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‘Monferrato On Stage’

The ‘taste of music’ in collaboration with the Consortium Barbera d’Asti and Vini del Monferrato

Notes and gastronomic excellences protagonists, until 25 August, of the Piedmontese summer in 12 Municipalities

Monferrato on stage returns to animate the Piedmontese summer and to enhance a territory rich in wine excellences. From 1 July to 25 August the musical and food and wine event, realized in collaboration with the Consortium Barbera d’Asti and Vini del Monferrato and sponsored by the Piedmont Region and Province of Asti, will touch twelve Municipalities of Monferrato: Passerano Marmorito (Sunday 1st July ), Baldichieri d’Asti (Saturday 7 July), Cocconato (Friday 13 July), Cantarana (Saturday 14 July), Callianetto (Saturday 21 July), Aramengo (Sunday 22 July), Piea (Saturday 4 August), Roatto (Sunday) 5 August), Castagnole Monferrato (Friday 10 August), Tonco (Sunday 12 August), Ferrere (Thursday 23 August) and Valfenera (Saturday 25 August) with a rich program of free concerts and tastings of local products.

The leitmotif of the whole event will be music, with cover bands and special guests and the great wines of Monferrato. The musicians who will alternate this summer are many and of different musical genres. It starts from the sound of Riki Massini and Bonus Track Band with special guest Clive Bunker, historical drummer of Jethro Tull (1/7) and continues with The Italian Job – Stef Burns, “the Gallo” Golinelli, Juan Van Emmerloot (7 / 7) passing from the fifties rock’n’roll of Florie & The Lazy Cats (13/7); the next day it’s the turn of the historical “Band” of Ligabue composed by Robby Pellati, Mel Previte, “Rigo” Righetti and Fede Poggipollini (14/7). The month of July closes with Enrico Zapparoli tribute by Modà & Negramaro (21/7) and the Emotions Swing & Bossa Band by Max Muller (22/7). August begins with Andrea Braido and The Black Cars (4/8) continuing with the opening band of the Iron Maiden world tour Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band (5/8), the gipsy-jazz-bossa of the Bruskers Guitar Duo Gipsy ( 10/8), the homage to Lucio Dalla proposed by Ricky Portera and Gemelli Astrali (12/8) and the two final evenings with Giorgio Conte in “Sconfinando” Tour in the company of maestro Alessandro Nidi (23/8) and Giorgio Buttazzo and the Acoustic Trio Bermuda (25/8).

Each evening will be accompanied by quality wine, with the Barbera protagonist, which will be possible to taste for each event in the program, along with a basket of typical products ranging from rubatà breadsticks, robiola, cooked salami to tench in carpione to peaches stuffed.

“The noble wines of Monferrato – says the president of the Consortium Barbera d’Asti and Vini del Monferrato, Filippo Mobrici – marry the music of the stages of Monferrato on stage, a festival that involves some of the municipalities of production of the names that we protect and promote. This year we support the review that takes place in the wine regions and in some of its most evocative villages, because we share the basic philosophy: the enhancement of local history and its cultural heritage, landscape and production through its great wines “.

“A review that conquers new spaces – says the Piedmont Region Councilor for Agriculture, Giorgio Ferrero – is a lively and vibrant review, which grows and finds in this a confirmation of his mission. Monferrato on stage is an occasion of great importance. to promote a territory that gives prestige to Piedmont. Barbera and Vermouth are worthy contraltari of music, and remember that the Monferrato is a land rich in history, culture, exceptional landscapes, wine and other food and wine excellences. Remembering it once again is important to make known to those who ignore it a territory that deserves to be frequented “.

“This event – says the president of the Province of Asti, Marco Gabusi – is characterized by its intent to unite, surpassing the logic of the bell towers thanks to a modern communication and a renewed graphics for a brand of an event increasingly linked to our territory”.

“The Ecomuseum is an institution of the Piedmont Region that enhances the memory and what better occasion of the music to do it” declares Elisabetta Serra, director of the Ecomuseum of the Basso Monferrato Asti (BMA) among the partners of the event.

