Monthly Archives: October 2015

Milazzo wine estate. Cantine della Baronia #wine #sicilia #italy



We are in Sicily and more precisely in the “Terre della Baronia” terroir at 400 m. above sea level in the heart of Sicily, on the hills north east of Campobello di Licata (Agrigento). Right here are the 75 hectares of vineyards owned by Milazzo family.

These climatic characteristics but also morphological and hilly terrain that integrate, in wines, finesse and aromatic freshness, as well as the maturity and structure guaranteed by a climate still inserted in a Mediterranean setting.

150 years of history on growing grapes that, at the end of the sixties, Giuseppe Milazzo has turned into a research and innovation aimed at excellence.
In cultivation the use of machinery is relegated to only use of the tractors for the management of the ground between the rows, while in the row weeds are eradicated with manual hoeing. In cultivation it is used exclusively to the use of organic fertilizers to ensure the genuineness of the product and protect the aquifers from possible alterations.

The pruning is performed exclusively by hand as well as the selected harvest that takes place exclusively with the use of cassettes to about 14 kg which are thoroughly washed after each use. The grapes harvested in the individual boxes are immediately transferred to the cellar. The same boxes are then stored in chill rooms at a controlled temperature.img_gal_140974970073-27

The tasting

Terre della Baronia Rosso Sicilia DOP 2012, it is a wine composed primarily ofNero d’Avola with a part of Perricone. As for the vinification the grapes are harvested in small boxes of 14 kg approximately, in polyphenolic maturity reached. Subsequently they undergo stemming and thermo conditioned, and conveyed to a fermentation cold maceration for 24-48 hours.

It is aged in stainless steel tanks and partly in French oak barrels, first pass, where it rests for about 12 months. After this period, the product is left to mature for about three years in barrels of tanks at controlled temperature.

It has a deep red almost purple. The nose is very inviting with hints of cherry, licorice, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. The mouth is soft and sweet. Tannins of great quality, long persistence. the table is combined with pasta dishes with meat and vegetables, grilled meats, roasts, matured cheeses.
We discovered the wine estate with the marketing manager Luisa Culle:




Refosco dal peduncolo rosso 2012 “Il Roncal”

The Roncal, in Friulian “farm set on a hillside planted with terraces”, also called “Ronchi”, is overlooking the charming landscape.

jdjaskaskdIt is the vineyards that surround Montebello Hills, where  the headquarters of the estate are situated. They offer year after year, fresh and fragrant white wines, red wines and full-bodied and velvety red wines.

The farm consists of a piece of land in the eastern hills of Friuli consists of land sandstone marl that thanks to the excellent sun exposure and microclimate allows the cultivation of a wide variety of grapes. The harvest is purely late this of course to take the grapes in its most generous maturity. The wine is made using traditional methods, temperature controlled in the cellars of the company. Not only that, next to the shiny and cold steel tanks, is devoted to scented oak barrels, where the wines mature and aromas complement.

We tasted

Refosco dal peduncolo rosso 2012 “Il Roncal”

Refosco is a Friulian vine of ancient origin from well-defined characters. The harvest, late, is made manually, in boxes with selection of grapes.

The Winemaking takes place once the grapes were cut and pressed, then they undergo maceration on the skins for 15 days and temperature-controlled fermentation. With soft pressing, they are   separated from the skins followed by a natural settling. Half of the product remains in wooden barrels of 25 hl. for 5 months. Then the winemakers perform the join the cuvées  in stainless steel vats and. They are  bottlied in late June.

The color is a ruby red tending to purple, intense and pleasant with hints of blackberry and wild berries. Fruity in the mouth, slightly tannic, full-bodied, warm, with persistent and pleasant aftertaste.
Then we speak of a robust wine that is very suitable for aging.
It is a wine purely from fireplace autumn, which should be accompanied with red meat, fat, venison, and roast.


The Paraguayan secret: The best Latin American winery #wine #cellar #Latinamerica

In City of the East, the second largest city of Paraguay, in the subsoil of tmonalisa-rebajadohe shopping mall called Monalisa, it is found the best winery of all Latin America.

Accross the commercialisation of all different kind of products in this shopping center, stairs on the ground floor of the building offer space to an extensive winery of around one thousand square meters.

Inside of it there could be found around 200,000 bottles of the bests wines from all over the world, where the majority of them come from France (especially from Bordeaux) but also from Spain, Portugal and Chile.

The majority of the customers come from Brasil or Argentina and that is the reason why Argentine wines are not sold because they want to offer special products that cannot be found in the Latin American countries.

The winery operates for fifteen years and it is characterized because of its fabolous temperature, being between 14 and 17 degrees with almost 70% humidity. Moreover, it does not deliver products to make customers going there to enjoy both city and the best winery of the entire “Mercosur”.

Customers could also find wines valued on 3,000 dollars that are not consumed but they are kept for exposition and saved as a true relic.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.



Cascina Fontana, expressive wines. #barolo #italia #fontana


To our great pleasure, Edoardo Patrone of Cascina Fontana in Piedmont came to visit our headquarters in Brussels.

