Il COLLETTIVO 2019 - T H E   W I N E M A K E R S

ASTRUM WINE CELLARS

Travaglini is located in the Gattinara DOCG area of Piemonte. Compared to Barolo, the cooler mountainous vineyards of Gattinara produce more perfumed, mineral expressions of Nebbiolo. These traditionally crafted wines are praised for their poise, elegance & exceptional longevity.

Benanti is both an iconic producer and a pioneer that has set a very high standard. Producing benchmark wines, which highlight the uniqueness of the many different terroirs within the Etna region, whilst cherishing and developing indigenous Etnean varieties.

Sergio Germano is establishing his estate as one of the next wave of iconic Barolo producers. Located in one of the most important communes, Serralunga d'Alba, he makes characteristically powerful, muscular wines that encompass elegance & freshness with incredible ability to age.

Tenuta di Tavignano is a family run estate in the heart of the Marche region. Verdicchio is their focus and the majority of their production but they also grow small portions of Montepulciano and Sangiovese which are used in the production of their fantastic Rosso Piceno.

Dievole covers three world renowned Tuscan sub regions, united as one project. All farmed organically, their vineyards are located in Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Bolgheri. These combined estates offer a unique range of terroir-driven and stylistically distinctive wines.

Monte Tondo is a family estate located in the hillside vineyards of Soave. Skill, passion and love for the land of their ancestors has been passed down through the generations here. These beautifully pure wines are characterized by their minerality, their precision and approachability.

Produttori del Gavi is a cooperative with an extensive history in the Gavi district, they cover over 50ha from which they produce some of the most exemplary wines of the area. Consistently producing quality wine year to year; these stunning whites offer versatility & fantastic value.

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Faye Lottero’s family have owned this 18th-century Rufina estate since 1978, when Faye’s father and uncle bought it from the previous owner, the Marquis Strozzi Sacrati of Mantova. Commanding a position at the top of Montefiesole, one of the great hills of Rufina, Lavacchio is a full working farm. The Lotteros grow grapes, olives, wheat and vegetables, all of which are certified organic, with a philosophy of biodiversity that runs throughout the estate. We’ve worked with them for years, and continue to marvel at Faye’s boundless energy and enthusiasm. On wine visits, she hits London like a whirlwind, charming all in her path. The wines aren’t bad either (yes, that is a deliberate understatement). They do require bottle age. Faye often makes fun of our insistence on waiting four years after harvest before taking their ‘Cedro’ into stock, but the patience is worth it.

Tenuta Sette Cieli sits high above Bolgheri, 400 metres above sea level, looking down on the Tyrrhenian Sea. In contrast to the fertile plains below in Bolgheri, the soils here are chock full of rocks, and minerals, with wolves and wild boar still roving free. Originally bought as a retreat for the Ratti family, it was only planted with vines in 2001. Now with young owner Ambrogio and female winemaker Elena at the helm, Sette Cieli is producing mostly Bordeaux blends from their 7ha of vines.

Sometimes you taste a good wine, decide to buy it – and that’s that. And sometimes, well, sometimes you change flights, rent a car, cancel several meetings, and get lost in the hills of Valpolicella in order to taste some wines that you just have a feeling about. Robin’s instinctive pursuit of Nicola’s wines was an adventure in itself - and one that was entirely worth it. Formerly an assistant to the legendary Valpolicella producer Giusseppe Quintarelli, Nicola Ferrari now makes (far too little of) his own wine from 3ha of organically farmed vines in Fumane. Production is very small, and we often hit the limits of our allocation far earlier than we’d like. But it’s so worth it. Nicola’s Valpols and Amarones remind us of the very great wines of this region’s past. There’s none of the insipid sweetness that you find with the more modern versions – instead these demand attention, and reward it with complexity and proper depth.

