Ca' Lustra is a journey that began in 1977 with Franco Zanovello in a land rich in history, charm and nature. Today Marco and Linda, Franco's son, run this family business with the native ethic and purpose along with a motivated staff of several collaborators. The 25 hectares of vineyards and 15 more in olive groves, woods and pasture are all within the Colli Euganei Regional Park, divided into numerous “cru” each one with its own particular soil and climate characteristics.
Deep knowledge of the territory, study and endless experimentation, combined with historical research are at the roots of the company’s personality. In the large underground cellar, the work is carried out according to the same principles: traditional winemaking with spontaneous fermentations, no clarifications and minimized sulfites.
Cantina Andriano lies in the heart of the norther most province of Italy, called Alto Adige and is the oldest winery from the region, founded 1893. It’s not only the oldest but also the smallest, with 80 hectares of vineyards. It is a wine-growing village on the left bank of the Adige valley going from the capital Bolzano to the town of Merano. The climate is Mediterranean with high temperatures difference between day and night, so they maintain freshness and high acidity in their wines. Vineyards are exposed to East/South-east and lie on gentle hills at 250 – 350 meters above sea level on chalky, calcareous soil with white dolomite rock.
The production is about 500.000 bottles, divided in 60 % of white wines and 40 % of red wines. The majority of whites is on Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, for the reds is Lagrein and Pinot Noir mostly.
The wines are divided in two lines: the classic and the selection line. The classic are all vintage wines, so from the last harvest always. White wines age only in stainless steel tank, reds in stainless and big oak. The Selection wines come from selected vineyards/parcels with lower yield and different ageing. The reds do 18 months in Barrique, Doran Chardonnay Riserva 12 months in tonneau and Andrius Sauvignon blanc 9 months in big oak mixed with stainless steel.
Founded in 1893, the Cantina Terlano winery is now one of the leading winegrower cooperatives in South Tyrol, with a current membership of 143 growers working a total area of 190 hectares. That is the equivalent of some 1.5 million bottles of wine a year. The rocky terroir of volcanic origin is ideal for the production of white wines due to the cold climate as well as the altitude of the vineyards (250m to 900m). They have for long had a strong focus on quality. This has attracted praise and recognition on the Italian and international wine markets, and in spite of its relatively small size, Cantina Terlano is now well established in the world of wine.
Their modern winery produces 30 % red and 70% white wines, all of them of DOC quality (Controlled Designation of Origin). The most important varieties are Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for white wines and Lagrein and Pinot Noir for reds.
A completely family-run estate, carrying the same name of the small village where they live. Cantrina is a tiny rural village in Valtènesi located in the municipality of Bedizzole, in the Brescia hinterland of Lake Garda in Lombardy.
“I created the estate in the beginning of the 1990s. Today I run it together with Diego Lavo. Our wines convey the character of their terroir and of the people who make them with a creative-and consequently unique-imprint. An open-minded “exercise de style”. This has always been the best way to describe our production philosophy. We like to interpret our work in the vineyard and in the winery as a unique and creative exercise, free from preconceived ideas or conditioning of any sort.
We cultivate just under 8 hectares of land, split up between three different sites with maximum respect for the singular characteristic the nature bestows on the fruits of our vines. We have planted 45,000 vines, initially concentrating mainly on international varieties, although we are now “rediscovering” some local vines as well. One of the most important steps of our estate is the Organic Certification achievement. July 2014 marked the beginning of our conversion to organic viticulture, until 2017 when we received the certification.” - Cristina Inganni
Since 1986 the firm is located in the old cellars of historic Villa Dolfin Boldù in Rosà (Vi), a few kilometres away from Bassano del Grappa. Vittorio Gianni CAPOVILLA, « Il Maestro », is recognized around the world as one of the best distillers. Inhabited by an incredible passion for fruit, this former mechanic set out in search of the rarest and most surprising varieties from all over the world, all the way to the Caribbean, in Marie Galante Guadeloupe, to produce an agricultural Rum. A true technician at the service of the nature, since the early Seventies he has sought through the numerous patents he has filed, both in terms of distillation, conservation and reduction before bottling, to purify his eaux-de-vie to extract the quintessence of the fruit and the grape marc.
Such concept was decisive in all technologic choices as well as the production philosophy. Consequently, our processes have nothing to do with the Italian distilling industry. We use small bain-marie pot stills for distillation, which are made by a German artisan from the Black Forest. We only produce 100% distillates, not liquors, nor alcoholates or grappas aromatique. Bain-marie system is certainly the slowest and most laborious one, but only through it we can obtain superior quality distillates. Raw materials’ choice is equally strict: grape skins with very low So2 standards, hand harvested ripe fruits from the hills. We produce our fruits in our four hectares of organically certified soil, actively cultivating varieties now extinct such as hybrid pears, plums, peaches and grapes. Such varieties, together with wild fruits and berries, create distillates of extraordinary character and longevity.