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Le Colture debuts at VINEXPO 2019

Le Colture is ready to live an important new debut, joining for the first time the exhibitors of the coming Vinexpo edition. The Ruggeri family is proud to present you their most representative wines at the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Consortium boots in Hall 1 CD75: Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze, Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry, Valdobbiadene DOCG brut ‘Fagher’.
“We are experiencing a moment of significant evolution – commented Alberto and Veronica Ruggeri – that sees us more and more protagonists on international scenarios. For some time now we have been working in foreign markets, some of which are happily consolidating, and for us this is a continuous challenge to confront ourselves on new territories, open to meet a different audience of future wine lovers, to whom we firstly aim to tell our story, which is worth knowing to fully appreciate our wines ”.

Le Colture is a wine company strongly linked to its territory, the Valdobbiadene DOCG, and which sums up in itself the deep meaning of living and cultivating the vine on this land. With its 40 hectares of direct ownership, it has been present in the territory since 1983, but its cornerstone lies in being above all a family, which every day of the year commits itself to enhancing the Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene DOCG. Cesare Ruggeri, father of Silvia, Alberto and Veronica, is Le Colture’s intuitive mind, the true “vigneron” and it’s thanks to him if today we produce 800.000 bottles per year. At the end of the 80s he understood the potential and the strength of Prosecco Superiore and it was then that a small farm made up of a few cows began its transformation; starting from the ’90s with lots of sacrifices Cesare bought some land so as to make Le Colture evolve in a company with a complete production chain, but above all self-sufficient with its own grapes.

“The Prosecco Superiore is an immediate wine – continues Veronica Ruggeri – so over the years our primary purpose has always been to bring home healthy grapes that we follow scrupulously and with extreme care in their growth. Each of us is a part of this reality, starting from our mother Bianca, pillar of this company together with our father Cesare, up to us three brothers, Silvia, Alberto and myself. With our sparkling wines we communicate with passion and authenticity our life, our land and our history into the world. “

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Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2017

Great satisfactions from a challenging vintage

For over 25 years now, Le Volte dell’Ornellaia has shone as the most youthful expression of Ornellaia’s wine production; its generous, Mediterranean character combines with a firm structure and multi-layered complexity to offer, year after year, immediate, joyous pleasure.

The 2017 version has just arrived on retail shelves across the globe, the interpretation of a vintage that those near Bolgheri’s iconic Viale de Cipressi will remember as a hot, dry season.

A mild winter brought a slightly-early budbreak, whose progress was favoured by warm, temperate spring, of the kind that only the Mediterranean coast can gift. April was a more restless month, with some unexpected winter-like conditions, without, however, doing any damage to shoot growth. May seemed to usher in summer; its uninterrupted sun slowed vine growth, but flowering continued unabated. July and August were true to form, refreshed by the providentially-cool night-time temperatures typical of this area.

The harvest started early, on 24 August, and concluded in the final week of September. Towards mid-month, a few rain showers helped lower temperatures, creating, in fact, ideal conditions for finishing the harvest on a high note.

As is our custom, fermentation was performed in small steel tanks, a technique that preserves the characteristics of the varietal components (largely Merlot). The final wine was matured 10 months, part in oak barrels previously used for Ornellaia, part in concrete vats, with the objective of achieving a perfect balance between structure and fruit.

“The result of a particularly hot, dry year,” remarked Winemaker Olga Fusari, “Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia 2017 is characterised by its usual deep ruby red colour. An appealing bouquet of ripe red berryfruit and spices is sustained on the palate by crisp acidity and an open, enveloping tannic structure.”

 

Casa da Tojeira: Vinho Verde Branco Alvarinho

 

Casa da Tojeira is a beautiful manor house built in 17th century of a property in the Peneda-Gerês National park, combines luxurious modern amenities with the old days charm.

Casa da Tojeira produces the famous wine with the same name.

Nature lovers can explore the 20 hectares of the farm and enjoy a variety of leisure activities such as bicycle rides, swimming, horse riding or fishing.

We tatsed:Vinho Verde Branco Alvarinho/Trajadura Tojeira DOC

Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed followed by a soft pressing in order to preserve the characteristics aromas. After defecation by cold, the must is inoculated with selected yeasts. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature of between 14-16ºC.

This wine has a Citrine colour, the aroma is elegant, with notes of tropical fruits, citrus and stone fruit and light floral. In the mouth is balanced and complex, with fresh acidity, engaging and persistent finish.

Pairing food: this wine is ideal accompany seafood dishes, oily fish and white meats.

