Abbazia Santa Anastasia can boast a wine-producing legacy dating as far back as the twelfth century. It is a legacy handed down by the Benedictine monks. Its mark is present in every stone, plant grape: a tradition that is rooted in the respect for the earth and in the creation of an ecosystem that expresses its identity in every bottle of wine.
Abbazia Santa Anastasia produces wines from indigenous and international vineyards, according to the organic production method and recently converted to biodynamic. The production philosophy is based on respect for tradition, but also the ecosystem, using modern winemaking equipment and energy that comes from alternative sources. The wines are pure expression of the terroir that gives rise to them.
Agricola Bellaria is born from our passion for wine products and the love for Irpinia, a land worldwide known for its great local vine varieties.
Lying between the Partenio National Park and the fruitful Caudina Valley, Bellaria produces and exports worldwide top-notch local wines.
Agricola Brandini, which produces the famous wines of the Langa region, is “only” 24 years old. In the wine universe, that is truly “young.” But they believe that the most important factor when producing these wines is not age, but dedication to tradition.
They believe in young, talented, and capable people with clear and achievable goals.
They have been practicing organic agriculture for years, because they want to leave their soil in a better state than they found it in. All of thir choices are based on our respect for the environment, for those who work with them, and for their clients.
The Albert Pic & Fils Maison is the oldest winery in the Chablis region of France, having been founded in 1755. After centuries of extraordinary white wines, the company has become the property of Baron Patrick de Ladoucette who has invested many resources in equipping the cellar with the most modern state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The peculiarity of the Albert Pic & Fils winery is the exclusive focus on Chablis, the great white wines that best represent the typicality of the region. The vineyards of the property are located in the areas with the greatest vocation for Chardonnay. It boasts a complete range that includes all the classic denominations of the area, from the Petit Chablis to the jewel of the house: the Chablis Pic Premier. The winemaking style is the same for all wines and involves fermentation in steel and cement vats followed by maturation and refinement in the bottle without the use of barriques to best preserve the fruity and savory characteristics of the terroir in addition to the chardonnay vine.
The history of the winery was born in the mid-1940s, when Giacomo Rocca, Albino's father, started the wine business, first selling the grapes from the family vineyards and then vinifying them on his own, then marketing the demijohns in the city and in the countryside .
It was in the 1960s that, thanks to the inheritance of part of those vineyards, his grandfather, Albino Rocca was able to found what is now the company.
A company in which his presence and his contribution, together with the support for the subsequent work of his son Angelo Rocca, have contributed fundamentally to a family and productive tradition that has been internationally appreciated for years now.
The Alessandro family’s roots are very old, steeped in history. With three brothers’ commitment and energy, Rosolino, Antonino and Natale, supported by their children Anna, Benedetto and Benedetto, their production model is based in the vineyard and oenological innovation. They continue developing and improving their full-bodied wines, which are also delicate, refined and well-balanced, born between rows of vines and the passion of those who work the land.
Alessandro di Camporeale Estate is a company in which each new generation rediscovers his own identity, sharing a production philosophy rooted in family history. The three Alessandro cousins are the company’s future, renewing and forging ahead with passion and promise. Anna, Head of Communications and Wine-tourism, Benedetto, the winemaker, who follows the entire production process, and Benedetto, the family company’s Marketing Manager. These are the new human resources perpetuating the company, which has become a symbol of excellence in an area renowned for wine making.
Alessandro Viola, winemaker with national and European experiences, from the agricultural management of the vineyard to the winemaking operations of the grapes being himself a graduate in viticulture and enology. The philosophy of wines is very simple, this is the right result to be better. The same approach in agriculture, that is to make the land from fertilizers and herbicides relying on the natural fertility of the soil as if to restore a condition that man does not disturb its balance.
The Allegrini company may be considered the result of the intelligence and hard work of Giovanni Allegrini, who was a straight forward, instinctive man who built an agricultural concern that was solid, efficient and innovative.
He started working at a very young age and perfected the art of wine-making with great skill and an all-encompassing passion. He was given the evocative nickname "the barrel spider" because in the cellar he would proudly invite guests to taste his wine, and whilst listening to comments and opinions, spring like a spider from one precious barrel to another. The life-style, history and culture of Giovanni still represent, today, the key to understanding the philosophy and reasons behind the success of Allegrini. After the premature death of Giovanni in1983, his three offspring took over the company and have run it ever since with impassioned enthusiasm and ever-increasing skill and competence.
Vittorio Zoppi and Filippo Antonelli founded the Antica Torino company to produce and rediscover traditional Piedmontese aromatized wines, liqueurs and spirits, creating new recipes inspired by traditional ones. Their first product could only be a vermouth, the symbol of the city’s excellence and elegant lifestyle.
Vermouth Rosso derives from constant work at the distillery and from continual experimentation and tasting, with the aim of creating an organoleptic masterpiece. Research into the recipe took many months and many versions of the product to arrive at the definitive one inspired by the most ancient Savoy recipes.
The ingredients include home-grown herbs such as absinthe, rhubarb and gentian, grapefruit peel, vanilla pods, rosemary and red thyme, which country-dwellers have always used to aromatize their wines.
Thirteen botanicals in all, entirely natural (with no ready-made dyes), processed individually and on a cottage-industry basis, whose complete list remains a secret according to the best Piedmontese tradition: each vermouth, in fact, has its own formula, jealously guarded within the family.
The Biscotto di Prato, the Sacchetto Blu, and all the tradition of Antonio Mattei since 1858.
Antonio Argiolas founded the Winery in the late thirties. For decades he made it grow, and he continued to be present even when he passed the baton to his children. Today his grandchildren, the third generation of the family, work here.
Argiolas wines are the result of a deep bond with the Sardinian tradition, of a search for excellence that draws on the past but looks to the future.
12th and 13th generation wine growers, Jean-Jacques Cattier and his son, Alexandre, craft the prestige cuvées of Armand de Brignac. Their dream was to create a champagne of the most exceptional quality, that would represent the best of the best from the region, where their family have grown vines for more than 250 years.
The Cattier family is based in the Montagne de Reims and own 33 hectares of vines across some of the most lauded crus in Champagne, including the villages of Rilly-la-Montagne, Chigny-les-Roses and Ludes.
Each bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac is finished with a unique dosage, which comprises the finest base wine of the harvest, aged for one year in new French Oak. This winemaking touch provides subtle complexity to the finished cuvées, introducing hints of baked pastry, vanilla and toastiness.
Unique to Champagne Armand de Brignac is the blending of a trio of vintages. Each assemblage brings together the unique characters from three distinct harvests, while maintaining a powerful lineage from blend to blend.
Arnaldo Caprai is the acknowledged leader in the production of top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine produced exclusively from grapes of Sagrantino, the variety that has been growing in the region of Montefalco for more than four hundred years.
Marco Caprai strongly believed in the great opportunities that could come from such a long tradition and he translated this heritage with a modern and innovative approach.
Attems is a name that encompasses the history of wine in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Indeed there is documentation that confirms ownership of land dedicated to viticulture in Collio by the Attems dynasty dating as far back as 1106, whereas the production of Ribolla Gialla and Refosco can be seen listed in the 1764 general ledgers.
A millenary tradition that has made this winery a local reference point, with Count Douglas Attems as key protagonist: to him goes the merit of having founded, in 1964, the Consorzio dei Vini del Collio (Collio Wine Consortium). It was – in chronological terms – the third to have been founded in Italy and the first in the Friuli region.
The story of Attems is thus interwoven with history: from the Patriarchate of Aquileia to the County of Gorizia, from the First World War to the present day. Owned by the Frescobaldi family since the year 2000, Attems denotes a fascinating past, an accomplished present and a future filled with innovation.
Augustali is located in Sicily between the provinces of Trapani and Palermo, in the center of the Gulf of Castellammare. The company extends into the gentle hilly landscape of Bosco Falconeria between Alcamo and Partinico, a territory so dear to Frederick II of Swabia.
The Demosthenes family, among stamps and deeds, has been producing wine since before 1882. Initially there were few of their peasants who took care of the vineyards and the wine produced was destined for the house, guests and friends.
The company is today managed by Marco Calcaterra, Agronomist and Winemaker, who actively takes care of the administrative, agronomic, oenological and commercial areas: relying on the support of the family: his mother Maria Stella Demostene, his father Giuseppe and his two brothers, as well as on a staff with over twenty years experience, supported in recent years, by the consultancy of Carlo Ferrini, acclaimed internationally renowned winemaker.
Avide is very attentive to the environmental sustainability of its products, from the vineyards to the bottles.
Sustainability is the concept that defines the methods of cultivation of the grapes and the territory in general that prefer prudent and measured techniques, respecting and safeguarding the environment and its biodiversity.
The winery is named after the Avignonesi family, the founders of the original estate.
Constant research and development aimed at expressing the true character of the Montepulciano terroir has, over time, earned the winery a well-deserved place among the flagship producers of Tuscany.
In 2009, Avignonesi was acquired by Virginie Saverys who has since introduced organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft distinct, genuine wines with an even stronger character, and has acquired additional vineyards and a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the Montepulciano appellation.
Three friends founded Azienda Agricola COS, in 1980: Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti. The acronym of their last names is where the name for the winery – COS – comes from.
In 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. They received an old family winery from Giambattista Cilia’s father Giuseppe Cilia and the nearby vineyard of bush trained vines, a total of 3.60.40 hectares in the famed town of Bastonaca. On October 5, 1980 they harvested their first vintage and made 1,470 bottles. COS began its adventure that would one day lead to the transformation of Cerasuolo di Vittoria. The winery follows the principles of biodynamic faming in order to help the vines find and maintain a balance with nature in order to be able to express their true character and that of their terroir. For vinification, they decided to use terracotta vases that left no traces or aromas on the wine but were completely neutral vessels. In 2000, Pithos was born, a Cerasuolo di Vittoria that ferments and ages in amphora. They finished working on a building in Fontane, which in 2003 became the headquarters of the winery. In 2005, they made the first wine that bore the Denominazione d’Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) designation, the only one in Sicily. The harvest of 2007 saw the winery in a new location and was the beginning of use of only amphora. The winery got rid of the barrels that they had and use only 150 amphoras’, one of the largest of its kind. Today COS is associated not only with the success of Cerasuolo di Vittoria but also with rigor and quality. It’s thanks to these three friends that the region of Cerasuolo di Vittoria was reborn and the area around Vittoria is thriving with its extraordinary wines.
Producing wine for the Milazzos’ is a real “family affair”. A story of about 150 years of strong devotion to agriculture, it’s landscapes, it’s mysteries, it’s rythms, it’s deep tie with the true essence of the island.
This legacy is today passed down to Giuseppina Milazzo and her husband Saverio Lo Leggio, united in the commitment to give continuity to the virtuous evolution of the brand Milazzo. Between the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties they were among of the first winegrowers to promote winemaking using native Sicilian vine-stocks.
Over the course of the years and together with other famous names, this led to the recovery of the island’s tradition of quality winegrowing. At the same time they introduced the Chardonnay grape into Sicily with the specific aim of producing a top, Classic Method sparkling wine.
t is a brand that is young, but the Vezzoli family has been producing wines for almost a century and is therefore able to guarantee the tradition, but also the constant search for continuous improvement in production.
The company, the daily work between the countryside and the winery is managed with great passion by all the members of the family.
Bacco is an artisan company of pistachio production and transformation, born out of Claudio Luca’s business venture.
Bacco, in its production uses only the best pistachio, starts from traditional processes of preparation (from processed pistachio to half-processed pistachio, from pistachio cakes to liquor, from nougat to pistachio flour, from brittle to pistachio grains) to extend to other kinds of production, which are born out of an accurate study of compatibility between pistachio characteristics and eating habits in consumers, who mostly care not only to what is good in products, to taste and flavour (pistachio-based products are rich in vitamins, mineral nutrients, fibres and essential fatty acids) but also to the customs of a healthy diet.
Since 1846 Badia a Coltibuono has belonged to the Stucchi Prinetti family. Six generations have succeeded with passion and respect for its extraordinay legacy. The Stucchi are to be considered pioneers of Chianti, having invested in this land since 1846 when their ancestor, Florentine banker Michele Giuntini bought the beautiful property.
Since then the property begun to flourished.
After a decade spent cultivating vintages, the vision of a new oenological path is born.
With the awareness of having the right resources, the right place, an extraordinary microclimate and qualified people. Take the idea of the Cristo di Campobello like this.
High offspring of Agrigento planted in the year 2000 by three fathers and daily high.
Individual vinification for each vineyard, respect for a unique and precious territory. These are just some of the choices of the Cristo di Campobello, in a philosophy that privileges quality from the beginning. Thanks to the tenacity of women and men, their arms, their heads, their hearts, their work – day by day, all year.
Many years ago, a child asked his mother to buy him a bottle of wine. They were in Sicily, traveling, and she, of course, replied that he was still too young. But he insisted and his mother gave it to him, as long as he waited seventeen to open it. On reaching that age, the child, who by now had become a boy, finally opened the bottle, but the wine had partly evaporated. That boy, Count Paolo Marzotto, never managed to drink that wine he had waited for so long, but this particular transformation intrigued him to the point of undertaking a search to understand where everything had originated, that is to understand how to make wine. This research, a successful research, went through Veneto, Tuscany, Alto Adige, Lombardy, until it rejoined in Sicily in 1997, in Pianetto, in the countryside of Palermo, which with its hills, greenery, rocks and the richness of water is reminiscent of a "small Switzerland".
Here the desire of Count Paolo to produce wines that exalted the uniqueness of this particular terroir was harmoniously realized.
The winery was founded by the tenacity of “Don Pino” man of old traditions, who passed onto his son Francesco and son-in-law Michele, the love for his land and for wine making.
In 2008, Michele Cottone and Francesco Laudicina revived the “old cellar” into a modern winery where technology and tradition have captured the energy and warmth of this terroir.
The winery is surrounded by 100 hectars of vineyards which have always been a part of the family. A careful viticulture is carried out in the our vineyards. Skilled hands continue to work the land with ancient tasks passed down to them by their ancestors. A perfect balance between tradition and innovation.
Since the end of the 18th century, the family of the Counts Lafond has the largest and most famous vineyards of Pouilly Fumé.
Baron Patrick de Ladoucette has continued this tradition of great quality and has added to 200 years of history, sublime work and an exceptional terroir. This remarkable wine is only produced during the great vintages. Baron de Ladoucette is recognized as one of the greatest Sauvignon wines in the world, of exceptional finesse and size.
Baron Patrick de Ladoucette then extended his expertise to the vineyards of Sancerre and perpetuated the name of the Count Lafond for his great vintages of Sancerre in exceptional bottles of the eighteenth century reminiscent of those used by his grandfather.
At the beginning of the 18th century the Bishop of Catania gave to the Nicolosi Asmundo Family the task to turn the harsh fields of Etna from an “horrific and untamed place to a delicious garden”. Then in 1727 something happened, like in the fairytales. The Emperor Charles VI of Augsburg, King of Naples, bestowed Don Carmelo Nicolosi with the title of Baron of Villagrande.
The bond with the grapes becomes indissoluble, giving birth to the oldest vines cultivation story on these lands.
Today Marco Nicolosi as Wine Maker and Production Manager and Barbara Liuzzo as Director of Sales and Marketing continue to maintain their commitment on the territory with the aim of respecting and enhancing the heritage of the family and the peculiarities of the wine-growing area . The goal of the company, family and staff is to share the natural heritage of Etna, transfer the love and devotion of a unique and special place.
Barone Montalto produces authentic modern style wines with a Sicilian soul. Our wines are obtained thanks to a skillful selection of the grapes which aims to maintain the natural characteristics of the varietals aspects during vinification. Montalto is not just a bottle of wine, there is all Sicily inside.
Ricasoli is the most representative wine producer in the Chianti Classico area. With its gentle hills, velvety valleys and thick woodlands of oaks and chestnuts, the 1,200 hectares of property include almost 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 of olive groves.
This creates a continuous succession of colors and hues around the Brolio Castle, which is located within the town limits of Gaiole in Chianti. Since 1993, Baron Francesco Ricasoli has been guiding this central Tuscan company in innovative challenges. This has been done with the deepest respect for his renowned ancestors who have made this territory great, Bettino Ricasoli first and foremost.
The history of the Geheimer Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan winery is the history of a family dynasty that has helped to establish quality viticulture for almost 300 years. Generation after generation, important personalities emerge from it who know how to preserve and develop the importance of the estate and top Palatinate wines with intelligence, expertise and intuition.
The deep connection of The Bastianich Family stretches back decades and generations. From early connections with the greatest winemaking families in the 1970s and 1980s, to the promotion of the finest wines Friuli had to offer in their Family Resturants in New York City and beyond... Culminating in the realization of a dream to create great wines of longevity and complexity in their own vineyards. The Bastianich Family has been one of the greatest supporters of Friulian wines in the United States and around the world.
Acquired in 1997, The Bastianich vineyards are unique in their varied position and microclimate.
The original vineyard, located in the communes of Buttrio and Premariacco, lies in the warmest, southernmost zone of Friuli Colli Orientali. These terraced vineyards are warmed by the heat of the Friulian plains and the Adriatic sea. Re-planted and re-terraced in 2000-2002, these vines are at the height of their quality and production, providing the grapes for our greatest cru wines; Vespa Bianco, Vespa Rosso, Plus and Calabrone.
In Cividale, 10 miles to the north and coooled by mountain breezes, our vineyards here produce the grapes for the fresh, aromatic wines of the Vini Orsone line.
Bellavista was founded in franciacorta in 1977 by businessman Vittorio Moretti.
In 1981 Vittorio Moretti met oenologist Mattia Vezzola, who in that same year joined the company. His role proved pivotal to the definition of the Bellavista style.
Excellence is a daily goal: from the vineyards to the wine, every process is performed naturally. every decision is made in consideration of the rhythms dictated by nature and by the history of the franciacorta area.
Bellavista proposes a timeless style and class, the fruit of a simple approach and artisanal attention to even the smallest detail.
In 1878, the Bénard-Pitois family starts to produce Champagne. Since then, a consistent drive has been passed on through generations : working the soil and the vine with respect, patience and precision.
Third generation of winemakers in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (just a few kilometers from the city of Epernay), Michelle and Laurent Bénard-Louis have continued the tradition and taken care of the family domain's management since 1991. Many extensions and renovations mixing tradition and modernity set the tempo of life in the domain.
Passionate about their work and connected to its multiple sides, Michelle and Laurent use their expertise and their talent to elaborate high-quality Champagne wines appreciated in France and abroad.
While waiting for the fourth generation...
The history of the Bepi Tosolini Distillery began in 1943 when Bepi Tosolini, born in Friuli in 1918, a fervent connoisseur of his land and its traditions, a great supporter of his region and its products, decided to create a different grappa, transforming it from a simple, humble, distillate into a product intended for a sophisticated, demanding public.
Knowledge, respect, hard work and honesty: the all-important legacy of values of Bepi and his wife, Giovanna were destined to be passed on to the entire Tosolini family.
Azienda Agricola Bera, the Bera family farm, is in Piedmont, in the Langhe area between Alba and Asti on the road from Barbaresco and Neive that climbs up towards Neviglie. Here, countryside life is tied to a tradition that knows no boundaries, and does not even spare the forest spaces where the white truffle of Alba born. The winemaking tradition goes back centuries in the Bera family. But only at the end of the ‘70s did they start producing wines to bottle and sell with their own label. Today, the farm is spread over an area of 30 hectares, 23 of which are vineyards that also extend into the nearby towns. From the time of Luigi Veronelli’s description to the present, some things have changed: the vineyards and the varieties of the wines have grown, and the winery has been modernized. Also, with the passing of the winery to Valter and Alida, a new generation has joined the family azienda: Umberto and Riccardo.
Family-owned Champagne House since 1847.
Questions sometimes emerge that can change the destiny of persons and places.
“And what if we were to make a sparkling wine as the French do?’” was precisely such a question.
In 1955, young and irrepressible oenologist Franco Ziliani directed that query to Guido Berlucchi, a country gentleman who was looking for a consultant who could improve his Pinot del Castello, and what he found instead was a partner for an adventure in fine taste that would profoundly transform the destiny of Franciacorta.
Franco Ziliani, chosen father of Franciacorta by the area’s winegrowers, guided the winery through the portals of the new millennium, which represents new yet always fascinating challenges. By his side is the second generation, in the figures of his children Cristina, Arturo, and Paolo, who are, respectively directors of Berlucchi’s communications, production, and sales and marketing.
Today, Guido Berlucchi is a family-run producer deeply rooted in its ancestral growing area and at the same time an ambassador of Franciacorta and Made in Italy to the rest of the world.
The Bertani winery was founded in 1857 by the brothers Giovan Battista and Gaetano Bertani, in Quinto di Valpantena, north of Verona.
With over 200 hectares of vineyards in the most suitable areas of the Verona province, today Bertani is a solid winery with a constantly increasing distribution in Europe and the rest of the world. There are two historic wineries, one in Grezzana, the current base and pulsing heart of the company, where vinification, bottling and shipment are carried out, and Tenuta Novare in Arbizzano di Negrar, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica area, the cradle of great reds like Amarone and Valpolicella Classico Superiore.
