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Vecchie viti 2016 by Ruggeri

The Ruggeri winery was established in 1950 by Giustino Bisol, whose family boasts a deeply rooted, centuries-old tradition in viticulture in the Valdobbiadene area. The Ruggeri winery, which was established in 1950 by Giustino Bisol, was originally housed in small premises in the village of Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene. Ruggeri owns a small vineyard of Cartizze and 20 hectares on the nearby Montello, 12 of them are cultivated with Pinot Grigio and Glera (traditionally called Prosecco). About 1 hectare is dedicated to the growing of Recantina, an ancient and authochtonous red grape variety which was recovered thanks to the hard work of cooperation with the Istituto Sperimentale Per la Viticoltura di Conegliano (School of Viticulture of Conegliano).

The Ruggeri winery is well equipped to cope with the considerable harvest; it has two fully independent lines for receiving the grapes and 5 ‘soft’ presses, thereby ensuring separation of the various vineyard harvests also at the busiest times.

We tasted: Vecchie viti 2016

This wine, obtained from the Old Vines of Valdobbiadene, the most beautiful and longlived Prosecche, Bianchette, Verdise and Perere, would be a tribute  to our country and to the memory of all men and women who, with their hands and their heart, made it an extraordinary and fertile land”. Vecchie Viti” (Old Vines), because it is the fruit of grapes coming from old vines between 80 and 100 years old, scattered all over the hills of Valdobbiadene’s territory and not from a single vineyard. The production of this wine need the cooperation of numerous farmers, owners of the best vineyards.

This wine has a light straw color with silvery reflections and a fine perlage. On the nose emerge scents of flowers of lily of the valley, white rose, apple, banana, pear and cedar, embellished with mineral cues and hints of candy. The sip is fresh, simple and continuous, with a subtle and creamy effervescence, savory and with a good final trail of citrus lemon and orange.

For the food pairing is ideal with aperitif, with lake fish and risotto with mushroom.


Sagrantino Montefalco 2012, Pardi Brothers’ Winery

The story of Pardi Brothers’ Winery begins in 1919 when the brothers Alfredo, Francesco and Alberto Pardi establish the Cantina Fratelli Pardi, that was located on the ground floor of the Saint Marcus Hospital, that belonged to the stately building of Saint Francis in Montefalco.

The Cantina Pardi present winery begins in 2003 in Montefalco beneath the ancient walls and is for the whole production of wine, from the cultivation and the wine-making process to the marketing of the wines. The wine-making room is equipped with stainless steel tanks and is used for the fermentation of the red and white musts and for the preservation of the wines.

An underground room is kept for the ageing of the wines; it is equipped with French barriques and, according to tradition, with big oak barrels from the Alps and Slavonia. Here are bottled and aged the great wines of controlled and guaranteed origin, such as Sagrantino Secco and Passito from Montefalco DOCG, Rosso DOC and Bianco DOC.

The vineyards extend for about 11 hectares and are all located in Montefalco, along the gentle hills of Casale, Campolungo, Pietrauta and Lasignano. The choice of these areas is the result of the long-lasting knowledge of the family concerning the wine vocation of this wonderful territory and we preserve this tradition with loyalty and constancy.

Together with the renowned Sagrantino, the autochthonous vine from Montefalco, the Pardi Brothers’ grow also grapes with red berries, typical of the area, such as Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot ; these grapes, together with Sagrantino, make up the Montefalco Rosso DOC. The Grechetto, Chardonnay and Trebbiano Spoletino vines, with white berries, make up the white wine Colle di Giove DOC.

We tasted: Sagrantino Montefalco 2012

This wine made of Sagrantino vine 100% aged in bottle for 6-8 months.

This Sagrantino is intense and deep ruby red. It opens to the nose giving clear hints of dark fruit that recall ribes, plum jam and sour cherries. In the mouth it is set on an imposing tannins. Important the body, warm in the mouth and with long persistence.

For the food pairing is ideal with red meat with roast meats, hare in salmì, brasati cooked at Sagrantino. Extra hard cheese.

Franco Mondo, wine-makers for generation

The Mondos have been recognised in the town of San Marzano Oliveto near Asti, in Piedmont, as wine-makers for generations and are, as such, much appreciated.

The ridge which is home to the Mondo family cellar bears a striking resemblance to the profile of a sleeping woman.” The particolar composition of the soil and a temperate microclimate make it the ideal place for cultivating vines.

The company, which still maintains its artisan, family character, is run by Valerio and his father Franco. Their estate covers about twelve hectares of vineyards, approximately 60 % of which are dedicated to the cultivation of Barbera grapes while the rest is divided between Moscato Bianco, Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cortese, Chardonnay and Favorita varieties.

We tasted: Le Rose Barbera d´Asti Superiore Nizza 2012

This wine made from rigorous selection of grapes Barbera d’Asti 100% in the vineyards. In the vinification the wine is left refinig for 18 month in small french oak barrels which allow it to reach a specific maturity.

The bouquet recall spices, dried roses and vanilla. In the mouth, It has a full body, round and soft in the palate.

This kind of wine is ideal with red meat and game dishes.

