Listed below are the Producers we list wines for. We believe we've got a superb selection including some of the smaller, 'boutique', family owned/run wineries.
In our opinion they all have one thing in common: produce fantastic, top quality wines.
- Italy Puglia
By producing wines of such quality, Mark Shannon and his partner, Elvezia Sbalchiero, have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy’s most talked about grape varieties. By paying high prices for the best grapes (from 70 to 100 year old vines) and focussing solely on quality and a modern style, they have revolutionised the style and quality of Primitivo.
Part of the reason for the continued success of A Mano is the greater knowledge that Mark and Elvezia have after six vintages (the first was as a consultant for somebody else) in the region. Not only are they getting access to Salento’s best grapes, but their growers have also come to realise that if they want the higher price paid by A Mano, they need to provide even better grapes than in previous years.
Producers such as Allegrini are very rare indeed. The quality of the wines they produce from their 70 hectares of vineyard – across the range and from vintage to vintage – is both stellar and impeccable. They have fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability. In short, they are among the élite of the world’s best producers of red wines.
- Italy Trentino-Alto Adige
Located in the German speaking village of Magreid in the mountains of Alto Adige, Lageder runs his domaine on a completely sustainable basis. The vines (which were converted to biodynamics in 2004) enjoy a long, sunny growing season with warm days and cool nights that help to preserve both the grapes' natural aromas and acidity.
- Italy Veneto
Matt Thomson ensures that these wines improve with every vintage. Working with selected parcels of grapes where he has managed to convince growers to reduce yields and pick later (and, as a result, riper) he has produced some startlingly good wines.
Roberto Anselmi represents for the Veneto region a new breed of wine-makers, he is an icon for other producers of white wine around Italy. Roberto is one of the fastest, most energetic winemakers around which helps to explain the tremendously fast ascent of Anselmi into the 'club' of top white winemakers in Italy, he believes in minimal handling of the wine and bringing out the full fruit expression and flavour of the Trebbiano di Soave and Garganega grapes.
Just North of Cagliari, in the beautiful southern Sardinian countryside, lies the Argiolas Estate, known for its crisp, refreshing white wines and its complex, exceptional reds. Argiolas personifies Sardinia, due in part to the familys' devotion to indigenous Sardinian grape varietes such as Cannonau, Bovale Sardo, Carignano. Their passion is shared by the famous oenologist Professor Giacomo Tachis, the father of prestigious Italian wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia and the jewel in the Argiolas portfolio, Turriga, who has worked closely with the Argiolas family for over a decade now. Antonio Argiolas established the winery in 1918, committing his family and descendants to the Sardinian soil when he planted his first vineyard in Serdiana. In turn, his sons Franco and Giuseppe, took up their fathers mantle investing heavily in the vineyards and production facilities. Today, joined by the Antonio's grandchildren; Valentina, Francesca, Maria Luisa and Antonio, Franco and Giuseppe preside over a 230 hectare estate that covers some of the finest vineyard locations in Sardinia, producing wines that, according to the Wine Advocate are 'essential tasting for anybody interested in learning about Sardinia and its wines'.
The original pavilions from 1950 were supplemented in 1970 by a first expansion, consisting of a large area for ageing wines: a large vault for casks, built by excavating to fifteen meters below ground, with a total storage capacity, in wood, of more than twenty thousand hectolitres. This structure, comprising casks in Slavonian oak of 40, 80 and 120 hectolitres, is now used to refine red wines as Merlot, Pinot nero and Cabernet Sauvignon di Breganze. The present-day production capacity, i.e. about 6,000 bottles an hour, will soon be increased to 10,000, with automated control and registration systems, especially during the phase of micro-filtering of the product and bottle filling. Now that half a century has passed since its founding, the Winery vaunts an organisation of collection, transformation and packaging which enables it to valorise the best grapes produced by farmers in the Breganze area to a maximum.
