarged our mygroppello platform. This virtual universe will allow you to relate to our partners abroad and to purchase what we produce at Cantrina. We also improved our tours here at the winery, which you can now book online both at www.cantrina.it and at mygroppello; for all of you Amici di Cantrina who are reading this, nothing will change, and tours will obviously remain complimentary. Just access our online calendar and come see us: we’re ready to welcome you here with our usual straightforward simplicity. For those of you farther away, and those who would like to know more about us before coming, mygroppello also has a section dedicated to a virtual tour of Cantrina, our uniquely-easy way of helping you to discover our small universe here at Cantrina.

Waiting for spring

posted on 19 February 2021
Aspettando la primavera...
We wanted to put out this brief edition of our newsletter just to let you know that, in spite of plenty of limitations, closings, and the consequent economic slowdown—which has hit our sector hard--, here at Cantrina work in the vineyards has never stopped. We have continued to prune, manure, and tend the vineyards, and in the cellar we have been working on all the new vintages preparatory to bottling. Just a few days ago, we bottled our 2020 organic rosés: Rosanoire and Valtènesi Chiaretto will be available and ready to enjoy starting in April.
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