Il COLLETTIVO 2018 - T H E   W I N E M A K E R S

ASTRUM WINE CELLARS

Located in the heart of Montepulciano, Salcheto is dedicated to Sangiovese in the clonal guise of Prugnolo Gentile: the soul of Vino Nobile. Salcheto is a young winery, however already renowned for their pioneering Vino Nobile wines, all of which are produced organically adhering to Salcheto’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

Helped by his great determination and his clear stylistic ideals, Massimo Di Lenardo is quickly becoming one of the most respected figures in Friuli, producing benchmark wines that are remarkably affordable. All the grapes are hand harvested from their family owned vineyards. Massimo is methodical in his winemaking approach and shows great focus in his wines.

Cataldi Madonna produces some of Italy’s finest white wines. Luigi Cataldi Madonna aided by star consultant winemaker Lorenzo Landi, have put this estate on the map with their focus on quality. Luigi is very keen on preserving and developing the specific regional characteristics of the wines, working with Montepulciano, Trebbiano, and Pecorino to best express this unique territory.

The great traditionalist estate of Francesco Rinaldi has a long and illustrious history in the region of Piemonte. Paola and Piera Rinaldi are the latest generation to take over and since have successfully set about restoring the estate in terms of re-investment in the winery and in turn re-establishing Francesco Rinaldi as one of the great Barolo producers of Piemonte.

Founded in 1893, Cantina Terlano is one of the oldest cooperatives in Alto Adige. The iconic estate is well renowned for producing some of Italy’s most age worthy white wines. Cantina Terlano have been cellaring special vintages since 1955, of which, those that have been released, have stunned critics with their incredible freshness, poise and elegance.

Benanti is both an iconic producer and a pioneer that has set a very high standard. Twin brothers Antonio and Salvino Benanti, just like their ancestors work with the aim to produce high quality wines, which highlight the uniqueness of the many different terroirs within the Etna region, whilst cherishing and developing indigenous Etnean varieties.

Childhood friends, Serafini and Vidotto, decided in 1986 to unite their talents and passion for high quality wines and venture into the world of winemaking. Their Bordeaux style blends made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot are critically acclaimed, and they have also found success in working with the once famous but now lesser known native variety, Recantina.

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Based in Treiso, the brothers Molino - Tommaso, Franco and Dario – own vines in several top Barbaresco crus. They vinify in small parcels, always looking to express the nuances of microclimate and soil. Styles change based on variety and site, so, for example, while their Chardonnay tastes classically rich and decadent, their Teorema Barbaresco represents a more modern, fruit-forward style.

Amid the ocean of frizzante and spumante being churned out, Prosecco producers of distinction are not easy to find. This is one. Working organically, La Jara makes fruit quality paramount. Cited by Matthew Jukes as his favourite Prosecco producer, they strictly adhere to the requirements of the Prosecco DOCG tag, while their IGT offerings are fun without sacrificing quality.

Nicola Ferrari was the protégé of legendary Guiseppe Quintarelli for years. He now makes his own wine from 3ha of organically farmed vines in Fumane. His Valpols and Amarones are like the great wines of this region’s past. None of the insipid sweetness you find with many modern versions. These demand attention - and reward it with complexity and depth.

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A winemaker in the Emidio Pepe mould, Paolo di Strasser works from the cellar of an eighth-century abbey in the Teramane Hills, Abruzzo. Of the younger generation of winemakers in the region, he stands out as a star in the making. Natural-leaning, amphorae-curious, but most importantly making clean, vibrant, characterful wines using local varieties, including a positively ambrosial DOCG montepulciano.

Representing one of Swig’s longest-standing relationships in Italy, since Renato Corino has worked with vineyards in several of the finest sites in La Morra - Rocche dell'Annunziata, Arborina and Pozzo. His Barolos are more approachable than many in the region, but nevertheless stand the test of time. They are consistently wines of mesmerising concentration, length and elegance.