- Italy Veneto
Bella Modella is a thing of great beauty: elegant, sassy and beguiling. It is a form whose beginning and end are seamless.
Good value wines.
- Italy Lombardia
Bellavista meaning ‘beautiful view’ in Italian was founded by Vittorio Moretti in the early 1970s, with the first vintage produced in 1979. In 1981, he met a young winemaker, Mattia Vezzola and this partnership transformed Bellavista into Italy’s leading producer of quality sparkling wine.
Cantine Bonacchi grow the best Tuscan grapes and make them into Montalbano, in the heart of the Chianti production zone. The winery also began bottling thier wine when the new generation of the fanily began working. Modern technology enables Cantine Bonacchi to offer consumers excellent products and special attention to organic production.
Cantina Bonacchi, founded in 1965, is a family owned winery that is situated in the heart of the Montalbano Hills, that lie between the towns of Florence and Pistoia in Tuscany. The family owns 40 hectares of vineyards in the Chianti Montalbano area and a winery with 20 hectares of vineyards in the Chianti Classico area near Siena.
All Tuscan wines are produced either from their own grapes or from grapes sourced from long term contract growers. Harvesting is done both manually and mechanically. In 1998 a very modern plant, in the heart of the winery, was completed and gained ISO 9002 certification. The winery boasts of 2 fully automated bottling lines, a large vinification plant and an old cellar for the ageing of fine wines in barriques and oak barrels.
The family’s main goal is to produce quality wines at reasonable prices. 50% of the production is exported to Europe, U.S.A and Japan whilst the remainder is sold to all sectors of the Italian market.
- Italy Piemonte
Gian Piero Broglia is the owner of this Estate of 101 hectares, 30 of which are planted with the local white variety of Cortese used to make Gavi. The property is located at Rovereto di Gavi Ligure in the province of Alessandria. The soil consists of sandy clay and limestone and the vineyards are situated 270 metres above the sea level.
A key player in the Valpolicella area, the winery is now under the care of its 4th generation of the Campagnola family. It was founded in 1907 by Giuseppe Campagnola who initiated a tradition of quality which is flourishing to this day. Today, Giuseppe Campagnola, the founders' grandson and namesake who now owns the company, handles more than 3 million bottles every year concentrating primarily on wines from the Veneto, listing an exhaustive collection of typical Veronese wines at all levels. His state of the art winery and 15,000 sq metre cellar (with a 65,000 HL storage capacity) allows Giuseppe to vinify, bottle and market several wines from as far a field as Puglia. But the Veneto is where Giuseppes' true passion lies and from where all of his award-winning wines originate. So steeped in the Veneto's history and tradition is this 100 year old winery that even the cellar, with its typical vaulted ceiling, is produced from local stone originating from the national park of Lessina, nr. Verona. The Campagnola family own the Santoccio vineyard situated in a prime hillside location in Marano di Valpolicella. Luigi Campagnola, Giuseppe's father, works extremely closely with 60 local growers in an enduring collaboration, enabling Campagnola to consistently obtain healthy, ripe grapes from a further 80 hectares. So great is Luigi's involvement with the grapes that he personally selects 401,000 kg of the best bunches for the production of Amarone, overseeing the entire vinification process of this noble wine.
This is one of the most exciting new wineries to come out of Sardinia in two decades. It is the brainchild of Gavino Sanna, a Sardinian who has lived in Milan for the past 50 years, where he built up one of Italy's most successful advertising agencies. On a whim, he decided to sell his agency and seek new challenges. One of these was the creation of a winery in Sulcis in south-western Sardinia.
As might be expected from somebody with Sanna's background, the labels are striking. He has also ensured that the contents are equally striking. Stefano Cova, a young winemaker from Trentino, took over with the 2008 vintage, improving on an already high level of quality.
