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Italy - Marina Perinelli - Casale della Ioria
In the hinterland of the Lazio region, south of Rome, there is a hilly area called Ciociaria.
It is an ideal habitat for vines and olive trees, which have been planted since the time of the Roman Empire.
In this territory historical events and a special microclimate have inhibited the contamination of a native ampelographic heritage leaving us a variety of antique vines.
The estate Casale della Ioria, is located in the heart of the production area of the red wine Cesanese del Piglio d.o.c.g. (a controlled and guaranteed original denomination).
The vineyards and olive trees are at about 400 meters above sea level surrounded by woods.
The farm is dedicated to the organic cultivation of the typical red grape varieties Cesanese, Olivella and of the white Passerina.
Casale della Ioria also produces extra virgin olive oil exclusively from its own olive trees.
The plants of grapes that are used come from the original vines of this antique farm.
Year after year we have followed the replanting of the vineyards. We believe that in order to make a great natural wine, one must work with great care and attention to the vineyard, using low environmental impact techniques. These challenging actions under a strict economic and organizational profile have allowed us to harvest, by hand, grapes of the highest quality that we then transform in our winery.
Here is where we place the utmost care in safeguarding of the cluster, employing simple but strictly enforced techniques and at the same time avoiding invasive procedures which risk the loss of the originality in our grapes. In turn, this allows us to offer unique wines which continue to surprise and excite the fans of natural wine.
Castel de Paolis - Fabrizio Santarelli
The first 5 acres of the current 35 acres Estate of the Santarelli family at Castel de Paolis were acquired in 1974 by Giulio Santarelli, just to follow his passion for the countryside and grape growing. Until 1985 the grapes of Castel de Paolis were sold to the local cooperative wineries in order to produce the typical local wines like the Frascati Superiore DOC.
In 1977 Mr Santarelli started acquiring other small pieces of land neighboring the existing vineyards and little by little the Estate arrived at the current size of 25 acres. In 1985 from the friendship between Giulio Santarelli, at the time Italian Agriculture Undersecretary of State and Professor Attilio Scienza, Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Milan, started the project of research, development and recovery of both ancient local native grape varieties and international grape varieties.
The goal was the redevelopment of the Roman Castles enology (a chain of towns just a few miles south of the city of Rome in which Castel de Paolis is located) turning from the canopy vineyards to the row vineyards with a higher density of plants for each acre. By having a higher density of plants, we can achieve a lower grape production, resulting in a higher quality wine, furthermore with a better solar irradiation of the bunches and above all thanks to the extraordinary natural volcanic soil composition of the area that is rich of mineral salt, fundamental for the strength and richness of the wines.
Many grape varieties were experimented and planted from 1985 till 1993 like the following varieties: Malvasia Lazio, Bonvino, Grechetto, Cacchione, Bellone, Pecorino, Romanesca, Passerina, Cesanese, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Moscato Giallo, Moscato Rosa.
Among the international varieties the following were planted: Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Alicante Bouchet, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon. Castel de Paolis was the first estate of the area to introduce the green harvest for the red grapes, cutting away two months before the harvest, roughly 25% of the bunches so that the remaining bunches can reach a much higher level of ripening and fragrant aromas. No more than 1.5 kilos of grapes are produced for each single plant.
With in hand the results of the eight years period of experimentation of all the above mentioned grapes varieties, all the 25 acres of the Estate were replanted between 1988 and 1993 with the new and high quality grape varieties. In 1992 the new winery was built , with all the modern technologies for the vinification process, like the soft press to squeeze the grapes gently once they are brought at the winery in order to obtain an higher quality grape juice, to the refrigerated steel tanks for the controlled temperature fermentation.
Italy - Cincinnato - Giovanna Trisorio
In 1947, several farmers founded the Cincinnato Cooperative in Cori with the purpose of processing and selling their own production and supporting the progress of local agriculture. They chose its name in honour of lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, who led the battle against the Aequi in 458 bc. Following his victory, this great roman turned down the honours and public offices offered to him, preferring to return to his land, which is said to have been in this area.
