Elio Ottin's adventure began in 1989 as a young man, unafraid of dreaming. After completing his studies at Institut Agricole Regional at the age of 23, he acquired his first plots of land situated between the municipalities of Quart and Saint-Christophe. Due to the acute gradients and coarse-grained soil, this virgin ground was difficult to work. Nevertheless, in a relatively short time he managed to transform this terrain into ‘terroir’ which provided all the minerals and verticality that hallmark his domaine wines and form the true heritage of Valdostan mountain wines.
In 1999 Elio made what turned out to be the most important and best decision of his life deciding to led the company into expansion and the farmland quickly grew to a total of 13 hectares which comprised 4 hectares of vineyard, 4 hectares of apple orchards and 5 hectares of grazing land. 2007 thus became year zero in which he produced a total number of 30 thousand bottles, including three types of wine: Petite Arvine, Pinot Noir and Torrette Superieur.
Giovanni Abrigo is an authentic family-run winery and have been cultivating the land and promoting the products of the Langhe since 1968.
The winery is located in the hills of Diano d’Alba, in the heart of the "sori", facing the hill of Diano d'Alba. Towards the middle of the 1980s, Giorgio Abrigo the son of Goivanni having completed his studies in agronomy, became involved in the cultivation of the hazelnut groves and vineyards, which were planted in the areas of the estate with the exposure and most suitable soils. And then Paola, Giorgio’s wife, began working for the family business too, promoting the commercial development of the wines and the company identity, which, little by little, became what the Abrigo Giovanni Azienda Agricola we know today. The house farm has the right position in the sun, the right microclimate and a very special and unique terroir which has everything that is needed to offer the best wines as a fantastic Barolo DOCG called Ravera, the particular Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba DOCG and also a very fruity and pleasant Barbera d’Alba DOC.
Located in the heart of Langhe, on the hills of Barolo town, “Bric Cenciurio” in Piedmontese dialect means “top of the Cenciurio hill”.
The winery currently has 10 hectares under vine including its Roero property. It is planted to Arneis, Barbera, and Nebbiolo d’Alba. The Nebbiolo for Bric Cenciuros world famous Barolo grows in two hectare plot in the prestigious Coste di Rose Cru property. The respect of the environment and biodiversity thanks to the minimal use of chemical products is a key element to the winery. As for the vinification, it is centered on the respect for the raw material from which the wine derives to interpret the individuality of each vineyard, and the work in the cellar is aided by century-old techniques passed down from one generation to the next.
Respect and Nature, this is the focus of Casa Wallace winery.
The vineyards are planted, tended and harvested according to organic and biodynamic principles. This cellar works on a healthy and strong soil, without chemical or synthetic interventions, and produces wines like Dolcetto and Sauvignon with a unique personality linked to these hills.
CANTINA DELLA SERRA
Piedmont and his Erbaluce! This native white grape has been discovered around 1600, and today it’s one of the best and most important wine in Piedmont. La Serra winery is one of the main producers of Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG in Classical, sparkling, late harvest and also ageing in wood. Its scent of pear, cutgrass, sagebrush, yellow flowers makes this wine one of the finest and most elegant white wines in Italy.
A big expression of BARBARESCO! La Spinona winery is located on the hills of the municipality of Barbaresco, a place dedicated to the production of incredible wines. The Spinona is a company which represents its founder Pietro Berutti, a man of great experience who believed in Barbaresco since the 1940s. He is the winemaker, while his father Guatiero made a big careful work in the vineyards to guarantee the growth of very good Nebbiolo grape . The name of the winery is a tribute to their dog, Baica, a Spinone Italiano (the dog breed). Today, this winery produces awesome Barbaresco DOCG and Barolo DOCG with the best awards and they are appreciated from the most important enological critics all over the world.
The Domaine Luzi Donadei, has been inhabited by the same family for four centuries, Andrea's mother was the first to make known the Dolcetto di Clavesana to the great oenological critics of the time as Luigi Veronelli, now Andrea Luzi is the owner of the winery estate and carries on this great philosophy taught by his mother, exalting the style of the good taste and good living within its territory, Dogliani!