- Italy Trentino-Alto Adige
Cantina Tramin is a cooperative of currently approximately 280 farmers all adhering to strict and sustainably guidelines. The winery has been making wines sine 1898.Grapes are gently pressed, clarification by natural sedimentation a fermented in Stainless steel tanks at 66 deg F. In 2001 the winery invested in gravity method processes; their goal is to create very clean, cool climate wines that fully express the soils and the conditions of Alto Adige.
The Capezzana estate, 24 km north west of Florence, is owned by the Conti Contini Bonacossi family, and all seven children work in the business. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker. The highly talented Stefano Chioccioli, a protégé of the well-known peripatetic winemaker Vittorio Fiore, is the estate’s wine consultant.
- Italy Sicily
The jewel in the Carlo Pellegrino crown are the dessert wines from the island of Pantelleria, a volcanic outcrop of black lava rock situated off the arid Tunisian coast and Italy’s southernmost DOC region. Pellegrino has invested over Ł2 million in the construction of a winery. Over 300 small growers are contracted to supply Pellegrino with premium quality Zibibbo (Moscato) grapes. Quality is guaranteed through strict pruning and the growers keep to below 30 hectolitres per hectare as part of the contract. The fruit is soft pressed and cool fermented to capture the wonderful freshness of the Zibibbo.
Pellegrino produce two styles of wines. The Moscato has all the intensity and fruit aroma of the grape and the natural sweetness is beautifully balanced with good acidity. The Passito is made with about 20% sun dried grapes added to the must, the result is an elegant and complex tasting wine; delicious poured over ice cream.
Casa Defrŕ wines are the result of a balanced relation between the vine growers and the Berici hills, with the application of modern techniques and the respect of ancient traditions and natural agriculture rules.
The Castelfeder Winery was founded in 1970 by A. Giovanett. The small private winery originally lay in the center of Neumarkt in the south of South Tyrol. In 1989 the founder’s son, Günther Giovanett, took over the management of the winery and at the same time, the winery was transferred to the small village of Kurtinig in the very south of South Tyrol. Today the Castelfeder Winery is located in the middle of South Tyrol’s southernmost vineyards, where mostly white varieties such as Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Gewürztraminer are grown. The administrative office however is still located in the historical center of Neumarkt.
The purchase of new vineyards and close collaboration with the contracted winegrowers offer Günther Giovanett new possibilities of producing great wines through careful selection of the best production areas and well-aimed cultivation of choice varietals; a job he performs with enthusiasm.
Ca’ dei Frati
- Italy Veneto
Since 1939, this family-run winery has been producing wines in Sermione, on the long promontory on the southern shore of Lake Garda. All the wines are produced meticulously, in very small quantities, with Lugana being the specialty of the Estate. At Ca’ dei Frati, Lugana is interpreted in a variety of styles, some innovative and some traditional, all however, true to the spirit of the region and its proud wine heritage. The wines are elegant in structure with a hint of wildness and are unique for their concentration, complexity, and expressiveness.
Ca’ dei Frati
- Italy Veneto
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca’ dei Frati property into the modern model of an Italian estate over the past decade. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard; today, they have 50.
This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana. The secret to their success is simple: outstanding vineyards. At Ca’ dei Frati, the vines are trained low, newer vineyards have a higher density of planting and yields are well below the average for the zone. The quality of the fruit is accentuated in the modern winery, where Igino Dal Cero is not afraid to lose simple, primary perfumes if he gains weight, texture and complexity on the palate by allowing some of the vats to go through malolactic fermentation. Once again, this distinguishes their wine from many other whites in Italy and results in a wine with the sort of fullness and length that would, if produced in Friuli, fetch twice the price it currently does.