In 1979, an innovative winery using cutting-edge technologies was built. Over the years the cooperative has shown itself capable of dealing with the changing conditions affecting local viticulture, maintaining a leading role in the transformation of the grapes of the entire district.
Cincinnato put in place a quality project to recover and support the heirloom grape varieties Nero Buono and Bellone.
Cincinnato is now a modern winery of 130 growers and 550 hectares, whose estates are a feature of Cori’s hilly landscape. The business is known for its production of wines from rare native grape varieties such as Nero Buono, Bellone, Cesanese and Greco. It is also renowned for its attention to the environment and its production of affordable wines.
Italy -Tenuta Sant'Antonio - Armando Castagnedi
Tenuta Sant’Antonio is located in eastern stretches of Valpolicella, where several new, exciting, and innovative wineries have been established in recent decades. Here, soils have a higher component of calcium carbonate, which imparts a higher acidity and bolder cherry fruit character to the wines.
Antonio Castagnedi was a winegrower and one of the founding members of the cooperative winery in the Illasi Valley of eastern Valpolicella in the late 20th century. He left 50 acres of vineyards to his four sons Armando, Tiziano, Paolo, and Massimo. The brothers worked as consultants for other wine estates in Italy and continued to grow grapes on their inherited land in Colognola ai Colli, but had bigger dreams. In 1989, they took the next step, buying another 75 acres of top-quality vineyard land on the high terrain of Monti Garbi (also in eastern Valpolicella) and making the leap into wine production as a family, against their father’s wishes. The first vintage of Tenuta Sant’Antonio came in 1995.
Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicellas are made from 100% estate-grown, organically farmed fruit from the Illasi Valley and Monti Garbi.
With their considerable combined winegrowing experience, the Castagnedi brothers devote meticulous attention to their high-density, low-yield vineyards to provide grapes of such exceptional quality that they require minimal intervention during winemaking. At harvest time, the grapes for Amarone are harvested on a first pass through the vineyards, and those for the regular Valpolicella are harvested on the second pass. In this way, the basic Valpolicella gets a portion of the best grapes and is an exceptional value for the price. Also, because the Amarone is harvested earlier, the grapes’ sugar level is lower, so the alcohol level of the Amarone is not excessive. This strategy also dictates that Tenuta Sant’Antonio makes Amarone only in years when the overall harvest quality is high enough to support making the full Valpolicella lineup.
Italy - Badia a Coltibuono - Roberto Stucchi
Wine has been made at what is now known as Badia a Coltibuono for nearly a thousand years. Archaeological studies of the estate have found amphorae, grape seeds, and other traces of ancient Roman and earlier Etruscan societies from the first century. Named after the abbey established in 1051 by Vallombrosan monks, Badia a Coltibuono translates to the “Abbey of Good Cultivation” or “Abbey of Good Harvest.” It was here in the 12th century that the word “Chianti” was first used.
Badia a Coltibuono was an early adopter of sustainable practices in modern-day Chianti Classico and has been at the front of a movement to get the whole region to farm organically. All of the estate grapes are now organically grown. Sangiovese is the principal variety cultivated here, interspersed with a number of heritage varieties endemic to the area. The winery produces a number of Sangiovese variations, all of which aim to showcase the splendor of the site, the possibilities of its fruit, and both the time-honored traditions and new innovations that keep Chianti Classico perennially relevant on a local and international scale.
Spain - Bodegas San Alejandro - Yolanda Diaz
Cooperative founded in 1962 that belongs to the Calatayud DO where the Garnacha grows in its perfect habitat: high altitude, temperatures' contrast, old vines, limited production and a late harvest. Our unique motherland joint to innovative means in the cellar and a passionate and well-trained staff result in unique and reknown Garnacha wines which are bestselling products in some markets like Norway or the USA. The care for our environment has always been our must so the conversion of our vineyards into organic is the immediate horizon where we are already immersed.