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An exploration of the fabulous Höpler winery #wine #austria #höpler

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Höpler wine estate, placed in the small village of Breitenbrunn, in the Austrian State of Burgenland, has 46 hectares, whose 50% white wine, 45% red wine and 5% sweet wine.

The Pannonian climate, with hot summers and temperate winters, is the optimal condition to allow the growth of good quality grapes, all hand-picked. The soil, composed by different rocks such as clay, limestone and gravel, gives to wines special characteristics.

Exquisite quality of Blaufränkish, St. Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes perfectly ripe with their particular flavors.

Gradual implementations of technology in the winery are determining evolution of wine production since 2005.

The property has several wine rooms: Aroma room, Treasure room, Sound room, Tasting room etc, where you have the opportunity to gradually discover the world of wine and sharpen your senses. After this unique experience you can go to the cellar and buy wines you have tasted at a completely convenient price.

The company produces world renowned wines: superb reds, fine whites and special sweet wines.

In particular, we have been fascinated by Pinot White, a light yellow wine, very juicy and mouth-filling. It has the unique flavor of the Chinese fruit lychee, mixed with ananas aroma that make it inimitable.

It suits well with white meat and Asian dishes.

Höpler winery website: http://www.hoepler.at/1-1-Home.html

 

 

 

 

 

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San Giacomo Cantina #abruzzo #sangiacomo #wine

Cantina San Giacomo

San Giacomo Cantina is located in Rocca San Giovanni, in Chieti province, between Trabocchi coast and luxuriant hills, a perfect combination of natural environments.  San Giacomo winery offers wines of aromatic fragrances, fullbodied red wines and white wines of exquisite and delicate tastes. The most famous local white grapes are Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Chardonnay, Pecorino and Moscato, whereas red grapes are Montepulciano  d’Abruzzo, San Giovese and Merlot, other than renowned sparkling wines and excellent fine liquors.

The cellar also produces genuine food of extraordinary quality such as jams, pasta, marinated preserves and the savory Pecorino d’Abruzzo cheese. All these products are made by the passion and the enthusiasm of the almost two hundred workers, who collaborate to improve the production, recently the Cantina has started to produce wine made by organic grapes.

Near San Giacomo Cantina there is a shop where you can have an amazing gastronomic experience and you can choose between a wide variety of goods that will satisfy your desires.

San Giacomo Cantina website:

http://www.cantinasangiacomo.it/web/it/?lang=en

Valentina Gagliano

 

 

Col d’Orcia wine estate #wine #montalcino #tuscany

Surrounded by a beautiful natural scenery, Col d’Orcia winery is situatedCOL6near the fabulous medieval village of Montalcino, in Siena province of Tuscany. It offers fantastic views with its Montalcino hills, Monte Amiata and Brunello vineyards. In this scenic location you will have the opportunity to taste delicious products like wines, organic extra virgin olive oil and grappa.

The wine estate is considered as the largest organic wine farm in Tuscany, it obtained organic certification in 2010. Col d’Orcia literary means “windy hill”, that is the amazing place where you can find Poggio al Vento vineyard.  The company is owned by Cinzano family since 1973.

DOCG wines produced have a very high quality and the most important are wide range of fine Montalcino red wines, Chianti DOCG and Pinot Grigio. Moreover Col d’Orcia is well-known for its unique patrimony of more than 50,000 bottles of vintages Brunello di Montalcino.

Col d’Orcia regularly opens its cellars to all wine lovers and connoisseurs, you can take part of a tour discovering the estate and tasting wines.

We have been charmed by the taste of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, that we really liked it. It is a deep and dense ruby red wine made from a rigorous selection of best bunches of Sangiovese grape, locally called “Brunello”.  It requires a long maturation of more than four years in steel tanks first and then in Slavonian oak barrels.

This pure Sangiovese variety has an elegant body and a firm acidity, slightly attenuated by fruit fragrances. A full-bodied, powerful wine with a long and memorable aftertaste.

Col d’Orcia estate website: http://www.coldorcia.com/

Valentina Gagliano

 

Lanius-Knab wine estate #wine #rhine #germany

Lanius-Knab

We are in Oberwesel, a small town on the left bank of Rhine river, in Rhineland-Palatinate State, in Germany. Lanius-Knab is located in this fantastic landscape. The propriety belongs to VDP, the national German association of top quality wine production.

Winemakers themselves affirmed that their high quality wines are made thanks to excellent production process in their cellars and to the quality of their grapes as well, coming from vineyards of the middle Rhine valley.