The Cecchi family trace their winemaking roots to 1893 when Luigi Cecchi set up his own business as a wine taster and broker in the Poggibonsi region. In the 1970s, Cecchi moved to Castellina in Chianti, an area which has traditionally produced Chianti Classico. Since then its reputation has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the leading producers in Tuscany and beyond. The Cecchi family now own four properties:
• Villa Cerna in the Chianti Classico region
• Castello di Montauto at San Gimignano
• Val delle Rose near Grosseto, in the Tuscan Maremma, the production area for the Morellino di Scansano
• Tenuta Alzatura at Montefalco, in Umbria
Since 2004, following the death of Luigi (the son of the founder), his sons Cesare and Andrea, along with their mother Anita, have run the company with enthusiasm and passion.
Founded by Eugenio Collavini in 1896, this family owned house is now run by Manlio Collavini together with his three sons. Located near Udine they were among the first to vinify Ribolla Gialla (an ancient local variety) and to implement new winemaking technologies. Collavini prides itself on its clean, modern style wines while still retaining the traditions and grape varieties native to the area.
The Collio region, a strip of hills against the Slovenian border, was only reunited with Italy after the First World War. This region is reputed to have one of Europe's most priviledged micro-climates for white wines which dominate the region, while the red wines are also noted for their appeal. Collio wines are rather more intense than the wines from Friuli and have an impressive richness and length.
- Italy Veneto
Corte Giara is the négociant label of Allegrini. The wines have a similar stamp of quality and a style and taste that, like their estate range, sets them aside from most of the Veronesi wines produced at this level.
Luigi Arnulfo has been one of the first manager of Alba in the oenological field. In 1874 he bought the Bertoroni farmhouse, in the Costa di Bussia region, in Monforte d’Alba district. This estate included already the famous fields of “Campo dei Buoi” and “Campo del gatto”. Today they are precious cru, the heart of the Costa di Bussia concern: 15 hectares vineyards that offer particular and complex wines.
The Cusumano winery was established in 2001, when brothers Alberto and Diego, took over the management of the company from their father, Francesco.
Cusumano are developing a reputation for quality, due in part to Diego and Alberto's setting the highest quality standards to every area of production, from vineyard to bottle to company identity.
Testimony to this is the praise the winery has received from day one. Their flagship wine, Noa, was the first wine ever to receive a Tre Bicchieri at the Gambero Rosso on its very first vintage and the Italian and International awards have been flooding in ever since.
The Dezzani family name is held in the highest esteem in the region of Piedmont, particularly among the many growers dotted around the beautiful hills of Asti, Acqui, Alba and Monferrato with whom the family share an intimate knowledge and love of the region. The family coat of arms bears the motto â€śVirtute stat et laboreâ€ť (Steadfast in virtue & labour) and each generation of the Dezzani family has guaranteed that this standard is lived up to. Located in Cocconato d'Asti, Dezzani was founded in 1934 by Luigi Dezzani, grandfather of the current owners, Franca, Luigi and Giovanni. Luigi's hard work and dedication to the promotion of Piemontese wines was recognised when he was awarded the 'Cavaliere del Lavoro', Italy's highest honour for entrepreneurial excellence. Today, his grandson and namesake carries on Luigi's legacy producing a significant range of classic Piemontese wines whilst maintaining strong relationships with growers, allowing Dezzani to pick and choose grapes from some of the best vineyards, acting as negociant for some of the best estates in the various DOC's and also finding time to chair the Barbera (of Asti and Monferrato) Consortium, the youngest person ever to have served in this capacity. Dezzani own a total of 40 hectares of vineyards in Monferrato and Langhe that yield grapes for their Casa Martelletti range, named after the 18th century palazzo in Cocconato which was lovingly and painstakingly restored over a 13 year period by the family. Overseen under the watchful eye of 'Mamma Ida', Casa Martelletti now houses the winery, guesthouse, restaurant, tasting room and shop.
Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' - a reference to Queen Maria Carolina who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th century with her husband Ferdinand IV of Bourbon when Napoleon’s troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the ‘Mille e Una Notte’ label. Tomasi di Lampedusa used the name Donnafugata to describe the country estates (where the Donnafugata vineyards are located) of the protagonist in his famous novel ‘Il Gattopardo’ (The Leopard). This was the inspiration for the estate’s trademark image - a woman’s head with a curling mane of windswept hair.