The soul of these sacred hills in Dogliani area is the terroir: white vertiginous layers of tufa, this white land is famous all over the world for its extraordinary mineralogical composition that gives its wines its usual excellence for bouquet and taste. In this zone is produced the famous Dogliani DOCG made with 100% Dolcetto grape. The cellar is monumental and dates back to the sixteenth century. Luzi Donadei winery pay special attention to the quality of the wines and the value and work of the people who made them. He strongly believes in its 14 hectares of vineyards and in the potential of Dogliani DOCG, a red wine capable of best expressing an autochthonous grape like Dolcetto di Dogliani.
The winemaking 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.
The exclusive balance of elegance and character of Moscone wines comes from both centuries of skillful winemaking techniques knowledge and the newest winery facilities. The genealogy of the Moscone family is lost in history, but it is in 1877 with the birth of Giacinto that the dynasty binds its name to the renowned Piedmontese wine. Giacinto began his successful activity as a producer in Monforte d’Alba, focusing on the quality of the most suitable land and vines in the region. After his death in 1944 he was succeeded by his son Angelo, who will continue his activity, improving the quality of Moscone wine and transmitting the boundless family passion to his current sons. The heirs Giacinto and Livio together with the wife of Livio, Luciana Abbona, have continued in the family philosophy, developing the company that today owns two different wineries in Monforte d’Alba
Piazzo winery is located in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, an outlying district of the town of Alba, and works in Barolo and Barbaresco production since 1969. Today the winery is managed Marina, together with her husband Franco Allario, and their 2 sons Simone and Marco and it covers over 70 hectares, entirely cultivated with vineyards, located on the border between Alba and Treiso midst noble vineyards, one of the symbols of their local culture and tradition that each year produce highly awarded labels with autochthonous grapes, including Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbaresco DOCG and their most important product, Barolo DOCG.
Carlo Anselmo was born in 1847 and was the son of a well-off peasant family.
His dad, Cesare, moved to Turin, worked hard and opened a string of taverns in the city centre. In 1884, in a small workshop in Via Mazzini, young Carlo Anselmo took the family business to a new direction. Working day and night, he obtained the best mix of herbs and aromatic spices to infuse in the best Moscato wine from Canelli (Asti, Italy).
He called this product Vermouth Anselmo. Nowadays, Anselmo is made up by a group of friend that, by recovering the brand and the production, are all keen to not let a glorious local vermouth company’s tradition die out.
In 2007 at the age of 27 I decided to quit my job in the nearby Switzerland and dedicate myself to my true passion, my land. So I withdrew the small family business, of just one hectare of vineyard and one hectare of apples; from day one I set to work with pride and with the desire to do high quality things. This is where my company is born.
Having said that, I currently grow about 4 hectares of apple orchards and 2 of vineyards. My intentions were immediately clear; do something important for this territory full of asperity that does not give you anything without effort, but if you work with passion, it can give you a lot of satisfaction. So from my small vineyard I decided to bring out all the best of this land and, working based on quality and not quantity, I decided to build a cellar and make a little wine, but a great wine!
The winery is located at an altitude of 750 m.s.l.m. on the Rhaetian bank of the Alps, 2 km from Tirano in the hamlet of Baruffini, precisely Cà Bianche, where there is also the grapes I produce.
Valpolicella is not only a Territory, it’s the real expression of an area of high quality viticulture, based on specific types of soil, unique climate and their interaction with the vines. The complexity of the Valpolicella terroir is confirmed by the production of elegant wines. The area is full of history in production of indiginous varieties with a unique vinification leading to four distinctly different wines: Valpolicella, Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto.
The winery Reassi extends over an area of about 6 hectares in Colli Euganei, totally devoted to organic vineyards. Since Roman times vineyards have acted as a protagonist of the cultivation of the volcanic slopes of the Euganean Hills. The geological composition of these ancient volcanic cones is incredibly rich and diverse. Sedimentary limestone of marine origin lies below the unique Euganean marls, which cover the volcanic subsoils formed during the last period of volcanic activity, rich in basalt, which gives to their wines personality and typicity.
Pietro Zanoni is the owner of this estate located in Quinzano, a little village of Veneto in the famous Valpolicella area. During the years he has been able to bring his wines to the top quality; in particular the Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG produced in a specific “Cru” zone, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC and Recioto DOCG.
The Pinino winery is located in the most historic area of Montalcino, Montosoli, on an estate that has perpetuated the tradition of Brunello for years (long macerations, low yields, large barrels and selections of vintages and different woods to have a portfolio as diversified as possible, with a single rule: everything, exclusively 100% Sangiovese). The company has a total of 12 hectares, 3 in the Pinino area, 9 in the Ganchi area, another territory of cru vineyards.
