Wineries that reflect their own terroir. From the far North to the southernmost region of Italy.. and with a taste of French too..
WINEMAKER: OTHMAR DONA'
The Kurtatsch vineyards, which are located between 220 and 900 meters in altitude, are unique in South Tyrol. The majority are located on steep slopes – whether at Brenntal, one of South Tyrol’s hottest sites, or in the district of Graun, at 900 meters. The soil composition of the municipal territory is exceptionally complex. The different grape varieties find optimal growing conditions through the varying exposures of the terrain. Every wine is characterized by its terroir – a term that incorporates all of the climatic, geological and geographical characteristics. Land by land. Wine by wine.
Azienda Agricola Colli di Poianis
Friuli Venezia Giulia
WINEMAKER: SIMONE VINCENZUTTI/GABRIELE MARINIG
"Colli di Poianis" is a dream passed down from father to son. Paolino pursued his dream for seventy-seven years and Gabriele was able to accomplish it in 1991. Since then, we have been tending the family vineyards with great passion and awareness. Everithing, from the marvelously appointed south east-facing vineyards to the smallest blade of grass is part of our heritage.
We are fully committed not only to re-introducing native varieties that were abandoned in the past but also to preserving the land and its heritage in the original state. Indeed, the rolling hill slopes, lush green paths and thriving vineyards, as a whole, have created an ecologically balanced ecosystem where biodiversity can thrive. The heart and soul of these vineyards translate into our wines. Cultural heritage and a true sense of place, in a bottle!
Azienda Agricola Domenico Fraccaroli
WINEMAKER: LUCA FRACCAROLI
In 1958 Domenico Fraccaroli started the winery but only in 2002, Verona, in a small town called Lavagno, near Verona his son Tiziano Fraccaroli decided to expand the business starting the production of the most refined wines of the area, creating Grotta del Ninfeo Amarone, Ripasso, Valpolicella Superiore and Recioto which achievedseveral rewards and quality certificates.
Currently his sons Domenico and Luca and his daughter Maria are actively contributing to the company and brand success with a great commitment and passion, strengthened by the cultural and working legacies of their grandfather Domenico and father Tiziano.
“Domenico Fraccaroli” philosophy is to put passion, refinement, elegance and respect of tradition first.
Azienda Agricola Rive Delle Chiesa
WINEMAKER: ALBERTO SARTOR
Rive Della Chiesa is a family estate located in Selva di Montello, Veneto region of Italy. The Estate dates back to the early 60's, when the Gasparetto family bought the first few acres of land. Now the winery is run by the second generation of the family and owns 38 hectars of vineyards, where they produce a great range of Prosecco (including the renowed Asolo Prosecco) and other intriguing sparkling wines.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA LA TRAVAGLINA
WINEMAKER: STEFANO BOTTIROLI
WE LOVE OUR WINE FARM
The grass you see in their vineyards, is not a sign of negligence and disarray, but that of a conscious choice to respect the environment, the territory and our Clients. Their farming policy is aimed at obtaining a sustainable environment, by abolishing weed killers, by reducing vineyard ploughing that is cause of erosion, by reducing fertilizer and phytosanitary treatments. La Travaglina winery started production in the 1960's and bears the same name as the farm it is situated on. It is located on the hills of Santa Giuletta, heart of the well-known Oltrepò Pavese region, area of great wine tradition, particularly famous for their Pinot Nero. The 33 hectare one-piece property of vineyards extend all around the old farmhouse where in full autonomy the Bottiroli family carries out the activities of grape pressing, vinification and bottling.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA LE MARCHESINE
WINEMAKER: LORIS BIATTA
The excellent wine producing job is something the Biatta family passes on from one generation to the next. Giovanni Biatta, the forefather of “Le Marchesine”, acquired in 1985 the first three hectares in the Franciacorta area. “Le Marchesine”, small and innovative Franciacorta wine estate, is now one of the most prestigious companies in its league, and in full development in the lucky Lombard area. Under the expert guidance of his father Giovanni, Loris Biatta with his children Alice and Andrea, takes care of the vineyard and of the cellar. From its initial three hectares, the company vineyard has extended reaching 47 hectares, registered in the Doc and Docg lists.