Felsina’s wines have never been better. This is quite a statement when you stop to think about the wines that Giuseppe Mazzocolin, together with winemaker Franco Bernabei, has put out under this great label over the past 20 years.
Felsina’s vineyards are situated in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga on the southern border of the zone. The wines have great intensity, yet they are also capable of displaying the elegance that marks out the best Chianti Classico.
Few properties in Tuscany are as immaculately tended, or produce such meticulously made wines, as Fontodi. The estate has been owned by the Manetti family since 1968, and they have worked with winemaker Franco Bernabei since 1979. A new cellar was installed for the 1998 vintage. All the fermentation tanks are equipped for pneumatic punching down of the cap and the increase in colour, extraction and flavour of the resulting wines is remarkable. 1981 was the first Flaccianello vintage commercially released.
Franz Haas has been producing estate wines since 1880, the year in wich the present day winery was established. A family run estate, it was handed down through generations to the first-born son Franz Haas. Through the years and constant commitment of its owners and employees, this wine making estate has evolved into todays innovative winery. Our goal is to prodice quality wines that are the distinct expression of out terrior, with good aging potential and marked personality.
- Italy Piemonte, Barolo
Aldo and Milena Vajra established G.D. Vajra in 1972, with some of the best vineyards in the Langhe. In total they own 25 hectares of vines with a further 10 hectares contracted for their production producing 100,000 bottles a year. Grapes grown include: Nebbiolo, Barbera D'Alba, Freisa, Dolcetto and one white variety, Riesling Renano. Aldo Vajra is a progressive winemaker who takes advantage of modern technology, but is enough of a traditionalist to still prefer to age his wines in large oak casks. His wines display great character, purity and concentration. Excellent vineyards and a traditionalist vinifying the wine, result in exemplary wines from one of the best wineries in the Langhe.
- Italy Piedmont
Founded in 1908, the winery has been producing wine for over a century.
The company produces a range of Langhe wines, and has vineyards which extend over three commune in the Barolo DOCG area; La Morra, Barolo, and Monforte.
They combine traditional methods with state of the art technology to produce a range of classic piemontese wines.
Giovanni Puiatti ’Le Zuccole’
- Italy Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The late Vittorio Puiatti had strong, uncompromising views on vinification and his son, Giovanni, now head of the business, continues to work in the tradition established by his father. The end results are intense, steely wines characterised by their ability to develop in bottle without the interference of oak. The wines are from the flatter area of Isonzo, and with exacting viticultural techniques and expertise in the cellar, fantastic wines are produced with great intensity and varietal flavour.
The Le Zuccole wines are all sourced exclusively from the Isonzo DOC, here in the far Eastern corner of Italy the river Isonzo, with its floods and its bed movements makes this mainly gravelly soil ideal for growing grapes.
Donato Lanati, one of Italy’s best young consultants, began
working with the owner of La Giustiniana, Enrico Tomalino, at the beginning of 1998. His indelible stamp of quality has become increasingly evident in recent years. The changes wrought in the winery seven years ago are now being matched with the improvements being made in the vineyard,
where better grapes are giving purer, richer and better alanced wines. The estate covers 30 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi. Two single-vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of the vineyards shines through.
- Italy Abruzzi
Valentino Sciotti is involved with a number of wineries in Puglia, Campania (he is the man behind Vesevo) and his native Abruzzi. The Gran Sasso wines are made by young winemaker Marco Flacco and display a freshness and directness of fruit that is seldom found in this region.
Part of the Azienda Agricola Lorenzon family estates. The Lorenzon family’s 170 hectares of vineyard in the Isonzo DOC zone in South Eastern Friuli are primarily split between two blocks. The first, I Feudi di Romans, is situated in the heart of the zone, abutting those of Vie di Romans, and is an old apple grove with stony, well-drained soil of glacial origin. The second, the Borgo dei Vassalli vineyard, is situated further south in the zone, where the vineyards are on richer soil.