The Azienda Agricola Castelvecchio stands just above Sagrado, where Gorizia's Karst offers an extraordinary natural and peaceful scenery. The view from this plateau (150 m. above sea level) is unique and embraces the whole region, from the Julian Alps to the nearby Gulf of Trieste. The rich landscapes blend marvellously with the noble, ancient origins of the area which is still embodied by the Renaissance Villa and by the park dotted with the cypresses and old oak trees of the vast forest estate. This land has seen splendor and ruin alternating through the years and still challenges man with its rocky soil, capable of producing wines of great character from the vineyards located in the heart of the estate. Castelvecchio has been owned by the Terrano family since 1986, and the family has enhanced it whilst greatly respecting its history and demonstrating a deep love for the fruits of the earth it produces.
The company was born from the idea of 4 friends to bring back into production and to convert to an organic old Verdicchio
vineyard of about 50 years now abandoned and no longer pruned for a long time with a total extension of 20 hectares and with a farmhouse to be restored in San Marcello between Jesi and Morro d'Alba.
The work was really demanding, but the winery has been able to preserve and restore 7.5 hectares to correct production and Verdicchio and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba were replanted to complete the range
of local native DOC products.
The company was 3 years in biological conversion and from the 2018 harvest 100% of the production is certified organic. Filodivino has chosen to embrace tradition by strongly believing in the two indigenous vines par excellence of the area between Jesi and Senigallia, the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC and the Lacrima di Morro D'Alba DOC, both full of potential, with a strong character, expression of a tradition open to the progress of Italian viticulture.
Not only a beautiful winery, but a great person too. Valentino Valentini is the owner of this winery and he has also been Major of Montefalco for ten years. He puts the same ethic, honesty and transparency he has in its life into the wine, which has no yeasts and enzymes, no stabilization and filtration. The great attention to these processes are giving great recognizability to one of the fullest wine in Italy, the Sagrantino DOCG, a powerful, rich and natural bodied wine, and to the Montefalco DOC, smooth and full at the same time. About the white wine Trebbiano Spoletino? Somebody told: the best wine I ever had!
TENUTA I GELSI
The winery Tenura I Gelsi was founded in 2003 in Rionero del Vulture in Basilicata, a little region in the South of Italy. The presence of Volcanic lakes and springs of one of the most important Italian mineral waters, allows the soil of this winery (heterogeneous, from light tuffaceous rocks, the most ancient are of pyroclastic origin) obtaining incredible wines with a strong character like the famous red wine Aglianico del Vulture DOCG , a powerful wine, full-bodied but elegant at the same time.
The central value of this family business is represented by the deep respect by which it wants to relate to the land, the people and the environment in which it operates. An environment in which the Marini’s Company evolves for the past 300 years! The original nucleus was born for the olive cultivation and the production of oil, and still today, on the total area of about 300 hectares, 130 are olive-yards. Then 35 hectares were used for the production of Calabria's Clementine, flagship product of the regional agriculture, protected by CTM pgi. (communitary trade-mark). In 2003 Marini enriched the offer again focusing on viticoltura quality. 7 hectares of vineyards were planted in clay and hilly terrain at about 500m sea level and it was built a new winery. With this busyness the Company Marini Farms returns to discovering, interpreting it in a modern way, a tradition present in this area since ancient times. The assortment of variety vines includes the native Aglianico and Magliocco and the international Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, for reds, and Chardonnay and Sauvignon for whites. In the vineyard and in the winery has adopted the productive method of biological farming. All this choices testify the constant guidance of Marini towards advanced technologies, quality products in the deep respect for the tradition and the environment.
Sicily, the wine’s continent! This region is really famous for the high production of awesome red and white wines, warm, powerful, symbol of the sun and of the Mediterranean sea. The winery Feudo Solaria was founded in 1887 and today is well-known for the production of authentic Sicilian wines like Grillo, Inzolia, Catarratto ( the most cultivated white grape in all Italy), Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato. The vineyards of Feudo Solaria bordering on the Mediterranean Sea allows to the soil to have temperature variations. In this way are produced incredible red wines, characterized by pleasant notes of roundness and white wines pleasantly fresh and tasty which remember fruit and flower aromas of this magical island.
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