As an icon of Italian wine in the world, Bertani combines typicity of native grape varieties with continuous improvement in the vineyards and attention to the terroir.
Respect for tradition is balanced by innovation and great business acumen in order to achieve the highest quality: these are the fundamental principles of the winery, today also the reference point for the great national group: Bertani Domains.
The prestige of The Greppo dates back to the 19th Century, with the great wine culture of the family that owned this Estate, whose terroir has an extraordinary vocation for Sangiovese. Clemente began making wine using 100% Sangiovese and passed his wine knowledge to his nephew Ferruccio Biondi Santi, who, after the phyloxera came in the second half of 1800, isolated a clone of Sangiovese that gave birth to wines of extraordinary longevity. In 1888, Ferruccio produced the first bottle of Brunello di Montalcino.
The Epica craft brewery was founded in 2013 in a valley in north-eastern Sicily, from the passion of the three partners Elio, Piero and Carmelo. A long friendship and the sharing of many passions have led a life to this extraordinary and ambitious project. Commitment, respect for traditions, the desire to experiment are the cornerstones upon which the brewery is founded. The term "epic", besides recalling the beginning of the members, derives from the ancient Greek ἕπος (epos) which means "word", and in a broader sense "story", "narration". The Epica Brewery wants you to travel with imagination to discover new horizons of taste, tell you a story of love and passion for simple things.
Tenuta Bizantino, by Giuseppe Platania, is located south of the village of Castiglione di Sicilia.
Among the centuries-old olive trees of the Santa Domenica district there are the vineyards of Carricante and Catarratto, ideal for Etna Bianco.
The Bollinger champagne House has created prestigious champagnes with character, distinguished by their elegance and complexity, since 1829. These outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail, for Bollinger accepts nothing less than excellence. Each and every detail represents a quest for a certain form of perfection. This uncompromisingly independent spirit, dedicated to unostentatious achievement, exemplifies the inimitable elegance for which the Champagne region is renowned.
Craft Workshop of Liquor production born in Sicily in 2000.
A large family, a great common passion. Over a century of history for five generations: from the great-grandfather Antonio to the current sole director Italo, who, together with his son and daughter Anna and Andrea, continues the tradition of a company which has always sought out and found basic and authentic values in work, research, and quality. Together with the Maschio family, whole generations of vine growers, distillers, enologists, and wine-making technicians grew and were trained. Sharing the same experiences and desire for innovation and quality in every creative and production aspect.
Winegrowers in Faro Superiore, a small village on the hills of Messina, in north-eastern Sicily.
The vineyards, three plots for a total of about two and a half hectares, rise on steep terraces between 250 and 300 m above sea level. surrounded by a forest of oak and chestnut trees, forming a natural "amphitheater" overlooking the Strait of Messina, where the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea meet.
Bonavita cultivate only native vines, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera.
Rigorous natural farming, no added chemical additives, only long macerations and long aging.
The Bonfissuto branch is a leader in the production of Panettoni and Typical Sicilian Sweets.
The origins of the company are closely tied to the history of the Bonollo family, the most important dynasty of Grappa producers in existence today which, as early as the mid-19th century in the Pre-Alps of Vicenza, began experimenting with the centuries-old art of grappa making – just for the love of it. The first accounts of a professional distilling business date to 1908, the year found on the oldest surviving copy of a production statement mentioning family-founder, Giuseppe Bonollo.
Within the Borgo La Gallinaccia estate there is one of the rare examples of 17th century fortified farmhouse in Franciacorta, immersed in 2.5 hectares of vineyards 4 of the forest. Vinification and maturation Franciacorta deriving from 100% organic grapes.
Since 1761, the most historical winery in Barolo. The underground cellars continue to represent a rare historical memory of the Langa to this day, and the wines are made according to tradition: long spontaneous fermentations in concrete tanks without the use of selected yeasts, and long periods of ageing, strictly in large Slavonian oak barrels.
Boscarelli it's a family that produce Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG since 1968, trying to get the best out of Terroir, in order to be able to share one of the most pleasent thing of the world... a good bottle of wine.
Braida is Raffaella’s contagious laughter and Giuseppe’s absorbed expression. A brother and sister whose genes and gestures reveal the heritage of an exceptional Italian wine family. A heritage that they consolidate and expand every day, working hard and sharing its fine fruits with their wonderful team, their home-town, Rocchetta Tanaro, and all those who love their wines.
Braida is the dream of Giacomo Bologna (Build a large, spacious, well-ventilated cellar / and brighten it up with lots of beautiful bottles, / some standing, some lying down, / to be considered with a friendly eye in the evenings of / Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, / sneering at the thought / of that man without songs and sounds, / without women and without wine, / who should live about ten years longer than you) that Raffaella and Giuseppe, with hard work and dedication, have made into a solid, happy and beloved reality.
Founded in 1932, Champagne Brixon Coquillard maintains the tradition and expertise acquired throughout the course of the years in order to share its love for Champagne.
Born in 1900 to a family of winemakers, George Coquillard was twenty years old when he decided to develop a vineyard by transplanting vines himself in order to produce his own wine.
In the late 1960s, his daughter Hélène and his son-in-law Gabriel were to succeed him and give a new start to the enterprise.
Alain, his grandson, joined up with them from the 1980s, thereby perpetuating the acquired expertise.
The Brovia family is a Barolo family with a century of history: 1863 is the year in which the company was founded. The sisters Elena and Cristina Brovia, agronomist and winemaker respectively, carry on with great seriousness, sensitivity and talent the legacy of their father Giacinto, one of the great characters of the Langhe. They are joined in this venture by Alex Sanchez, Elena's husband. Their Barolos are among the greatest wines of the Langhe and are born from a deep respect for the earth.
For years the memory of the vintages accompanied Bruno Ferrara Sardo until he decided to engage in the art of viticulture.
Over time, from bottle to bottle, wine has become synonymous with conviviality and generosity.
Wine is sharing: hence the choice of the name "'nzemmula" which in the local dialect means "together" and wants to be an invitation to the joy and pleasure of sharing.
Maison BRUNO PAILLARD sprang from its founder’s desire to create a champagne different from any other; extremely pure.
A great champagne for BRUNO PAILLARD is – above all – an “assemblage”, blending: of diverse crus, grape varieties and vintages. It is about the constant desire to capture the quintessential finesse and elegance which champagne can bring when it is served with love and care.
The BRUNO PAILLARD style is a marriage of elegance and complexity which is manifested as a light and smooth effervescence, a remarkable purity, a true freshness and a silky texture.
The effervescence has to be delicate. The bubbles are very tiny, almost microscopic, yet they are what release the wine’s aromas and give it a smooth and creamy texture on the palate.
The colour has to be completely natural. It is bright: green gold for Blanc de Blancs, golden for Première Cuvée and copper for Rosé. The colour of the vintages becomes deeper, and almost amber after several decades.
The aromas have to be extremely pure: nuances of citrus fruits and almonds from Chardonnay; red fruits from Pinot Noir; and exotic fruits from Pinot Meunier. By using only the first pressing of the grapes, we ensure that the purest aromas are extracted.
The freshness has to be perceptible but not overwhelming. It is enhanced by the acidity of the wine, yet the wine is not acidic in taste. Only a minimum of extra sugar is added (“dosage”) to enhance this remarkable freshness.
Complexity must not be confused with heaviness; rather, it is more about elegance. The balance and the depth of the wines are what gives them their purity. Complexity only reveals itself to those who take time to discover, emerging as the wines age.
In 1987, Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr., fulfilled a lifelong dream of reviving an old family bourbon recipe by starting the Bulleit Distilling Company.
To this day, Bulleit Bourbon is distilled and aged in the Bulleit family tradition. High rye content gives it a bold, spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish. Kentucky limestone-filtered water provides a foundation for the bourbon's character, while charred American oak barrels lend a smoky backbone.
Their aging philosophy is simple: they wait until our bourbon is ready.
The Ca’ dei Frati company has been renowned since 1782, as confirmed by a document that refers to "a house with a cellar located in Lugana in the Sermion district known as the place of the Friars”. In 1939, Felice Dal Cero, son of Domenico, formerly a wine grower in Montecchia di Crosara near Verona, moved to that very house in Lugana di Sirmione, immediately realising the area’s potential for vine cultivation. After thirty years working in the vineyard and the cellar, his son Pietro took part in the creation of the DOC in 1969, bottling his first wine with the label Lugana Casa dei Frati, later named Ca’ dei Frati. In 2012, Pietro Dal Cero passed away, leaving the cultural legacy to his wife Santa Rosa and children Igino, Gian Franco and Anna Maria, who run the company with the same passion and determination.
People, like territories, have a vocation. And so it was that a fifteen-year-old boy had a lightning intuition of what life could be like pursuing it. The meeting between young Maurizio Zanella and gentle Franciacorta, when his mother moved to Erbusco and planted the first vineyard, was the initial contact with what would be the love of his life. But it was after a trip to Champagne, to the famous maisons whose wine had always fascinated and inspired him, that Maurizio returned with the unshakable idea of making something similar. What was once a house in a chestnut wood became one of the most trailblazing wineries in Italy. Since then a single principle has been defining the essence of Ca’ del Bosco: the quest for excellence.
Ca ’Marcanda, winery of the Gaja family, is located in Castagneto Carducci in the upper Tuscan Maremma, one of the most dynamic Italian wine areas.
The name "Ca 'Marcanda" derives from a Piedmontese dialectal expression that refers to the long negotiations conducted by Angelo Gaja to convince the previous owners to sell the company, previously destined to olive grove, orchard, cattle breeding and to a small extent to vineyard.
The property is characterized by two distinct types of land: brown lands, with a prevalence of sand and clay, and pale earth, with prevalence of silt and clay, rich in limestone and skeleton. The hot summer days, refreshed by the sea breeze, and the warm nights, create an ideal climate for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Sangiovese.
As in the native Piedmont, Angelo Gaja's goal is to produce wines that reflect the distinctive and unique qualities of the territory.
The Tenuta Caccia al Piano 1868, once the feudal hunting estate of the noble Della Gherardesca family, lies immersed in the magical beauty of the Bolgheri countryside.
An ideal combination of a special Mediterranean climate and limestone-clay soils has shaped here a terroir perfect for producing great wines.
Here, along the romantic Via Bolgherese, wending its way through vineyards and olive groves, winemaker Franco Ziliani launched a new initiative, producing wines that make a unique mark of their own.
The hallmark of this new adventure, begun in 2003, is a passionate commitment that becomes transformed, vintage after vintage, into fragrant, elegant, full-bodied treasures.
For four generations, the Calabretta family has cultivated the vineyards following the centuries-old tradition of Etna.
The family business was founded in 1854 Campisi Marzamemi (Sicily), in a small town steeped in traditions related to fish processing. Attched to the sea for over a century, Salvatore Campisi produces and processes a wide range of fish products.
Founded in 1893, the Cantina Terlano winery is now one of the leading wine growers cooperatives in South Tyrol, with a current membership of 143 growers working a total area of 170 hectares. That is the equivalent of some 1.5 million bottles of wine a year.
A territory vocation,
its people's devotion.
The name Mesa, which in Sardinian and Spanish means table, represents the essence of the cellar in just four letters.
Nourishment, conviviality, maternal love, simplicity and fragrances. Sardinian land.
Thus was born the Mesa winery, as a declaration of love for Sardinia, a combination of beauty and goodness, a celebration of its generosity and its culture, through one of its precious treasures: wine.
This is how the dream of Gavino Sanna, the most famous and award-winning Italian publicist, is fulfilled, the dream of creating something extraordinary, unique and as simple as his land, for his land.
The 340 winemaking families that form the backbone of the winery joined forces in 1907 to create St. Michael-Eppan Winery.
Their great passion is the wine with which they have been associated for generations. Offering knowledge, tradition and passion, each individual contributes to the fact that the winery is blessed with outstanding grapes, which are processed in the cellars with meticulous attention to detail and a great deal of skill.
Cantina Tramin embodies the typical features of our land: the charm of nature and its ability to engage the senses, a creative and precise approach to consistent, quality production, and the ability to create a system based on cooperation. Among the oldest and most traditional wineries in Südtirol - Alto Adige, Cantina Tramin is based in Termeno on the Strada del Vino. The owners of the winery are the 300 growers who farm vineyards in the sub-zones of Termeno, Ora, Montagna and Egna – this area, nearly 260 hectares in total, is the cradle of the Gewürztraminer grape.
Cantine Ceci was founded by Otello Ceci, a tavern keeper in what is know as the "bassa parmense," a stretch of low-lying land that runs from the Via Emilia — the historic road that traverses downtown Parma — to the Po River to the north of the city.
From the outset, the winery has been a leader and visionary in the world of Italian wine.
It all began in 1938 in Otello's trattoria, where guests enjoyed the best tripe in Parma province and where he sold the Lambrusco that he made from grapes he would buy from local farmers.
His sons Giovanni and Bruno were still children. But they already knew how excited their father would become when it was time to press the grapes during the harvest.
It didn't take long before they closed their restaurant, launched Cantine Ceci, and set out on their adventure in the world of wine.
It was the beginning of a tradition that would evolve over the years as the Ceci brothers discovered their love for grape growing, for wine, and for those poetic bubbling casks that inspired and shaped their goals and aspirations.
The legend of Ferrari began with a man, Giulio Ferrari, and his dream of creating a wine in Trentino capable of competing with the best French Champagnes.
He was a pioneer; it was he who was the first to realize the extraordinary vocation of his area, and it was he who first made substantial plantings of Chardonnay in Italy. He started to produce a few highly select bottles, with an obsessive attention to quality.
As he had no children, Giulio Ferrari began looking for a successor to whom he could entrust his dream. Among many candidates he chose Bruno Lunelli, owner of a wine shop in Trento. Thanks to his passion and entrepreneurial talent, Bruno Lunelli succeeded in increasing production without ever compromising on quality.
Bruno Lunelli conveyed his passion to his sons; under the leadership of Franco, Gino and Mauro, Ferrari became the market leader in Italy and the nation’s celebratory wine par excellence.
The third generation of the Lunelli family is keeping the Ferrari dream alive. Marcello, Matteo, Camilla and Alessandro lead the company with the aim of combining innovation and tradition, taking Ferrari around the world as ambassadors of the Italian Art of Living.
Unexpected and original, Florio wines conquer through their luminous Mediterranean attributes, their fascinating history and their daring modernity.
Time, silence and patience. The rich complexity of Florio wines is gathered in each drop of pure pleasure.
The Cantine Lombardo winery was born in Marsala in 1881.
The company has remained family-run, linked to ancient traditions but driven by a strong motivation towards innovation.
Th e Pellegrino family, since 1880, has always personally overseen the activities in the vineyard and in the winery, and the family is still today, having reached the seventh generation, involved daily in the management of the company. A long family history made up of respect, care, love and dedication, of values handed down from father to son, which today make it one of the greatest families of Sicilian wine.
The Pellegrino vineyards are located in the westernmost part of Sicily, which is characterized by a great variety of microclimates. The territory boasts the highest vine-covered area in Italy as it is considered the most suitable area of the island for grape growing. Here in fact the intense light, the dry climate, the fresh soils, the winds coming from the south and the strong atmospheric temperature range, create the ideal conditions for the production of quality wines.
There is an invisible umbilical cord that unites Mt. Etna with the surrounding area. We strongly believed in the potential of the wine, produced from indigenous grape varieties, due to the nature of the grapes and the uniqueness of the terroir. Our passion and dedication to the land guides our choices in a road of great emotions and excellence. The love that comes from deep within our heart to grow and cultivate the fruit are like sips of life that make our days unique with joy.
In 1846, Glasgow distillery owner Hector Henderson picked a little bay on the Sound of Islay for his distillery site. He named it for the sound itself, using the Gaelic Caol Ila, and it was across this sound the little puffer ships made their round trips to the mainland, slowly helping to establish the distillery as the biggest on Islay.
Capichera is an Italian wine producing reality that rises in a corner of Sardinia, nestled among the granite rocks of Gallura, in Arzachena, in a unique natural setting of great charm that pours of important and ancient traditions.
The Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Antonino is located on the island of Salina, in the Aeolian archipelago, in an archipelago that is extraordinary because of its naturalistic beauty, its magnetic active volcanoes and the socio-ethno-anthropological charm of a culture that keeps the traditions linked to fishing and agriculture alive.
Nino (Antonino) Caravaglio comes from a historical family of Salina, the central island of the archipelago. In Salina, agriculture has always played a fundamental role, even surpassing that of fishing.
For centuries, the key products of the economy of this land were wine and capers.
Nino’s father collected 2500 kg of capers per year and produced red wine (nerello mascalese and cappuccio, perricone, calabrese, diavola …) that was sold as bulk wine or in wooden barrels, intended as blending wine for the Italian and French market.
Due to the early death of his father, it was the determination and sacrifice of his mother that supported Nino through schooling, at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Catania. He inherited 2 hectares of vineyards and began his adventure in 1989, with the goal of developing the quality of the product.
Aiming at quality immediately meant an important choice: organic farming.
Today, the Azienda Agricola Caravaglio has about 20 hectares, divided into many parcels, some of which are on the other islands of the Aeolian archipelago as well.
Nino manages the entire supply chain, from production to sale of the bottled wine, with insights that have opened to innovative ways, without ever betraying history and traditions.
Founded by Helen Cumming in 1811 as an illicit distillery and licensed in 1824, Cardhu is the first distillery to be officially pioneered by a woman.
Two women, in fact: in 1872, Elizabeth Cummings, daughter-in-law of the founders, took over the running of the distillery and set about refining the flavour and character of the whisky we know today: the effortless, elegant, generous spirit, born of hard work and determination.
Carlo Hauner, of mixed background from Brescia who trasplanted himself in the Aeolian Islands, was the creator of the agricultural farm that carries his name.
After the dead of Carlo Hauner in 1996 the company is energetically led by his son Carlo.
Caruso & Minini, two families and two different stories that merge when Stefano Caruso, the third generation of winemakers, meets Mario Minini, owner of a marketing company in Northern Italy. Together, back in 2004, built the foundations of Caruso & Minini, an state of the art winery in Marsala, city at the extreme part of western Sicily.
It is an ambitious challenge, which sees as protagonists the Caruso family’s agricultural tradition and the Minini sales expertise. A Winning bet because, to date, wines reach fans in more than 30 countries around the world.
Tradition and competence, with a look into the future. In fact, today Stefano is flanked by his two daughters Giovanna and Rosanna who are actively taking part of the daily work at the winery. A management in pink that has brought a breath of freshness among the barrels.
Casanova di Neri is the outcome of a process of productive and philosophical evolution, a new vision of Brunello di Montalcino that interprets tradition in a different innovative way. A profound commitment and respect for the land, a conviction that it is the lynchpin for the production of unique wines and that the care given in treating the grapes in the winery according to their varying characteristics is what we value most.
Paolo Veglio's wines are elegant, fine, deep, mineral and a great expression of Barbaresco.
The main objective at Castell’in Villa is to produce high quality wines from low yielding vineyards.
The wines are of course Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva. In addition to these two other reds are made, the Santacroce and the Poggio delle Rose. A very small amount of the traditional Vin Santo is also produced as well as a Grappa from the residue of the estates vendemmia.
Castellare di Castellina was born of the union of four estates (Castellare, Caselle, San Niccolò and Le Case) on the initiative of Paolo Panerai, with the aim of producing wine of the best possible quality.
No synthetic chemicals are used in the Castellare vineyards, out of respect for nature and to enable the production of organic wines. This philosophy is reflected by the labels, which every year carry a drawing of a different bird found to be increasingly rare due to the indiscriminate use of poisons and herbicides in vineyards.
Banfi was founded in 1978 thanks to the will of the Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani.
From the beginning, the goal of the two brothers was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines.
Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's foremost enologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.
In those years, the brothers, John and Harry, also purchased Bruzzone, a historic winery in Piedmont. Founded in 1860 and specialized in the production of sparkling wines, today is known as Banfi Piemonte.
Wine had been made in Montecucco since the time of the Etruscans, a tradition now continued by Maria Iris Bertarelli and Claudio Tipa, who purchased the vineyard in 1998 to be the heart of the Domaine that it was their vision to create. ColleMassari produced its first vintage in 2000 and in 2014 the group was named Cellar of the Year by the prestigious and renowned Gambero Rosso guide.
The land on which the Castello dei Rampolla farm stands has been owned by the family since 1739. Much history has passed over these lands, but that of our family starts in the mid-1960’s with the dream of one man, Alceo di Napoli Rampolla, who wished to create a great wine. In 1975 our first bottles of Chianti Classico were produced. This was a time when Chianti Classico was struggling to assert itself and to earn the respect it deserved. Alceo then had an intuition and decided, with the help of a great winemaker Giacomo Tachis , to be the first in the area to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and to blend it with Sangiovese. This was the first of the Castello dei Rampolla revolutions, only a few years after the farms birth.
