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

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.