The Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2018

The 14th edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne in March welcomed just over 2,300 wine industry professionals and journalists.
With 51% new visitors, equivalent to 1,171 wine industry professionals and journalists out of a total of 2,311 visitors, the 2018 edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne was a real success.

Indeed, the Grands Jours de Bourgogne event, held every two years in the heart of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, is unique in that it is not actively looking to increase the number of visitors. To preserve the quality of how guests are received, and to be able to offer tastings to key players in the industry, the organizers limit the number of accreditations available, preferring to rely on the number of new faces each year as a gauge of its success.

Wine buyers and market influencers came from around the world to discover the 2016 vintage and to meet growers and négociants. Some 57% of attendees were foreign visitors, representing 50 countries. The five leading nationalities were American, Italian, Belgian, Chinese and German. The remaining 43% of visitors were French.

Concerning professional activities, the event attracted importers (30%), specialist wine store representatives (21%), restaurateurs and sales agents (9%), and sommeliers (7%). Journalists accounted for 7% of visitors.

Visitors and exhibitors agreed on the quality of this edition: “Everything is done to enable visitors to discover the unique character of the Bourgogne region and its many terroirs.”

We look forward to seeing you in March 2020 for the 15th edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne!

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Ristorante Ornellaia opens in Zurich

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Ristorante Ornellaia opens its doors today to the public just off one of the world’s most luxurious and exclusive streets, the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, with the entrance in Sankt Annagasse 2. The celebrated Bolgheri-based wine estate, founded in 1981 has opened its first restaurant with Bindella, its life-long importer and ambassador in Switzerland, renowned also for its expertise in gastronomy.

Celebrated Swiss Architect Tilla Theus has sought to create a taste of Ornellaia and the unmistakable atmosphere of Tuscany; a landscape of people, food and wine, while such an innovative project required a chef of the same calibre. Italian Giuseppe D’Errico after working alongside maestro Gualtiero Marchesi at Alma and developing his considerable talents alongside Michel Troisgrois at the three star Restaurant Troisgros in Roanne, France was the perfect choice. D’Errico’s cuisine is a restyling of classic Tuscan cuisine that uses the same audacious spirit and vision as Ornellaia itself.

“My own personal style relies on simplicity, fine taste, and tradition. Michel Troisgros taught me the values that a dish should exhibit: beauty, goodness, and simplicity. I derive my inspiration from various sources—people I meet, respect for raw ingredients, traditions linked to my own origins, the flavours of what the earth yields. I approach food, just as I do wine, with enormous respect and a hunger to learn. Ornellaia enjoys an unmistakable bond with its growing area; a magnificent, refined, and harmonious corner of Tuscany. All my dishes have this as their starting point.”

GIUSEPPE D’ERRICO, CHEF RISTORANTE ORNELLAIA

Ristorante Ornellaia is a small plot of Bolgheri in Switzerland. Wine, is the focus, but together with the character of every single creation by the team. D’Errico’s guiding hand reveals the rich flavours of a wine-growing paradise, and his sensitivity is obvious in dishes embodying the spirit and philosophy of Ornellaia.

Ristorante Ornellaia is a very special place for Bindella as it continues to strengthen the bond with the Estate.  The expertise in fine wines and hospitality will be on full display, as well as the stunning beauty of Bolgheri’s landscapes, so that the whole becomes an expression of artistic beauty. This fine restaurant is further enhanced by the works of two swiss artists; the outstanding painter Cuno Amiet, and sculptor Hans Josephson, whose talents have won international recognition.

“We wanted to create a superb venue for Ornellaia’s wine since we have been their ambassador in Switzerland right from the first vintage, 1985. The venue reflects the audacious spirit of Ornellaia and the wine list boasts older vintages and rarities from the ‘Ornellaia Archivio Storico’, as well as large-size bottles that one can find only in international auctions. The bond between Bindella and Ornellaia is also obvious by the inclusion on the wine list of a selection of wines from Vallocaia, our own winery, which also first emerged in 1985.”

RUDI BINDELLA

Architect Tilla Theus designed the restaurant with a special focus on native Tuscan materials, such a travertine, famous for its use in historic churches and buildings in Florence.  

“My visit to Ornellaia renewed my memories of Tuscany in a very positive way. The experience of an unforgettable atmosphere; the landscape is beautiful, and the hospitality is without peer. It was that atmosphere – combining landscape, people, food and wine – that I wanted to capture and recreate in Ristorante Ornellaia. Therefore, the travertine used in the interior of the restaurant comes from Tuscany. I remodelled the grey granite stone-front of the building in Bahnhofstrasse 53 inside the restaurant using the warm-coloured travertine stone, together with a classic Tuscan wood ceiling. The more than 100 different lights appear as single spot and call to mind the starry firmament. They also draw attention to the impressive ceiling height. This novel atmosphere is completed by the bronze replica of an oak on the ceiling that recalls the impressive oak at Ornellaia. The interior design is complemented by bronze art-pieces by Josephson as well as art in the traditional Tuscan colours by Cuno Amiet”.

TILLA THEUS, ARCHITECT

Ristorante Ornellaia owes its existence to a desire to combine world-class wine with the highest expression of Italian cuisine, as well as to provide way, even at such a distance, of feeling oneself actually at the winery, in Bolgheri and sharing the philosophy of those who strive each day to respect an area’s genius loci so as to bring forth its finest possible expression.