Ama takes its name from a small borgo, or agricultural hamlet, nestled in the hills at an altitude of almost 500 metres. Five centuries ago, it was the hub of a florid farming and winemaking business overseen by a group of local families. “The road from Radda leads to Amma, three miles away on a hill and home to the Pianigiani, Ricucci and Montigiani – the most prominent families in Chianti,” wrote Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine in his 18th-century Report on the government of Tuscany. “They are well-off country gentry that spend all their income on farming and vineyards, and take care of everything. The hills and valleys surrounding the castle of Amma are the most beautiful in all of Chianti, superbly tended with fertile grain fields, olive groves and magnificent vineyards.” The Grand Duke’s visit is commemorated by a plaque on one of the buildings in the borgo, which are now owned by the winery. CASTELLO DI AMA , the winery, was founded in the 1970s by a group of families who had fallen under the spell of this magical spot. They set themselves the task of reviving Ama’s past glories and of producing a Chianti Classico that would rank among the world’s most prestigious wines.
Castello di Neive and its 150 acre estate are owned by the Stupino brothers and sisters – Anna, Giulio, Italo e Piera. They were all born in Neive, and so were their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.The history of the company began when their father, Giacomo, started to capitalize on both his experience as a surveyor and on his knowledge of the area, and to purchase, whenever possible, vineyards and land in extremely favourable locations. In the small cellars of their home, they began the first production of wine for domestic consumption and to sell in bulk.Messoirano, Montebertotto, Basarin, Valtorta, I Cortini;: the number of vineyards acquired by Giacomo grew and with it also the production and the ambitions of the family. In 1964 they purchased the castle with its spacious cellars, with more farmsteads in Santo Stefano and Marcorino, plus more land from the castle’s previous owner, Count Guido Riccardi Candiani.
This is was a turning point which urged the family to renovate the castle’s cellars, to reorganize the vineyards neglected by the previous owners and to produce wine according to modern methods.
The history of Castelluccimiano begins by studying and recovering old sapling vineyards left over from the great extension of the past, making them the only examples of biodiversity in the Valledolmo area. The productive philosophy was born from the recovery of this heritage. The wines produced by these grapes represent a rare example of territorial identity. The success achieved on the markets is a definitive confirmation. 75 hectares of vineyards that represent a unique autochthonous wine heritage for the history it represents. The ancient sapling vineyards, together with the more recent espaliers, give life to a rare example of valorisation.
Castelluccimiano has been able to combine sustainable agriculture, experience and winemaking tradition, with the ability to imagine new stories that express, through the value of a mountain viticulture, an authentic belonging to its territory.
The history of Castiglion del Bosco dates back to 1100 A.D., amidst armed struggles and assaults. This corner of Tuscany also bears the imprint of great Sienese families, who settled and brought here the artistic genius of Pietro Lorenzetti, whose precious Annunciazione dei Santi (1345 A.D.) still adorns the hamlet’s tiny church. Agriculture always played a prominent role on this great estate: for over 800 years now, Castiglion del Bosco has been flourishing within the same boundaries, almost as a world apart. Here still stand its borgo, its school and stables, its crops and fields, its vineyards and olive groves.
In 1967 Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino was established, and Castiglion del Bosco was one of its few founding members. In 2003, Castiglion del Bosco was restored to its former glory thanks to Massimo Ferragamo who, having fallen in love with the Capanna vineyard, bought the estate to fulfill his Tuscan dream. Today the wines of Castiglion del Bosco receive worldwide recognition for their excellence.
The quest of the brothers Bruno and Marcello Ceretto was to select vineyards in the most valuable positions historically. This idea came about during a trip to Burgundy, and would prove the family’s insight and see their Barolo and Barbaresco wines among the most popular in the world.
160 hectares of estate-owned vineyards, 4 wineries, 17 wines, 150 employees across the vineyards, winery and office, 5,000 clients including wine bars and restaurants in Italy, 60 countries of export. It has always been the region and the people that guide us: promoting the wines and unique characteristics of the Langhe, defending the soil and the terroir, and involving the people we work with are among the fundamental principles of our family business.
Wine is always the fruit of a love story between vines and strong personalities.
Alongside Jacques Genet, Kevin Fontaine and Anne-Charlotte Genet, an extremely faithful team works hard all year long in the domain, in phase with the rhythm of the seasons and to the natural cycle of the vine, with a marked respect for nature and tradition.
The wine estate of Château Angludet belongs to the Sichel family, wine merchants in Bordeaux for six generations.
Situated in the Médoc on gravel deposits from the Garonne, the estate produces excellent wines under the Margaux appellation, which are often put on a par with a Grands Crus Classés in terms of quality.
It is in the heart of the Medoc, not far from Bordeaux, in the communes of Macau and Ludon-Medoc that the wines of Château Beau Rivage are born.
The vineyard, of fifteen hectares, is conducted in organic farming.
Vines have grown up with the vineyard of Saint-Emilion has produced wines of outstanding quality year after year, lapses after decade, since late antiquity ... they are some of the most acclaimed in the world - and the mythical Château Cheval Blanc is at their forefront.
The Donissan de Citran family ruled this estate in the 13th century until 1832, when the last heir had to sell the estate to Mr. Clauzel. This rich, ambitious businessman defined the property’s boundaries and gave Château Citran to prominence among the Medoc estates.
In 1996, the Merlaut family, a major actor of the Bordeaux wine industry, took over Citran. They kept on increasing the quality of growth and developed its renown while respecting its history. Highly lauded, the Château is designated a historical monument heritage in 2012.
The history of Château d’Yquem is like a novel, an epic saga full of events and colourful personalities spanning more than four centuries.
At the end of the 20th century, thanks to the impetus of Bernard Arnault, Château d’Yquem – a veritable monument, and among the greatest wines of France – was acquired by LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton. This marked a new chapter in the château's history.
The vineyards of Pomerol gradually developed between the 12th century and the French Revolution under the aegis of the knights of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta.
Château GAZIN, which was a hamlet in the 18th century, is located on the site of the Hospital of Pomeyrols, built by the knights to receive pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostela route.
Descended from the high lords of Landas, whose crest they bear, the Bailliencourt dit Courcols belong to the one of the oldest families of the Artois (north of France).
Laure (Madame Michel Dufour), Christophe, Inès and Nicolas de Bailliencourt. The descendants of Louis Soualle represent the 5th generation of vineyard owners both on the paternal and maternal side.
Designated a Premier Cru in the famous 1855 classification, Château Haut-Brion has an unusual history. The first authentic Bordeaux wine château is located on a terroir used for winegrowing since the first-century Gallo-Roman period. The first Bordeaux wine named after its terroir rather than its owner, Château Haut-Brion was the world's first luxury brand in 1521.
Thanks to its long history as one of Bordeaux's most prestigious wines, the estate has left its mark on the region for centuries.
Situated between Châteaux Lafleur and Petrus, Château La Fleur-Pétrus took its name in the 18th century. Jean-Pierre Moueix, who established his wine merchant business in Libourne in 1937, purchased La Fleur-Pétrus in 1950. This historic estate on the plateau of Pomerol was his first vineyard acquisition.
La Fleur-Pétrus is composed predominantly of Merlot, which lends silkiness and generosity to the wine, while a small percentage of Cabernet Franc contributes rigor and complexity.
The vineyard is made up of three parcels on the plateau of Pomerol with altitudes averaging 33 to 38 meters above sea level. The pebbly soils from the northern parcel yield a wine of great elegance with notes of black cherries. The center plot, known for its summer heat (the area is called “Tropchaud”), produces a wine of tremendous suppleness with a hint of plum. Wine from the southern parcel is particularly velvety, dense, structured, with a pronounced nose of blackcurrant.
Blended, these three singular terroirs with nuanced and complementary characteristics produce a generous, expressive wine with apparent structure and a dominance of black fruit.
Château La Grave, is located in Bordeaux on the western side of the Pomerol plain.
Jean-François Orosquette cultivates 95 hectares of which 45 hectares are called Minervois.
Château La Nerthe is world famous for its red Châteauneuf du Pape and its famous white for their fresh, slender and mineral expression.
In the heart of Provence, in the south-east of France, 80 km north of Marseille, the Château La Nerthe is a magical place, overlooked by its 18th century chateau and its 16th century cellars.
Château La Nerthe is a domain with values of excellence, durability and elegance. Undoubtedly recognized among the historic estates of Châteauneuf du Pape, Château La Nerthe has been surrounded by the most attentive care of its successive owners. All worked for La Nerthe to acquire and maintain a reputation for excellence. This excellence adopted in its vitivinicultural practices contributes to the elegance of its wines and the reception at the Château.
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has made excellence in the vineyard and wine-making practices the basis of its growth. Château Lafite Rothschild was the start of the DBR (Lafite) Group. It was the first Château acquired by the Rothschild family in 1868 and inspires and guides the winegrowing practices at the various estates: the expertise and the tradition upheld for several generations by the Rothschild family are applied to all of the properties with the objective of producing high quality wines full of finesse and elegance in the “Lafite Spirit”.
“The Lafite Spirit” is based on a rich past and a tradition rooted in the Bordeaux soil, on the transmission of the ancestral know-how of men and women and on the excellence and refinement of the wines that they help to produce. “The Lafite Spirit” is also the pioneering spirit which has led the Group to open up to the world, by setting up on new terroirs outside France to produce quality wines there.
As from 1972, Baron Eric de Rothschild has given a new impetus to Château Lafite Rothschild, completing this quest for excellence, from the vineyard through to the cellars. He has also broadened the horizon of the estates through new acquisitions in France and abroad.
The Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, is a family run estate dedicated to the production of great wines.
With a bold and visionary spirit, their Philosophy is to create an emotional taste sensation. Rich and fertile land creates a spectacular patchwork across the Bordeaux region, offering the opportunity to produce a unique and savoured wine which guarantees a voyage through the senses.
A great wine from the Pomerol appellation, Château Latour is a deep, harmonious and balanced wine. This cru, exploited by Jean-Pierre Moueix, is located in the heart of the plateau of the appellation, on the most characteristic soils of Pomerol, mixing clays and gravels.
The estate’s reputation as a top quality wine producer took off in 1945 after a series of exceptional vintages. Since then, Lynch-Bages has continued to produce excellent wines, even during years considered difficult in the Bordeaux region. The wine’s deep colour and tannic backbone have become part of its signature style. Jean-Michel Cazes, grandson of Jean-Charles, has worked hard to develop and refine the wine’s supple and smooth structure over the years. Vintage after vintage, the estate’s precise and excellent winemaking techniques have served to firmly establish Lynch-Bages reputation for consistent quality.
In 1853 Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, wishing to serve his own wine to his prestigious guests, buys Château Brane-Mouton at auction. The estate, at Pauillac in the heart of the Médoc, will henceforth bear his name: Château Mouton Rothschild.
The ambition of making Mouton a place of art and beauty can be seen everywhere. Outside, in the harmonious arrangement of buildings and open space, in the subtle play of perspectives, in the zen-raked pathways, in the peaceful symmetry of the two end-walls that frame the château, in the contrast between the vertical lines of Petit Mouton, a modest, ivy-covered, mansard-roofed Victorian residence built in 1885, and the horizontal lines of Grand Mouton, constantly enhanced and redesigned since the 1960s.
Petrus was born in 1920, the year in which Madame Loubat inherited a piece of land in Pomerol. The great potential of the Château was confirmed in 1964 when the famous négociant Jean Pierre Moueix became a co-owner.
A myth of world enology: born in lands north-east of Libourne that extend to the western part of Saint-Émilion.
It is recognized as the number one in the entire production area.
Like all great, it never disappoints, year after year. Maximizes the best qualities of Merlot to the full while remaining natural in the expression of the territory. It has a very intense color, and an extremely vast and complex range of aromas, ranging from red fruits to exotic spices. The truffle aroma is clear. Always very elegant, it has an extremely long aging potential.
The vineyard Château Valcombe covers 36 hectares and is situated in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.
As wine lovers, family business is fully committed to restoring and developing the vineyard, to working in the traditional manner, and to producing wine in full respect of the environment.
The Biondi Winery was established at the end of the 1800s and reached its maximum expansion in the early 1900s thanks to the managerial commitment of Salvatore Biondi and the wine-growing experience of his brother Cirino (Ciro Biondi's grandfather) who together with another producer founded. the BIONDI & LANZAFAME.
At that time, BIONDI & LANZAFAME wines are exported to Europe and the United States. After the end of the Second World War for the Company a period of decline began, due to the failure to adapt to modern technologies and to the new post-war market.
Ciro and Stef Biondi started operating in 1999 restructuring the family vineyards with a fixed idea to resurrect these beautiful places. The only way to achieve this goal was to produce high quality wines that could make this activity sustainable. Out of this commitment and from the constant work was OUTIS.
3 vineyards and 3 CRUs, which the Biondi family preserves at least since the 1600s, from which a limited number of bottles will be produced that will express 3 terroirs very close in space but distant in character and taste notes.
Extraordinary interpreter of Burgundy, Claude Dugat, with the help of his three sons Bertrand, Laetitia and Jeanne, has led the domaine to Gevrey-Chambertin since 1991. Six hectares cultivated according to organic farming methods, some of which worked with the help of the horse, from whose grapes wines of extreme finesse and elegance are obtained.
Claude Dugat is today one of the greatest interpreters of the Burgundy tradition Côte de Nuits.
Clemens and Rita Busch have built the estate in its current form.
Together with their son, Johannes, they now work a total of 16 hectares, of which 99% is dedicated to Riesling and 1% to Spätburgunder (for Blanc de Noir).
The winery is located in the town of Pünderich, a small, picturesque village at the beginning of the Terassenmosel.
Their ultimate goal is to produce wines of the highest quality and individuality. They aim to achieve this through respectful interaction with the environment.
Conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity are for their the essential foundation.
The Cloudy Bay estate in New Zealand produces exceptional wines that reflect the terroir from which they originate. Over the last 30 years, the estate has become a key player on the international wine market.
Created in 1985 by David Hohnen, founder of the Cape Mentelle estate in Australia, the Cloudy Bay vineyards extend to the mouth of the eponymous bay in New Zealand. This landscape, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Richmond Range mountains, is truly exceptional. Cloudy Bay, one of the first estates to be established in the Marlborough region, has made a huge contribution to making New Zealand one of the great names in “New World” wines. Expressive, refined and fruity, Cloudy Bay wines embody the spirit of the region. Sauvignon blanc is the estate’s flagship grape variety. Its reputation stems from its freshness and finesse. Cloudy Bay also produces a chardonnay, a pinot noir and a delicately sparkling wine, Pelorus. This wonderful variety of wine is a reflection of its diverse terroir.
The Cola estate was founded in 1985 thanks to the commitment of Battista Cola, although he was alone in the family when it comes to a passion for vineyards and wine production. Battista’s father Giovanni had already begun cultivating vines in the Franciacorta zone back in 1945, the year in which, upon returning from the war, he found that through his wine he was able to rediscover the joy of the little things in life made with care, such as hand cultivating his vines and hand picking every bunch, producing wine according to age-old advice, and waiting during the slow passage of time needed to ensure that every Franciacorta sparkling wine is good. Battista cherished these precepts and was able to use them to turn the estate into an authentic wine producer: Cola winery. Today the estate is run by Stefano, Battista’s son, who, with the same dedication, produces bottles of wine and Franciacorta sparkling wine of the highest quality with their characteristic bouquet and inimitable taste.
Colomba Bianca is one of the largest Sicilian wine cooperatives, and one of the largest producers of organic wine in Europe.
The company, founded in 1970, today has about 2480 members and extends along 7500 hectares of vineyards between the provinces of Trapani, Palermo, Agrigento, Caltanissetta and Ragusa, with 5 wineries distributed throughout the territory. The vineyards are located in areas that enjoy a wide diversity, from the coastal area up to an altitude of 600 meters above sea level.
In 1960, 26 winegrowers from Colterenzio in Appiano founded their own cooperative in order to gain their independence from the wine merchants of the time. These rebels named the newly-founded cooperative after their homeland, the small hamlet of Schreckbichl, (Colterenzio in Italian). In their constant pursuit of top quality, the Colterenzio winemakers were also pioneers.
The 300 partner winegrowers of the Colterenzio winary are the backbone of the company. They work year-round on their wine hills with their families in order to supply us with top-quality wine grapes in autumn.
Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America's leading producer of outstanding wine among the world's most important wine companies, currently exporting to 140 countries worldwide.
Mr. Melchor Concha y Toro, in the 19th century, was at the vanguard and brought noble French varieties from Bordeaux. He planted those vines in the Maipo Valley in 1883 and laid the foundations of what is now Viña Concha y Toro.
The distillery has been guided since 2004 by the master distiller Giancarlo Conte.
The Sicilian company is based in the Ferla district in the territory of Petrosino (Marsala).
Project started in 1989 in Veneto and targets all world markets; it is the result of a collaboration between the Allegrini family and a select group of wine-growers. The vineyards have deep, fertile soils that are well-suited to Veronese grapes as well as some international varietals.
Wines that are typically crisp, highly aromatic and easy to drink, aimed at a young clientele looking for quality at an attractive price.
Since 1960, the company Cottanera, lives and cultivates with passion and respect the volcanic land, difficult and at the same time generous.
Whole families work in Cottanera, in particular women who, according to the Etna tradition, possess the right delicacy in the care of the vineyards and in the choice of the grapes.
Knowledge is handed down from generation to generation.
The extraordinary variety Sicily offers is a gift Cusumano welcome with devotion and transform into experience. Diversity is a virtue which they cultivate and share with passion.
Wine, just like people, shows a distinct personality when put in the right context. That’s why Cusumano have travelled all around Sicily in search of the most suitable lands for diverse and high-quality viticulture.
The Salvatore d’Amico farm is one of the oldest on the island of Salina and is a small family business operating in the municipality of Leni.
Family memories allow us to reconstruct the history of the company over three generations: grandfather Antonino Divola began in the early 1900s, building the first winery in the Valdichiesa area and at his death in 1964, the daughters Nunzia continued Grace.
In 1972 his daughter Nunzia and her husband, Raffaele d'Amico, proceeded to renovate the current Leni winery inside an old Aeolian house and to enter the vineyards at no. 8 in the DOC register of Malvasia delle Lipari.
In the same year, his son Salvatore D'Amico, winemaker and expert of the island's traditions for passion, decided to take care of the family business and in 1976 he completed some "experiments", with the help of old precious manuscripts of grandfather and his parents' experiences, which allow him to produce a Malvasia, a renowned passito wine of the highest level and to relaunch the activity with the new appellation Azienda Agrobiologica Salvatore d'Amico.
Dal Forno Romano Farm is a historic Veronese winery that produces Amarone, Valpolicella and Recioto.
For years, thanks to the commitment of the whole family, the company has achieved standards that are hard to match, with the persevering intent to offer unique emotions and pleasures.
Damilano is one of few traditional, ancient, ultra-centenary Barolo wine makers.
In fact, the Damilano family has been active since 1890 when Giuseppe Borgogno, the great-grandfather of the current owners, started farming and making wine from the family-owned vineyard in Barolo (Cuneo), the town in the Langhe area that the homonymous wine was named after; a beautiful and generous land that has been the heart of the vocation to produce the “king of wines” for centuries.
It wasn’t until the following generation, though, that Giacomo Damilano, the founder’s son-in-law, gave the current name to the winery. It was he who gave the stimulus to preserve the vines and apply constant innovation in the quality of the winemaking process, making the winery become a “jewel” to proudly pass on to his nephews, who manage the company since 1997.
Guido, Mario, and Paolo Damilano have been capable of giving new lymph and push to the family company, particularly giving value to the prince grape of the Langhe, the Nebbiolo, and specific terroirs, the Cannubi above all.
Winegrower from father to son since 1875, it was in 1970 that Daniel created his own brand.
Daniel Moreau Champagne is first and foremost a family story.
Since 1838, the DARTIGALONGUE family has been making artisanal Armagnacs in Nogaro, Bas Armagnac (the first region of the Armagnac Appellation).
Since 1838, the house of DARTIGALONGUE has also belonged to the same family that continues to create, age and blend the most beautiful fruits of the terroir in the region in a warm and welcoming atmosphere giving priority to sharing, meeting and to those happy moments spent together.
Clos de la Roche, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Procès, Gevrey-Chambertin, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits...
The Domaine David Duband lies in Chevannes, in the heart of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and produces refined and elegant wines from 23 prestigious appellations from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin.
The estate farms 17 hectares of vines organically, under the strict management of the Ecocert label.
Spadafora is a noble Sicilian family whose first certified traces date back to 1230. Over the centuries the house has held five principalities, a duchy, two marquisates, an earldom and twenty-five baronages. Some family members have occupied prominent positions in the Kingdom of Sicily and in some European countries.
The founder of the company is Don Pietro dei Principi di Spadafora, who inherited the estate from his uncle, Michele De Stefani, a talented farmer and breeder of racehorses.
The estate suffered a lot of damage during the 1968 earthquake but Don Pietro committed himself to the reconstruction and redevelopment of the vineyard, reappraising the native grape varieties and introducing non-native varieties to Sicily for the creation of quality wines. The current owner is Francesco Spadafora, son of Don Pedro, and tomorrow Enrica Spadafora, his daughter.
For more than two centuries, the House of Delamain has established itself as the guardian of cognac’s time-honoured traditions, preserving a philosophy and approach to the making of cognac which defies change and embraces the accumulated wisdom of Delamain’s generations.
Today, as inheritors of these traditions, the Delamain team work with art and patience to craft cognacs that have no earthly rival.
To obtain this level of excellence the House of Delamain relies upon a critical yet often under-valued ingredient: time.