- Italy Veneto
Latium was created by seven brothers and cousins of the Morini family who, like so many in Italy, worked with the local Cantina Sociale. They realised they shared a passion for quality, a passion for their land and, rather conveniently, vineyards in Valpolicella and Soave! They also had space to build a winery on the land so very recently left the coop and started to work on their own.
The ethos of quality that has spread through Leonardo since the arrival of Alberto Antonini as consultant winemaker at the end of 1996 remains a key element in the success of Cantine Leonardo. This ethos encompasses every aspect of their operation: better work in the vineyard; a more careful selection of fruit; vinification of separate parcels of fruit; ‘bleeding’ the must in order to increase the proportion of solids to liquids in the fermentation tank, thus ensuring greater extraction of flavour and colour.
- Italy Veneto
“If Nino Pieropan weren’t a winemaker, he’d be a watchmaker,” says Franco Allegrini, “It is because of his attention to the small details of white wine making that his wines are so outstanding.” Pieropan himself says that his quality derives from doing a series of small things right, “from the moment you pick up the secateurs to the time the cork goes into the bottle.”
Pieropan’s quality, rather unusually for a producer of white wines, is attributable largely to the work undertaken on the estate’s 30 hectares of vineyard. He then ensures that his work in the cellar retains and amplifies the quality and style provided by the vineyard. The vineyards are planted primarily with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave (which bears no relation to its more prolific Tuscan namesake, and is similar to Lugana). The Garganega gives structure and acidity to the wines, the Trebbiano di Soave perfume and richness of flavour.
Livio Felluga was one of the great names of Italian wine. Recently revitalised by his two sons Andrea and Maurizio, this 139 hectare estate is now well on the way to reclaiming its rightful place among the great producers in Italy.
The energy injected into the estate by the younger generation has been harnessed by consultant viticulturalist/ winemaker Stefano Chioccioli. As a result of their work, the whites have acquired more intense and focussed flavours, while the reds have a ripeness and suppleness that is seldom achieved in Friuli.
The estate’s vineyards straddle provincial borders, being located in both Colli Orientali and Collio. Their most prized possession is the 129 ha holding at Rossazo, where their Merlot is planted, as well as the grapes used in the fabled Terre Alte blend.
- Italy Sicily
For those who find it hard to believe that a leopard can change it spots, they simply need to look at Cantine Settesoli, today one of Europe's most important wine co-operatives. Once famed for the quantity of wine it produced this forward thinking Cantine is now one of the most impressive, quality driven wineries in this region. The Mandrarossa range is designed for early drinking but retaining complexity and interest at the same time. The wines are sourced from dedicated vineyards using a computer-mapped traceability system. This analyses sugar development, tannin ripeness and acidity levels throughout the growing season in order to ensure optimum quality at picking.
The Antinori family has been making wine for over six hundred years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri in 1385. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land.
Today Marchese Piero Antinori is director of the company, assisted by his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, who are personally involved in the business.
The qualities of tradition, passion and instinct have made Antinori one of the leading Italian producers of fine quality wines.
Abbona owns a total of 40 hectares in Dogliani, Barolo, and Barbaresco, in Piemonte. Each vineyard is planted with the varietal that benefits most from that particular site.
- Italy Piemonte, Barolo
This fifteen-hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. Since 1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. The young wines, like the outstandingly fleshy Barbera ‘Gisep’, are modern, with a lovely intensity of fruit, though not ‘turbo-charged’, as is the current trend. The Barolos, on the other hand, have a classic style and structure but a modern purity of flavour.
Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change to a respect for tradition, something which sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today. This is in part dictated by the nature of the great vineyards that the Massolino family owns in Serralunga d’Alba. This commune is the source of some of the greatest and most structured of Barolo - wines that require years of ageing before showing of their best. This is especially true of their great ‘cru’, Vigna Rionda. “It represents a classic style of Barolo,” says Franco.