Nestled among rows of olive groves to the east of the city of Florence, Fattoria Lavacchio is an organic estate run by Faye and Dmitry Lottero high up in Chianti Rufina. They pride themselves on promoting the organic lifestyle and combining ancient traditions and modern techniques. Faye is a dynamo – running the farm’s restaurant, rooms, shop and overseeing the olive oil and wine production, and looking after the kids to boot!

The Estate of the Seven Heavens used to be home to a breeding stud for Lusitano horses, before being transformed in to the stunning wine estate it is today! Sitting 400 metres above sea level, encircled by lush forests and overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, young owner Ambrogio Cremona and his dynamic female winemaker Elena Pozzolini produce wines from their 17 Ha of vines. The unique microclimate, altitude and the rocky, mineral rich soils that the vines are planted on produce superb, terroir driven wines.

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Manincor wines are naturally pure. The 400 year-old wine estate, carefully and prudently extended by the wine cellar built beneath the vines and hardly noticeable from above, epitomises today the tradition and aspirations of a superior wine culture. Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg on the estate’s philosophy: the deepest desire to produce healthy and delicious food products, sustainably and with full respect for nature, is being realised with Manincor. Orchards, vineyards, woodland and meadows form a single entity and have been certified as meeting the standards required for EU organic food and bio-dynamic certification.

Villa Sparina is a family estate in the Gavi district of Piedmont, an area that has specialised in growing Barbera and Dolcetto and most notably the white grape Cortese for more than 1,000 years. Here the Moccagatta family, who own Sparina, produce exquisite wines from all these local grapes. The wines are easily recognisable by their distinctive bottle shape. Villa Sparina’s 60 hectares of vineyard are dotted around the Monterotondo hills and grow in predominantly clay-marl and clay-limestone soils. The mainly south facing vineyards are between 300 and 400 meters above sea level and benefit from the Ligurian sea’s cooling breezes, approximately 40km away.

Castello di Neive is a fourth generation family winery in the heart of Langhe's Barbaresco producing region. All its award winning wines are obtained from grapes grown on the estate's vineyards in some of the best locations in the area. The winery also boasts unique historical cellars which have been pivotal to the development of winemaking in Langhe.

Tempa di Zoè's new project, Quattro Vigne – "four vineyards" – is founded on the work of four partners: the Campania winery Feudi di San Gregorio, Francesco Domini, Vincenzo D'Orta and Bruno De Conciliis.
They are united by the single goal of calling new attention to a land that is naturally excellent for wine: Cilento. This wine carries on the work begun by D'Orta and De Conciliis, now involving Feudi di San Gregorio and Francesco Domini, himself intimately tied to Cilento, the land of his birth.

The name Tempa di Zoè refers not only to a physical place; it is, above all, a declaration of intent.
"Tempa" is the word for the rolling hills of Cilento that stretch down to the sea from north to south.
Zoè is the Greek word for the essence of life, the universal principle common to the animal, vegetable and mineral worlds.

 

Guglielmo Giuseppe’s Azienda Agricola Boffalora is located in Castione Andevenno, at Contrada Balzarro, at 400 meters above sea level in the north Lombardy Region with a small production of only 3 hectares .The vineyards are all planted with Chiavennasca grapes the local name for nebbiolo in the Valtellina area. This is one of the most dramatic landscape in Italy where all the vines are planted on small terraces locally called muretti on extremely steep slopes. The soils in the valley are sand/ gravel, well drained, alluvial soils rich in silica.

Fiorentino Sandri inherited the vineyards in 1975 when he teamed up with wine maker Mario Pojer and set about proving, against all current thinking of the time, that the area could produce world class wines. The farm’s first release of an exquisitely scented Muller Thurgau put Pojer e Sandri on the map and today they are one of Trentino’s best producers.


Pojer e Sandri is located outside the alpine village of Faedo between the Adige river and the Cembra valley in northern Italy’s Trentino region.

