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Gold bubbles at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championship 2018

Gold medal for the Trentodoc Altinum Brut Magnum 2014 as part of the international competition “The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018”. The jury recognized the excellence of Trentino bubbles, rewarding the work of Cantina Aldeno and all its members and collaborators.
The review in question is one of the most important and rigorous at international level for the bubbles from around the world.

In the competition there were numerous wines from 18 countries. The jury, composed of Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan, Tony Jordan and George Markus, said they found it difficult to judge the very high quality and diversity of bubbles that improve year after year.

Also among the many companies is Cantina Aldeno, which won the gold medal by presenting the Trentodoc Altinum Brut Magnum 2014. This wine is made exclusively from the careful selection of Chardonnay (90%) and Pinot Noir (10%) grapes. from the hilly and foothills above the village of Aldeno. Straw yellow color, fine and persistent perlage, intense bouquet with hints of wild flowers, apple tree, honey and almonds. Full, elegant taste with a delicate almond and yeast background. Persistent in the mouth, it should be served at 6-7 ° C.

Another great success for Cantina Aldeno, for all the winemakers and collaborators who continue to achieve great results with their work and attention and to give us pride and satisfaction.


Tasting wine consciously: some hints

Wine is a manifold product that keeps natural and cultural elements in itself. It can be drunk as any other drink, to match a food while having dinner with our friends or it can be tasted in a professional way, to value all its organoleptic qualities and deliver a judgement.
In this article, we are trying to outline some elements to suggest a “third way”, that is neither that of the careless table-companion, nor that of the skilful technician.

A way to taste wine that everyone can easily understand and, above all, that can promote a greater consciousness (and greater pleasure, obviously!).

From a practical point of view, now almost everybody knows the typical sequence of wine tasting: first the visual test, then the olfactory one and finally the gustative test. Here we don’t want to dwell upon every step, but we want to point out three aspects, or conditions, that can foster a better experience to approach wine in general:

1. TIME: haste is an enemy in many situations, but it is even more, when you are going to taste a wine. In fact, this needs time and patience in waiting for the wine to disclose all its features in fragrance and taste. Some wines seem to say nothing by the first olfactory or gustative test, but shortly afterwards, they open up and let their qualities come out. So please take the necessary time and calmness, maybe in a quiet place, without noises.

2. KNOWLEDGE: as we were saying before, wine is not simply a drink. It is the expression of a territory, of its history, of all those craftmade practices that were carried out to produce it. To know these aspects helps us to understand why a wine has got a certain taste and not another and even to understand the richness of diversity. So, if possible, when you taste a wine, make also room for the story about it told by the person who knows it well, maybe because he/she has produced it. Or simply get information about its origins.

3. ATTITUDE: if we do not belong to a committee that has to judge a wine, perhaps the best way to taste it, is to be open-minded, ready to welcome it and to be surprised by it. In other words, we’d better not have prearranged expectations about how a certain wine should be, so that we can concentrate on the feelings that it gives us at that very moment, on what it wants to communicate to us.

These are only a few hints which can be useful for a more conscious and pleasant tasting. What matters, as always, is practice, and creating the right opportunities as well.
If you want to experiment directly this approach, you have this possibility here in Trecciano!

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The Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG harvest opens with optimistic predictions

It has officially begun the Prosecco DOCG Val D’Oca harvest: in the Cantina Produttori di Valdobbiadene, the tractors are filled with the grapes of the 600 member farmers, ready for processing. The manual harvest of Prosecco Superiore DOCG began on Monday 15 September in the banks of Colbertaldo and, probably, will continue more slowly until the end of the month, in the other shores as the grapes are still ripening.

This year the conditions of the vines are particularly good: no crop has been affected by downy mildew, a serious disease caused by a fungus, or by botrytis, mold caused by a pathogen. To date, moreover, only 50 hectares hit by hail, with losses of around 30%. All this makes us hope for an excellent year, which will offer Spumante and Prosecco Superiore of high quality, enough to allow for 20% more production compared to the 2017 harvest (a vintage that should be mentioned as poor due to the low fertility of the buds and further decimated by the late April frost). “We are pleased with how the first part of the harvest is going” – commented the general director Aldo Franchi. “We are grateful to nature, which this year has given us a good fertility of the vine. Most likely this year we will reach the record of conferring grapes, about 160.00 quintals. An important share, which will bring our Prosecco to the tables, a wine recognized among the best in the world, an expression of our beloved territory, guaranteed in quality from the vine to the bottle. “.


Primitivo di Manduria: grows Docg dolce naturale and Riserva Dop

Satisfaction for the Protection Consortium

The Primitivo di Manduria grows and grows in all its variants: Primitivo di Manduria Dop, Primitivo di Manduria Riserva Dop e Primitivo di Manduria dolce naturale Docg .