Mezzacorona offers a comprehensive choice of DOC Trentino wines produced by the best oenologists within Gruppo Mezzacorona. Vinified at controlled temperature with refinement in barriques and barrels, the Mezzacorona wines exemplify one of the most well-known wine making tradition in the world.
Since its inception in 1985 the Planeta winery has in a relatively short space of time established itself as one of the most dynamic and quality orientated wineries in the whole of Italy. The fact that the estate is based in the south west corner of Sicily – an island which for so long has been a quality winemaking backwater – makes the achievement all the more remarkable. Run by cousins Francesca, Alessio and Santi Planeta the estate won the coveted Cantina dell’Anno (Italian winery of the year award) in 1999 and has gone from strength to strength in the intervening years.
Alberto Antonini bought this estate, a neighbour of Cerro del
Masso, in 2001, and planted about 50 hectares of vineyard. He set about ensuring that they were state of the art. The newest and best quality clones were used, and the vineyards were planted with a high density of 6,250 vines per hectare, to give a low yield per vine.
Alfredo Prunotto a renowned wine-maker who worked for the most prestigious wineries of the time, took over in 1923, the Cantina Sociale "Vini delle Langhe" (Wine of the Langhe area Cooperative) founded in Alba in 1904 which, right after the First World War, had fallen on difficult times. Thanks to Alfredo and his wife’s great passion, the Prunotto winery soon became famous, exporting its wines throughout the world. In 1956 Prunotto retired from business and sold the company to wine-maker and friend Beppe Colla who, together with Carlo Filiberti and later with brother Tino Colla, carried on managing the winery with Alfredo’s same love.
Owned by Gigi and Hugues de la Gatanais, with significant investment from the Gruppo Italiano Vini too, Rapitala is an impressive, modern outfit that utilizes both local grapes and more familiar international ones. The result is ripe, fresh wines with true Mediterranean character and plenty of fruit but also a distinctly Sicilian style.
Cantina Sacchetto was founded in 1920 and today is run by Filiberto Sacchetto, his son Paolo and daughter Beatrice who oversee all aspects of the winemaking process and aim to produce the best possible examples of wines for which the region is famous. The winery is in Trebaseleghe where the three provinces of Treviso, Padua and Venice converge. Sacchetto wines are sold to all corners of the world and the company is well recognized for the elegance of its packaging and commercially priced wines.
The Sartirano family’s wine business was founded in 1871, but it was only in the 1950’s that they started to develop the domestic market outside Piemonte, selling their wines in54L barrels. In 1970 the family decided to bottle its wines and installed its first bottling line. Business prospered and in 1976 a new winery was built and the company was renamed Cantina San Silvestro.
Continuing this expansion, in 2001 the family purchased 8 hectares of land in the middle of the Barolo region where they have built a new 5,000 square metre winery with modern Vinification and increaded storage facilities.
In the 1990’s the export market soared and today export sales now account for 60% of San Silvestro’s total production.
San Silvestro produce good quality, typical and commercially priced Piemontese wines from their own grapes as well as working with long term contract growers from the Langhe area and other prime areas of Piemonte.
Five generations of the Giuntini family have run Selvapiana since 1827. The present owner, Francesco Giuntini, was born in 1932 and has graduated in agricultural studies from the University of Florence. He has strived to make sure the "Chianti Růfina" produced in Selvapiana gain the prestige the wine has alwais enjoied at least since the 1716 decree issued by Cosimo the third of Medici which, among others, delimited the celebrated "Pomino" wine-region in which Selvapiana was at the time included.
Terre Allegre is a selection of wines with an optimum price/qualiy ratio, from one of the areas with the greatest vocation for winegrowing and guaranteed at the origin by the "typical geographical indication" (igt) and the exclusive production of coop wine cellars.