To give voice to the Monferrato and to the whole festival will be the radio speaker Manuel Giancale (ManuJ) of Radio Veronica One that will lead and animate the evenings alternating with the rock and pop notes of the numerous artists on the stage.


Sauvignon Blanc „Mathias“ by Pfitscher

Pinot Nero and Sauvignon Blanc are the main grape varieties that in recent years have allowed Pfitscher to be so appreciated in the wine scene. In autumn a new wine will be presented, unique and in limited quantities: the Sauvignon Blanc “Mathias” 2016.

Named after the founder of the Pfitscher Estate, Mathias reflects a grand cru according to the Burgundian model: an authentic “terroir wine”. Land rich in life and minerality, optimal microclimate, old vines and a work in the meticulous vineyard, carried out with strictly natural techniques: all fundamental factors that, in synergy, give life to Mathias.

We find these ideal conditions in the Cru “Katrhreinerfelder” in Fiè allo Sciliar, at 900 m of altitude. In good years this vineyard produces between 1,500 and 2,000 bottles of an excellent wine. Sauvignon Blanc “Mathias” made its debut during the most important trade fairs in Europe and was premiered to a small circle of journalists, thus confirming its extraordinary characteristics of quality and exclusivity.

The Pfitscher family has worked hard to create a great wine, able to seduce by structure, minerality and elegance, like the most famous wines in the world. The “Mathias” 2016 Sauvignon Blanc wine is available in a limited edition of only 1,850 bottles at specialized dealers starting in October.

Linea FRANCESCO CAPETTA Monferrato DOC Chiaretto

The Monferrato DOC Chiaretto is a delicate and pleasant rosé wine obtained from Dolcetto, Barbera, Pinot Noir grapes, to be served preferably fresh (around 10 ° -12 ° C) to enhance the harmonious and balanced taste.

Excellent all year round, it is perfect to accompany fish and white meats.

It is part of the Francesco Capetta line, which offers a selected selection of DOC and DOCG wines: in addition to the Monferrato DOC Chiaretto, it includes the Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato DOC and the red wines Barbera d’Asti DOCG, Barbera del Monferrato DOC, Dolcetto d ‘ Acqui DOC and Dolcetto d’Alba DOC.

Characteristics of Monferrato DOC Chiaretto Capetta:

Grape variety: Dolcetto, Pinot Nero, Barbera

Classification: Denomination of Controlled Origin

Color: Rosé tending to light red

Perfume: Fresh, delicate, pleasantly vinous

Taste: Dry, harmonious and balanced

Serving suggestions: Excellent with dishes based on fish and white meats

Alcohol content: 12% Vol

Serving temperature: 10 ° -12 ° C

Franciacorta, Camilucci

Passion, research, meticulous attention to detail, an eye to the past but the face towards the future: these are the characteristics of the Camilucci company.
The wine estates is located in the heart of Franciacorta, Italy, in a beautiful hilly area, particularly suitable for viticulture, with vineyards in the Municipalities of Rodengo Saiano, Ome, Monticelli Brusati and Gussago, a few kilometers away from Lake Iseo and Brescia.
Over the years, Stefano Camilucci has made his life an ancient family activity, creating a project that gathers with love and enthusiasm the poetry of his land and projects it with an enlightened slant towards new horizons. A careful, innovative winemaking, aiming at a modern, natural and authentic product. A Franciacorta that seeks aromas, balance and elegance, which marries the drinkability and the satisfaction of the senses. Unique wines, close to their origins, which aim to be remembered.

Masseto takes a leading role in the Christie’s Auction in Hong Kong

Masseto takes a leading role in the Christie’s Auction in Hong Kong with Rare Library Releases and an exceptional ‘preview’ of Masseto 2015 in Hong Kong

The ‘Premier Preview Masseto 2015’ lots achieve an equivalent price of € 1,036 per 750ml bottle  

Masseto, Italy’s most collectable estate, is proud to announce the results of the unique lots made available directly from the winery which were auctioned during Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine auction held in Hong Kong on May 26, 2018.

Considered one of the world’s greatest investment wines as rated by the Liv-Ex auction index, nineteen rare Masseto library release lots were offered to collectors directly from the Estate and achieved a grand total of €109,791 in sales, marking yet another crowning achievement for the storied wine.