The celebrated Delas Frères wine company was founded back in 1835. Since 1996, the spirit and soul that contributed to its reputation for high quality wines have been restored.
The company's new management has made important investments in the Saint-Jean-de-Muzols production site near Tournon-sur-Rhône.
Its highly-motivated team is proud to play its part in the revival of the quality of this venerable Rhône Valley wine company. A specially designed vat-house for the vinification of red wines, as well as a full restructuring of the ageing cellars, are among the new quality measures at Delas, all aimed at perpetuating and enhancing the expression of the Terroir.
No other rum distillery in the world can boast of such a heritage. It is this which has enabled them to offer such a variety of high quality award-winning rums of differing age, style and character, a comprehensive range of over 20 distinct varieties.
In Guyana is born the extraordinary story behind El Dorado - the world famous collection of finest Demerara Rums.
The grapes are de-stemmed but not crushed, then the must macerates on the skins in cement vats without the addition of any SO2. The length of maceration depends on the characteristics of the must; it can last from three to twenty days. Lengthier macerations are not part of their local culture. The wine is always drawn off by hand in order not to harm the skins. The wine then continues its journey in small cement vats until bottling, which comes usually two to three years later.
Di Bella wines are characterized by aromas, freshness and elegance.
The company has family management. The vineyards extend mainly in the countryside of Noto (Syracuse), in a beautiful district with the evocative name of "Buonivini" (Goodwine).
Diplomático's identity is based on a continuous commitment to quality and to putting passion and heart into the creation of rum. An independent, family-run brand, it controls the entire production chain from field to bottle, to create rum of superb quality. The Diplomático distillery is located at the foot of the Andes in Venezuela, where the purest waters flow. This location was also carefully selected for its proximity to the main sugar cane processing plants.
The distillery is unique in that it hosts three different distillation processes which, combined with mastery in the art of blending, produce iconic rums such as Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, acclaimed around the world. Diplomático places great value on quality and authenticity in the production process, in supporting collaborators and the local community and in protecting the environment through the "Distilled Consciously" platform with sustainable production practices. Indeed, as part of Diplomático's philosophy, respect and protection of the environment have always been one of the main objectives. From the beginning, DUSA has set up a system to manage by-products, recycle waste and optimize resources.
Thanks to the quality of its products and social and environmental commitment, among other awards, in 2018 the important magazine Wine Enthusiast awarded Diplomático as "Spirit Brand of the Year". Awarded for the first time to a rum company, this award recognizes companies and individuals whose vision has had an effect on the spirits industry.
Four generations for grappa, four generations to create the ultra-modern Berta di Roccanivo distillery in Casalotto di Mombaruzzo, four generations that start on 11 July 1866 with the birth of Francesco Berta.
Made from only the best grapes, Dom Pérignon commitment to vintages is absolute. Each Vintage wine is created from the best grapes grown in one single year - a true challenge for a unique interpretation of the seasons, and for reinvention.
Each vintage embodies the total faith in the Power of Creation that is constantly renewed by Chef de Cave Vincent Chaperon.
The company formed by Martin Bart and his sister Odille is located in Marsannay-la-Côte, the northernmost wine-growing municipality of the Côte d'Or, only a few kilometers from Gevrey-Chambertin.
Comte Georges de Vogüé is a historic winery based in Chambolle-Musigny, in the heart of the Côte de Nuits. Founded in 1450 by Jean Moisson, the modern history of the domaine was born with the Comte Georges de Vogüé, which bought the property in 1925. Today the domaine is managed by Jean-Luc Pepin, while Eric Bourgogne, who takes care of the vineyard together with the winemaker François Millet, manages the approximately 13 hectares of owned vineyards. The lands are divided between the Grand Cru denominations "Musigny" and "Bonnes-Mares", some Premier Cru denominations of Chambolle-Musigny, which are Les Amoureuses, Les Baudes and Les Fuées, and the Village denomination of Chambolle-Musigny. The vineyards are managed according to the criteria of organic agriculture, with the utmost care and attention in the cellar processes.
The ancient culture of the vine gives its name to village, "Le Vau Breton" which Rabelaisien language, means "Cabernet Franc Valley ", a unique variety of red wine of Chinon.
After belonging to several owners, the Noblaie was acquired in 1952 by the Manzagol family. Today the third generation of winemakers is working with the same passion.
No one doubts that the Domaine has always produced the greatest wines of Burgundy and, by far, the best Pinot Noir in the world.
The minimum extension of the crus, the very old vines, the extremely low yield, the meticulous care, the constant search for perfection and the immense potential of the soil make these wines very rare and highly sought after for their concentration, great structure, the incredible length and supreme elegance and balance.
For 3 generations the Guillot family has strived to make pure wines full of life, without additives, that are representative of the appellation Mâcon-Cruzille.
The Clos des Vignes du Maynes was first recorded on cadastral maps by Burgundian monks. Its origin dates back to 910, the year Cluny Abbey was founded by the Duke of Aquitaine. The domaine was originally owned by the seigneurs of the Château of Cruzille, and then belonged to a farming family for five generations before being bought by Pierre and Jeanne Guillot in 1952. The vineyard has therefore never had any chemicals used on it and has always been farmed with the greatest respect for the earth.
In 1825, pioneer Pierre Faiveley founded a merchant business in Nuits-Saint-Georges. His passion for trading and ageing wines soon led him to purchase his own vine parcels and establish a wine domaine in order to grow and produce his own wines.
Although the majority of Domaine Faiveley's wines are made from grapes grown at the domaine, the Faiveley family has nevertheless remained true to its merchant roots.
Over the years, the family has formed close relationships with a number of Burgundian families thereby allowing them access to the very best vine parcels.
Needless to say, these grapes are treated with the same care and attention as those grown at the Domaine. The wines are then sold under the 'Joseph Faiveley' label which represents the second generation of the family.
The family has developed the Joseph Faiveley label and signature for almost two hundred years and continues to select grapes using a strict and rigorous selection process.
For over 70 years the Buisson family has been working vineyards with prestigious denominations of Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, Pommard, Volnay 1er Cru and Beaune. Today the estate covers 19 hectares of vineyards.
Based in Meursault, Domaine Henri Boillot is strategically placed between Puligny-Montrachet and Volnay, the two appellations that have become its specialty. The domain has set itself a firm objective: to express, through its wines, the essence of the vines and their distinctive climates.
Volnay's fine, noble reds; Puligny-Montrachet's pure, elegant whites: two distinctive colours and two characters.
Father and son, with their personalities, work together today. Both make great wines: one in white, the other in red.
The Caillot estate was founded in 1961 by Roger Caillot, the father of current farmer and owner Michel. The vineyard covers approximately 13 hectares with vines averaging around 40 years old.
Since the early 1980s, under the influence of Michel Caillot, the estate has been adopting environmentally friendly winegrowing techniques (no chemical fertilisers, but only organic substances). The yields are also reduced.
Wines from this estate should be kept for about 3 years before drinking.
The philosophy of Olivier Leflaive is to produce simply great wines. There are no secrets to this – everything starts in the vines with good grapes. Olivier, Franck and their team are lucky to have strong relationships with some of the best winegrowers on the Côte, people who grow their vines with care and attention.
Although the quality of the harvest is key, vinification and ageing also play a major role in bringing out the essence of each appellation. Franck Grux and Philippe Grillet make it their daily task to ensure the quality of the wines and respect for the terroir. As such, the estate’s approach is to treat each cuvée individually.
The two families Rossignol and Trapet have a long wine tradition. The Rossignol family is a very old dynasty of vine growers in Volnay. The Trapet family originally settled on Chambolle-Musigny, settled in Gevrey-Chambertin more than a century ago now.
It was in 1990 that Jacques Rossignol and his two sons, Nicolas and David, created the Domaine Rossignol-Trapet located in Gevrey-Chambertin.
Owners of vineyards on the famous villages of the Coast are: Beaune, Savigny-les Beaune, and of course Gevrey-Chambertin.
In 1896, after a tour of France’s many vineyards, Marcel Ott, a young graduate in agronomy engineering from Alsace, finally found an estate that inspired him. To set the scene, we are in Provence. The Mediterranean is lapping at the shore a mere stone’s throw away...
In these parts, growing vines is the legacy of ancient times. Alas, a short while before Marcel Ott’s discovery, phylloxera had wreaked havoc on the vines. The land was cheaper, but the vineyards would have to be replanted. The wine had lost a great deal of its soul in the vineyard’s reconstruction. Marcel Ott bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provencal wines from noble grape varieties.
Today, 120 years later, cousins Christian and Jean-François Ott dedicate their life to their ancestor’s love for the site. In 2004, Domaines Ott* joined Louis Roederer and its fabulous selection of wine craftsmen.
Domaines Schlumberger is located in Alsace, in eastern France.
In the sixteenth century, the Prince Abbots of the Murbach abbey were largely controlling the vineyard. The French Revolution, at the end of the eighteenth century, led to the end of their influence and allowed land redistribution.
In 1810, Nicolas Schlumberger (1782-1867) set up his textile machinery factory in Guebwiller. To mark his attachment to the land, he also bought about 20 hectares of vines. In doing so, he laid the foundations of a rare conjunction of human search for perfection and land: the Domaine Schlumberger.
Three generations later, Ernest Schlumberger (1885–1954) assumed control of the estate.
Don Julio González revolutionized the world of tequila by choosing quality over quantity, painstakingly planting each agave further apart to allow proper room to grow and fully mature before harvesting. He would then select only the most succulent portions of the piña, before steaming them for 72-hour cycles.
When it came time to bottle his creation, he broke with generations of traditionally tall Tequila bottles typically hidden under tables. He knew his new spirit had no business hiding on the floor, so he designed a shorter tequila bottle for his guests to pass around the table while still being able to see each other.
A story centuries long, where the lives of heretics, jurists, men of the church and grape growers entwine. Great characters, great passions, and great wines from the countryside south of Siena, one of the most beautiful in the world that also maintains its oldest traditions.
In 2001 and 2002 Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wineries at Fattoria del Colle and Casato Prime Donne were inaugurated.
The 34 hectares of vineyard were almost entirely replanted. And a sales network exporting wine to 38 countries was established.
Donnafugata was created in Sicily by a family that with passion has innovated the style and perception of Sicilian wine in the world.
Donnafugata now consists of a team of people increasingly focused on representing the excellence of Made in Italy all over the world – guided by the fifth generation of the family.
The name Donnafugata refers to the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa entitled Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). A name that means “donna in fuga” (woman in flight) and refers to the story of a queen who found refuge in the part of Sicily where the company’s vineyards are located today. An adventure that inspired the corporate logo: the image of a woman’s head with windblown hair that dominates every bottle. Donnafugata labels are also works of art created or inspired by Gabriella Rallo, as are the names of the wines, an homage to art and literature.
Tradition, a love for the land and deep roots are notions close to the heart of the Drouet family. For four generations the Drouets have worked hard to nurture and transmit these values with as much passion as they devote to producing spirits.
The drusian family has been producing wine for three generations and owns 80 hectares of vineyards. The winery is situated in the heart of valdobbiadene.
A real passion and a course along the tradition leave us two treasures: the fine and delicate cartizze and the fresh and sparkling valdobbiadene superiore prosecco docg.
Carefullness for details and dedication during every steps of vinification makes the wine rich in fragrances and precious aromatic nuances.
The secret, hedged between these wonderful hills, is simple. It is based not only on the love and respect for the work, the environment and the land, but also on the consensus of people keen on wine that , with their satisfaction, pay off all efforts.
The Duca di Salaparuta Group owns three historic wine brands that represent Sicily and Italy worldwide: Corvo and Duca di Salaparuta, founded in 1824, and Florio launched in 1833. Gathered into one group by the Reina family, the two companies together today constitute the largest private wine group in Sicily. They express the island’s history and its land through their suggestive Estates and the historic Marsala and Casteldaccia Wine Cellars... But above all through their wines.
The elegance of having chosen quality and naturalness since 1824. Duca di Salaparuta wines have an unmistakeable style and a meticulous care for details: they are created through a constant quest for innovation and a deep bond with their territories.
The Elio Grasso Estate, located in the municipality of Monforte d’Alba, has 42 hectares of land of which 24 are forests and meadows that surround the 18 hectares of vineyards, within the World Heritage site.
They believe that to be acknowledged first as grape farmers, and then as wine producers, is the best way to honour, and continue the labours of, those who have faced before their the challenges that working with nature and her products, like wine, entails. This, and a desire to be true to theirselves, prompts their propose, without presumption, the convictions and conduct shared by all Langhe farming families, characteristics worth preserving and which we believe make the difference.
Emidio Pepe founded his winery in 1964, after working alongside his father and his grandfather which already back in 1889 where making wine at Casa Pepe. Before anyone else, he strongly believed in the great ageing potential of Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and he dedicated all his energies to those two indigenous grape varietals, proving their incredible potential and showing it to the entire world.
A balance in the vineyard, achieved after years of work, thanks to the expert hands of the grower Emidio who, with his 55 years of harvest experience, was able to perfectly determine the nourishment of the plants, the soil tilling, the pruning and the vegetation of the vines, limiting any kind of intervention in the vineyard and in the cellar. No chemical products are used, even in the most difficult years and conditions. No selected yeasts to make the alcoholic fermentation start and no enzymes are added to encourage the genesis of perfumes. Only natural products such as copper crystals, mine sulphur and biodynamic preparations are actually used, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. All of this just to return the terroir, the climate and the culture through the distinctive personality of the Montepulciano and the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.
Nunzio Puglisi creates Enò-Trio to try to express his identity, his experience and his passion through his Etna wines, accompanied by his daughters.
A little-known corner of Langa, a man with gentle manners and great curiosity, wines of those who make the difference, who leave their mark. Ezio Cerruti and his wines are the sons of Castiglione Tinella, a village on the border between Langhe and Monferrato linked to Muscat.
Born in 1979, Falesco is at the root of Famiglia Cotarella’s activities. A heritage built by the brothers Renzo and Riccardo Cotarella, which has been taken up and cultivated by the new generations.
In constant relationship between giving and taking, Falesco takes care of its land to achieve the best, and the best is what it gives back to the land. Every root brings new fruit and, thanks to the passion of those who work on it, ever new roots are born.
The Falkenstein farm winery & vineyard is to be found on the slopes of the Sonnenburg Mountain in Naturns. The story begins in 1989, when Franz and Bernadette Pratzner decided to abandon their apple orchards and dedicate themselves exclusively to viticulture.
The impervious terrain of primary rock, exposed to the south, lends itself perfectly to the growing of vines. The grape vines extend over an area of twelve hectares at altitudes of between 590–900 m a.s.l., producing around 90,000 bottles per year. The vineyards are dedicated mostly to white grapes, with a small part for Pinot Noir. Among the varieties cultivated, Riesling is the most outstanding.
Franz and Bernadette work mostly manually, with machinery employed only in a supportive capacity. Since 2003, all wine-making is carried out in the purposely-built wine cellar. The architect responsible absorbed into the design the family’s desire to create a harmony between the old and the new. For this reason a wine cellar in stone was built, joined to the more modern building, in which the white wines are today perfected.
Fattoria La Valentina was founded in 1990, in the municipality of Spoltore, on the hills near Pescara.
The wines produced are authentic, which speak of places and cultivations, which arise from the sum of many small details and passion.
They have always been called Le Pupille, the pupils, those two farmhouses on the peak of two hills, turning their back to the medieval village Pereta. For long years there were no vineyards in the area, but cork oaks, wheat, mediterranean woods, the most classical scenery of a Maremma landscape of former days. In those times there was no recognized dignity of Maremma as a territory with great viticultural potentials and Morellino Di Scansano was a pleasant wine which surely did not aspire to compare itself with great Italian denominations. However, everything changed at Le Pupille thanks to the enthusiasm and intuition of Elisabetta Geppetti, a young student at the time, who had foreseen great productive potential in the countryside she loved, where she spent her summer holidays in her family’s house. Today Fattoria Le Pupille means 75 hectares of vineyards, over 500,000 bottles made every year, the presence in the markets of four continents and an undisputed role as Ambassador of Maremma.
The history of Fazio company tells about a family that since four generations plays with passion and dedication the art of viticulture and winemaking. Girolamo and Vincenzo Fazio are the authors of the conversion of the family properties in a modern and efficient winery located in the town of Erice in the northwestern area of the province of Trapani. The Fazio Family has been active and determinant to obtain the recognition of the Doc Erice that strengthen the link between production and a land of the unique geological and climatic features.
For Francesco Fenech producing Malvasia delle Lipari is a family tradition.
Already his ancestors, back in '800, were responsible for this activity.
In 1996 Francesco Fenech decided to bottle his product until then sold by him and by his father Antonio in the cellar directly from the barrels.
Since then the company has adopted modern methods of cultivation of land planted with vines and modern machinery for winemaking, storage and bottling of the product.
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Within the framework of a small family-run estate, Salvatore Ferrandes manages organically his terraced land on the island of Pantelleria, where the family, of Spanish heritage, has been present for more than six hundred years. The favorable climate, the generous fertility of volcanic soil and the careful craftsmanship in processing allow to obtain particularly high quality products such as capers, raisins and the Passito of Pantelleria.
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The Feudi del Pisciotto winery has a doubly fascinating soul that tells the ancient story of an old wine-making plant, called “Palmento” (from the Latin word Paumentum), used for the pressing of the grapes and their vinification in Greek and Roman times – still intact from 1700 to the present day – and the modern cellar. Restored without any modification, the Palmento is connected to the new cellar fit to produce up to 10,000 hectolitres of wine using the most advanced technologies. The new cellar includes a barricaia with over 700 barriques. Other barriques are placed in the former tinaia visible through the glass floor of the overlying restaurant area.
At Feudi del Pisciotto modernity marries tradition, present also through the honoring of the ancient wine-making process which provided gravity only as an instrument for handling grapes and must: the grapes harvested by hand are transported in small crates on the panoramic roof of the cellar and, through manholes directly connected to the rooms below, they are transferred to the fermentation tanks without the aid of pumps, thus avoiding dispersing the contents of the husk of the grains. Even the bottling premises are at a lower level than the storage tanks, so as to minimize the use of pumps and thereby also obtaining energy savings and limiting the CO2 emissions in the environment.
Feudi di San Gregorio today epitomises the oenological renaissance of southern Italy, promoting a wine culture for the rediscovery of Mediterranean flavours. To promote southern Italy grape varieties, such as Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo, to invest in the land and in the century old tradition of Irpinia wine making, means offering a future to a unique environmental heritage. Established in 1986 by two Irpinian families, Feudi di San Gregorio has its roots in the town of Sorbo Serpico in the province of Avellino. Since its early days, the winery focused on the preservation of authentic top quality productions and on the definition of a premium quality standard to meet the highest and most severe market requirements. The new winery was inaugurated in 2004, reflecting Feudi di San Gregorio’s wish to blend its long-standing tradition with a futuristic architectural project.
The adventure of Antonio Moretti Cuseri in Sicily begins in 2000, with the purchase of the first mounds (Sicilian units equal to 1,744 square meters). Step by step he puts together the land of more than fifty owners, creating one of the most interesting of the island that has in Maccari its beating heart.
In 1469 in the heart of Sicily, within the Principality of Villanova, the noble Aragonese family Abatellis called baglio (typical Sicilian construction with a quadrangular court). After six hundred years, Feudo Montoni wines are produced in the same cellars from the same lands.
At the end of 1800 the history of Feudo Montoni is linked to that of the Sireci family.
Fabio Sireci, for the past thirty years, continues the work of his grandfather and father, custodian of the ancient plants and their grapes.
The invention of tradition becomes the key to understanding every decision.
In the heart of Sicily lies the Principi di Butera, in the province of Caltanissetta, which is recognised today as one of the best wine making regions in Italy thanks above all to its production of high quality, prestigious red wines.
The 320 hectare estate also extends into the ancient lands of the Feudo Deliella and includes over 170 vineyards in an exclusive terroir, thanks to the warm and dry climate, which optimises the development and perfect ripening of the grapes, a sea breeze which carries all its benefits to the vines and the warm, strong sunlight which is so typical of the southern areas of the island.
Fiasconaro is a modern and continuously expanding company: thanks to the passioned and efficient professionals teamwork, to the strong business spirit ad to an extraordinary instinct, it earns an high position in the area, establishing itself on the national and international market.
The long years experience between craft laboratories and pastry shops, first in Italy, after abroad, and the knowledge of the most advanced processing methods make Fiasconaro’s pioneers in the homemade pastry area.
The love for tastes of the land, the respect for the rhythms of nature, the unstoppable faith in tradition, have never made submit them to the lure of industrial production on large scale.
Filippo Grasso Etna Vignerons
Aiming to get the best from the surrounding territory Bruno Fina’s winery has a modern and efficient structure transferring all the passion in rational organization of spaces and processes, in the maximum respect for the integrity of the grapes.
Firriato is a unit of measurement, a clear concept, the result of a business decision capable of transforming itself into promise and devotion. Recalling a production history that holds such importance for the world of high-quality Sicilian wine in a few brief lines could result in a rash and inadequate summary. Because Firriato is a company that is a living, warm-blooded organism that thrives on nature, identity and passion.
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The history of this winery began in the mid-1800s, more precisely in 1849, when Matteo Foderà began making wine from his own vineyards in the family cellar in Contrada Giardinello.