“Wine summons up emotions, and every visit to our vineyards and the cellar is a unique expression, with that pleasure repeated and renewed with every vintage. We opened Ristorante Ornellaia because we wanted people to enter our world and experience the passion and excellence that are innate in Bolgheri—even when one is physically distant from the Estate. This year, we are celebrating the 30th vintage of Ornellaia and the 10th annual Vendemmia d’Artista, which coincides as well with 30 years of collaboration, and friendship, with Bindella. The offspring of this perfect marriage has been this restaurant, which we would not have wanted to do with any other partner.”    

GIOVANNI GEDDES DA FILICAJA, CEO ORNELLAIA

New Winemaker at Masseto: Eleonora Marconi

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Eleonora Marconi as the new winemaker of Masseto, under the supervision of Axel Heinz, Masseto Estate Director. 

Eleonora discovered her passion for wine back in high school, when she trained as a sommelier. From there she began studying for a degree in oenology at the Polytechnic University of Marche in Ancona, Italy, which led to an internship at the famed Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano winery and then to a full timeposition as winemaker over a period of 6 years.

born in Italy to an Italian father and Australian mother, Eleonora has a meticulous and thorough approach to winemaking and a true appreciation and respect for terroir.

In addition to her work at Nipozzano in Italy, she has garnered international experience working in the vineyards of South Australia and France. 

Also, she is part of a growing number of women who are making strides in the wine business – an industry once dominated by men.

Sontium new cuvée by I Feudi di Romans pay tribute to river Isonzo

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In 1991, the purchase of a vineyard of American grapevines led to the birth of the first 15 hectares of the Cru “I Feudi di Romans”, created with a mission of consciousness and awareness to totally respect this land. Today, the Lorenzon company is considered one of the best wine-producing companies in Friuli Venezia Giulia, boasting 120 hectares of cultivated vineyards in the Isonzo DOC area.

The Lorenzon winery pays tribute to its land by transforming its best grapes into a sublime wine, expression of a unique territory dedicated to excellence. From ancient vines rediscovered “Sontium” is born, from the Latin translation of Isonzo, a new cuvée that inebriates the senses and seduces with its elegance.

The tasting

Sontium is the result of a methodical selection of the best grapes of Pinot Bianco, Friulano, Malvasia and a small part of Traminer Aromatico.

The nose is a continuous search for suggestions revealing a broad and complex bouquet with its particular spicy and ripe fruit notes. In the mouth Its charm is based on taste continuity and aromatic detail. Fluctuating in its ability to wrap the palate, it lengthens with great flavor and richness in the aftertaste.

For the food pairing this wine is ideal with starters, fish dishes and risotti.

Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG: so much to discover in a single glass

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The smallest Prosecco Consortium established in 2009 is punching above its weight: experiments on native yeasts, promotion of autochthonous varieties and wine tourism. The recently released institutional bottle is the symbol of this steady growth.

From 2013 to 2016 Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG has been increasing at a very fast pace, to say the least. Actually, increase has been explosive with a +569% rate, reaching in 2016 a total amount of about 8 million bottles of Asolo Prosecco Superiore. This can be explained by the fact consumers have started appreciating more and more Asolo Prosecco Superiore thanks to its intense sensory characteristics typical of hilly viticulture: freshness, minerality, fruity notes.

Altitude and constant breezes create important diurnal temperature ranges, therefore contributing to the ultimate aromatic complexity of wines and their remarkable freshness. The use of autochthonous yeasts aims at fostering even more Asolo Prosecco Superiore organoleptic identity. “When we sell a bottle of our wine we are first and foremost promoting the local region” believes Armando Serena, President of the Consortium Vini Asolo Montello. “This is why we have decided to use autochthonous yeasts for the creation of our institutional bottle. Tasting it, people will immediately remember Asolo hamlet its breath-taking views, secret passages, stunning villas”.

In the past, Asolo has opened the front gates of its villas in order to welcome personalities such as Robert Browning, Eleonora Duse and Freya Stark, Igor Stravinskij and Ernest Hemingway. It comes as no surprise that still nowadays Asolo is the third most visited town in Veneto region, after Venezia and Verona. A place full of mistery and charm that can be discovered with a glass of Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG.

Ornellaia 2015 “Il Carisma” in starring role at Christie’s in London

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On 15 March the 12-litre Ornellaia 2015 will go under the hammer of the London auction house, alongside first-release Ornellaia Bianco 2014 and 2015 magnums

 

Ornellaia 2015 “Il Carisma” will play a starring role next 15 March when it goes under the hammer for the “Fine & Rare Wines” event hosted by the prestigious London auction house Christie’s, at 8 King Street. The occasion will showcase Italy’s top vintage wines, a category forging ahead in leading international auctions.

As already announced, the auction will include a single 12-litre bottle of Ornellaia 2015 “Il Carisma”, an authentic expression of its unique terroir. The diverse nature of the Estate’s soils – marine, alluvial and volcanic – coupled with its maritime climate create an environment in which red and white varietals can express themselves to the full. As winemaker Axel Heinz says, “wines of great vintages know how to impose themselves naturally, without force, their balance allowing them to shine without having to flaunt themselves”.

This is why “Il Carisma” is the quintessence of Ornellaia 2015. The version presented for auction is a pre-release and the 12-litre bottle (£2,200 – £3,500) is the only example of this large format leaving the cellars this year. Also going under the hammer are several bottles of the very rare Ornellaia Bianco, created in 2013 as the white expression of Ornellaia Rosso. New horizons thus open for aficionados and this auction offers collectors the chance to acquire magnums of the 2014 and 2015 vintages that have never been made available for sale.