Tradition for Claudio Quarta also translates into the rediscovery of the taste of the past. Thus was born the idea of continuing an ancient production already existing in the small cellar taken over in Guagnano. They are the “ANTICA MASSERIA DEL SIGILLO” wines, with a clear traditional imprint, already known and appreciated by the foreign market, and American in particular, which continue to live thanks to the grapes of the Tenute Eméra and Sanpaolo vineyards and to the traditional production techniques. Like the Primitivo di Manduria Antica Masseria del Sigillo, Top 100 Wine Spectator 2016, now vinified in Eméra in cement tanks, just as it used to be.
The story of the Piccini family behind Badia al Colle is a story of four generations of passion, values, and knowledge of wine. Piccini is grounded to the Tuscan land and its traditions, but its not bound by it. In fact, Piccini today has an orange soul, a color that perfectly represents our vibrant dynamic and innovative personality, and an international brand, the brand of a company known and appreciated. The family owns five estates in Italy ranging from Tuscany to Basilicata to Sicily. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico, Piccini is today one of the major players in Tuscany and its wines are distributed to 80 countries throughout the world. Our tradition begins in 1882, with Angelo Piccini, from a small family enterprice of only seven. Hah! Guided only by passion for winemaking, from him the next generations inherited the most important rule in Piccini winemaking: “It is not how much you do, but how much passion in the doing.” Nowadays, Tenute Piccini has four separate estate in its portfolio and ranks as one of the most recognized brands of Tuscan wine in the world.
CANTINA DI CALDARO is one of the most important high-quality wine producers in Alto Adige, renown for producing classicly-styled, yet accessibly-priced wines made from grapes in the vineyards surrounding Lake Caldaro, which is just outside Bolzano. Since 1906, the winery has functioned as a cooperative. The vineyards are almost entirely worked by hand with strict guidelines established by the members and supervised by the cellar master. The wines owe their bright and pure aromas, near-perfect balance on the palate, and fresh acidity to their mountainside origins.
Here, in Venosa, there is one of the most renowned wine businesses of Southern Italy: CANTINA DI VENOSA. Founded in 1957 by 27 promoting members , thanks to the will, the perseverance, the capability to associate of this vine-growers group, Cantina di Venosa nowadays is an association of 400 members with about 800 hectars of vineyards, most of which in the Venosa Commune , the largest producer of Aglianico grapes, in the Vulture area.
Antica Masseria del Sigillo was founded in Guagnano in 1989 with the idea of producing hand-crafted wines in an area that had been taken over by large industrial operations. In 2005 Claudio Quarta, a businessman who respected this philosophy, purchased the property with the aim of continuing this approach. Claudio and his daughter, Alessandra are involved in the ambitious project of reinterpreting southern Italy’s wine-growing excellence, by combining the utmost respect for tradition with progress and total commitment to environmental sustainability.
At Colle Corviano, estate-vineyard blocks are vinified separately and traced throughout the production process. Each vineyard block has been delineated and planted based on the accumulated knowledge of soil profile and chemistry, aspect (orientation to the sun), slope (vertical degree impacting potential for drainage), and overall climate. Terroir defines our plantings, without regard to what may be fashionable today. Each block has its unique geological history, which provides distinctive flavors. As the roots of the vines forge deep into the earth, their individuality becomes more pronounced. The grapes from these blocks were planted in 1973.
Contarini is in charge of controlling all the phases of the production cycle of its wines, following step by step, with capillary attention, the path that from the origin of the products first passes through their subsequent transformation, until the final result is reached. Contarini makes an art of the care and research of the quality of its wines. The secret of the Contarini brand lies in the incessant dialogue between past, present and future, in a fusion of perspectives which, drawing constant nourishment from tradition, make it a reference system for re-reading and interpreting ancient and unchanged flavors in a modern key. Grow, improve, be skilled pioneers of taste, listen to the voice of your customers to satisfy their most subtle need with care and dedication, always remain faithful to the absolute typicality of the past, enriching it with the great opportunities offered by modern technologies: a set of values and ambitions that make Contarini a solid reality, a winning group, motivated and animated.
Since the early 1900’s generation after generation of the Degani family have dedicated their efforts to growing grapes on this estate. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that they began producing and selling wine locally, and then in 1988 began international exportation. Azienda Agricola Degani is still a family run operation, all activities from growing and picking of the grapes, to winemaking, bottling and selling are conducted by members of the Degani family. Degani is the exception rather than the norm in the Valpolicella area – it’s a rarity to find such a boutique family-run operation that still grows, produces and bottles entirely from their own vineyards. With the retirement of father Sante Degani in 1980, the younger family members assumed responsibility. Still today, Aldo and Luca Degani handle the winemaking and Zeno Degani is responsible for the vineyards.