Silvia Maestrelli, wine producer in her Tuscany estate of Villa Petriolo at Ceretto Guidi, her husband Roberto Silva and winemaker Federico Curtaz have decided, with passion and conviction, to stake their bets on Sicily. In 2007, fascinated by this extraordinary beautiful and rich island, they bought a XVIII Century palmento, a large covered fermenting vat made of lava stone, which overlooks a one hundred year old vineyard, some 17 acres of Nerello Mascalese vines. “I’vigne di Fessina”, as people here define the vineyards of the estate, are guarded by a magnificent tree, whose roots, like a snake, wrap around the boundary wall of the hamlet of Rovittello and whose branches soar upwards towards the Nebrodi mountains. People call it Millicucco, the fascinating and hieratic guardian of the village.

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Kuenhof

Kuenhof is owned by husband and wife team Peter and Brigitte Pliger and is one of the best white wine estates in Italy. The estate has been in their family for over 200 years. Their incredibly steep vineyards are located at high altitudes in the part of South Tyrol called the Val d'Isarco (Eisacktal), not far from the Austrian border. They grow grapes organically on their 6 ha and the wines show an almost electric, mineral character derived from schist, quartz phyllite and morainic layers of crushed rock in their vineyards.

It is no secret that Elena Fucci is Basilicata’s superstar producer. At 600m asl, close to the summit, the Titolo vineyard is one of the highest, and perhaps the best vineyard on Mount Vulture. Elena has a large amount of old vines, aged 60+ years old with some younger vineyards planted with massal selections from their oldest vines. Titolo (the only wine she produces) always has exceptional balance, perfectly integrated oak, and a signature perfume with minerality that lifts the dense, rich, dark fruit.

Renato Vacca and his wife, Franca Miretti, run this terrific family estate, based in Barbaresco. They produce wonderfully pure wines of drive and character and we are delighted that they have become the latest addition to our burgeoning Italian range. The Vacca’s left the Produttori del Barbareco when Renato’s father set up Cantina del Pino in 1997. The Ovello vineyard, which surrounds the estate is one of the greatest cru in Barbaresco.

Flavio and Silvana started making wine at Le Due Terre in 1984. They have 4 hectares of vineyards that surround their estate in Prepotto and make incredibly elegant wines with great fruit purity. They have become a benchmark of the region and have won numerous wine awards. Using biodynamic methods their natural winemaking and minimalist intervention allows the ‘Due Terre’ to be expressed in the resulting wines. They are some of the most age worthy examples of red wines from this area.

Valter Fissore now runs this fabulous estate, located in Novello. Perched on the hilltop of Bricco Ravera, they have the perfect base from which to manage their land. Valter seems to have arrived at the perfect compromise between traditional and modern winemaking. The wines have a seductive accessibility yet retain the inherent qualities of proper Nebbiolo. They have a finesse more associated with Côte de Nuits than Piedmont.

Located in the heart of Montalcino, Le Potazzine producers small volumes of top class wines. Their main vineyard surrounds the winery at Le Prata, and at 500m produces grapes with great freshness and vitality. The second plot is further south and grapes here tend to be richer and fuller, which makes for a great combination with fruit and textural complexity. Wines have finesse, purity, laciness and seamless length. 

Novaia's 7 hectares of vines are right in the heart of the upper Valpolicella Classico region. It is now run by the fourth generation Marcello, who took over in 2005. They grow Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella, and most recently, Oseleta, an indigenous variety forgotten during the last fifty years. Respect for nature is of utmost importance here. With the recently constructed new cellars, Marcello is determined to take the wines to the next level.

Alberto Tanzini bought what is now the Roccapesta estate in 2003 and has invested heavily in both vineyards and the winery. Located in Maremma, the focus is on Sangiovese and Alberto works hard to maintain balance and freshness in his wines. The vineyards are all located in Scansano and all the wines are full of character and personality from the easy to drink Ribeo to the single vineyard flagship Calestaia.

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