The wine obtained from him and from the following four generations was sold, for over a century, to the tavernari of Trapani and to the local companies that used it as a base for Marsala wine.
Today it is Dario Foderà who represents the sixth generation of family winemakers.
The history of Fondo Antico and Polizzotti-Scuderi Family has its roots in these values, whose visible manifestation we find in the 80 hectares of vineyard located in Contrada Portelli, in the Trapani area.
The passion for the Sicilian territory, the centenary experience in viticulture and the respect for their origins are combined with research, innovation, team work, curiosity to venture towards new horizons, to communicate our wines and introduce this corner of Sicily to the world.
Like all things that are beautiful, even Fontanafredda was born from a love story: the one between King Vittorio Emanuele II and the “Bela Rosin”.
In 1858 the Fontanafredda estate was bought by Vittorio Emanuele II as a gift to his mistress Rosa Vercellana, also known as "La bela Rosin". Later, it was handed down to their children, Maria Vittoria and Emanuele Alberto, Count of Mirafiori and Fontanafredda.
In 2017 Fontanafredda is nominated “European Winery of the Year” by the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast.
Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola has infused his unmistakable style at this estate near Geyserville, in the northern part of Sonoma County.
The Conterno family works hard to produce uniquely elegant and prestigious wines in the heart of the Langhe.
In the heart of the Langhe, in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba, is Cascina Sciulun, a typical historic farmhouse, constructed according to Piedmont architectural traditions. Built in the mid-nineteenth century and extended in the 1940s, the house has always belonged to the Conterno family.
The company Franco Conterno has deep roots, and has been a part of the family for many decades. It was nonno Pietro who allocated 18 hectares of land to Nebbiolo vineyards, initially to sell to other wineries for vinification, later destined for the creation of prestigious wines.
Francois Gaunoux is a Vigneron Independant of Meursault.
"He who sows quality, gathers trust" is his motto.
Frank Cornelissen's farming philosophy is based on acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions. Farm and vineyards are located in Sicily, in the Northern valley of the active volcano Etna.
The northern valley is considered today Etna’s top area for single-vineyard (contrada) red wines like the “Côtes-de-Nuits” in Burgundy or Piemonte’s “Barolo” area.
For generations the Cutrera family has been dedicated to the cultivation of olive trees and olive oil production, a profession carried on for decades with passion and love that binds this family to its land. The company’s origins date back more than a century ago to 1906, when records show that the Cutrera family was dedicated to the cultivation and care of olive trees in Chiaramonte Gulfi, a small town in southeastern Sicily.
The Franz Haas Wineryhas endeavoured to show the wines it produces always in the best light. It was established in 1880 and has been handed down through the generations up to now to a Franz Haas.
Franz Haas has always been recognised as a great enthusiast and cultivator of themost difficult vine, one that is the most sensitive and repays the greatest: the Pinot Nero.
Frecciarossa was born in 1919, when Mario Odero fell in love with the hills of the Oltrepò Pavese where he decided to buy a nineteenth-century estate, with a particular name.
Today it is Valeria Radici Odero who continues the tradition of winemakers since 1919.
The Fuligni Estate spreads over approximately one hundred fully-cultivated hectares of land in an almost continual strip on the eastern side of Montalcino where, historically, the most authentic production of Brunello emerged. The vines, which extend over ten hectares, are primarily located at Cottimelli at altitudes varying from 380 to 450 meters above sea level. Here, the land, which predominantly faces east, belongs entirely to the Santa Fiora (marl) geological formation of Eocene origin and is made up of a prevalently rocky terrain.
The Gaja winery was founded in 1859, in the heart of the Langhe in Barbaresco, where Nebbiolo often takes on the contours of poetry.
From the founder Giovanni to Angelo Gaja, this family has been able to establish itself in the world wine scene thanks to a very precise recipe: the search for quality.
The past as an experience, the future as an objective: thus Gaja has built around himself the image of a brand symbol of the greatness of Barbaresco and of a wine that knows how to tell the poetry of its own territory in the glass.
Through a shared passion for the countryside and farming, Dora and Maria Luisa together with Arturo, Roberto and Francesco, in 1991 began to produce a high quality wine with a dream to revive the ancient tradition of Campania’s noble vines. Roberto is no longer with us, but the work of the Galardi cellar is carried out in his memory in the search for the highest quality in wine making.
Eight generations have followed each other since Nicolas CHIQUET planted his first vine in 1746.
From generation to generation the Chiquet family has developed champagne in accordance with a tradition adapted to the latest quality advances.
CHIQUET Champagne enhances natural aromas coming from the specificity of the terroirs and from the Champagne vines.
Champagne producer located in Chouilly on the outskirts of Epernay.
The word "Monfortino" appears for the first time on a bottle of Barolo from 1924: it is Giacomo Conterno who, directing the family production from bulk to bottles, wants to emphasize the municipality where the cellar is located and where most of the grapes purchased to produce it.
In 1974 Giacomo bought the Cascina Francia vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba: 14 hectares of land particularly suited for the cultivation of Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes.
Today Roberto, Giacomo's grandson, carries on the family tradition with absolute rigor, producing structured and elegant wines of great charm and longevity.
The vineyard is cultivated with traditional systems and leaves nothing to chance: careful pruning, elimination of excess bunches, defoliation to allow the passage of sun and air on the grapes, harvest in the best period: simple and ancient precautions very useful for obtaining excellent wines.
Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Monfortino Riserva is considered one of the best investment wines in the wine sector as well as being an ambassador of Italian excellence in the world.
In the very heart of Sicily, between the plain of Gela and the plain of Catania, lies the city of Caltagirone, in the province of Catania. This is the region that gave birth to the Daino wine, made from an indigenous, organically-grown grape variety.
The company was founded in 2004 with the purchase of a small vineyard in the Manduria area of 1, 30 hectares. Today the company has about 14.5 hectares of business area.
Right from the start, the company's mission was to produce wines from vineyards aged 50 to 90 years, grown in the Apulian sapling, with a great personality and a strong territorial identity.
The id, the primitive of Manduria Doc, is immediately noticed by food and wine journalists and passionate bloggers ... he shares criticism, id, loves or hates himself.
From the 2004 vintage onwards, Gianfranco Fino obtained the most important national awards, bringing even in Puglia in 2010 the title of Viticulturist of the year of the Gambero Rosso, an award that in Central - Southern Italy has never come before, (other winners Josko Gravner, Elio Altare, Romano Dal Forno, Marinella Camerani).
The food and wine guides agreed, buy an essay, give Gianfranco Fino Viticoltore the title of best company in Puglia, with great prestige for the region and for the territory of Manduria in particular.
The Girolamo Russo estate was founded in 2005 by Giuseppe Russo, in memory of his late father. The family are native of Passopisciaro, one of the key villages at the heart of the rebirth of Etna’s most important grape variety, Nerello Mascalese.
This is the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily.
The Russos have 26 hectares of land in and around Passopisciaro, with 15 hectares of vineyards surrounded by olive and hazelnut groves. The vineyards are high up, between 650 and 780 metres above sea level, inland from the beautiful town of Taormina. Many of the free-standing bush vines are over 80 years old, surviving in harmony with Etna’s black, mineral-rich volcanic soil.
Giuseppe works the vineyards organically and makes the wines himself. He vinifies each parcel separately, seeking out their individual identities in a series of wines that reflect the diverse character of their terroirs.
In a beautiful and characteristic house, located just outside the town of Barolo, along the road that leads to Monforte, the tradition and modern history of Barolo are at home. This is the work of the current owner of the company, Giuseppe Rinaldi, for everyone, more simply, "Citrico", veterinarian "lent" to viticulture and oenology, extraordinary storyteller and by all accounts one of the most original, lucid and especially free, of the Langa del Barolo, both, above all, for the figure and the work of the person who preceded the management of the Beppe company, the father, Battista Rinaldi.
For generations this little-known Speyside distillery has lent its distinctive flavour to one of the world’s most famous blends. Fortunately for all Scotch lovers, today Glen Elgin whisky’s honey-sweet character is available to sample in its own right.
The origin of the Médeville family, in the heart of Sauternes, dates back to the marriage of Numa, the great-grandfather of Christian Médeville, Julie's father who today together with her husband Xavier continues the tradition consolidating the story.
The House is defined as the antiquarian of the Sauternes and the reason lies precisely in the history of the family and in the method of production of these prestigious wines which is based on aging in cement vats.
The Medeville family is set in the Bordeaux region to market their wines not before the age of twenty.
At the end of the 20th century, the takeover by the Cointreau family and the birth of the CELEBRIS Vintage Cuvées sees GOSSET Champagne enter the highest echelons of the prestigious houses, both in France and abroad.
A passion that from past to present has shaped the image and reputation of the oldest Wine House in the region, whose name today is synonymous with a guarantee of excellence for all connoisseurs of great champagnes.
Above Neumarkt, in the plain of Alto Adige, is the small village of Mazzon.
Framed by a magnificent cultural landscape, old farms and residences and the woods of the Trodena Horn natural park, this region is known as one of the best locations of Pinot Noir Italy far beyond the country's borders.
Since time immemorial, this terrace to the east of the Etschufers is also called the "Pinot Noir" of Italy.
They only cultivate traditional varieties indigenous to Mount Etna and aim to respect local traditions as well as the distinct characters of each vintage.
The land decides. They believe that only by listening carefully and responding to the expressions of Nature in their territory ca be great wines be born. Great because true.
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The Grattamacco winery is located about an hour away by road from Castello ColleMassari. It dates back to 1977 and it lies on a rise between Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri, enjoying a panoramic view of the Tuscan coast. The Grattamacco vineyards are located at an altitude of about 100m above sea level, in a wonderfully protected position over one of Bolgheri's only two hills. Its neighbours in this location are those other wineries that, along with Grattamacco, make the name Bolgheri internationally renowned.
This area benefits from a dry climate with considerable temperature fluctuations and is famous for its great wines. Unlike other Tuscan wine-producing areas, such as Chianti or Montecucco, Sangiovese is still also cultivated here, but increasingly less frequently. The central types are the Bordeaux-Blend types: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Cabernet Franc. So, all robust red wine types from which robust and long-lasting wines are vinified. The property has been part of the ColleMassari Group since 2002.
Vito Catania is the witness of the family tradition of wine and oil making. He has expanded the land area he inherited and introduced innovative working practices. The wine farm is the result of a project that begun in 1996 with the precious collaboration of Salvo Foti.
Today the wine farm counts about 70 hectares of land planted with vines in the best parts of eastern Sicily.
Champagne Guy Dumangin has 5 generations and over a century of know-how and experience in Champagne.
In the nineteenth century, the Dumangin family already cultivated the vine without turning the grapes into champagne.
Today it is the fifth generation of winemakers. Having acquired the fundamentals of Champagne vinification for over a hundred years.
It can be said that the Guy Dumangin house and champagne have a common history of several centuries.
Reinhard Löwenstein is an extraordinary interpreter of riesling. His wines are a combination of concentrated fruit aromas of long duration with complex mineral components and most of them are "dry" vinified. The Reinhard wines are today the "new" style of the Moselle and in fact the six Rieslings proposed well represent the terroir where the slate is absolute master of the panorama and of the taste in the first three-five years and where then the mineral components become more and more signifiers with strong and eccentric flavors. In addition to dry wines, which most of all represent the "modus operandi" of the company, great minerality and depth in Auslese and in Blanc de Noirs, which make Löwenstein one of the major protagonists of the Moselle.
Made with pride in Orkney, Highland Park whisky, is shaped by a wild climate and stormy seas, and by the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago, leaving their mark on people and culture.
The J. Hofstätter estate vineyards aptly demonstrate what can be considered the ace in the hand of the South Tyrol (Südtirol – Alto Adige) wine region: the exceptional diversity of terroir. J. Hofstätter is the only family wine estate that owns vineyards on both the west and the east banks of the Adige River. A total of 50 hectares (124 acres) are cultivated on the best slopes and steep sites of the broad valley. The winery is located in Tramin-Termeno and is one of the largest family wine estates in South Tyrol.
I Custodi are the keepers, the guardians of Mt. Etna’s vineyards: to guard means to preserve the land, to maintain the traditions and to respect the people.
From these values and from the love for a beautiful land, where the vine was brought by man more than two millennia ago, spring the wines of I Custodi, the result of the generosity and the minerality of the warm volcanic soil, the cold of the Muntagna and the sun of Sicily.
I Vigneri is today the name of a company of winegrowers and producers operating around Etna and in eastern Sicily. The proprietors are vine experts like Salvo Foti and a group of local growers from the Etna region.
I Vigneri is the culmination of more than 30 years experience in Eastern Sicily, of historic, social and technical research aimed at achieving "excellence" in wine growing and producing. We have sought to use non-invasive methods and systems, to respect local traditions and our own ancient grape varieties as far as possible, and to avoid the damage that over-reaching ambition and egoism can cause. Our work ethic lies in the pleasure of work well done, without frenzy, in harmony above all with ourselves, and with all that surrounds us: environment, nature, the volcano Etna, which is so much a part of us. I Vigneri is also a holistic system of grape growing and wine production which respects our environment.
Il Marroneto is considered one of the ten historical companies of Montalcino.
Il Marroneto was purchased in 1974 by Giuseppe Mori, father of the current owner Alessandro Mori.
Alessandro and his Brunello merge to such an extent that man and his wine do not seem to have a clear border. Perhaps theirs is an empathy, a way of living and sharing the moments of life, a coexistence in which moments of love, moments of confrontation, moments of comfort alternate up to the point of saying that the one would not be the same without the other!
Lavinio Franceschi, land owner from Florence, decided to visit the area after hearing the stories from a shepherd, who brought his herds around Montalcino during the winter. He fell so much in love with the landscape and the people who lived in that area that he decided to buy land and establish a farm.
Generation after generation, many resources were spent on research for quality, clonal selections, winemaking and aging techniques, and also by building a modern winery for the standards at that time.
Il Poggione was one of the first wineries to market the Brunello di Montalcino wine as early as the 1900’s, and one of the founding members of the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium.
After more than a Century, Lavinio Franceschi’s work is still a fundamental point of reference for his successors, Leopoldo and Livia, who continue to develop the business with that same dedication and unrelenting passion, combining the ancient skills of winemaking crafts and tradition with the latest, most innovative techniques.
A sincere cuisine, with immediate, traditional and at the same time modern sensations.
A kitchen in continuous evolution, which surprises without ever losing sight of Mediterranean products and colors.
Around 2004, Ilegal's founder John Rexer began bringing mezcal down from Oaxaca to Antigua to supply his bar, Café No Sé. The mezcal became popular very quickly. At the time, he was bringing down unbranded mezcal from a variety of villages in Oaxaca that included: Tlacolula, San Lorenzo, Sola De Vega, Santa Catarina Minas, Hierve el Agua, Santiago Matatlan and a few others.
In 2006, John created the brand Ilegal, originally just to supply his bar in Guatemala. On the back of each bottle of Ilegal you will find it says "Originally produced for: Café No Sé, Mezcal Bar."
Isole e Olena cultivates its own vineyards on the Chianti hills between the historic cities of Siena and Florence, in Tuscany. The mission has always been that of the quality and personality of the wines, including the Cepparello, produced as an expression of the peculiarities and uniqueness of the territory. In order to produce the best possible Sangiovese, elegant, fine and complex, the vineyards have been replanted in the most suitable areas.
In 1914, Gustave Crassous de Médeuil bought the J.M Distillery from the family of Jean-Marie MARTIN.
The Crassous de Médeuil heirs have carried on the time-honored passion and tradition of making rum J.M.
Located in northern Martinique at the foot of Mount Pelée, Habitation Bellevue benefits from a tropical climate and particularly rich and fertile volcanic soil excellent for the cultivation of exceptional sugarcane.
Sugarcane grow up the face of the volcano on the exposed to the tropical sea breezes, which are important to ventilate the sugarcane.
Poli is an artisan distillery founded in 1898 by GioBatta Poli.
For more than one century the Poli family have been working towards a goal: to let people understand and appreciate the hard work, the constancy but, above all, that kind of Love that goes into a bottle of Grappa, a total Love
for their art.
The domain is located in the village of Avize, situated in the Côte de Blancs. A family-run property which encompasses close to 8 hectares of vines in the crus of Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Ay, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Ambonnay.
Anselme’s parents carried out their first vinification in 1964. Ten years later Anselme was given the keys to the domain. He thus began his professional career with what would become a lifelong process of observation, trial and error and contemplation in regards to his viticultural methods and practices. This empirical approach to viticulture and vinification is perhaps his most remarkable trait as a winegrower.
For the last twenty years, the Selosse family has developed its own system of viticulture which is an approach that follows no set method, but rather permanently adapts itself to the circumstances confronted throughout the growing season in the various vineyard plots. In order to explain their philosophy pertaining to the vines, Anselme and Guillaume often make references to “gatherers”, those who venture out into nature to reap the harvest and collect the fruit found there.
Two men, brothers, who for twenty five years have quietly been pushing the boundaries in Champagne.
It’s the ties that bind. The ties that bind the present to the past. The ties that bind the roots to the earth. The ties that bind the vines to the sky and the ties that bind men to the land allowing them to follow their dreams and their convictions. It is also a constant quest, year on year, to seek to reveal the full expression of their terroirs, to make the best wine that each vintage allows.
Nei primi anni '60, Jean Diot creò lo champagne che avrebbe portato il suo nome.
Nel corso degli anni ha sviluppato un'azienda a conduzione familiare che ha mantenuto i suoi valori e le sue tradizioni.
Nel 1998 i suoi figli presero la gestione del vigneto a Vinay e continuarono a sviluppare vini di champagne, lavorando meticolosamente sulle vigne piantate sulle pendici meridionali di Epernay e della valle della Marna.
JEAN MARC BOILLOT
Jean-Pierre and Véronique Lalouelle, vigneron indépendant and Champagne producers in Saint-Martin-d'Ablois, France.
Silvio Jerman is the winemaker that is most representative of Friuli Venezia Giulia. His wines may be much talked about, criticized or loved, but one thing is certain: they can be found all over the world. Though Silvio is still far from his fifties, he has already gained extensive experience, and not only in Italy: the success and great results he enjoys today derive from years and years of hard work and commitment. The wineries and the estate are spectacularly picture perfect in every detail: the wines, pleasant and refreshing with exceptional length are the mirror of their winemaker.
The story of Johnnie Walker begins, naturally enough, with the man who gave whisky his name.
The year was 1819 and John Walker’s father had just died. A tough start for a humble farm lad, but there was always something special about John.
Today, Johnnie Walker is the biggest whisky brand in the world and its slogan is has been adopted and embraced everywhere, as a rallying cry for progress, as encouragement in adversity, as a joyful expression of optimism and as the best piece of advice you’re ever likely to hear.
Established in 2005, Kavalan is Taiwan’s first whiskymaker and the nation’s only family-owned whisky distillery. Kavalan takes the old name of Yilan county where the distillery is located in northeastern Taiwan.
The pure water and fresh air make this part of the subtropical island the ideal environment for the production of whisky.
Kavalan Distillery is an entrepreneur’s dream come true.
Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee had long dreamed of producing a Taiwanese whisky.
Weinlaubenhof Kracher is located south-east of Vienna in the Burgenland, a region characterized by gravelly soils with different limestone content transported by the Danube river. The presence of this river together with Lake Neusiedl creates a warm, humid climate ideal for the formation of noble rot on the grapes produced in the area. Kracher is based in Illmitz, on the border with Hungary, and has been led since 2007 by Gerhard Kracher, son of Alois, with the help of his wife Yvonne: it is the leading winery in Austria for the production of sweet wines.
Behind every precious drop of Krug stands the dream of a visionary. One man who, long before others, understood that the essence of Champagne is pleasure.
So, over 170 years ago, Joseph Krug broke with convention to follow his vision. To create the most generous expression of Champagne every year, regardless of climatic unpredictability.
Joseph’s bold experiment proved a triumph and he succeeded in creating Champagne like never before. And like no other Champagne House since.
To this day, the House of Krug lives and breathes his enduring philosophy, creating only prestige Champagnes since 1843.
The La Crotta di Vegneron Cooperative was set up in 1980 with 25 partners. Today it counts 70 partners and it has reached a production of 200,000 bottles. The Cooperative collects the grapes coming from two important areas which give the name to the Chambave Denomination of Origin (area which includes the municipalities of Châtillon, Saint Vincent, Saint-Denis and Verrayes) and Nus (which includes the municipalities of Quart and Fénis).
La Crotta di Vegneron’s wines and grappas emanate the spirit of the Aosta Valley mountains thanks to ancient autochthonous vines, traditional vines cultivated with great skill and pride and which are respectful of the multifaceted terroir.
Among the paths of Presa, a small hamlet in which the inhabitants depose their clothes of fellow citizens to become almost a tribe, stands La Gelsomina , a small jewel placed on the edge of the Santa Venera torrent, where Piedimonte Etneo gives way to Mascali County.
On a clay and lava soil, walking day after day on the “gghiara”, as the people of Etna say, we cultivate 15 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees, which take the form of a theatre, as to invite anyone who crosses the gate to enjoy the immense spectacle that is Nature, that every day is repeated and renewed.