The Tenuta Sant’Agnese Estate has been producing wines, olive oil and grains in Montepulciano since the mid-1800s, originally by Elisabetta Fanetti’s great-great- grandfather Giuseppe Andreucci. In the 1920s, Elisabetta’s grandfather, Adamo Fanetti, converted additional land from the estate to grape production and began the Cantine Fanetti. The vineyards are in the heart of Nobile production. The lands of medium blend soil, with a prevalence of Pliocene age clay, where can be found fossils. The growing system is the classical guyot but experiments are also being made with the spurred cordon, with a minimum use of treatments to have healthy grapes, selected by hands. 100% Estate fruit.
The Gagliardo family has been deeply rooted in the history of cultivating grapes and producing wines in Piemonte since 1848. The Gagliardo ancestors, the Colla family, initially began producing Moscato and Dolcetto, and finally in La Morra in the Barolo region and started producing Barolo wine with the care and attention that only a great passion and respect for the land can provide. Today, the passion of Gianni Gagliardo’s three sons represent the “power unit” of the winery, and they are all fully committed to making exceptional wines. Their handcrafted approach is traditional, with a focus on the environment and sustainability. Each and every phase of production is meticulously executed. Stefano is one of the premier winemakers in Barolo. At his side, his brother Alberto, has taken on the responsibility for the vineyards, continually seeking to obtain outstanding results following the most sustainable organic practices. Paolo, the third son, is in charge of daily winery operations.
They named their estate, I Lauri, for the inhabitants of their village. Coming from a hilltop covered in bay trees, Loreto Aprutino, was originally called Lauretum, coming from the Latin term for laurel grove or bay tree. They are proud of their sustainable artisanal approach to native and acquired varietals. Their definition of an artisanal identity is that of a philosophy in producing wine and its intrinsic quality. It is not a question of how many bottles one produces or which varietal one plants but the authenticity and pleasure it displays in one’s glass. Such a definition and the search for our identity has prompted them to avidly seek different goldilocks zones in the Tavo Valley and to plant non-indigenous noble varietals alongside our focus on native ones.
One of the most important high quality wine producers in the Alto Adige since 1906, the winery has functioned as a cooperative. Vineyards are worked almost entirely by hand with strict guidelines established by the coop members and supervised by the cellar master. The winery is located in Italy’s northernmost province of Alto Adige and the vineyards surround Lake Caldaro in the Alps where Italy meets Austria and two cultures merge into one.
The history of the Grimaldi family has its roots in the peasant roots of the Langhe, in the Talloria Valley, at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Nonno Giuseppe cultivated excellent Dolcetto grapes which he loaded onto the wagon and took them to the Alba market, where they were bought by the winemakers. After the war, Giuseppe's son, Carlo Grimaldi, began to bottle under the family name. Work began on modernizing the farm and rationalizing the vineyards to enhance the varietal expressions of the native vines. In 1967 the new winery was built in the locality of Groppone, which is still the seat of the current winery today. Grimaldi wines begin to be exported throughout Europe. Finally in North America and, more recently, in China and in Asian countries. Luigino and his father continue to raise the quality of the wines, modernizing production technologies and continuing the expansion of new vineyards. In 2013, Elias, Luigino's son, joined the company, mainly dealing with the agronomic part and work in the vineyard. Elias is the fourth generation of the Grimaldis, he will have the task of continuing a century of winemaking tradition in one of the most suitable lands in the world for wine production.
Use Azienda Vinicola Talamonti was founded in 2001 by the Di Tonno and Redmont families in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Talamonti boasts a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and nearly 50 hectares of surrounding hillside vineyards. The winery is run almost completely on solar and wind power (carbon neutral), and practices minimal use of herbicides and pesticides. The wines are made from native Italian grapes such as Trebbiano and Montepulciano D’Abruzzo but with a modern approach. space to add more details about your site, a customer quote, or to talk about important news.
Azienda Marchesini Marcello is a small family-owned winery, located in the heart of the Bardolino district overlooking beautiful Lake Garda. It all started at the beginning of 1950’s, when Plinio Marchesini, a farmer’s son with a great passion for the land, farming, and in particular the vines, started to produce a small amount of wine to enjoy with his friends. The dedication, determination, and love that he put into his new passion quickly fueled a viable wine-making venture and thus created a new business trade. His wines quickly became renowned throughout Northern Italy. The importance of keeping a genuine and very high quality wine was passed on to Plinio’s son Marcello, who began working at his father’s side in the 1990’s. The goal was to learn, follow and enlarge the family’s already thriving business. Today, Marchesini’s Bardolino wines are sold internationally.