Terre del Noce
- Italy Trentino
Terre di Monteforte
- Italy Veneto
The Cantina di Monteforte is situated in the eastern part of Soave Classico and Soave. They have 1200 hectares in total, part in Soave Classico and part outside the Classico zone, with some of the best vineyards in Soave Classico. 60% of their vineyards are on the hills, facing south and southeast. This gives wines that are riper and fuller than most others produced in Soave.
The co-op has 600 members and harvests about 20,000 tonnes of grapes a year. About 80% of its production is white, 20% red. The climate here is continental, with hot summers and cold winters. The heat of the summer is mitigated by cool breezes blowing down the Alpone valley from the foothills of the Dolomites to the north. This gives warm days and cool nights, which helps with the accumulation of aromatic characters in the grapes.
Terre di Sava was established in 2008 by a group of wine lovers who joined forces to rescue a treasured winery from financial difficulties. The investors knew the potential of this unique land and were able to capitalise on the best aspects of the terroir, climate and unfaltering human endeavour to produce wonderful wines. The village of Sava is at the centre of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC, an area renowned for the production of exceptional fruit driven reds made from the indigenous Primitivo grape. The company also produces wines from Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Malvasia Bianca. Their aim is to produce high quality wines typical of the region to be experienced and enjoyed by connoisseurs throughout the world.
- Italy Marches
Today Umani Ronchi own 110 hectares in the Verdicchio Classico area, 60 hectares in the Rosso Conero, and 30 in Abruzzi. This part of Italy is framed by glorious hills that meet the waters of the Adriatic Sea, with such a favourable climate and soil Umani Ronchi can only profit from their treasures. “Since the beginning we have pursued our principal aim of the highest quality production, and in more than 40 years we have refined this art. Careful selection of the grapes on the plant, very low yields per hectare, continuous experimentations on the vineyard and in the cellar, strict laboratory controls”. Umani Ronchi prides itself as the leading exponent of the two major wines of the Marche, Verdicchio and Rosso Conero, as well as being one of the principle producers of wines from the neighbouring Abruzzi region.
The farm Villa Schinosa, sized 200 hectares, is located in the neighbours of Trani. Recently vineyards have been renewed. The ancient cellar built in 1884, bored into the Stone of Trani, has been renovated introducing production facilities that place the farm in the forefront of wine-making industry.
The owner, Don Ferdinando Capece Minutolo dei Duchi di San Valentino, supported by his son Corrado, runs the production, while his wife Maria holds business relations.
Ferdinando and Corrado Capece Minutolo, together they monitor and choose all the phases of production and transformation of the product, choosing and winemaking exclusively their own grapes, followed from the field until the bottle, while for the wine route.
The Volpi winery was founded by Christiana Cairo Volpi at the turn of the century in Tortona. In 1914 her two sons continued her initiative which is today continued by grandson Carlo. The family has a passion for wine. Whilst Carlo specialises in wines from the Colli Tortonesi DOC region of Piemonte, his Barolo and Gavi are not to be overlooked. Carlo Volpi is a winemaker who controls a) the best vineyards in his appellation area, b) state of the art vinification equipment, c) extensive aging cellars, and d) efficient bottling plant and therfore produces excellent wines at a very economic price point. On top of all that, Carlo Volpi is a true gentleman.
One of the most highly respected, family owned wineries the Veneto, Italy and beyond. Zenato was founded in 1960 by Master Winemaker, Sergio Zenato and his wife Carla
Prospero. On the market, the Zenato name is synonymous with Amarone. Sergio’s ‘quality over quantity’ approach results in benchmark Amarone and Amarone Riserva. But his other red wines, Ripassa (a “mini- Amarone”using the Ripasso process) and Valpolicella in particular, are possibly the most typical examples you are likely to find of these classic Venetian wines. Indeed, Zenato was voted among the Top 5 Red Wines Producers in Italy at the 2004 London International Wine and Spirits Fair.