Azienda Agricola Rovero
WINEMAKER: ENRICO ROVERO
An old tiny church from 1880, surrounded by small houses, a big courtyard, the distillery and the cellars, is the oldest memory of thefirst years of activity of the Rovero winery & distillery.
Now the last two generation of Rovero are in charge to carry on the family business focusing on the respect of the environment (Rovero is certified organic on all the production) and the exceptional care for quality of their artisanal products.
Azienda Agricola Olivetta
WINEMAKER: MARCO OLIVETTA
Our farm is located in Castelletto Merli, on the hills of Monferrato, near Moncalvo and the Sacro Monte di Crea.
Here, Marco Olivetta and his family take care of 10 hectares of vineyards with commitment and competence.
Only grapes coming from their own vineyards and harvested manually are vinified in their cellars.
Their current production amounts to approximately 20,000 bottles/year.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA GENERAJ
WINEMAKER: LORENZO QUINTERNO
"Generaj is the nickname that was once attributed to my family.
Comes from one of my ancestors lived in the nineteenth century, the "General".
He was not an official army, but a simple peasant and loyal honest enough to perform the delicate task of the conciliator in Town;
The vineyards are all located in the municipality of Montà, north of the end of the Roero. Here the composition of land is varied and changes from red to sand clods through limestone gravel-mixed soil.
The solar altitude and exposure are the other elements that play to foster a micro or "terroir" that can be used wisely for maximum quality.
That is why on our labels are the name of the vineyard, selected specifically for the characteristics considered optimal for that wine.
CANTINA FRATELLI MOSCONE
WINEMAKER: DONATO LANATI
The wine-making tradition of Fratelli Moscone traces back to 1877. They own 18 hectares of vineyards in the most outstanding areas of Monforte d’Alba, five of which in the renowned Bussia cru. The peculiar exposure of the vineyards, typical of Monforte d’Alba, reaches the higher expression in the crus of property. Wine-making and fining are performed in two characteristic Langa farms, where tradition and innovation are firmly bounded.
The exclusive balance of elegance and character of Moscone wines comes from both centuries of skillful wine-making techniques knowledge and the newest winery facilities. This is supported by the expertise of Dr. Donato Lanati, esteemed consultant, teacher of Oenological Technology at Turin University and founder of the distinguished research centre called “Enosis Meraviglia”.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA PARADISONE - COLLE DEGLI ANGELI
WINEMAKER: FEDERICO DONINI
The wines of Colle degli Angeli were first crafted for sharing with family and friends. They are meant to be enjoyed in the spirit of companionship and conviviality, and express years of passionate research and hard work – pages in the story of the house of Attilio Locati, founder of Paradisone.
The shared enjoyment of wine is part of living life as fully as possible. It magically captures time, present, past and future; for as we wrote elsewhere, tasting magnifies present sensations, compares them to those of previous tastings, imagines the wine’s future development. Our past plays a major role in the art of fine wine: the heritage of tradition and terroir, essential in creating wines that speak for a given territory; and our own past, the values and ideals of youth, the pleasures of childhood with their sensory intensity… The joys of tasting are not only physical but spiritual: the closeness to nature we feel when making or tasting wine allows us to reach total well-being and harmony.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA BIOLOGICA QUERCETO DI CASTELLINA
WINEMAKER: GIOIA CRESTI
Querceto di Castellina has been in the family since 1945 when the love of the land and of an historical estate in the Chianti Classico led Guido Masini, to acquire the estate.
The over 20-acre property became a countryside retreat for the family but Guido, ultimately leased out the land for a few decades with his daughter Laura taking back the management of the estate in 1989, joined by her son Jacopo 10 years later.
Now Querceto di Castellina is a gorgeous agriturismo and a working farm with vineyards and olive trees.
Their approach to winemaking is quite simple: Let the natural flavors of our beautiful grapes and terroir lead the way to creating elegant wines with a sense of place.
Each of the wines are crafted solely from estate grown fruit.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA FATTORIA IL MURO
WINEMAKER: STEFANO DI BLASI
Fattoria il Muro, has vineyards that extend over 30 ha.
They strive to grow their vines in the most sustainable way possible respecting the surrounding environment, since they believe that only favorable environmental conditions make possible to obtain the best quality of the grape.