Featuring rare bottlings (6 x 750ml) of Masseto from vintages 1995-2009, and large formats (Magnum, never-before-released Double Magnums, and extremely limited release Imperial bottles dating back to 1995), bidding was very animated, with collectors eager to secure these exceptional wines of provenance.

In addition, a notable highlight of the Christie’s auction was the world-exclusive ‘Premier Preview Masseto 2015’ section, offering collectors and ‘afficionados’ the opportunity to purchase the highly anticipated release of the 2015 vintage Masseto prior to its official release in Fall 2018. This vintage, considered to be among the most coveted wines ever produced by the Estate since its inaugural vintage in 1987, was offered in eight separate lots which included all bottle sizes produced (750ml, magnum, double magnum, and the extremely rare numbered Imperial bottle (5/80) and Nebuchadnezzar bottle (1/10).  These lots achieved a grand total of €63,177, which translates into €1,036 per bottle equivalent.

Each lot of Masseto 2015 was offered in original wooden cases with metal plates bearing the text ‘Premier Preview Masseto 2015 – Christie’s Hong Kong – May 2018’ and included a special certificate of origin unique to the lot.

Axel Heinz, Masseto Estate Director and Winemaker remembers, “Vintage 2015 will go down in Masseto’s history as one of the great vintages. The almost textbook-like growing conditions produced a wine with a perfect balance between a mature, yet complex, aromatic expression of great freshness and a rare quality of ample, silky and smooth tannins. The dark and intense color is followed by a rich aroma with hints of fully ripe red fruit and spicy, balsamic and cocoa notes. In the mouth, it becomes sensual and rich, with great density and an ample and perfectly smooth tannin. The fruity notes are balanced by the spicy flavour of wood; its fresh and vivid final taste comes to a close with a hint of cocoa. Given the greatness of the vintage this is a wine which will go on developing over decades to come.”

As with regular bottlings of Masseto, each library release wine sold at the Christie’s Fine & Rare Wine auction on May 26, came equipped with the innovative Prooftag™ technology on the neck of each bottle, guaranteeing authenticity and provenance.

‘‘Christie’s are delighted with the strong results for the lots direct from Masseto with 100% of the lots offered selling and particularly the “Premier Preview Masseto 2015” allowing the lucky buyers to secure this fantastic vintage before general release for sale in the autumn. 6 bottles of Masseto 2015 were sold for HK$ 49,000 and a rare Nebuchadnezzar for HK$ 196,000. We sincerely thank the team at Masseto for the partnership for this special auction”.

Tim Triptree, Director and Senior Specialist, Christie’s 

Ornellaia benefit auction at the V&A Museum

Benefit auction of Ornellaia Wines at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London  brings total of £ 123.000 (€ 140.000)

On the event of the tenth edition of the Vendemmia d’Artista project, Ornellaia has raised above of 2 Million euros to benefit art foundations and museums across the globe through the project to date. 

Ornellaia was in the spotlight at a benefit auction of 9 lots comprising special bottles created by William Kentridge for the Ornellaia 2015 Il Carisma – Vendemmia d’Artista. Stephen Mould, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, presided at a gala dinner and auction which raised funds to benefit the host sponsoring the event, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, directed by Tristram Hunt.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Vendemmia d’Artista project, Ornellaia has invited South African artist William Kentridge to interpret the character of “Il Carisma” (Charisma). Kentridge is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, sculptures, animations and performances, which he uses to transmute sobering political events into powerful poetic allegories.

The artist William Kentridge created a site-specific masterpiece for the estate, customising a limited series of 111 large-format bottles and designing special edition labels, including a special edition label for a unique Salmanazar bottle (9 litres) using circular anamorphic digital print. In addition – to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vendemmia d’Artista project – the special edition label will be reproduced on all Magnums and on the lids of their wooden cases. The drawings on the labels were executed on the pages of old Italian cash books found in flea markets and second-hand shops in the Tuscan area.

