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Harvest 2020

posted on 5 November 2020
Warm greetings to you all! It’s already late autumn and therefore the time to draw some overall conclusions about the 2020 harvest that just ended.
We mentioned in our last newsletter that in our area, and in particular for those of us who have chosen the path of farming organically, it was certainly a difficult growing year, with plenty of heavy rains, sometimes along with hail, that accompanied us from June on, almost right up to the start of harvest.
Our hard work in the vineyard over the entire summer continued unabated into the harvest, when we had to be much more selective than usual in what we were picking—always, it goes without saying, strictly by hand-, in order to bring in only the soundest clusters, even if that meant a severe drop in our final crop.
Right now, we are especially happy with the wine from the grapes we brought in early, and I’d say that the whites that will go to make up RINE’ are very good, and the Pinot Noir rosé for ROSANOIRE.
Since the quantity of Groppello that we ended up with was so small, we decided to use all of it for VALTENESI CHIARETTO, which should be quite impressive.
It’s still too early to evaluate the reds designed for ageing. The most we can say is that we picked about half of what we usually do, and the wines right now look like they’ll be less powerful than usual, much like in cooler years, such as 2005 or 2008—for those lucky enough to have tasted them--, but we will really know only after time and a lengthy maturation in oak.
In spite of our commitment, this year we were not able to carry out the appassimento process for the grapes to produce our Sole di Dario. We certainly did try, but after a few crates of grapes we had to give up. One can’t force the delicate process of natural dryng, and this year the weather conditions were just not favourable. All of which just goes to prove that this is a special wine that can only be made in the best of years.

Recognitions and tributes to our VALTENESI CHIARETTO “a rose is a rose is a rose”:

The Cento Vini Rosa d’Italia guide (Slow food Editore)
The AIS Lombardy Viniplus 2021 guide awarded its Rosa Oro.
You’ll find our usual account of the harvest in our Gallery.
And finally, just two words about the world health crisis, which in this crazy 2020 has affected everyone, some economically, others in their own health or that of their loved ones as well, and certainly all of us in the limitations on our freedom of movement and in the changes to our life-style.
Let me remind you that the current situation has meant the cancellation of all events that were scheduled for this autumn. We were, however, to organize on 11 October, though on a reduced scale, a very successful day on the occasion of the Profumi di Mosto celebration.
Winegrowers, vignerons throughout the world, are a resilient human species, like their vines, used to undergoing the challenges of nature and then starting over with each new season. Here at Cantrina, we have never stopped, not even during last spring’s lockdown, and we cannot / must not do in the months ahead. Instead, in just a few days, we will begin to get the vineyards ready for their new year.
We want to thank all of you who have come to Cantrina over these past months, in numbers higher than ever before, wine-lovers from half of Europe and far beyond. Our customers, our supporters—our friends, we hope-, from the individual wine fan to the largest distributor, are the most important stimulus and font of energy that keeps us advancing forward with faith in the future, the gasoline, if you will, on the fire of our passion for our work as winegrowers. The door of our winecellar is always open, and we are always delighted to welcome you or simply to answer your email….
Thank you, thank you, and thank you again,
Cristina and Diego

The Befana’s* Newsletter

posted on 5 January 2011
*[In Italy the feast of Epiphany is “personified” by la Befana, an imaginary, witch-like crone who brings gifts to good children and (sweet) “coal” to those who have misbehaved]. I always like to be a little bit different, so the Befana’s feast is one I identify with… and that is why I am only now taking the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year, assuming you have survived the massive beanfeasts during the recent holiday period! I just have one or two TEENSY-WEENSY bits of news to tell you about: Cantrina has also gained a foothold in MonteCarlo, for now just with our most extreme wine, the ERETICO 2007… I am increasingly convinced that unique products really do make a difference in the marketplace and so one should always be prepared to TAKE A GAMBLE!

Harvest 2010

posted on 6 November 2010
What can we say about the 2010 harvest, which came at the end of a year that was especially strange and difficult? There was a late spring and a rainy summer that was cool and humid, an early autumn and lots of problems with the health of the vines. 2010 will definitely not be one of the vintages of the century and, as things stand right now, it is very hard to pick out any products of real excellence. However, after the first few days of harvesting, which caused us a great deal of apprehension because of all the care and hard work that we had to put into selecting the grapes, we can now say that we are hoping for a few pleasant surprises from the vats where fermentation is just coming to an end. In short, it took us more time to pick less grapes than usual; also, we didn’t set aside any grapes for drying to make the Sole di Dario and we selected fewer grapes for the Nepomuceno. From our initial tastings, though, we can look forward to wines that may be less fleshy and muscular, but which display great freshness, fine aromas and acidity and which should eventually offer elegance and longevity. The French (who know a thing or two about wine) refer to these as “cellar masters’ vintages”: years in which the skill and sensitivity of the winemaker really can compensate for nature’s lack of generosity. We hope we’ve done a good job!

Cantrina at New York

posted on 6 July 2010
Hello there everyone! As in all family-run companies we’ve been very busy, and so some time has passed since our last newsletter… Here, then, is a little news about our activities over the past few months. Having found an importer in the United States, we went to New York for a brief business trip and we are now looking forward to seeing our wines on the lists of some specialist wine stores and/or exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. In our opinion, New York is a city that offers great opportunities and there even particular products like ours can find the right type of market exposure. At a tasting at the Hudson Hotel our products – especially the Nepomuceno and the Rinè - were highly appreciated, and our American friends suggested that we define our wines as “unconventional” because of the character and original style that set them apart.
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