The farm La Rasine borns in the 70’s by Santi Mantengoli, but just in the second half of the 80’s, through the successor Vasco, the work was directed towards the winemaking activities. Since 1988 the company focused more on this area which in Montalcino was evolving rapidly; many investments both in the vineyards and in the cellar , have led the company to the current situation. Since 1997 the company is led by Marco Mantengoli, young wine technician, which placed its new ideas and modern technology and decades of experience handed down by his father.
The biggest. The most intense. The definitive. The spirit is usually matured for at least 16 years. After all, such intense flavour isn't created overnight.
Since 1760, the house of Lanson has remained family own.
The freshness and energy that are key to the Lanson style are closely linked to the House’s historic commitment to using a traditional wine-making method, without malolactic fermentation. Lanson emphasises the fruit and the richness of aromas in a search for purity in its wines.
A truly unique style.
Passion, creative boldness, free spirit and elegance through simplicity are the founding values of the House.
At Laurent-Perrier, passion guides the hand. An unrivalled creator of style and emotions since 1812, Laurent-Perrier suits every occasion and offers a unique experience for all senses through its innovative and comprehensive range of champagnes.
Laurent-Perrier shares an epicurean vision with champagne lovers all over the world and has no higher ambition than to demonstrate an elegant Art de Vivre à la française, charged with emotion.
Massimo Lavarini, the current owner of the Company, is now continuing the family business with passion and enthusiasm.
Opening the winery Le Casematte, which was founded in 2008, was the realization of a dream for accountant Gianfranco Sabbatino. Today that dream is shared with another person. Footballer Andrea Barzagli, a wine and winemaking enthusiast, has also “taken to the field.”
This small, bold company that runs on its own two feet with passion and determination fully reflects that philosophy of “getting things done” that characterizes its founders. Gianfranco Sabbatino is from Messina and wants to lay claim to his land, Sicily, and promote a healthy culture in the hopes that he can ambitiously add a new piece to the patchwork quilt of an active network of skilled businesses.
After all, the company has a strong local identity as it can be found on the northern hills of the city of Messina in Faro Superiore. It is not only a commercial endeavor but includes a longstanding history with the vines that have produced wine since ancient times. That history is being updated for modern times, bringing with it signs of previous centuries as it meets new the new needs of winemaking.
Le Chiuse has very ancient origins.It was in fact part of the Biondi Santi family properties and was brought as a dowry by Maria Tamanti when she married Clemente Santi in the lasts 1700s their daughter Caterina merried Jacopo Biondi and Their son Ferruccio (Simonetta Valiani's great grand father) , joined the names in Biondi Santi. Ferruccio was in war with Garibaldi and after that he continued his grandfather work enhancing the value and selecting the vines to obtain this particular clone of San Giovese (Grosso) called Brunello.
Dating back to the beginning of the 1980s, Le Macchiole is one of the historic wineries in Bolgheri, and over the years, it has become a reference point for quality Tuscan wine. Founders Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli were among the region’s pioneers, and they contributed in a significant way to Bolgheri’s growing fame thanks to their work in creating wines full of character and personality that have become a symbol of the region. Today, Cinzia runs the winery with the essential support of her sons Elia and Mattia, who have become an important presence at the winery, together with a close team of enthusiastic colleagues. They have become one big family that never ceases to innovate and surprise themselves and one another. Ever changing in order to remain faithful to its original vision, Le Macchiole is in continuous evolution thanks to a careful, contemporary reading of wine and terroir. The conviction to pursue organic farming and an increasingly sustainable approach; a style that has become more and more defined, favoring refinement and elegance; and authenticity and personality have all become the defining characteristics of an historic winery that is nonetheless always moving forward, and always aware of the times.
Le Ragnaie winery is the property of Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti who with the collaboration of their indispenable staff follow with meticulous attention every phase of the winemaking process. Always striving to produce a product of the highest quality while respecting the surrounding land.
LE VIGNE DI ALICE
This small estate on the northern slope of Mount Etna was established by Marco de Grazia, owner of the nearby Tenuta delle Terre Nere.
“Establishing Le Vigne di Eli - Marco says - was effortless. A simple act of love towards my little daughter Elena (Eli)".
Salice Salentino, a small village in Salento rich in vineyards and olive trees, is the landscape giving life to Leone de Castris’ wine tradition.
It is exactly here, on the very spot where today’s cellar stands, that in 1665 Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos, gave birth to the company. He got enchanted by this landscape and decided to sell all his properties in Spain in order to draw the best from the Salentine rich terroir.
He began to plant new vines, olive trees and wheat along 5 thousand hectares‘ properties, not only in Salice, but also in Guagnano, Veglie, Villa Baldassarri, Novoli and San Pancrazio.
From the beginning of the 19th century the Winery used to export bulk wine to the United States, Germany and France until, with Piero and Lisetta Leone de Castris, the bottling had its start in 1925. An extremely important year, 1943, marks the birth of Five Roses and the improvement of the bottling line that has seen our rosé being the first ever bottled in Italy and sold first of all in USA.
The Letrari winery was founded in 1976 by expert enologist Leonello Letrari and his wife Maria Vittoria, however the Letrari family dates back to 1647 and has been making wine for centuries. Leonello was born on the family estate in Borgetto all'Adige, a locality that is on what was once the frontier between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Italian Kingdom. Today, Borgetto al Adige sits between the modern regions of Veneto and Trentino-Alto- Adige.
The first Italian town to greet the river Isonzo as it meanders its way out of Slovenia is Gorizia, historically Europe’s most contended border settlement. Flowing south, the river crosses enchanting countryside dotted with tiny villages nestling around their bell towers and vineyards where the spirit of the place beats time with the rhythms of daily life .
It is here that, since 1879, four generations of Pecorari's family have worked passionately to help create and develop one of Friuli’s most representative wine estates.
The name Los Arango is in honor of Doroteo Arango, better known as Pancho Villa, a famous revolutionary leader who became one of the great heroes of Mexico.
What makes Los Arango different from all the other tequilas is the extreme attention to detail, starting with the hand-picked agave. Another feature that makes Los Arango unique is the distillation that takes place in an old Charentais alembic still.
The cuvées of the House of Louis Roederer are the fruit of patient work
with fundamental ingredients, the collaboration of experts, a quest for the perfect balance, and hardy and generous grapes, cultivated in the Champagne soil, producing a wine with a summery character and crystalline elegance.
When Vittorio Frescobaldi – in the early Nineties – met Robert Mondavi, they gave life to a new chapter in the history of the great Tuscan wines, in the history of fine wines.
From that meeting, came Luce.
It all started from the desire to make a dream come true: create excellent wines from Tuscany in a particularly suitable terroir, Montalcino.
An ambitious project called Luce della Vite, a tribute to this primary element that gives warmth, energy, and life: in nature, nothing would exist without light.
Over the years, Tenuta Luce honoured this vision and became a cradle where exclusive wines are born, wines that earned a widespread, international appreciation among the great wines from Tuscany.
The wine factory Madaudo was created in 1945 e for two generations the owners selected and bottled typical Sicilian products.
Magiantosa is a start-up founded by the three partners Matteo, Gianfranco and Antonio, with a passion for Sicily and its traditions.
Nonna Sara, owner of the Fiorini pharmacy, is the grandmother of one of the founding members, in the 80's she prepared an infusion with spontaneous botanicals of Etna, following a recipe of her creation. In 2016 the recipe was given to Magiantosa and later it was revisited to combine modern tastes with a passion for Sicily and its traditions.
Maison Louis Jadot’s story can’t be reduced to a simple list of dates. It is, above all, a summary of moments, meetings and an overall philosophy, all based on one simple vision: to maintain the grandeur of Burgundy’s great terroirs for all time.
The Maisons Régnard House, one of the oldest and most prestigious Maisons de Bourgogne, was founded in 1860 by Monsieur Régnard.
In 1984, Baron Patrick de Ladoucette took over the Domaine and continued to perpetuate and improve the style and typicity of the wines.
Respectful of tradition, the Maison Régnard produces the 7 Grand Crus of Chablis (The Clos, Bougros, Blanchots, Frogs, Preuses, Valmur and Vaudésir), the 5 main Premiers Crus (Fourchaume, Montmains, Vaillons, Montée de Tonnerre and Mont de Middle), Chablis, Petit Chablis.
Its fortunate position right at the center of the Mediterranean and the variety of its land make Sicily an island that has always had a long-standing wine growing tradition. It boasts an extraordinarily rich wine growing heritage characterized by unique wines of great quality. Thanks to intense experimental activities in the vineyard, Mandrarossa offers innovative and unique ways of interpreting this land.
Domaine Marcel Deiss is located in Bergheim, a small village nestling in the heart of the wine region of Alsace, equidistant from the northern and southern boundaries of the region. Current winemaker Jean-Michel Deiss was born into a long-established family of wine growers, living at Bergheim since 1744. Managed today by Jean-Michel Deiss, the domaine consists of 26 hectares (52 acres) of hillside vineyards spread over 9 communes and approximately 20 kilometers.
The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel Deiss to seek to express in each wine the three factors that make a wine complete: the grape variety, the vintage and the terroir. The greater the wine, the more the gustatory characteristics linked to the soil take the place of the typicity linked to grape variety or vintage. When speaking of terroir, the following have to be taken into consideration: geology, pedology, climate and microclimate, technical exploitation of the character of the soil, microfauna and flor, and the traditional methods and techniques used to produce wines.
The history of the Frescobaldi family starts over a thousand years ago and is closely connected with the history of Tuscany. At the high point of medieval Florence, the Frescobaldis spread their influence as bankers, earning the title of treasures to the English crown. A little later, with the flowering of the Renaissance, they became patrons of major works in Florence, such as the construction of the Santa Trinita bridge and the Basilica of Santo Spirito.
For generations creativity and a quest for excellence have inspired the Frescobaldi family.
The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild. All throughout its history, twenty-six generations long, the Antinori family has managed the business directly making innovative and sometimes bold decisions while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and the environment.
Each vintage, each plot of land, each new idea to be advanced is a new beginning, a new pursuit for achieving higher quality standards. As Marchese Piero loves to say: “Ancient family roots play an important part in our philosophy but they have never hindered our innovative spirit.”
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A long lasting bond unites the Mazzei family with Tuscany and wines since the XI century.
Ser Lapo Mazzei is the author of the first known document to use the "Chianti" denomination in 1398; in 1435, when his granddaughter Madonna Smeralda Mazzei married Piero di Agnolo da Fonterutoli, the holding became part of the family's estate. Since then, for 24 generations, the Mazzei family produces wine at Castello di Fonterutoli, which even after its recent expansion still remains the beating heart of the company.
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Bukkuram, from the Arabic “father of the vineyard”, is the name defining the area of Pantelleria preferred in ancient Arab times for the cultivation of Zibibbo grapes (Muscat of Alexandria). It is here, on the only plateau with a South-West exposure on the island, that both vineyard and winery are located, on an area of almost five hectares of land (that is 9 ac), at 200 m above sea level (656 ft), where our wine cellar is hosted in a historic dammuso (typical farmhouse) of the 18th century. The vineyard is trained as low, free-standing bushes with the “alberello pantesco” system, declared by the UNESCO World Heritage agricultural practice on 2014.
It is also here, in 1984, that Marco De Bartoli first bottled his passito wine that, as a tribute to the charming surroundings, took the name of Bukkuram, a moscato passito of Pantelleria proud to have awaken from a long hibernation the interest for a dessert wine that even Greek mythology counts among its legends.
Always in Pantelleria, in 1989, Marco decided to start the production of a new wine. He, therefore, selected Zibibbo grapes in the northern and more shaded areas of the island, more suitable to the production of white fresh wines and able to confer a higher acidity and lower sugar to the grapes. It is in Cufurà district, a three hectares vineyard (7 ac) located on a terraced slope at 350 m above sea level (1,150 ft), that Pietranera was born, a dry white wine with an intense aromatic complexity, one of a kind.
Le Cantine Maremonti, di proprietà della famiglia Abbate, sono situate a Mazara del Vallo, un territorio che si presenta ricco di vigneti collocati in posizioni invidiabili. Qui, nel cuore della cultura vitivinicola siciliana, le viti crescono rigogliose su terreni dalla loro stessa natura: il particolare microclima, la vicinanza del mare, l'ottimo terroir da marne sedimentarie di argilla e calcare.
Masciarelli Tenute Agricole was established in 1981 from the entrepreneurial intuition of Gianni Masciarelli, a symbol of Italian wine and protagonist of the success of modern wine production in Abruzzo. The beating heart of the winery is in San Martino sulla Marrucina, in the province of Chieti, and includes vineyards and olive groves, in all 4 provinces of Abruzzo.
In the constant and renewed work for innovation, but with respect for the environment and tradition, Masciarelli inaugurated, after a long restoration, Castello di Semivicoli, a seventeenth-century baronial mansion, which is now a Relais de Charme in the vineyards, a driving force of wine tourism in the area.
Masseto is a very special wine, one that simply goes beyond the excellence of the wine. It represents a unique world, a choice that is exquisitely sensitive to the values incarnated by the earth and man’s labors thereon.
The first wine produced and released from the Masseto vineyard was the 1986 vintage. It was simply called “Merlot“. The name of Masseto then appeared on the label with the 1987 vintage.
Masseto is a wine of great and complex personality where its remarkable structure always combine with beautiful elegance. Naturally each vintage has its own identity and exemplifies, for the enjoyment of its aficionados, the stunning possibilities of interpretations which climate variations offer: noble opulence for the 2001, dense tannic structure for the 1988, or great elegance for the 2007…
So each vintage of Masseto is one and yet, at the same time, a piece of a whole . A single testimonial of the unique alliance of terroir, climate, and human talent which defines Masseto, as well as an inspiring evidence of Masseto’s timeless value.
The history of the Massolinos and their wine became entwined with the history of Serralunga d’Alba in 1896, when Giovanni founded the Estate. Giovanni was the very first person to bring the electric current to the village. An enterprising, tenacious and creative man, progenitor of a family that has made the combination of inspiration and tradition something to be proud of.
The first wine cellar was built by Giuseppe, son of the founder Giovanni, who, together with his sister Angela, extended his estate into the best soils and, in 1934, was one of the founders of the Consortium for the Defence of Barolo and Barbaresco. At that time, Giuseppe had six children. Three of them, Giovanni, Camilla and Renato, followed in their father’s footsteps, expanding the estate with the purchase of cru vineyards which are authentic jewels: Margheria, Parafada and Vigna Rionda.
Miceli was born in the 30's when the Navy Commander Ignazio Miceli stopped massing and transporting with his schooner Jasper loose Sicilian wine from Castellamare del Golfo in several Italian and French ports and opened a wine shop in Via Gagini, in the heart of Palermo .
In the 60s, by virtue of their competence, image, passion for wine, their son Salvatore and their nephew Ignazio employed the latter also in the vineyard and cellar starting to produce their own.
Today Miceli Winery produces its traditional wines, children of an innovative vocation and true market reference in their wineries located in Sciacca and Pantelleria.
Tradition and discipline. Lightness and passion. Care for the landscape, art and community. Sustainability and experimentation. With a pop art stroke and a carefree touch.
Since 1956, Michele Chiarlo has been vinifying the essence of Piedmont, loving and developing one of the most incredible wine region in the world.
Michele Satta is one of the protagonists of Bolgheri's wine history.
His winery, a reference point in Castagneto Carducci.
From the most refined Piedmontese tradition, intense and expressive wines, full of personality and character, from the most natural interweaving of old and new.
The expression of a new and refined vision, where innovation is represented by the recovery of unconditional tradition.
The savoir-faire of the Perrin Family is united with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's artistic sensitivity.
Together, these two formidable forces arouse the exceptional, the unforghettable.
Two forces come together in a unique passion for art.
Miraval the art of rosè, beauty light pink color, fresh fruits aromas, a refreshing acidity. This is the interpretation Miraval is making about Provence's terroirs.
The legendary Moët & Chandon is celebrating 270 years as the world’s most loved champagne. For over a quarter of a millennium, the renowned French winemaker has been sharing the magic of champagne across the globe. Every glass overflows with the House’s hallmark values of history, generosity, savoir-faire, success, boldness and elegance—values still at the heart of its global appeal.
Toward the end of the 18th century, Jean-Remy Moët, grandson of founder Claude Moët, became famous as the man who introduced champagne to the world. The important figures of the era, from the Marquise de Pompadour to Talleyrand to Napoleon quickly fell in love with the House’s effervescent wine. Moët & Chandon was soon the icon of success and elegance that it remains to this day.
The company was born in 1991, when Virginio Molino, originally from San Damiano d’Asti and always in the world of wine, bought together with his sons Tommaso, Franco and Dario a small parcel at Treiso and a wine making facility.
Dario, the youngest brother, graduates at the eonology school, while Tommaso and Franco bring their practical experiences.
In 2012, Stefano Cappuccio joins the 3 brothers, bringing is international manager experience.
The company owns today 16 hectars of vineyards, producing wines appreciated in national and international market.
The origins of Azienda Agricola Monsupello date back over a century to 1893 when the Boatti family already had its own vineyards in the Cà del Tava district of Oliva Gessi. In 1914 the Boattis bought another farm called “Podere La Borla” a few miles away in the town of Torricella Verzate. Here they built the cantina that, enlarged and modernized, still today makes wine from the grapes grown on the original farms and others acquired over the years.
The Monte Rossa is an historical wine producing company in which the country tradition blended harmoniously with technology and in which the artisan care and the very passionate research for excellence have been managed with great diligence and entrepreneurial behaviour , without compromises.
In 1972, the entrepreneur Paolo Rabotti with the precious help of his wife Paola, took up the way of vine growing.
This has been a very positive and forward-looking choice that still today is carried on with great enthusiasm and innovative attitude by their son Emanuele.
The Monte Rossa story is filled with strategically winning decisions, for example the decision of leaving as first Company the production of no-sparkling wines in favour of the research of the Franciacorta excellence or the decision to invest in technology with great determination, and furtherly the continuous research, tests and trials for which our Company is distinguished among the others.
Today the Monte Rossa Company manages 70 hectars of vineyards. The different locations of cru on plots with different exposition contribute to increase the aromatic richness of grapes in such a way to make up very rich cuvée under the frame and complexity aspect. The Company production is 500.000 bottles approx. per year.
The Montevetrano story starts in the mid 80s, with a group of friends who love wine and has the desire to experiment. It was 1983, and among them there were Silvia Imparato and Riccardo Cotarella. After six years, there is the first bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon 90% and Aglianico 10%, the first vintage of a wine that will adopt the same name of the castle: Montevetrano. An extraordinary success, that still continues today.
The Morgante Company is situated in Grotte, a small town in the province of Agrigento, found about 21 kilometres from the coast and the Valley of the Temples. The various vines are scattered amongst a charming landscape interspersed with natural hills and small valleys placed at different altitudes varying from 350 to 550 metres above sea level. Thanks to the favouring Mediterranean climatic conditions, the terroir is ideal for viticulture, with a temperature ranging between the day and the night from 10-15 °C, and the particular clayey and calcareous soil. The terroir is fascinating and captivating, not only for its natural scenery, its colours and the peace it diffuses, but also for the history and the tradition that distinguish it.
In 1981 the diplomat Baron Emanuele Scammacca del Murgo who was the Italian Ambassador at the Holy See, Bruxelles, Moscow and worked as the Assistant Secretary of the Estate of Foreign Affairs, decided to transform the ancient property of the family into a modern productive agricultural estate. In the following years, the sons Michele, Alessandro, Pietro, and Matteo joined him, supported by the brothers Filippo, Bernardo, Manfredi and Costantino.
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In 1918, a young Japanese man with an ambition to make genuine whisky went alone to Scotland to unveil the secret of whisky making.
He is Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky.
Given the chance to go to Scotland, Masataka became the first Japanese ever to master how to make whisky. He enrolled at the University of Glasgow, took chemistry courses and then apprenticed at three Scotch distilleries. The young and passionate man was fortunate to learn first-hand from craftsmen and have practical trainings to master blending. The two notebooks filled with every detail later became Japan’s very first guide in whisky production.
The winery vaunts a century of history and from one generation to the next has always revealed its feisty character and successful insight – two aspects that have given these wines the chance to express all their potential.
The business was opened in 1897, when Aprica-born Nino Negri married Amelia Galli, later setting up his winery in Chiuro.
The art of distillation has been a Nonino Family privilege since 1897
Quality, innovation, research, professionalism and love for their work are their distinctive mark. Orazio Nonino, the founder of the family, is ultimately followed by Luigi, Antonio, Benito with Giannola, Cristina, Antonella and Elisabetta.
Nonino's overriding goal is constant improvement as they strive relentlessly after quality and innovate to make the best Grappa in the world, in full respect of the territory and its culture: a grappa so fragrant with the aromas of its grape that it seduces even the most discriminating consumers.
Eleonora Rossi and Marco Casolanetti, a young couple of winemakers in love with the Montepulciano grape, their Piceno land and the beauty of good wine, produce wines whose real added value is the human factor, with all its load of reasoned passion, research and dedication.
When brothers Hugh and John Stevenson arrived at the frontier of the Hebrides Islands in 1793, they found little more than a natural harbor and a windswept view. Here they opened the Oban Brewing Company, their ‘Cowbell Ale’ being the first production.