THE MASSETO WINERY UNVEILED

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An architectural masterpiece quarried from the blue clay

 

Carved deep into the ancient blue clay that underpins the vineyard, the Masseto winery is a physical and symbolic tribute to the Estate’s history and rapid evolution from intuition about the hidden potential of a vineyard site, to internationally acclaimed wine.

‘The Winery is a tribute to the past, present and future of Masseto. It celebrates the incredible story of a wine that was never meant to exist,’ said Masseto CEO, Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja. ‘Years of planning and effort have been dedicated to building the right home for Masseto. One that consolidates three decades of experience, where every aspect has been designed to meet the winemaking team’s highly detailed requirements.

Technical facilities in the subterranean building, reminiscent of a sacred temple, have been stripped back to low-impact basics. ‘Nothing is missing, and there is no more than necessary,’ said Masseto Estate Director, Axel Heinz. He stressed that winemaking at Masseto, which balances austerity, modernity and tradition, will remain unchanged. ‘Our wine making is about reducing the process, reducing intervention, with a ‘less is more’ philosophy.’

Designed by architects Hikaru Mori and Maurizio Zito of the ZitoMori Studio, the building represents and reinforces Masseto’s discreet but powerful identity. Above ground, only the low lines of the grape reception area and the restored Masseto House emerge from the hill.

Built to incorporate a gravity flow winemaking process, and benefiting from the blue clay’s natural insulation, the structure is symbiotic with the hills and vineyard that surround it. The architects called their underground design concept, The Quarry. ‘To represent the effort required to produce the wine made here, we created a series of spaces – not by construction, but by extraction from the hill’s monolithic mass. The diverse internal volumes, heights and levels are reminiscent of a gold mine as it follows seams of precious metal to the core,’ said Japanese-born architect Hikaru Mori.

Cast-in-place concrete was used for the winery’s architectural framework. Inside, clean lines of glass and steel predominate, balanced by rows of oak barrels. Textured and scored surfaces throughout are a reminder of the extractive construction process, while openings in the walls frame vertical profiles of the vineyard’s inimitable blue clay terroir.

At the very heart of the structure lies the Estate’s wine vault, Masseto Caveau. Bottles of every vintage since 1986 are preserved here, in perfect cellaring conditions, each suspended in its own stainless-steel mesh cradle. There could be no better physical manifestation of the Estate’s history.

The 2018 vintage is the first to be vinified in the Winery, by recently appointed cellar master, Eleonora Marconi.

Masseto, located on the Tuscan coast close to the small village of Bolgheri, is a wine that was never meant to exist. The potential of the slope where the vineyard now sits was finally seen in the 1980’s, when, against all odds, advice and local tradition, the first vines were planted. Intuition paid off. The blue clay, cooling coastal breezes and abundant refracted light from the Tyrrhenian Sea all contribute to Masseto’s intriguing combination of power, elegance and complexity. Masseto has received international acclaim since its birth in 1986. The Estate is controlled by the Frescobaldi Family Group.

 

 

Supertuscan: internationally Tuscan wines

The origin of Supertuscan goes back to the last forty years: these wines were originated from the strong wish of their producers to express a renewal and an international character.
At the end of the Sixties the Marquis Incisa della Rocchetta, with the help of the ingenious enologist Giacomo Tachis, decided to experiment new methods by producing the Sassicaia, a red wine obtained from Cabernet, Sauvignon and Franc grapes, which were cultivated only in the Castagneto Carducci area (now area of the DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia) and refined in French barrique

They had analysed the soil and cleared up that its feautures were very similar to those of the Graves area, near Bordeaux, so they knew that it was not very suitable for Sangiovese, but perfect to cultivate international grapes of a very high quality.
In this way, a new concept of Tuscan wine was born, that is to say a great red wine, longlived and structured, that keeps in itself the Tuscan terroir:

a distinctive and influential wine, able to graft into the souls of the most obstinately French Cabernet, Franc, Syrah and Merlot, making them powerful and strongly able to express the Tuscan soil, by enriching them in their bouquets with scents of underbrush and balsamic herbs and refining them with violet and white flowers fragrances.
These new and more modern wines, received a lukewarm welcome in Italy, while they received great appreciation on the foreign markets from the very beginning, in particular in the USA, where the market was guided by skilful wine influencers and wine tasters such as Robert Parker, who first called them “Supertuscan” and James Suckling, well known for his publications on Wine Spectator.