The winery Cascina Fontana stands in the hills of the Langhe of Barolo, surrounded by vineyards and villages dominated by impressive medieval castles. A landscape of rare beauty!

In this beautiful area suitable for the production of wine, the Fontana family produces in 4 hectares of vineyards, great wines from six generations.

The winemaker, Mario Fontana continues this tradition, overseeing the entire production cycle, from cultivation of the vines to the production of wine: “I am a manufacturer of traditional wine. I do this by putting the utmost care in the growing of vines, which are the means by which they are able to reach this expression. “

The typical varieties grown are Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo. The vineyards are located in some of the best production areas in Castiglione Falletto (Villero, Valletti, Pozzo), La Morra (Gallinotto) and Sinio (vigna del Castello).

My purpose is to express in my wines the full taste of my land in the way most pure and direct ..”

The vines grow on different soils, with different exposures and microclimates, producing grapes with characteristics also markedly different. Having vineyards spread across a large area is also a prudent choice in a region which, being close to the mountains, is always at risk hail.
The wines, produced in a natural way, represent the true expression of the territory, in which are contained the typical of the earth and signs of culture.

We tasted

  • Langhe Nebbiolo 2013, produced from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the vineyard of the historic Castle of Sinio
    Fontana together with a small part of Nebbiolo grapes grown in the area of Barolo in the vineyard vigna del Pozzo. It ‘a fresh, harmonious color red garnet. It has good balance of tannins and acidity, allowing him to grow old and better up to 15 years from production.
    It goes well with common foods, such as a nice margarita pizza cooked in a wood
  • Barolo 2011. The Barolo wine of noble origin is produced from Nebbiolo grapes grown in vineyards located in the hilly heart of the Barolo area. It is a wine that requires patience. The slow vinification brings a concentration of extracts and tannins such as to ensure a remarkable capacity for aging for tens of years.

Here is a wine deep and austere: a wine to drink in the company of family and close friends in the best moments of life. This Barolo nose is rich and harmonious with hints of rose, licorice and spices. In the mouth is full and firm, but also tannic. It’s true, Barolo is a wine that can safely be drunk alone and when served together with food, this should be at least of equal importance, as a braised in Barolo, wild boar stew and other dishes typical of the Langhe.

With Edoardo we discovered the Cascina Fontana:


The largest wine collection takes place in Moldova #wine #cellar #Moldova

milestii_mici-3Its name is Milestii Mici and it is the biggest cellar of  the world which  has around 2 million of wine bottles highly appreciated. Also known as “The Golden Collection”, 70% of the production is red wine.

Milestii Mici, is a town dedicated to wine production and it is located 20 km far from Chisinau, capital of Moldova.

The winery has complex underground galleries that are spread over a total of 250 km of which about 50 km are used.

In August 2005, Milestii Mici won the Guiness Records award as the largest wine collection in the world. Its wines are exported to several countries as Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, United States and Japan.

For visitors, there is the opportunity of booking a tour on which you will be able to choose the date, time and language and after that, there is the chance of select and taste different “Milestii Mici wines”.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz

Wines from the East: Romania #wine #east #Romania


Romania has a great wine tradition couvered by the excellent wines that it produces, some of which have won several international awards.

Some of the most famous and local variety are the called Grassa Cotnari, Feteasca alba or Feteasca regala. These are the variety of white golden yellow grape from which the best Romanian wines are elaborated.

Besides having their own types of grapes, the good Romanian climate and its geographical position have also allowed the perfect acclimatization of foreign varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, etc. Thanks to that, high quality wines are produced in the country.

Cotnari vineyards are the most famous in the country and here are produced the marketed brands Tamáioasa, Fráncusa, Feteasca Alba. Some other famous Romanian wine brands that should be taken into account are Aligote,  Riesling, Feteasca Neagra (red wine) or Mutfarlar.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz

Le Macioche winery, quality and care for details. #wine #italy

Winemaking is not only a matter of generations that hand down knowledge and vineyards. There are stories of friendship that integrate ancient traditions and renew it. Le Macioche is a small ancient winery of Montalcino less 1233554668522than one year ago has been taken over by three friends from Veneto who fell in love with this unique territory.

In Verona they work as consultants in the field of the green economy and environmental sustainability.

When they had the occasion to buy a winery, their first aim was to enclose in their wines a high sense of respect for the environment: a work but also a philosophy of life and a dream become true.

“We were looking for a small reality, a limited production in a unique terroir: and we have found it”, they say. The former team has been preserved, starting from the oenologist Maurizio Castelli, who in 2000 has converted the winery to organic farming and has chosen guyot as training method for the 3-hectare vineyard. Le Macioche proposes three labels and produces 18,000 bottles per year: Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello and Brunello Riserva.

Quality meets a great care for details and tradition is always combined with modernity. The new management has preserved a craftsman-like work as an ancient value, while labels, packaging, look and minimal eleganceare the distinguishing marks of a generation change and of the new imprinting.

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