Asti DOCG extra dry, Arione

Arione wine estate led by brothers Mauro and Luca in Castiglione Tinella and Canelli in Piedmont is a family-run business with four generations of Piedmont wine producers.

The company has access to vineyards located in the best Piedmont areas, the Langhe and the Monferrato, where the family jealously guards the initial learnings handed down from the first master winemaker, Luigi Arione, translating them into solid practices.

Arione family has definitely, strong roots connected to the Langhe and Monferrato lands, to the landscapes and the passion for the craft of “making wine”, because being producers here in Piedmont, means great daily challenge.

We tasted: Asti docg extra dry

«Our Extra Dry Asti DOCG, the non-sweet version of the famous Asti DOCG, is a new and innovating product born from the idea of relaunching a sparkling wine that represents the history of our territory and our hills, now belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage” with these words the brothers Mauro and Luca Arione, present their new sparkling wine obtained from Moscato grapes: an absolute novelty that is raising the interest of the market and obtaining the approval among wine-lovers.

This wine is classified “Extra” because it is an extra-dry sparkling wine. In fact, according to the regulations, it has a content of residual sugar between 12 and 17 grams per litre, so clearly less sugar than in the traditional Asti DOCG that has always been produced in sweet version with over 50 grams sugar per litre.

The colour is straw yellow with thin and elegant perlage. The bouquet shows scents reminding sweetness of exotic fruits and the freshness of the garden flowers. In the mouth is well Balanced, fresh savoury and pleasantly dry. It is ideal for a toast with aperitif, fish finger foods and sushi.


Brachetto d’Acqui Spumante, la Torre Castel Rocchero

La Torre Castel Rocchero is a winemakers association founded in 1953 by people form the village of Castel Rocchero in Piedmont, “driven by a single faith in the collaboration of free spirits,” as the scroll commemorating the first harvest tells us, “for a fuller utilization of our wine, synonymous with the improvement in the family and social economy.”

The vinary tower is a bulwark, a symbol of presence and a lookout and reference point in the whole Monferrato. Its shape is unmistakable as its lure: planted in between the vineyards, bumps and ridges designed by vines and grapes of Barbera or Dolcetto, Moscato or Brachetto.

The vineyards draw the landscape for 300 hectares between the high hills of Nizza Monferrato and Acqui Terme. Here they are able to interpret at their best all those varieties typically grown in this area of Piedmont.

We tasted:  Brachetto d’Acqui Spumante

Brachetto is produced in a small area, between the provinces of Asti and Alessandria. This is a special wine that has always been drunk with great parsimony in the days of great occasions.

It has a ruby red color with tendency to garnet clear and rosy, with persistent foam. The bouquet has scents of rose and ripe fruit, while its taste is fresh, lively and with musk notes.

In the food pairing this wine is ideal as aperitif and with a dessert after a meal. Wonderful companion of lightly sour fruit, such as strawberries and peaches, it gives good results in the preparation of wine cocktails, marrying it with liqueurs, bitters and vermouth.

Dolcetto Novello S. Martino, cantine Volpi

Cantine Volpi was founded in Tortona in 1914. Since then, through four generations it has been the protagonist of a continuous evolution that has led it to be a reference reality in the Piedmont wine industry, an authentic expression of the Tortona hills.

A company that has always been oriented towards innovation: between the ’70s and’ 90s with the Cortese Docg of the Tortona Hills it has established itself in Italy as the main protagonist of the launch of the ‘sparkling white wine natural’, a forerunner of the planetary successes of Prosecco and of Franciacorta.
In the same period Cantine Volpi brought the Barrique to the winery and started the production and marketing of Vino Novello. In the 90s it was among the first wineries to marry with determination the choice of Bio in large numbers, which today accounts for 70% of production.

At the end of the 90s, when in Italy there was not yet an organic wine market, Carlo Volpi with pioneering spirit, decided to satisfy an English customer who required a selection of the best Italian wines produced organically. Thus the first experimental line of organic wines was born.

We tasted: Dolcetto Novello S. Martino 2017

This wine produced in Colli Tortonesi area by Dolcetto grapes, has an intense rubin red colour. In the nose is vinous, characteristic, pleasant. In the mouth is dry with a discreet body and harmonious.

For the food pairing this wine is ideal with local and regional cuisine from Piedmont, and in autumns is also excellent with roasted chestnuts.

Domno, Nero Rose’ Brut

was founded in 2008 in the city of Garibaldi, Rio Grande do Sul, the so called “sparkling wine’s land”, as the newest enterprising of Valduga Group family . Certain of the growth of wines and sparkling wines sector in Brazil, the Domno project characterizes itself for two business fronts: the importing of high standard wines and the sparkling wines elaboration that is already recognized by the consumers for its quality and elegance.

We tasted: Nero Rose’ Brut

This sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay 60%, Pinot Noir 40%. The harvesting is manual and selective. The vinification is a Charmat method. The colour is cherry red and fine and persistent perlage. The aroma has notes of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry. In the mouth is fruity, balanced and with good persistence. For the food paring is ideal with aperitifs, salads, fish, shrimp, pasta with little spicy sauces and desserts not very sweet, the base of red fruits.


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