They started distilling whisky the following year.
The business remained in the Stevenson family for three generations, until local merchant Peter Cumpstie purchased it in 1830.
The distillery has changed ownership over the years but fierce commitment to excellence and tradition has been constant.
A place where the land in the evening becomes redish and is brushed by the Ibleian winds and leans on one side of a road: the County Road 68. A county road like many others, but with a special past. It was once a stone narrow path; three thousand years ago it connected Gela to Kamarina, it travelled- as it still does - through the Cerasuolo di Vittoria roads hills and from Caltagirone continued to Catania and Lentini.
The vineyard here enlarges and it stoops onto the limestone base of the area, the vineyards are twenty years old if not more, and the court on which the wineries raise themselves is able to trap all the strength of the Ibleian sun.
It was the oldest wine route ever documented. That road was used by generations of farmers to bring their own wine to the coast.
Rising gently from the earth around it, the Opus One winery does not rush to reveal itself. The building sits in harmony with its natural surroundings, offering a soft transition from the vineyard to its lush, green grass exterior. Just as it honors the land, it honors the light.
Four meticulously hedged vineyard parcels form the Opus One estate. Here, the vineyard team cultivates five traditional Bordeaux grape varieties with experience, passion and dedication. This essential human touch brings forth the characteristics of each vintage through a balance of delicate coaxing and gentle restraint.
From its position on the hillside close to Bolgheri, The Ornellaia estate lies hidden in the foothills around Bolgheri that face the Mediterranean coast. The cool maritime breeze caresses this exceptional Estate and its surrounding olive groves throughout the summer months. During the winter the hills give protection from the cold northern winds.
Ornellaia believes that wines should be the truest expression of the terroir from which they come. The diverse nature of the Estate’s soils – marine, alluvial and volcanic – coupled with this maritime climate create an environment in which red and white varietals can express themselves to the full. This myriad of individual parcels of vines fit into this unspoilt landscape like a mosaic, creating a unique expression of beauty and complexity in an exceptional place. While experience, skill and determination have all played their part in enhancing the quality and reputation of Ornellaia, it is the Estate itself that is continual source of inspiration, suggesting unique and exciting ways to capture its natural generosity.
The Palari Agricultural Company of the architect Salvatore Geraci is located in a beautiful eighteenth-century villa in Santo Stefano Briga in the province of Messina. Small, the vineyard area does not exceed 6 hectares, the Azienda Agricola Palari represents one of the most beautiful regional wine-making realities. The owner, a true wine lover, together with Donato Lanati, one of the great names in the Italian world, has succeeded in creating one of the best Sicilian red wines, but not far away is a very small regional DOC, the Faro.
In the almost 6 hectares of vineyard are mainly cultivated nerello mascalese, nerello cappuccio, and nocera, but also almost unknown autochthonous vines, acitana and galatea laws. The particular position of the vineyard, with a view of the strait, a slope close to 70%, the nature of the soil, targeted pruning to quality, the lowest laughter per kilogram, and a modern production philosophy are the keys to success for this beautiful winery . The production range includes only two wines, and it is the company jewel, an absolutely great-class wine.
Palmento Costanzo is an Etna Winery inside the Natural Park of Mount Etna.
Located in the Village of Passopisciaro, a small pearl set on the lava of the northern slope of Etna. The Etna Winery is located in Contrada Santo Spirito in the comune of Castiglione di Sicilia, which has been recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in all Italy.
Passion for this land directs every part of company philosophy.
They are attentive to the traditional values and the high quality of grapes that can arrive from encourages biodiversity and sustainable practices. Palmento Costanzo produces fine wines that express the potential of the territory through manual cultivation and strict organic practices.
Paolo Calì is a winemaker pharmacist who has bet on a project and has focused on his own territory dedicating himself to the cultivation of the vineyard and the production of wine, recovering the centuries-old family tradition.
The vines are cultivated on sea sands, shaped by the wind and rain like dunes, red hot from the summer sun until they become inaccessible. Paolo Calì has decided to plant and cultivate only native vines
Sicilians, such as Frappato, Nero d’Avola and Grillo, and to make wine by enhancing the peculiarities of the soil and climate, which guarantees important temperature ranges.
It all started way back in 1886, when Paolo Conterno founded the Casa della Ginestra, dedicated to the production of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto wines. An indefatigable worker with a mind of great intuition, he devoted the most favourable parts of the Ginestra hillside to the growing of the grapes, subdividing them by type, exposure and terrain. Furthermore, he had the foresight to predict the existence of a market of connoisseurs of superior quality products, selling his own wine in wooden kegs and produced by himself in his own cellar. Paolo was succeeded by his son Carlo and his wife Giuseppina. The company was subsequently run by Paolo and Caterina Conterno and today the company is managed by their son Giorgio.
Parusso's family goal is to produce very elegant, fine, well-balanced wines with a strong identity that reveal all the experiences, lessons, and values we have learned over the course of time.
In 2000 Andrea Franchetti decided to restore an old farm and cellars on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano in northeastern Sicily.
The winery sits at about a thousand meters of altitude above the small wine town of Passopisciaro in the district of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of the volcano.
His first task was to clear and restore long-abandoned terraces of ancient vines on the northern slopes of the mountain, replanting at a density of 12,000 vines per hectare on thin lavic soil. His arrival on Etna helped to initiate the renaissance of viticulture on the mountain and an international discovery of the wines of Etna.
Since the beginning of the last century, the Paternoster family has constantly dedicated itself to the viticulture of Vulture. Grandfather Anselmo, the first architect of the success of the house, collecting the noble art of winemaker from his father, decided in 1925, to allocate to the sale, the first bottles of Aglianico, until then produced for family and friendly consumption. Some examples of labels, photos and other materials of the time are still jealously guarded by us.
Numerous awards have been given over the years both in Italy and abroad, as are numerous industry press articles that recognize the company for the first major merits of Aglianico dissemination, as well as a reference point for the entire area of Vulture. Despite the market and image consensus, the company spirit and philosophy remain unchanged, very tied to the territory and in particular to Barile, a center of marked and ancient wine-making vocations, as evidenced by the Cantine area, a suggestive site made up of over a hundred of secular cellars dug into the tuff that represent the symbol of the Baroque art of winemaking.
The winery Patria takes name from Patria quarter, at Monreale. It was that land that the family Di Miceli bought a feud in 1950.
The Paul-Bricius & Co. brewery was founded in 2004 in Vittoria, from the passion of three friends for the brewing world born with the production of beer at home.
Clashing against what was the nature and the origins of their city, always known as the home of wine, they began to cultivate two-row barley for beer production.
Since 1811, the House of Perrier-Jouët has created wines with a unique signature, floral, stylish and diamond-cut.
Two centuries of heritage handed down in the House cellars, like craftsmen jealously passing on their precious wisdom from father to son. A House of Craftsmanship.
The last two centuries have seen only seven Cellar Masters preserving the secrets of a unique style.
A swirl of Japanese anemones engraved on a bottle in 1902 marked the first association between Perrier-Jouët and Art Nouveau. The story continues to unfurl to this day, infusing poetry and beauty into daily life.
The Petrolo Estate is run by the Bazzocchi-Sanjust family arrived at its 4th generation and focuses its activity in the production of Fine Wines, connected to their territory thanks to vines of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Petrolo doesn't make basic wines, only great wines. The winery has been improving in recent years following this idea, only aiming towards labels that could guarantee high quality and that could represent a coherent identity of the Estate. Making great wines is a complex challenge, a coincidence of circumstances are needed: special pedoclimatic conditions, awareness and delicate work in the vineyard and in the cellar and finally, a good dose of luck.
Father-son team Philippe and Pierre Alliet are the proprietors of this small domaine in Cravant-les-Côteaux, home to some of the best Cabernet Franc vineyards in the Loire Valley. Considered by many to be one of the finest producers in Chinon, the Alliets are part of a new generation of Loire winemakers dedicated to low yields, optimally ripe fruit, and fastidious vineyard management.
Each year, this domaine raises the bar for what is possible with Cabernet Franc in Chinon. They effortlessly display the privileged terroir and winemaking excellence that their family possesses, while also maintaining a deliciousness that allows the wines to be enjoyed young or after decades of aging.
Pietrodolce was established in 2005 and found its home in Solicchiata, an area within the district of the Sicilian hill town of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of Etna.
The vineyards extend over an area of 11 hectares at a height of between 600 and 900 feet above sea level and are divided into three sections, two of which fall within the territory of Rampante and one in the territory of Zottorinoto.
Pieve S. Restituta, founded by Roberto Bellini in 1974, was bought in 1994 by the Gaja family, who already owned the Gaja winery in Barbaresco and the Ca 'Marcanda winery in Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri.
Pio Cesare has been producing wines for 135 years and through five generations in its ancient cellars in the center of the town of Alba.
The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881, by Cesare Pio. He was a very successful entrepreneur and was inspired to produce a small and select quantity of wines from the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco for himself, his family, friends, and customers. Cesare Pio was dedicated to the terroir of the Piedmont region and to producing wines of the highest quality.
For five centuries and through seventeen generations, Planet's family has been involved with the course of agricultural evolution in the complex land of Sicily, with an approach always inclined to openness and innovation. Where too often the agricultural world has been confined to ancient ideas of social tradition and production processes, instead we have inherited, from each generation, an instinct to change and to generate positive changes around us, both with people and in the culture.
Two different generations – brothers and sisters, children, nieces and nephews – work together since then, with the perfect understanding that derives not only from harmony of character and complementing of abilities, but above all from the unity of vision; love for this land, the desire to protect it and the capacity to imagine every day a new way to appreciate it.
Podere Brizio is a young company with an old history.
To enter Podere Brizio is to enter a “new old” world, a world where wine isn’t just “produced”, but where every single grape is lived.
The history of Giodo in Montalcino begins in 2002, when Carlo Ferrini, after years of research, finally identified his first hectare to purchase in the prestigious Brunello denomination; today, his winery, lying midway between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Sant’Antimo, relies on six hectares of vineyard. With respect to aspect, elevation, and soil types, the location is perfect for viticulture. A majestic row of cypresses beckons visitors to this near-hidden, magical spot, while the vines dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino and to IGT Toscana enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view out over the sinuous hills of Montalcino as far as the massif of Monte Amiata. The final artistic touch is the picturesque grove of olive trees that yield the Giodo Toscano IGP olive oil.
Podere Santa Lucia was born in 2005 from the desire to rediscover the ancient art of winemaking that belonged to our grandparents.
The goal from the beginning was to work on indigenous grapes, producing the wines that have always been found in our area. We have chosen to work as artisans, collecting grapes by hand, respecting the natural balance of the vineyard, using organic production methods and operating according to non-invasive criteria for the environment that welcomes us.
Fine Wines from a Great Land.
The vineyards are distributed between the Langa and the Roero and include some of the best crus of the Barolo area.
Poggio al Tesoro owes a great deal to the far-sightedness of Walter Allegrini, the wine-maker from Valpolicella who loved Bolgheri and was Allegrini’s enthusiastic forerunner in Tuscany.
Walter had always been personally involved in the viticultural aspects of the family business, and he intuitively grasped the importance of a territory whose special characteristics could be further experimented with and enhanced. When the time came to purchase the parcels of land that would constitute the current
Estate, he chose plots near the sea as well as others near the hills, aiming with considerable far-sightedness at a diversification in terroirs as well as grape varieties.
Poggio di Sotto was established in 1989 and is located on a hill to the south-east of Montalcino. Since its foundation, the estate has become famous for the high quality of the Sangiovese that it cultivates and has quickly achieved cult status. Located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate at the foot of Monte Amiata, the steep vineyards on the south-facing slopes are at altitudes of between 650 and 1300ft (250 to 400m). The stony soils are composed of gravel and clay in the lower sections, as well as sandy loam in the higher areas.
Champagne Pol Roger
From 1953 Bibite Polara produces quality Sicilian drinks.
Montepulciano, an area rich in history in the heart of Tuscany. A passion for nature and for wine. Here Poliziano was born, and over the years has grown with passion, professionalism, and determination following the most advanced techniques of viticulture and enology.
In 1858, Madame Pommery took over as head of Pommery & Greno after the death of her husband.
She based the expansion of her House on the creation of wines unlike any others, with one constant demand: quality pushed to the extreme.
Well aware of how important the grapes’ origin was to the quality of her wines, over the years she built a collection of the finest vineyards in all of Champagne.
Nestled into the north coast of the island, Port Askaig has been the gateway to Islay for hundreds of years. For many it is the start of a journey that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Port Askaig is a range of Islay single malt whiskies that embodies the unique spirit of Islay and its people. Its character brings together the robust smokiness and soft fruitiness found in this beguiling island.
The range has been developed to appeal to the most discerning of whisky connoisseurs while also appealing to the novice whisky drinker.
The Principe di Corleone wines express the great Sicilian wine tradition that the Pollara family wants to transmit to Italy and abroad.
The Azienda agricola Salvo Alessandro represents one of the principal private wine-producing companies in Italy, operating in the territory of the Messina province.
It was born from the union of an agricultural tradition that perpetuates since generations and of the innovation provided by the present technologies. The company handles his products with the care and the attention that you would pay to a person of your family, treating the varieties of vine and the terrain with attention, harvesting with the techniques able to preserve the health of the plants and transforming the excellent fruits in the highest quality of wine. The ancient winery has been modernized during the generations to reach and maintain the highest quality level, adopting the best enological techniques and the most accurate methods of transformation and refining, producing in security wines of excellent personality and in the full respect of the characteristics of his grapes.
Prunotto’s vineyards extend over an area of approximately 65 hectares (161 acres) in the territories of The Langhe and Monferrato and are subdivided into smaller parcels of land and single vineyards where great red wines are produced. Respectful of regional traditions, white wines are also crafted such as Moscato d’Asti and Arneis as well as an innovative rosé and two brands of grappa, one from Barolo Bussia and one from Barbera d’Asti Costamiòle.
Not far from Megara Hyblaea, one of the first Greek colonies in Sicily, the ancient feud of Targia extended for over 345 acres, set among the Ionian Sea, the ruins of the Euryalus Castle and the Dionysian walls. Thanks to a long family tradition, the Pupillo Farm has recovered the lost taste of Moscato di Siracusa and renewed the more consolidated and typical one of Nero d’Avola. The vines thrive in the six plots of Senie, Mulino, Podere 27, Tre Acri, Favaraggio and Vignazza delle Monache. In these mixed soils the limestone component gives softness to Moscato grapes, while the volcanic one strengthens the red wine’s body.
The careful selection of grapes, harvested in the cool summer mornings to preserve their organoleptic properties, is a prelude to a quality wine production in which the hand of man expertly blends the most characteristic flavors and smells (orange blossom, citrus, raisins, peach, apricot, jasmine, honey) of the rich Syracuse area. This green oasis, that descends into the fertile plain of Epipoli and breathe the salty air of the nearby Mediterranean coast, is the birthplace of the prestigious labels that consolidate a family tradition spanning a century and tell the story of the city of Syracuse.
Querce Bettina is a family owned and run farm on the southwest slopes of Montalcino at an altitude of around 440m above sea level. Husband and Wife team Sandra Barenghi and Roberto Moretti bought the 29ha estate in 1990 and following years of research into the terrain they planted 2.4ha of precious Sangiovese in 1999.
Their aim from the start was to create two exceptional wines: Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, and this was realised in 2009 when the Querce Bettina wines were first released.
They have subsequently developed their range releasing limited quantities of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG in exceptional years and an IGT Toscana, as well as an estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a Preserve made from Brunello grapes.
Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for its exquisite range of biodynamic wines including Camartina, Batàr, Palafreno, Querciabella Chianti Classico and Mongrana.
In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity,
Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico and Maremma areas,
Thanks to Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni’s vision and leadership, Querciabella exemplifies the preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking.
Giuseppe Quintarelli, the tradition that lasts over time.
The work of Giuseppe Quintarelli is a real source of inspiration for all those producers who have introduced themselves to the production of Amarone and today the cellar can be an essential reference point for those who want to approach this wine.
The Quintarelli winery, even without the supervision of its founder, continues to be an excellence in this world.
Two characteristics that accompany the wines produced by the company: a natural predisposition for long aging, which leads to an improvement of the product even beyond twenty years, and a surprising liveliness, which is expressed for a long time after the purchase of the bottle.
Complexity, character and uniqueness in the aromas are the essential characteristics of Quintarelli wines, which represent one with their territory of origin, proud bearers of a unique and inimitable character such as that of Amarone.
Quintodecimo: art and science of wine.
The name Quintodecimo, given to the company, is a tribute to the ancient history of Mirabella Eclano.
The hard work.
The original elements in Radikon's wines.
Since 1860 Rallo has been synonymous with value, reliability and authenticity.
The founder of the Cantine, Diego Rallo, began his activity with the production of Marsala wine, appreciated all over the world.
At the end of the 90s of the last century the company helm passed into the hands of the Vesco family, and marked the decision to vote the company's activity in the production of excellent table wines, moving from an industrial dimension to an exquisitely biological.
Today Andrea Vesco leads the winery with great care, taking care personally and scrupulously of all the production phases.
Ramos Pinto was founded in 1880 and for several decades its history has been marked by innovation and respect for tradition. Producing and selecting the best grapes together with systematic knowledge of the terroir, Ramos Pinto is pioneering the launch of New Douro wines in Portugal and all over the world.
Today, Ramos Pinto still keeps its position as a traditional house producing high quality wines. In the quest for excellence, Ramos Pinto is still, to this day, managed as an independent organization, which enables the pursuit of its extraordinary politics of own production and continuous technical and technological research.
It was 1968 when Hugues Bernard, Count de la Gatinais, born in Saint-Malo in France in 1940, and a French navy officer for eight years, married Gigi Guarrasi, descendent of one of Palermo’s great families.The couple embarked on an exciting, intrepid adventure, modernizing of the cellars destroyed by the earthquake in the Valle del Belice.
The Count’s main interest was varietal and farming conversion of the vineyards,and three decades ago he began to add venerable French varieties alongside his native vines.
Now the project initiated by Hugues de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi is pursued by their son Laurent, with the same care and passion.
Rapitalà is one of Sicily’s most prestigious wineries and the undisputed star of the island’s renewed winemaking scenario.
Quite simply, Roagna's family has always worked in the vineyards.
Today Alfredo and Luca Roagna, father and son, work everyday to care for each vine. Each vine is treated as an individual who year after year evolves to express the unique characteristics of our terroir.
They work tirelessly taking care of every single stage of the process from the vineyard to the bottle.
In the cellar after all the work they have done with selection and crushing, we also personally bottle and label the wine and prepare each box for shipping to our clients around the world.
Each and every bottle of wine is handled at least six times before leaving winery by Alfredo or Luca.
They do not have have any other winemakers or agricultural specialists who work with us as we try only to interpret each vineyard with their generations of family experience.
The winery was founded in 1986 in La Morra, a village in the heart of the Langhe, always known for its vineyards, some of which were mentioned in the municipalities books since 1350.
The lands of Roberto Voerzio in La Morra are famous for The Reds that the Winery produce.
The Rocca di Frassinello project was inspired by a very simple idea: to replicate the model of excellence set in motion by the Castellare di Castellina winery in a new region. We set our sights on the central Maremma area, between Bolgheri and Scansano, an area, so incredibly well suited for cultivating grapes.
It is indeed here where the first – and so far only one of its kind – French-Italian joint venture project for the production of wine took shape. The agreement between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), leading French wine brand in the world, aimed from the very beginning to bring together the experience of Castellare in the cultivation and vinification of Tuscany’s main vine variety, the famous Sangioveto, with Lafite’s long standing know-how of classical French vines like Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. It took two years to bring together the five small farms that make up the 500 hectares of the Rocca di Frassinello, a continuing project which today already sees close to 90 hectares of planted vineyards. This already extremely ambitious venture has been further enriched by marking and pairing the birth of the Rocca di Frassinello winery with one of the most prestigious names in the world of design and architecture: that of Renzo Piano.
Serafino Levi in 1925 chose to settle in Neive, land of great wines and where very high quality pomace was available, and there he founded his own direct-fire distillery.
His son Romano Levi, barely seventeen when his parents died, decided to quit his studies and, with the help of his sister Lidia, he continued the distillation.
Rossa Sicilia produces liqueurs that represent the quintessence of Sicily.
Ruffino - Brunello di Montalcino
Founded in 1729 Ruinart is the oldest Maison de Champagne.
At its origin there is the intuition of a monk able to anticipate the times: Dom Thierry Ruinart.
On September 1, 1979, the merchant of Reims, Nicolas Ruinart, opened his first account book dedicated to vin de bulles.
This gave birth to a company that has continued to grow and prosper for almost 300 years.
Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.
The company’s mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers’ every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams.
The landscape extends for 77 hectares, 38 of which are vineyards, including olive and fruit trees surrounding the “La Monaca” winery, which provides a touch of “liberty” to the countryside. A family Estate owned by the Sallier de La Tour cousins, who in 2009 joined the Regaleali Estate, Capofaro, Tascante and Whitaker becoming part of the Tasca d’Almerita company.
Simply put, it is a grand vin... with bubbles.