Almost 13 million liters, equivalent to just over 17 million bottles, of which 70% are exported, for an estimated value of around 100 million euros (domestic consumption of around 30 million euros and abroad of around 70 millions of euros). An increase of 13.87% compared to 2016 which once again confirms the supremacy of great doc in the major markets of the world.

These are the actual numbers of the year 2017 for Primitivo di Manduria. In particular, the DOP represents 91.2% of the entire bottled, the 8.1% Reserve and the natural sweet DOCG 0.7%.

The novelty concerns the increase for the DOCG (first DOCG in Puglia) and for the Reserve.

In 2017, about 95 thousand liters of Docg were bottled, equivalent to about 127 thousand bottles with an increase of 33.45% compared to the previous year.

In the sector Primitivo di Manduria Riserva Dop there was a sector growth of 24.27% compared to 2016 for a total of just over one million liters equivalent to almost one and a half million bottles. Data that support the “premiumization” process of Primitivo di Manduria, ie consumers tend to prefer more expensive bottles perceived as higher quality.

The Primitivo di Manduria Dop also grew by 12.90% for a total of almost 12 million liters, equal to about 16 million bottles.

The Primitivo di Manduria is no longer a novelty, but a pillar of the wine industry not only in Puglia but also in Italy. – says satisfied Roberto Erario, president of the Consortium for the protection of Primitivo di Manduria – It is a wine that knows no crisis, especially abroad with an important exploit on all markets “.

We have won new members, – continues Erario – the Consortium currently boasts 46 wineries and bottling companies and over 900 winemakers. The promotion and communication projects are becoming fundamental to make our wines and the territory that expresses them abroad known. Soon, for example, the machine of the great Primitivo Taste Experience project – Il Primitivo di Manduria in Chinese and American glasses conceived by us consists of incoming activities and participation in foreign fairs. A good bet on our identity that today is increasingly a distinctive element of the Puglia brand. Ours is a rich, flourishing and growing territory and I would like to thank all the companies, both the big and the small ones, who produce this wonderful doc with sacrifice and passion “.

But who drinks Primitivo di Manduria?

The Primitivo di Manduria is the Apulian doc that is part of the Top five of the most exported wines with a turnover of around 100 million euros, especially loved by the X generation (37 – 57 years). Present all over the world.
The final consumer of Primitivo di Manduria in general is a career man, cultured and refined who loves to consume wine from Puglia inspired by the behavior of “luxury”. He drinks it during an important business dinner, to celebrate an anniversary or during a marriage proposal. Normally he chooses it for the perfect harmony between body and taste.

46% of consumers are women. It is estimated that almost half of the turnover obtained from the sale of the product in Italy and abroad is given by the women’s market. He chooses it for his unmistakable bouquet: rich, complex, ample and fruity, with notes of Mediterranean scrub.

The senses are exacerbated and very sensitive to the minimum effluvium and the female palate discovers subtlety that that of men ignores. Women drink little but well, less quantity but more quality so they choose Primitivo di Manduria.

The release of Masseto 2015 is imminent


Perfect harvest conditions have resulted in a great vintage


Masseto is pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited 2015 vintage on October 1, 2018.  Considered to be among the most coveted vintages ever produced by Masseto, Masseto 2015 is impressive, sumptuous and silky, and decisively Mediterranean in character.

The 2015 vintage presented an ideal growing season in Bolgheri,and saw the ever magical balance between power and elegance that defines Masseto. In the vineyard, vines benefitted from the unique elements which come into play each year on the Masseto hill. The climate, the presence of the blue clay in the soils, the interaction of the marine influence and the constant, tender care of our workers.

The development of the vines until the summer of 2015 was normal, but a very hot, dry July risked a temporary shut-down in their ripening. But luck would have it that cooler temperatures and some rain came in mid-August, enabling the grapes to conclude ripening at their own pace and under the best conditions. Fundamental to this was the marine influence of the Tyrrhenian Sea – producing cooler sea breezes and a magnified intensity of light, especially towards the end of the day, – which accompanied the grapes to a perfect ripening and ensured ideal temperatures during harvest.

“Vintage 2015 will go down in Masseto’s history as one of the great vintages,” noted Axel Heinz – Masseto Estate Director & Winemaker. “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 flavor 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 previous vintages of Masseto, the 2015 release will come equipped with a Prooftag™ on the neck of each bottle, guaranteeing authenticity and provenance.


Ornellaia: beginning of the harvest

After already two weeks of white wine harvest, this 31 August, harvest of the red grapes has started in Ornellaia.

A rainy spring that has required solid nerves to keep up with explosive vine growth and high risk of disease, but rewarded us with excellent fruit set and even development of the grapes. Summer has not been short of sunny weather and high temperatures, with just enough rain to prevent from any drought. Ripening has been even without any rush, allowing us to kick off at a normal date for Ornellaia. Next week is expected to bring cooler temperatures to hopefully create ideal conditions for a harvest that should last for all of September and should finish the first days of October for the latest ripening varieties.


Axel Heinz – Estate Director and winemaker Ornellaia

‘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.

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