Our estate is a patchwork quilt of different vineyards of different ages of vines (some are more than 30 years old, some are new), different varieties and different exposures. However, all of them are in perfect conditions. The new vineyards were planted with the best clones and have a density of 5000 plants per HA to encourage the competition of the vines and, thus, to get low yields with higher quality grapes.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA LE FORNACELLE
WINEMAKER: MARCO GIUSTI
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AZIENDA AGRICOLA POGGIO MAESTRINO
WINEMAKER: FEDERICO STADERINI
The winery has twenty hectares grafted into a ground which is rather rocky, at an altitude that ranges between 350 and 450 meters above sea level in the most prestigious wine area of Maremma,
LEUTA - AZIENDA AGRICOLA LAGARINI
WINEMAKER: DENIS ZENI
Azienda Agricola Leuta was founded in 2000 by Denis Zeni and Enzo Berlanda.
Long-time business partners and school friends from the Lagarina valley in Trentino, the two young men, recognizing both the powerful attraction of nature and the perverse fascination of the city, decided to make a radical change and leave their respective jobs in the world of finance for the challenge of agriculture.
For too long, they realized, they had been dreaming and desiring a different life; their fathers had cultivated tobacco and grapes in the Trentino area and they wanted to live the same way.
In 2000, they purchased 21,5 hectares (approximately 60 acres) of land in Tuscany near Cortona, not far from Lake Trasimeno and Montepulciano. This land is now the Leuta Estate. Positioned at 310 meters above sea-level, the land is perfect for grape-growing, as soil studies clearly indicate.
The "Tuscany Project," as the two men called this initiative at the beginning, was incorporated in 2004 as Lagarini s.s. di Zeni Denis & C. s.s. and the first small-scale vintage for the Vin Santo Leuta was crafted. During the same year a small property was bought in Trentino together with their friend Giulio De Vescovi, owner of the Azienda Agricola De Vescovi-Ulzbach.
TERRE DI EVA
WINEMAKER:LUIGI DI CAMILLO
Terre di Eva (Land of Eva) is a “Pink Winery”: Valentina is developing the project of a winery carried on just by women and called her winery after her grandmather (Eva). The winery is located in the heart of the province of Chieti, amid those hills that drop gently down from the Majella mountains to the sea.
WINEMAKER: SEBASTAIANO FORTUNATO
Irpinia is our land, where we were born and where we are living our lives, as well as we hope our children will do. It is a small, hilly and mountainous area in South Italy, in the heart of Southern Apennines. Just in this place, in 1996, we decided to establish Villa Raiano. The winery was constituted, in a very first time, in the old offices of the family’s main firm, the olive oil company, in the village of Raiano, town of Serino.
In 2009 our dream came true with a new winery, built on the top of a hill, set in vineyards and chestnut woods, overlooking the Valley of river Sabato in the town of San Michele di Serino, just few miles far from its original place.
The cellar was projected and built according to the most advanced technologic and architectural criteria, with a sole purpose: the production of wine from only native grapes: Greco, Fiano and Aglianico, in different wine-making styles.
In 2009 our dream came true with a new winery, built on the top of a hill, set in vineyards and chestnut woods, overlooking the Valley of river Sabato in the town of San Michele di Serino, just few miles far from its original place.The cellar was projected and built according to the most advanced technologic and architectural criteria, with a sole purpose: the production of wine from only native grapes: Greco, Fiano and Aglianico, in different wine-making styles.
Our efforts are mainly concentrated in 50-acres vineyards, grown according to organic system and located in the most important towns of our 3 DOCG (guaranteed and controlled origin appellations) areas. From the vineyard to the bottle, our team, just as family members, is committed with passion and professionalism.
WINEMAKER: FRANCESCO MIALI
"It’s 1886, when our great-grandfather, Elvino Miali, founded our Winery in Martina Franca (Puglia), producing wines from the grapes collected in our valley: the Valle d’Itria. It is when our STORY began; a story made of passion, love for our land and an “artisan-care” in all we do that is going on for over 130 years. Our company has ever been family-run since its foundation. The family is integral part of the company and the company is integral part of the family.