Salon is a unique Champagne. All the emphasis in the production of this exceptional wine is on the singular. It was originally the product of one single man, Aimé Salon; from one single region, the Côte de Blancs; from one single cru, le Mesnil-sur-Oger; from one single grape variety, Chardonnay; and from one single vintage, with no blending whatsoever.
Created in 1911 with first vintage 1905, Champagne Salon is the creation of one man, a champagne connoisseur enchanted then seduced by the terroir of Le Mesnil.
This Champagne is produced from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon: "Salon’s garden", and from 19 other smaller parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger, chosen by Aimé Salon at the beginning of the century.
The wines are cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse.
Today, the house of Salon, along with its ancient neighbour and sister, Champagne Delamotte (the fifth oldest Champagne house, founded in 1760) are directed by one man, Didier Depond.
Salvatore Murana has always had a passion for wine, since childhood he has breathed, seen, lived harvest and vinification. This "infantile love" has become, intuitively before and then consciously, "life choice". Thus the first nucleus of what would later become the Salvatore Murana Vini agricultural company was born in the 70s.
L'Azienda, una conduzione diretta, segue una tradizione familiare di oltre 5 generazioni che affonda le sue radici nell'Ottocento.
Salvatore Tamburello prosegue la tradizione di famiglia e realizza vini biologici e non filtrati solo da Vitigni autoctoni di Sicilia.
San Giorgio e il Drago is located in a square in the historic center of Randazzo, a small town perched on the slopes of the Etna volcano.
A small gem that produces only Etna.
The concept underpinning San Polo: to maximize the intrinsic potential of the terroir, make the quest for quality a priority and create an ethical and responsible context where man’s labours and the natural environment are integrated in a harmonious and constructive whole.
All single vineyard wines and the most precious specialities carry the Schloss Gobelsburg label. These wines seek to explore the nuances of the Danube region Kamptal, from geological differences between individual vineyards to specialities such as the Brut Reserve, Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, and sweet wines.
With a family tradition that lasts over the years, Marco Speri desire to do something new, to leave one’s mark for future generation.
The Domaine Sick-Dreyer is located in the heart of the Alsatian vineyard, in the village of Ammerschwihr less than 10 minutes from Colmar and right next to the medieval town of Kaysersberg. Wine producers for over 450 years, have always been committed to extracting the best from their terroirs and their vineyards.
The Sicilian wines of Sive Natura are born from the in-depth knowledge of the territory of the oenologist Giuseppe Paolì, from his passion for this work and from the careful care of the vineyards that he manages with non-invasive tools. The goal is to create wines that are pure expression of the wonderful terroir of origin, which express Sicily in its richness and diversity.
For this reason he chooses the name "Sive Natura", using the quotation from the philosopher Spinoza "Deus Sive Natura" ("God and Nature") to indicate the divine soul of nature, which the company considers the main actor and main ingredient of its wines.
The history of the Soldera Case Basse® winery began in the early 1970s.
Gianfranco and Graziella Soldera nurtured a project to produce a high-quality natural wine and knew they could only achieve this if they found a terroir with certain essential features.
When they discovered Case Basse, they knew they had found what they were looking for: an enchanting estate which lay uncultivated and abandoned at the time. Instinctively realising the potential of the place and bowled over by the beauty of the landscape, Gianfranco and Graziella decided to set up their winery here and planted the first vines between 1972 and 1973, carefully choosing the plots most suitable for growing Sangiovese.
It is thanks to the passion, dedication and care they devoted to this land that an extremely high-quality natural wine appreciated all over the world has been produced at Case Basse since the mid-1970s.
Working at the winery alongside Gianfranco and Graziella, is their daughter Monica and her husband Paolo who, together with Monica’s brother Mauro, have learned from their parents’ experience and carry it forward to guarantee continuity in their tradition, towards the future.
The Speri Winery, one of the historical families of Valpolicella, is an authoritative and faithful interpreter of Valpolicella Classica wines that has become, due to its uninterrupted traditions and strong territorial roots, a landmark in Italian winemaking.
The Speri Winery, with a story that begins in the first half of the 1800s, has now entered its seventh generation making wine from about 60 hectares of vineyards in the most select Valpolicella Classica areas.
The Winery strength has always been, and still is, a matter of teamwork, today engaging three generations – Carlo, Alberto, Giampaolo, Giampietro, Laura, Chiara, Luca and Giuseppe – that manage all stages of production activities, from the vineyard to the bottle.
In 2015, after practicing years of sustainable farming, the Winery achieved organic certification for all of the production.
The Speri family, respecting its territorial heritage, has always cultivated exclusively the native grape varieties of the Valpolicella zone (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and other indigenous varieties), making wine only from grapes coming from its own vineyards and itself overseeing the entire production process.
The desire to live nature in freedom in an uncontaminated place far from the usual spaces and metropolitan times, the passion for the landscape of Irpinia, the ambition to create a great wine expression of the territory of origin pushed Stefania Barbot and her husband Erminio to transform, with tenacity, a dream into a real path of life giving rise to their company in Paternopoli.
In 1972 Luigi Antonutti, one of Friuli’s most experienced wine producers, realizes his dream becoming a full-time vine-grower. He is fond of these hills and their fruits and decides to buy some hectares of land in the heart of the Collio Goriziano. That’s how the winery Subida di Monte comes into being. Year by year, thanks to Gigi’s passionate care and dedication, it has developed, covering now a surface of around 10 hectares.
Talisker is the oldest Single Malt Scotch Whisky made by the sea on the shores of the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote, rugged, yet beautiful landscapes in Scotland. Few whiskies tell the story of their origin better than Talisker. Its smell and taste instantly connect the drinker with the rugged environment – like a warm welcome from a wild sea. It’s a powerhouse; challenging but adored; once discovered rarely left.
Back in the 1830s Charles Tanqueray was not afraid to mix up brave ideas in his own unique style. He invented a gin recipe that is still celebrated to this day. The perfect mix of ingenuity, heritage and hard work.
Tasca d'Almerita: 200 years of slow maturation.
In addition to the historical estate, Regaleali, we now have Capofaro on Salina, in the Aeolian islands; Tascante on Mount Etna; Whitaker on Mozia in the province of Trapani; and Sallier de La Tour in the DOC Monreale area. Each of these estates has a story to tell, each one recounts a different Sicily.
The history of Tenimenti d’Alessandro is linked to Cortona and its rebirth as a place of excellent wine production.
Located in Manzano, down by Cortona (Arezzo) in south-east Tuscany, the property —today about 30 hectares of vineyards, certified organic since 2016 — was purchased in 1967 by the d’Alessandro family.
Starting from the 80s, the area has been subject to intense experimentation in order to determine the very best varieties for its soils and climate conditions. Above all, Syrah performed the best and seemed to be the most suitable grape variety.
Filippo Calabresi is totally involved in the winemaking, bringing to Cortona the Syrah skills he has built with many vignerons in France, California and Oregon,
after studying at the International Wine Center in New York.
Filippo realizes his idea of wine starting from the vineyards, working organic, excluding synthetic products and looking for plant’s health and balance.
The winery takes its name from “Contrada Bastonaca”, a district which has always been considered the heart of the production of Cerasuolo di Vittoria,
Frappato and Nero d’Avola.
The winery is located inside an ancient millstone of the Eighteenth century.
All around, spread over an area of 15 hectares, head-trained bush vines renew a glorious past, but at the same time, look towards a promising future.
They grow with love Frappato and Nero d’Avola, Grenache and Tannat, combining tradition and innovation, driven by great passion and curiosity.
The vineyards are cultivated in conversion to organic farming, by hand, with sweat and toil, in a vision of natural farming.
They do not irrigate the soil so to ensure that each grape can keep inside itself the warmth of the land and its wonderful sunshine, elements that make wine and Sud unique.
The wines of Tenuta di Castellaro are born from the love for a unique territory and from the desire to recover it to give life to a project made of earth, vineyard and people, in an extreme synthesis of purity.
The millenary tradition of sapling cultivation requires almost total manual processing of the vineyard, which requires dedication, passion and experience, strength and generosity.
Massimo Lentsch and Stefania Frattolillo, entrepreneurs from Bergamo, have been guided by the love for the wonderful Island of Lipari, to create a true work of art. The Tenuta di Castellaro winery is a pure expression of the volcanic territory of the Aeolian Islands, magical and uncontaminated places that have welcomed a dream, transforming it into a unique reality.
Col d’Orcia literally means the hill overlooking the Orcia River. The Orcia River marks the South West border of the Brunello di Montalcino territory and the name of the farm is intrinsically linked to the physical location were the vineyards are planted. It is the mission of Col d’Orcia to produce the best possible wines that the exceptional combination of soil and climate of this part of Montalcino can achieve.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine wine.
And an extraordinary location, as well - this "island within an island" that is the Etna - a place where nature is prodigal but also severe.
With respect, care and hard farm work, always in organic balance.
Lodovico Antinori discovered the property which would become Tenuta di Biserno back in 1995, whilst researching land suitable for extending Ornellaia. What he saw excited him but he recognised that the geology and geography were markedly different from those of Ornellaia, much hillier and stonier. This would have to be a separate project. In the event, freed from Ornellaia and with an historic change in their relationship, Lodovico entered into a technical relationship with his brother Marchese Piero Antinori and landowner Umberto Mannoni. Together, they decided to breathe life into the potentially fabulous Biserno Estate.
Located in a remote corner of southeastern Tuscany, Tenuta di Trinoro specializes in rich, age-worthy red wines made of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. The 200-hectare estate sits in viticultural isolation in the Orcia Valley near Sarteano, where Tuscany meets Umbria and Lazio.
Owner and winemaker Andrea Franchetti acquired the property in the 1980s and in the beginning of the 1990s started planting his first vines. The most important lesson he gleaned from a stint in Bordeaux was the crucial role played by terroir. He saw, in the rough woodland that would become Trinoro,clay-limestone and gravel soils reminiscent of those in Saint-Émilion. Only select parcels were suitable for vine-growing, amid a sea of blue clay, and those he cleared by hand and planted in the style of the Bordelais: high-density, meter-by-meter plantings, with cuttings brought over from some of the region’s great estates.
Tight planting, high thinning, very low yields, extreme ripeness, and concentration of flavor characterize his winemaking style. The wines are highly perfumed and opulent, at once approachable and meant to be left to develop in the bottle over time.
The property was purchased by Ferruccio Lamborghini in the late 60s that traveling in these areas, fell in love with the rugged hills landscape at the same time. He abandoned the famous car manufacturing activity he decided to return to his roots: agriculture.
The total area is 100 hectares, divided between a 9-hole golf course, a farm and winery of 32 hectares.
They started to plant different varieties both red berry that white grape: in addition to the classic Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo, went also to unusual varieties at that time, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the mid-90s Patrizia Lamborghini succeeded in the management, continuing and even strengthening, the father’s ambition to produce high quality wines. Since then most of the vineyards have been replanted removing the white varieties and preferring Sangiovese and Merlot. Present the new vineyards at high density of selected clones spanning over 20 hectares.
The extreme search for quality and the desire to highlight the characteristics of the territory have meant that, since 1997, the production, the management of the vineyards to the wine run, suffer a radical change that generated red wines of the highest quality.
Masseria Setteporte is located in a unique place: on the slopes of the Etna volcano, in the town of Biancavilla, inside the DOC Etna.
Here time seems to have stopped. The Portale family, owner of Masseria Setteporte, has handed down the art of making wine from generation to generation.
Thanks to the volcanic soil, the altitude and the typical Mediterranean climate, the wines produced on the slopes of Etna stand out for their elegance, refined aromas and great drinkability.
On the slopes of Etna, where crumbly and ancient lava meets with snow, towns and districts have bizarre names.
And it is precisely from Contrà Passopisciaro that the history of Tenuta Moganazzi begins: an ancient history that, like the land from which it is born, tastes of Greece, myths, fire and wine. The story of a man who is already an adult, with family and children, falls madly in love and devotes all his free time to the new lover who, in return, offers him a precious fruit. The lover is an eight-hectare vineyard, the fruit is a rare and satisfying wine, the man Don Michele Pennisi, cardiologist and medical officer.
Today it is the children who still manage to maintain the production of 1500 bottles per year.
A minimal production and for this very immensely precious for the quality of the wine considered by the greatest experts of great finesse and pleasantness.
Cantina Giostra Reitano
It is said that in the Middle Ages pilgrims coming from the Middle East and direct to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, passed from Sicily to reach the Via Francigena, passing from the territory of San Giaime (dialect translation of the Spanish name “Jaime” which it was called the Spanish Saint).
The legend says that among other items, the pilgrims donated Syrah vines from Persia to the locals, to thank them for their hospitality.
The passion for this type of red wine was transmitted for generations arriving to Mr. Gaetano Cicco, grandfather of Alessio, and his family.
Only with passion you can obtain something special.
The same passion that Alessio inherited from his grandfather Gaetano during the long summers in Sicily, when, already as a child, learned the different cycles of the vineyard trough the seasons.
Study and travels around the world have increased his desire to do not remain trapped in the stereotypes of a classic farming culture, reinforcing his desire to innovate starting from the origins.
Consequently his wine is not “built” according to the needs of the global industry, but is a natural wine that restores dignity to his homeland and to the entire Sicily.
Tenuta San Guido is named after the Saint Guido della Gherardesca who lived during the XI century. It is located on the Tyrrhenian coast, between Leghorn and Grosseto, in Maremma an area made famous by Italian Nobel prize winner Giosuè Carducci, and it stretches for 13 km from the sea to the hills.
The latter have been given their own DOC, the DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia, the first, and so far only case in Italy of a DOC contained in one estate.
The wedding of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and Clarice della Gherardesca on October 18th 1930 started it all.
They shared a love for thoroughbred horses that made them form a partnership with horse breeder and trainer Federico Tesio. Mario Incisa's love of good wine made him plant Cabernet vines in 1942 for what was to become Sassicaia. Seventeen years later the Bolgheri Bird Sanctuary becomes Italy's first private nature preserve.
Tenuta San Leonardo
The seals Lombardo are the work of more than half a century and the passion for the land of his father Giuseppe and Salvatore sons, Gianfranco and Roberto.
Over the years the family has cultivated vineyards in the various estates and their fruits have been popular not only in their own land. Just the awareness of producing wines with high personality, drove in 2006 the brothers to complete the entire production cycle.
The company's mission today is the exploitation of its territory and the productions that are achieved and to be a leading company in the production of wine from Sicily center.
Sua Altezza is 'the name of the estate as company representative; the Lombardo family, in 2013, has recovered and restored an ancient farmhouse where for decades there was the rural life and in particular the production of wine.
The company is located in the hills of Alcamo, a territory between Trapani and Palermo in western Sicily. Alcamo has a very ancient agricultural vocation, is the home to the Regional Enoteca of Western Sicily and one of the main Sicilian centers for the production of wines.
It was 1953 when Giovanni and Fulvia Caciorgna from the Marche decided to move to the Casolese countryside by purchasing a small piece of land in the Casole countryside where they continue to do the "job" of the "peasants", a profession handed down from generation to generation.
Today, Petro Caciorgna and his wife Elda take care of the company. Wine production is entrusted to his son Paolo, winemaker.
In 2008, the Bevilacqua family recovers, in the northern slope of Etna, the old terraces in Contrada Bocca d’Orzo, situated from 600 meters to 950, counting today 36 hectares of vineyards, olive tree, chestnut woods, cherry and oak.
Terrazze dell’Etna is nature, is passion, is Etna reflecting his unique land to the product: it is the desire to create excellent wines in a place where all it is possible.
The Terre di San Venanzio Fortunato winery is right next to the most prestigious and renowned DOCG, the Cartizze.
The choice of the cellar is a superior quality product from Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG and Superiore di Cartizze Brut and Dry, the result of a rigorous selection of all the productions in Valdobbiadene, of a rigorous processing and the least invasive possible.
An obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by a 485 acre estate with Easter Elchies House at its heart.
The Macallan was one of the first distillers in Scotland to be legally licensed. The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland - and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship.
The reputation of The Macallan is built on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles.
“Rome was built on seven hills and Dufftown stands on seven stills.”
Constructed in 1897 Glendullan sits on the bank of the River Dullen amongst the picturesque Convall Hills.
Glendullan’s onion-shaped stills produce a delicate spirit with a green apple profile. Most of product is aged in American oak bourbon barrels, which impart sweetness and a rich nuttiness.
A smaller portion of single malt is aged in fruity European sherry casks.
Master of Malts Keith Law draws on 36 years of experience to blend the two whiskys into The Singleton Glendullan.
Seeking and finding excellence, emerging from the temporary patterns of fashions linked to taste; to recover vines strongly rooted in their territory and sometimes forgotten; work to achieve, always and in any case, the rare pleasure of uncompromising quality: this is the philosophy behind Theresa Eccher's project.
Since 1897 there has been a quiet revolution unfolding in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. High up in the smooth, rounded peaks of the Monadhliath Mountains. Here patience, a gentle hand and a passion for purity rule the day.
In this idyllic spot of the soft water of the Alt-na-Frith burn is introduced to tender local barley. Later, from the tall, slim copper stills of the Tomatin Distillery a mellow, fruity whisky is born.
Tommasi Viticoltori (Tommasi vintners) is a family viticultural company founded in 1902.
It is situated in Pedemonte, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico region, a small piece of land in the North – West part of Verona, between the plains and Lessini mountains and near Garda lake.
From grandfather Giacomo’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today owns vineyards and estates in four different Italian regions: Tommasi Viticoltori and Filodora Estate in Veneto; Tenuta Caseo in Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardy; Casisano in Montalcino and Poggio al Tufo in Maremma Tuscany; Masseria Surani in Manduri,a Puglia.
The estate is run by the 4th generation of the family, nine members working together in complete harmony, each with his well defined area of responsibility.
Passion, courage and trust in the enormous quality potential that Puglia, and especially the areas of Castel del Monte and Salento were able to express, inspired the Antinoris to invest in the region.
The idea that, from the start, characterized Tormaresca's production philosophy was to produce great wines from autochtonous varietals.
The beginning of the cultivation of the vine, with the production of wine, by the Tornatore family dates back to 1865 when the current great-grandfather owner took up the agricultural activity. The Tornatore family has always had a detailed knowledge of the territories of the municipality of Castiglione di Sicilia since the grandfather Giuseppe and the uncle Giovanni are named cadastral signs in the early 1930s, accompanying the surveyor to examine particles, to define boundaries and names of the districts. The construction of an oil mill annexed to the millstone also dates back to that period, which was active, in the various technological evolutions, until the 1970s. A family therefore with deep roots in the territory of origin, which in subsequent generations, has never neglected the attachment and respect of the same and of traditions.
In 1984 Rita and Virgilio realized their lifelong dream purchasing the property that became Tua Rita. The landscape and buildings on this property were a mere setting for living in contact with nature whilst farming their beloved land. Their overwhelming passion for wine actually changed their plans.
The original two hectares of vineyards have been cultivated meticulously since the beginning, this rigorous and passionate care collocated Tua Rita among the most successful producers labeled as “vins de garage”. In less than a decade they had extended the property up to nine hectares, then twenty; nowadays the totality of the planted vines includes thirty hectares.
Growth has been driven by Rita and Virgilio’s enduring enthusiasm and an ever-deepening awareness of the potential of this estate in the area, between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Colline Metallifere, known as Val di Cornia.
The Tűzkő Estate is located in the Bataapati area, in the Tolna hillside, 150 kilometers south of Budapest. The Tűzkő Estate belonged to the noble Apponyi family, originally of French descent, whose lineage dates back to the early Eighteenth century.
The region’s history and potential attracted the attention of important wine makers including Jacopo Mazzei and Piero Antinori, well known in the world of wine for generations. They located a very promising area for producing high quality wines on the Tűzkő estate, set in the Tolna hills near Szeksard, a region already famous for its excellent vineyards.
It is an estate with a unique feature that makes it stand out from all the others in the Montalcino area: three vineyards, situated in the three different exposures of Montalcino, with very different soils from each other.
The valorisation of these three vineyards and the enhancement of their characteristics led to the creation of three selections of Brunello in 2014: Vigna del Lago (from grapes grown in the vineyard to the north), Vigna Spuntali (from grapes grown in the vineyard to the southwest) and Poggio al Granchio (from grapes grown in the vineyard to the southeast).
The company is located on the north-eastern side of Etna between 700 and 850 m asl. in the municipality of Randazzo in the Croce Monaci district.
The total extension is about 15 hectares of which 8 are vineyards
The vineyards, all grown as saplings, climb on ancient small terraces built over the centuries with dry-stone walls in lava stone.
Indulge in grapes and be able to get the best wine every year based on the characteristics of the grapes of departure.
The wine every year is an expression of the vintage understood as climate, emotions and collateral events.
The soul and the heart of Vallepicciola reside in the ancient lands of the Chianti Classico, places with a mild microclimate and incomparable charm of Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena.
The Vasari family is engaged since 1628 in production of quality wines in the territory that overlooks from the hills the valley of the river Mela in the municipalities of Saint Lucia del Mela and Merì.
The respect for tradition and the urge for continuous innovation is the right balance between a story already written and to be continued.
A journey through time that, from generation to generation, accompanies the wise and meticulous work of the Vasari family constantly looking for an exclusive product with authentic flavors.
Vazart Coquart & Fils