Nowadays the wines that use Cabernet, Merlot or Syrah grapes, or even only Sangiovese grapes, are included into the Supertuscan category: they have some definite feautures in common, as the full-bodied taste, the longevity and the strong structure, but each one has got its own soul, history and a territory to narrate. In fact, these wines distinguish themselves by being expressions of a creative enology, (not so limited by the disciplinary rules anymore) and also the “children” of a new generation of enologists; they are able to interpret the perfect interaction between the features of a territory and the philosophy of a winery and make us meet it again in our glass.
Exactly as our I Campacci, obtained only with the grapes coming from our small Merlot vineyard.

A crù with great appeal and sensuality, that expresses the international feautures of these varieties (the spiced and jam elements, potential and structure) and the philosophy of our Estate (freshness, richness and strong in tannin because of its aging). It is produced every year in about 6000 bottles, it is a great meditation wine and suitable for a long aging.

Ornellaia, interpreter par excellence of Italian wines,wins Vinitaly’s 2019 International Prize

 

Another award of notable prestige joins the myriad honours won in recent years by Ornellaia, the Bolgheri-based producer whose stunning, world-class wines have kept the international spotlight focused on the immense quality possible on the Tuscan coast. The award cites “this Made in Italy sector leader, with its rich portfolio of universally-coveted wines that are the envy of the entire wine world,” a tribute that was officially made in the presence of a prestigious audience composed of wine producers, opinion-leaders, journalists, and wine sector professionals.

 

This tribute is simply the latest milestone in the impressive record that Ornellaia has steadily created for itself from its beginnings, gaining an international reputation that has brought it to the very pinnacle of world-wide success. Its position is further strengthened this year by the distribution of the iconic Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore through the Place de Bordeaux network in order to ensure more consistent distribution in markets it has more recently entered–Asia, Africa, South America–, while the long-established markets of Europe and North America will continue to be addressed by the winery’s traditional distribution channels.

 

The fruit of the unique and uncompromising quality of Ornellaia’s production has been its astounding evolution and current world ranking, a position that has been strengthened over its history by the far-sighted strategic decisions of CEO Giovanni Geddes de Filicaja, whose goal has always been to further raise its intrinsic value and image. He has pursued that goal from the very start, as he stated in his speech of acceptance: “Would you like to know how we grew? My goal was clear from the beginning: increase value by investing in the highest quality—the absolute finest team, wines, and communications.

 

Our corner of Tuscany has also become an open-air museum, thanks to the art installations of our Vendemmia d’Artista initiative, which for ten years now has attracted internationally-famed artists who have personally interpreted the distinctive characteristic of each individual going year. The latest vintage to be so recognised was the inimitable 2016, named‚ La Tensione‘ (Tension).

TENUTA MASSELINA WRITES A NEW STORY


Recovered an ancient barn: made a barrel room, a refining room for classic method sparkling wine and new spaces for tastings. A project that talks about high quality wine and wine tourism for the entire territory of Romagna. Organic vineyards and structure with Casaclima standard.

Tenuta Masselina is the winery owned by Terre Cevico. It rises on the hills of Castelbolognese in the heart of the Serra su terroir sub-area among the most vocated of Romagna in the production of Sangiovese. In its 16 hectares of organic vineyard, there are native vines such as Albana, Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Grechetto Gentile (Pignoletto).

Masselina is an estate with a strong territorial identity that becomes a story and experience through visits to the winery and paths in the vineyard, tastings and events. Here you can breathe the work of the fields, the beauty of nature, being well and, of course, the aroma of great wines. Tenuta Masselina is a symbol and paradigm of sustainability, the real one told through facts and not by proclamations.

In these days the Mipaaft has formalized the guidelines for the enotourist activity and from this point of view the proposal of Masselina is in perfect harmony with the provision. The investment made, in fact, is placed in the wake of a strategy that tends to enhance wine also through experiential and tourist routes.

The new structure is entirely built with the standards of Casaclima and is surrounded by 16 hectares of entirely organic vineyards and 6 of woods. For hot water and heating, the heat captured by 14 geothermal wells is used and a large part of the electricity is generated by photovoltaic panels.

The bottaia was also built, a room for the production of the classic method sparkling wine and a space dedicated to wines in the amphorae. An important investment, which saw the architectural recovery of a classic Romagna hay barn.

“High quality wine, with important positions, also needs to be told, tasted and lived at the place of production – says Marco Nannetti, President of Terre Cevico – A project that therefore aims to develop strong and structured synergies and connections in Romagna with the sectors of tourism, culture and gastronomy. We want to further contribute to the recognition of the added value it deserves in Italy and in the world of wine. ”

So the wine tourist can go to the estate to taste the wines, visit the vineyards and the cellar. It will also be possible to use the services by booking using the special link from the website http://www.masselina.it.

At Vinitaly, this project was launched in great style, which is added as a fundamental piece to the mosaic of Romagna oenology.

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