Hailing from Guarene, Piero Palladino spent his youth in Alba, where he studied winemaking at the Istituto Enologico. In 1974, Piero bought the current Azienda Vinicola Palladino and entrusted its management to his cousin Maurilio, his subsequent business partner. Maurilio, together with his wife Domenica, managed the company for years, and today his experience is combined with the enthusiasm of a new generation, Maurilio's and Piero's granddaughters and their families. The Palladino Philosophy: A wine cellar is its territory: a simple philosophy, focused on the link with tradition, on respect for the terroir and the passion with which we try to communicate these values throughout the world.
Produttori del Gavi’s origins trace back to 1951 when 83 families banded together to share their strengths in cooperative form. The group is essentially made up of these same growers to this day, with just twelve more being admitted to the group since inception. The vineyards of member/growers are spread all over the Gavi DOC territory in 11 municipalities covering 200 hectares of land from Tassarolo to Bosio. Such coverage allows the production of various “Cru” bottlings, many of which are amongst the most exciting produced in this historic appellation.
Rodano is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico in the famed region of Castellina. Dating back to the middle ages, the farm has been in the Pozzesi family since the 1950’s. Enrico, the son of Vittorio Pozzesi (former President of the Chianti Classico Consortium) now owns the winery and is also the winemaker.
How many harvests have passed since Vincenzo Spinelli founded his company? Many, almost fifty. But the love for the vines and the land of Abruzzo have never changed. An ancient passion inspired Vincenzo Spinelli a half century ago to take up the challenge: ``If we are making good wine for ourselves, why not do it for everyone?`` Ours is a family company, in the sense that everything that counts comes from our history, deeply rooted in the land of Abruzzo and handed down over generations. We are all still farmers at heart: everything else changes, grows, evolves over time, but the heart of the family is the same, the authentic way that we experience our work and life. The flag bearers of this tradition today are Carlo and Adriano Spinelli, the sons of the founder, Vincenzo.
Azienda Vinicola Talamonti was founded in 2001 by the Di Tonno and Redmont families in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Talamonti boasts a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and nearly 50 hectares of surrounding hillside vineyards. The winery is run almost completely on solar and wind power (carbon neutral), and practices minimal use of herbicides and pesticides. The wines are made from native Italian grapes such as Trebbiano and Montepulciano D’Abruzzo but with a modern approach.
Five generations brought together by their passion for viticulture and olives, and by their love for products of excellence. The management of the Tamburini estate has always been based on combining a passion for tradition with the use of the best techniques to produce the finest wines and products. In particular, a major agricultural and technological refresh has been underway since 2002, involving 30 hectares of vines and 1,000 olive trees. Courtesy of such constant attention, Tamburini wines and other products from the estate are now sold around the world. Tamburini exports world-renowned wines such as Chianti DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino and other labels that represent the very best of Tuscany.
Giovanni (brother) and Katia (sister) are the 4th generation of the Corvezzo family to work with the family's vineyards and winery in Cessalto (NE of Treviso). Their fully modern winery built of eco-compatible materials makes prestigious wine from vineyards that are farmed by ancient organic methods. Corvezzo’s commitment to sustainability is a multi-faceted approach that includes organic agriculture and reduced use of production materials including water, fuel emissions and the use of low weight bottles.
Antica Masseria del Sigillo was founded in Guagnano in 1989 with the idea of producing handcrafted wines in an area that had been taken over by large industrial operations. In 2005 Claudio Quarta, a businessman who respected this philosophy, purchased the property with the aim of continuing this approach. Claudio Quarta’s wineries, Tenute Eméra (Antica Masseria del Sigillo Primitivo), Cantina Moros (Salice Salentino) and Cantina Sanpaolo (Fiano and Aglianico) are a single company and one big family. Claudio and his daughter, Alessandra are involved in the ambitious project of reinterpreting southern Italy’s wine-growing excellence, by combining the utmost respect for tradition with progress and total commitment to environmental sustainability.
Rob and Diana Jensen’s passion for fine wine and food led to the development of Testarossa Winery. They met while Electrical Engineering students at Santa Clara University and dated over long dinners with good wine. While both went on to pursue careers in high tech, a weekend winemaking hobby eventually turned into the dream of owning a winery. This was possible due to Rob’s twenty-year high tech career in sales and marketing. As the winery began to grow in prominence, Diana was the first to leave her tech job and run the winery full-time. In 2018, they celebrated 25 years of living the dream.