Yes, there really is a Santa Claus. But he doesn’t live at the North Pole, or in Lapland. Instead he ‘retired’ to Tuscany with Mrs Claus and decided to make profound Brunello di Montalcino. Lionel Cousin’s striking resemblance to Father Christmas is one of many reasons he almost instantly inspires affection. The former cinematographer’s love of wine brought him to Tuscany, where, under the guidance of bona fide Burgundian legend Henri Jayer, he planted the farm at Cupano from scratch, on a hill above the Ombrone river. The estate is beautifully and brilliantly situated, and Lionel’s dedication is extraordinary. In the disastrous 2002 vintage, he pruned the damaged fruit off each bunch with nail scissors, rescuing the harvest and, as a result, producing one the best wines of the year. Cupano’s style is powerful, but sensual. These are unforgettable wines that pluck the heart strings and leave the drinker with a sense of having tasted something profound.

Located in the Marche, on the eastern coast of Italy, La Calcinara is now in the hands of the high-spirited and talented Berluti siblings, Paolo and Eleonora. Their father Mario first set up the estate with the sole purpose to produce tip top Montepulciano. With both children fascinated by wine, they both chose to study viticulture and oenology before heading off abroad, gaining valuable experience in different cellars and vineyards from as far afield as Chile to New Zealand. Returning home, they set out to define the family business on their own terms - choosing to marry the region's traditions and the lessons learned on their travels to produce a range of wines we found it hard to ignore.

Davide Bentivegna, Etnella's founder ,after maturing an experience working for the German company Siemens ,was struck by vocation. He left his manager position to follow his dream to make wines that touch the soul. No previous experience or family land, all had to be created from scratch . From day one the approach was to an organic farming and natural wine making.

Tenuta Tobia

Monte Amiata is possibly the last great outpost of Tuscany yet to be discovered by the wine cognoscenti and it's here that we found Tenuta Tobia. Winemaker, Toby Owen, has been mentored by one of Brunello di Montalcino's top producers, San Polino, for several years. His day job is at another top Brunello estate, Casa Raia. Toby found some vineyards in a less fashionable area, but it won't be long before the land here doubles in price. Organic and biodynamic techniques are used in the vineyard and the principal of minimum intervention in the winery.

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For more than 15 years the agricoltural farm La Giaretta decided , as a company policy, not to partecipate in competition guide awards. La Giaretta owns approximately eleven hetares of land dedestined to the growin of grapevines,located in the heart of the clkassic valpolicella region.For several generations the members of this family run businness have been producin and bottling wine obtained exclusively from grapes grown on their own land. thanks to trhe limited size of the businness it has been always possible to reserve special care to all the processing phases of the product. the company 's philosophy is the pursuit of high quality.

Quercia al Poggio is a small family-owned winery, based in Tuscany's Chianti Classico. Founded in 1969, the estate exemplifies forward-thinking winemaking within a context of tradition. Quercia al Poggio’s owners Michela e Vittorio, spearheaded a conversion to organic viticulture in 1997 as soon as the acquired the winery. Maurizio Castelli is the winemaker.Quercia al Poggio currently releases roughly 70.000 bottles of a sole Chianti Classico per year, the signature wine: Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico.A small proportion of wine from sangiovese only is bottled as Chianti Classico Riserva, which receives longer maturation in oak and ageing in glass.

Oltretorrente is a small, independent, artisanal, family-run, boutique winery set on top of the smooth hills of the Tortona region, in Piedmont.The Oltretorrente estate, born in 2010, covers now 7 hectares where we have been protecting and maintaining very old vines planted even a century ago, in order to make unique wines like the one from Timorasso grapes, that can embody all the history and biodiversity they come with.

Low yields and high quality for very enjoyable wines: 12 hectares of vineyards situated at 300-600 metres above sea level on sunny steep terraces planted in clay and gravelly soils. Klaus Lentsch fulfilled his dream of having his own winery when he purchased the Maso (Farm) Hemberg in Campodazzo in 2008, five years later Weingut Klaus Lentsch established it's permanent home in the middle of the vineyards of St. Pauls. “Amperg” wine shop is a welcoming place to taste excellent wines from Alto Adige / Sudtirol with a special handwriting.

Filippo Antonelli has been at the helm of the estate since 1986. He divides his time between Montefalco and Rome where he manages another family wine estate, Castello di Torre in Pietra.
Born in Rome in 1960, he graduated from Perugia University with a degree in agriculture. He was president of the “Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco” from 1996 to 2006. The winery is still a family-owned business, and Filippo takes care of everything, really. Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate which extends over an entire 170 hectares located centrally within Montefalco's DOCG winemaking area. With a background rich in history, the Antonelli family is passionately committed to caring for their territory and attentive to the quality of their products.

