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Let’s talk about…Vinitaly 2009

posted on 20 March 2009
Here we are getting ready for Vinitaly 2009, even if it seems to us less and less like a fair that is appropriate for small producers like ourselves: amid all the hustle and bustle of this great event it is difficult to explain to people about our “open-minded exercice de style”. This year, therefore, we are concentrating on alternative methods of getting together with our friends (let’s hear from you!). However, if you are at Vinitaly on 2nd and 3rd April you can find us in the Lombardy pavilion in the PalaExpo on stand C7. If you so desire, we will be able to give you more details about our new releases, which we will merely outline below: Groppello, an indigenous grape variety of the Valtènesi, has become a part of Cantina’s range; with the 2008 vintage we have sought to express and interpret the potential of this cultivar in line with our particular philosophy of production. Rinè 2007 will have a new label, which will also reflect a few small changes we have made in the wine itself. Incrocio Manzoni is the new grape variety that gives this wine a stronger identity. In December we bottled the third vintage of Eretico (2007): in that year, in fact, we again succeeded in selecting the few bunches of Pinot Nero to dry that warranted this sort of special attention. It is a wine that once again reveals an “anarchic” and alternative character. Another new release is the Sole di Dario 2005. We should like to remind you that this wine also is not easy to make every year: now that the 2003 is sold out, we are in fact moving on to the 2005, seeing that we decided not to produce the 2004. Slight modifications in the grape blend and certain changes in vinification have added freshness and elegance to the great complexity it already possessed. The Nepomuceno 2005, though faithful to its usual style, will have some new characteristics: no vintage will be shown on the label and its denomination will change, from I.G.T. Merlot to I.G.T. Rosso. We in fact added Rebo and especially Marzemino at the vinification stage to gain even greater personality and finesse in a wine that was already rich in structure and ageing potential. Another important new venture is Giovanni Arcari’s project, “TERRAUOMOCIELO”. This aims to make a small contribution towards safeguarding a heritage of inestimable worth such as that of viticulture, in the face of a market that is ever more orientated towards standardization and is increasingly less careful about discovering the real values that only an artisanal product can offer. We have therefore decided to be a part of Giovanni’s important project, in which we believe wholeheartedly. Cristina and Diego

Random considerations regarding drought

posted on 9 September 2022
Piante siccità
Drought, increasingly frequent now, is one of the signs of climate change in action, but for those who live in Europe, our current 2022 constitutes a true, and significant, turning point. It’s no longer a matter of numbers, statistics, appeals from environmentalists and scientists: each one of us, throughout this dry year

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.
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