The centrepiece of the project is the wine: Ornellaia 2015 Il Carisma. Now in its 30th vintage, the Carisma lives up to its name. The fruit of a particularly well-balanced harvest season, 2015 is without doubt one of the great Ornellaia vintages. The characteristic deep colour announces a wine of great texture and intensity, followed by a fruit-rich nose that is ripe and fresh at the same time, emphasized by classic balsamic and spicy hints. It is rich, dense and full-bodied on the palate, with an exceptional tannic texture. Dense, velvety and refined, this texture extends throughout the palate. The lengthy finish concludes with an impression of firmness and delicate hints of spice.

“Like people of great ‘Carisma’ (Charisma), wines of great vintages know how to impose themselves naturally, without force, their balance allowing them to shine without having to flaunt themselves.”

Axel Heinz, Winemaker and Estate Director.

According to the artist, “The images on the Ornellaia labels are essentially about the work of making wine, and mainly of the vendemmia, the grape harvest. The secateurs come from a memory of the one occasion I took part in a Tuscan vendemmia, when I spent six months in San Casciano outside Florence with my family. This made me understand the human labour involved in making the wine; though what I remember most strongly is the pleasure of the lunch prepared in the vineyards by the local farmer’s wife. A depth of flavour made by the combination of work and terroir. The aspects of wine-making that combine both manual craft and mechanical processes suggested the transformation of people into machines and machines into workers. This is part of an ongoing series of drawings and other work about human labour. The drawings are done on pages from various old Italian cash books found in flea markets and second-hand shops in the Tuscan area.”

William Kentridge.

South African artist William Kentridge is a true Renaissance Man, a modern-day da Vinci who can lend his hand to drawing, printmaking, animation, sculpture, set design, opera, performance – the list goes on! The designs he has produced for Ornellaia combine so many elements of his work, including his repurposing of old Italian cash books and ongoing exploration of human labour and mechanics, which lend themselves so well to the tradition of winemaking, and to the history and impeccable standards of the Ornellaia estate in particular. The labels he has designed for Ornellaia draw on his Shadow Procession series, as seen in the public mural ‘Triumphs and Laments’ on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, and his latest performance work ‘The Head and the Load’, which premiers in London this summer. One lucky bidder will even get to take home an anamorphic digital print, which only assumes its proper form only when reflected in a mirrored cylinder, in this case making clever use of the form of the Salmanazar wine bottle itself. I think it is no underestimation to say Kentridge is one of the most exciting and versatile artists in the world today, as evidenced in this very special project.”

Hannah O’Leary, Sotheby’s Head of Modern and Contemporary African Art.


“The V&A is thrilled to host Ornellaia, Sotheby’s, and the renowned artist William Kentridge, as they present the 10th edition of Vendemmia d’Artista. We are honoured that Ornellaia have chosen the V&A for this spectacular event and we are hugely grateful for its generous support.”

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, Victoria & Albert Museum.


Sotheby’s Wine is proud to participate in our tenth collaboration with Ornellaia’s superb Vendemmia d’Artista art program. We have enjoyed incredibly special events in New York (2010 & 2017), Hong Kong (2012), London (2013), Toronto (2014), Basel (2015) and Los Angeles (2016), each of which was wholly unique and exciting, in the same way that every vintage has its own distinct character. The evening combines great wines and great works of art, culminating in a live benefit auction, where we will raise funds for the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). These unique large-format bottles will find homes in new cellars and will always remind their new owners of the joys of bringing wine, food, art and friendship together. This is a time for fun, celebration and generosity.

Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine.

“Sotheby’s is honoured to support the 10th anniversary edition of Ornellaia’s Vendemmia d’Artista, a wonderful project which stimulates the senses with its unique fusion of art and wine. The marriage of one of Italy’s greatest wines with a leading contemporary artist for an excellent cause is a celebratory event, and this year’s special edition scales the heights in bringing together an exceptional vintage, the renowned artist William Kentridge, and a world-famous and beloved museum.”

Stephen Mould, Senior Director, Head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe.

“Today, as the Vendemmia d’Artista marks its 10th year, it continues to attract funds for the restoration of artworks belonging to our universal heritage. In this ten editions we have succeeded in donating more two million euros across the globe, just a small drop perhaps, but there is much more to come”.

Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja, CEO Ornellaia.  

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

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.

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