Monte Rossa is an historical wine producing company in which the country tradition blended harmoniously with technology and in which the artisan care and the very passionate research for excellence have been managed with great diligence and entrepreneurial behaviour , without compromises.In 1972, the the precious help of his wife Paola, took up the way of vine growing.entrepreneur Paolo Rabotti with the precious help of his wife Paola, took up the way of vine growing.This has been a very positive and forward-looking choice that still today is carried on with great enthusiasm and innovative attitude by their son Emanuele. The Monte Rossa story is filled with strategically winning decisions, for example the decision of leaving as first Company the production of no-sparkling wines in favour of the research of the Franciacorta excellence or the decision to invest in technology with great determination, and furtherly the continuous research,tests and trials for which our Company is distinguished among the others. Today Monte Rossa manages 70 hectars of vineyards. The different locations of cru on plots with different exposition contribute to increase the aromatic richness of grapes in such a way to make up very rich cuvée under the frame and complexity aspect.

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This is one of the great estates in the region. It was set up in the early 1990 and consists of 12 hectares of vines in the Collio and Collio Orientale. The estate is biodynamic and the wines are bottled unfiltered. They are packed full of character and age incredibly well.

Based in Summonte near Avellino in Campania, Ciro Picariello and his wife, Rita, craft some fabulously vibrant and mineral whites. The soil is a mix of clay and sand. The high winds of summer and the cool nights mean that maturation arrives gently, increasing complexity and maintaining freshness. Wines are very food friendly and full of personality and dynamism. Great wines.

Tenuta di Castellaro is a family owned estate on the island of Lipari. Massimo Lentsch set up the estate in the late 90s and the wines have created quite a buzz considering the first vintage was only 2012. Their 16 hectares are all planted with free standing bush trained vineyards. The wines are all vinified in a natural way - native fermentation with indigenous yeasts, all by gravity flow. They are a real testament to the unique combination of sun, rocks, wind, earth and sea.

From its foundation in the early nineties to today, the La Fiorita estate has always sought to perfect the taste, longevity and aromatic complexity of its Brunello offerings, which emanate from the magical union of the Sangiovese grape with the unique terroires that surround Montalcino. Traditional and modern techniques combine to enhance quality from soil to bottle without compromise or shortcuts with virtually all interventions done by hand.

Valter Fissore has steadily taken this wonderful estate to a new level. The winery is perched majestically atop the hill looking down over his beloved Ravera vineyard and one can clearly see the subtle nuances of the slopes and the soil types from this privileged position. Valter’s love of Burgundy it should come as no surprise that these wines ooze finesse and elegance and have tannins so lacey and silky that one could almost be tasting Pinot Noir.

This is such an exciting estate, based on the border of Italy and France amongst the snow-covered mountains of the Valle d’Aosta. The estate is run by the very charming and smiley Elio Ottin, who took it over from his parents in the early 1990s. Well exposed, the vineyards bask in sunshine for much of the year so the grapes achieve full ripeness, yet the altitude and cool evenings ensure the wines retain that all important vibrancy and bite.

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Cantine Franco was born in Valdobbiadene in 1919 by Antonio Franco, in 1983 Nino’s son Primo takes the reign. Primo from the beginning decides to focus on a model of quality and control of every aspect of the production. Today Primo is bringing life to the very old vineyards some vines over 100 years old and using new planting techniques and the use of old clones. You never stop learning even after nearly one hundred years.

Owned since 1980 by Count Brandino Brandolini d’Adda, Vistorta is a 200-hectares estate located in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Brandino has 16 hectares of vineyard planted with Merlot, Refosco, Cabernet Franc, Traminer, Friulano & Pinot Grigio. – The Merlot thrives on the lime-rich clay soil (similar to that of Pomerol). Brandolini is determined to produce the best Merlot in Northern Italy, and he is constantly researching the best clones and planting systems to achieve this.