When we satrted to move our steps into the winery, our dad, pointing to our logo, said: “Sons, remember that this logo is not just the brand of our Company but is also the name of our Family!”.
TENUTA MONTE ILICE
WINEMAKER: MARIA CARELLA
Tenuta Monte Ilice is located in Sicily, Etna Park, 750 meters above sea level, on the steep and wild side of Monte Ilice, a crater which has always been dedicated to heroic viticulture and a place of poetic beauty.
Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and it was formed during the Quaternary Period, about 570,000 years ago. During these thousands of years, many craters formed on its sides from the main volcanic conduit. One of these lateral craters is Mount Ilice. Mount Ilice is on Etna’s Southeast side and has probably been the most active among all of Etna’s lateral craters. The famous eruption that occurred around 1030 A.C. was significant; the crater produced a lava flow of about 10 Kilometers which destroyed quite a few villages in its path and ended up in the sea, near Stazzo.
Millenary lava flows act as carpeting for our vineyards, supplying an incredible amount of minerals. The whole vineyard is facing eastward, overlooking the sea. This favorable position, in addition to the elevation of 750m above sea level, creates a strong thermal excursion. During the day, the vineyards are completely exposed Sicily’s hot sun; in the evening, because of the high altitude, the temperatures drastically go down by 15-20 °C. This great thermal excursion causes an increase in sugar content, a decrease in acidity, an enhanced phenolic composition of grapes with a high concentration of aromatic substances in the peel – which guarantees a final product with a more intense and elegant bouquet, in addition to the presence of fixed acids in the pulp, which are necessary for proper preservation of wine.
All our vineyards are located on small terraces, where automatized labor is not possible, therefor all production stages are done strictly by hand. The composition and state of dissolution of eruptive material gives way to sandy volcanic terrain made of small pumice rocks called “ripiddu”, with high drainage capacity, which in turn keeps water from stagnating at the root of the vines. Another characteristic of Etna is that this “good giant” erupts 2 to 3 times a year. The volcanic sand produced at each eruption, thanks to the wind, lands on the areas all around the volcano, continuously enriching and altering the terrain composition. Our philosophy is to preserve our extraordinary terroir as much as possible.
WINEMAKER: CARLO FERRACANE
The Colomba Bianca winery was founded in 1970. During the last 10 years, under the guidance of our Chairman Leonardo Taschetta, it has become the biggest wine growing co-operative in Sicily. The company today, can, in fact, count on circa 2480 partners and extends along 7500 hectars of vineyards between the provinces of Trapani, Palermo, Agrigento, Caltanissetta e Ragusa, with 5 wineries distributed in the whole territory. The vineyards can be found in areas which benefit of a vast pedoclimatic diversity, from the low coastal areas up to an altitude of 600 metres above sea level.
We work with the aim that our farmers receive the right compensation for their work. This adds dignity to Sicilian agriculture and to the wines which express at best our territory. It is for this reason that each one of our wines is dedicated to our farmers.
WINEMAKER: PATRICK ARNOULD
The winemaking roots of the Michel ARNOULD family date back to the end of the last century. At this time, the Lefevre grandparents were farming vines in the Grand Cru soils in Verzenay but they were only working in the vineyards, the grapes themselves being sold to the Champagne Houses in the village who had presses.
After the collapse of grape prices in 1929 and the rebellion this caused, Henri Lefevre decided to make his own Champagne so he then kept some of his production for himself. His first bottles were commercialized, mainly locally, at the beginning of the 30’s.His son André, once he had invested in a tank and a ‘Coquard’ press, increased the production. As from the end of World War 2, adopting simultaneously the roles of salesman and winemaker, he traveled all over France to introduce his wines.
At the beginning of the 60’s the marriage between his grand-daughter Françoise and Michel Arnould mark the birth of the Champagne Michel Arnould which gives another dimension to the business.
Today his son Patrick and son-in-law Thierry carry on the family tradition. And tomorrow, with the arrival of their children, the 6th generation will continue to affirm their identity as winegrowers/winemakers, creating always more authentic cuvees and further developing the commerce of their parents.
Whereas Champagne wines are known worldwide, the soils they come from are not well known. And yet Champagne vineyards have existed since the beginning our era and an appellation d’origine contrôlée (protected designation of origin) defined its bounders in 1927.