All the wines of this region are, indeed, well-known for the variety of their splendid nuances, essentially influenced by the different “terroirs” where grapes grow, so weather and territory morphology are the two main elements that made wines singular in their style.Lanius

Modernity and tradition are combined together to produce the wines of the company. First of all, wine is poured into big steel tanks of great value, and then it is refined in traditional seasoned oak barrels.

Engehöller Bernstein vineyard represents more than half of total vineyards of the firm. The basic soil component, the slate, enriches wine of unique peach and apricot aromas. Wines produced in Engehöller Goldmund vineyard have peculiar lemon and apple notes.

Whereas Oberweseler Oelsberg vine has a soil composed of humus, sandstone and slate, which gives special flavors to wines.

We have greatly enjoyed Riesling, all wines are under VDP quality certification:

Riesling 2014, a superb wine.  We can define it as a light, fresh, fruity and mineral wine. Citrus notes strengthen its freshness and make the wine a pleasure for the palate.

Riesling GG (Gewächs lordi) Engehöller Bernstein is an extraordinary wine variety. It has the same particular characteristics of classic Riesling, but it stands out for its strong fragrances. This is more mineral and softer body then others, and very intense too. We really appreciated its lemon aroma and we have been charmed by the production of Riesling carried out in a classic and traditional way, that we didn’t find in other German winemakers instead.

A wonderful winery that we really recommend to visit.

Lanius-Knab company website: http://www.lanius-knab.de/en/

Valentina Gagliano (translation)

Scheiblhofer collection #wine #austria #burgenland

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The Scheiblhofer is one the largest wineries in Andau village in Burgenland, the easternmost State of Austria. In this exclusive area, where the sun shines bright, a wide range of excellent wines are produced. High temperature and rich soil are the ideal conditions for an abundant growth of exceptional ripe grapes.

The Scheiblhofer collection is very unique. They are full-bodied wines, characterized by high aroma and splendid tasting. The three most representative collections of the company are: Big John, Perfection and Jois, a singular trilogy in Burgenland.

Big Joh is the legendary pioneer red wine. It is a dense ruby red, famous for the mixture of fruit scents and delicious aroma of caramel, powerful tannin and with oak roasted flavor. Its label is inimitable; there is a great bustard in it, a representative image for Andau community, as it is the only place in the world where great bustards are native. We tasted Big John, a blend of zweigelt, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir it and loved it immediately for its strong nose, its bold character and its long aftertaste.

Perfection collection includes Shiraz, Legends, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, all dark ruby reds, full-bodied varieties perfect to be paired with red meat.

Jois is a 30 year old vine. The typical cherry fruit with the combination of strong acidity makes the wine refreshing and explosive at the same time.

You can send an online request to visit the winery and have the opportunity to taste its sumptuous wines. Moreover, if you are a wine lover and want to stay more, the newly built guest house will be ready to give you a very warm welcome.

Scheiblhofer winery website:  https://www.scheiblhofer.at/en/startseite.html

Valentina Gagliano

Wonderful white wines at Aigner winery #wine #aigner #krems #austria

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Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is produced by the well-known Weingut Aigner wine estate, placed in the Austrian city Krems. Today Wolfgang Aigner manages the company, whose tradition and values have been passed on nine generations, since the beginning of the 18th century. The company produces around 60,000 bottles of wine every year.

The winery also offers a guesthouse opened in 1999, where you can use leisure facilities, take part to winery tours, wine tastings and even watch or participate in the grape harvest.

Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is a really high quality white wine, made by the typical Aigner style. Aigner wines are strong in aroma, but also fresh and fruity, as Sauvignon Blanc. A crispy, zesty, medium-bodied white wine.

We really have appreciated its exceptional charming characteristic, flower aroma, and herbaceous tones. Its savory taste is made of medium acidity, very profound at the same time, with a great aftertaste.

Due to the wine herbal fragrances, it is ideal to join with similar green herbs, as parsley, rosemary, basil, coriander or mint. Perfect food pairings are white meats, seafood, cheese and vegetables too.

Riesling Kremstal DAC Weinzierlberg 2014 trocken is a fantastic white riesling with lemon notes, long, persistent with body and elegance. The way how this winemaker goes at work for this riesling is fantastic. You’ll be experiencing an exceptional moment while tasting this riesling.

Weingut Aigner website: http://aigner-wein.at/index.php/en/

Valentina Gagliano