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Andreola

Farra di Soligo (TV)

“Every working day and in every single bottle, we try to express the original characteristics of Andreola Valdobbiadene DOCG: the agility and softness, the juiciness and the creamy sensation on the palate, the intense fruity aroma.” - Stefano Pola, Owner of the Andreola Wine Estate. The work of man modifies the landscape, transforming its shape and rhythm. Since 1984, the year in which Nazzareno Pola founded the family estate in the heart of the Valdobbiadene DOCG growing region, Andreola has been an active part in this transformation. Today Stefano Pola continues to manage the estate with the same philosophy as his father, with the awareness that the best protection of the land is the profound knowledge that Valdobbiadene DOCG is not just a product but a living being: the result of the evolution of the vine, of its adaptability to the terrain and the climatic diversity, of labour which is still completely manual, of a “heroic viticulture”. Valdobbiadene DOCG is a wine which is literally “hand made”: only by careful, diligent, daily manual labour is it possible to cultivate vineyards on these steep hills. Andreola wanted to make this aspect one of his strong points, by becoming the first producer to enrol as a member of Cervim in 2010 - Centre for Research, Study and Promotion of Mountain Viticulture. From the vineyard to the final product being bottled in the cellar, it is necessary to combine ancient wisdom and methods with modern technology, passion with rationality. An evolution that has permitted Andreola to fully comprehend the “character” of Valdobbiadene DOCG, and thus know how to create a unique style of wine, characterised by the purity of the product and the maximum enhancement of its original characteristics: the creaminess on the palate, the intense fruity yet elegant aromas on the nose, the harmony and balance.

Weingut Stefan Zehetbauer

Schützen am Gebirge

Stefan Zehetbauer is the tenth generation of his family to run this wine estate in Schützen am Gebirge, in the centre of the Leithaberg region. The vineyards are located on and around the Schützner Stein mountain and are characterised by the slate and limestone soils of the region. Stefan Zehetbauer aspires to make wines with depth, distinctive minerality and ageing potential. This endeavour starts in the vineyard while he has a low interventionist approach in the cellar. The wines are fermented spontaneously an no enzymes are used. The wines are then allowed extended ageing on lees. The white reserve wines and all red wines are unfined – expressing a sense of place always comes first. The Leithaberg varieties Blaufränkisch, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay make up the majority of the range. The top wines come from the Steinberg vineyard, one of the best sites in the region with poor mica schist soils. However, the Zehetbauers love thinking outside the box: in the late 1980s, they pioneered Cabernet Franc in the region and have made a name for themselves with their single-vineyard Cabernet Franc from the Steinberg.

Il Marroneto

Montalcino (SI)

In 1974, Giuseppe Mori, Alessandro’s father – the current owner of the wine estate – fell in love with the medieval village of Montalcino, in the province of Siena (the city where the Mori family has its roots) and, in particular, with a small thirteenth-century ancient tower (where ‘marroni’, a special kind of chestnut, were dried, hence the name of the building). He bought the small farm, which offered a wide, sweeping view over the city of Siena and the entire Val d’Orcia. The holding is situated beneath the thirteenth-century church dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace) – which gives its name to the small village where Giuseppe planted his first vineyard – on the north-facing side of the hamlet. It was a period of extensive vine growing and wine making had just started in Montalcino (the Wine Consortium had been established only seven years before), which is obviously very different from the vine-cloaked town that visitors see today. Giuseppe’s sons, Andrea and Alessandro, accompanied their father in this adventure and, despite the fact that they continue to follow in his footsteps in the legal profession, every weekend they work in the vineyard. The Mori family planted the first 3,000 square metres of vineyard in 1975, then a large area in 1979, followed by another 9,000 square metres in 1984. These were “trailblazing” years, as Alessandro – who at the time was still attending high school – likes to recall. “Our family did not come from the wine world and, initially, no one thought this ‘hobby’ would become the job of our lives.” explains Alessandro. But the meeting with an almost legendary duo of the Italian wine world, Mario Cortevesio and Giulio Gambelli, sparked off a unique passion in the Mori family and, in particular, in Alessandro. Right from the first meeting, Gambelli made it clear to the young Mori boys that wine is serious business, it’s not just a diversion, but rather a child you raise lovingly. Therefore, harvest after harvest, the passion for this world and the real love for Il Marroneto grew in the two youngsters, especially in Alessandro, who in the meantime graduated and started his professional career. He continues to follow the two activities, being a lawyer and a vigneron, but in the end, the latter prevails. From the first grape harvest in 1976, to the first wine bottling in 1980, right up to today, the history of Il Marroneto and Alessandro’s go hand in hand. Every vintage does not only represent a rainy summer or a windy, harsh winter, but it is also the indelible story of his life. Today, Alessandro, who continues to manage the wine estate’s entire production, is definitely an experienced vigneron, but, as he says, "With still a lot more to learn from my vineyards.", his daily teachers.

Kellerei Kaltern

Kaltern (BZ)

The history of Cantina Kaltern (Caldaro) goes back a long way. It took more than a century for our winery to become what it is today and what it stands for: professionalism, passion, family community, experience and the highest quality standards. Today, Cantina Kaltern is one of the most important wineries in Alto Adige, and Kaltern itself is proud of its reputation as the most popular and well-known wine village in the region. But Kaltern/Caldaro is not only a special place for wine lovers and connoisseurs from near and far. The whole village lives with and from wine. Wine is a daily companion, it gives and makes work, fills residents and winegrowers with pride and is a life's work for many here, which they pursue with great passion - in the vineyard, in the cellar, in gastronomy or in trade. Cantina Kaltern is a large family and has 650 members, most of whom own less than one hectare of land – 0.7 ha on average. They are winegrowers by passion and earn their living mostly with other professions. They cultivate their historic vineyards with great passion. Kaltern owes a piece of its picturesque beauty to them. For the winegrowers, it is not only a pleasure to cultivate and care for the uniquely beautiful winegrowing area around Lake Kaltern/Lago Caldaro, which has grown over centuries, but also an obligation. They want to actively contribute to preserving the natural and cultural landscape. The diverse soils and the entire ecosystem are thus protected and strengthened – and last but not least, quality wines are produced. The wines come from the oldest DOC zone in Alto Adige. They mature in the best sites around Lake Kaltern. They are wines that are produced with a great deal of sensitivity, passion and skill – by a large community, hand-picked and with the most modern cellar technology. The wines of Cantina Kaltern epitomise the relaxed attitude to life on Lake Kaltern.

CANTINE DEI MARCHESI DI BAROLO

Barolo

The Marchesi di Barolo Estate encompasses vineyards in the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato areas: some of the finest in Piedmont, recognized as UNESCO heritage site. The cellars are in the centre of the village of Barolo, right in front of that castle which was once home to the last Marquises Falletti of Barolo – Carlo and Juliette – founders of the winery who first vinified Nebbiolo grapes in a dry style. For this rich and precious grape, Marquise Juliette created magnificent wine cellars to facilitate its fermentation and aging process in large fine oak barrels: Barolo, as we know it today, was born here. When the Falletti dynasty came to an end in 1864 with Marquise Juliette’s death, the winery was donated to the Opera Pia Barolo – a Charity Administration created by Juliette herself – and then acquired in 1929 by the local wine producers Pietro Abbona. Since then, the estate has been under the direction of the Abbonas as their family business. After five generations in the wine business, the mission of the family – today represented by Anna and Ernesto, and their children Valentina and Davide – still consists in knowing how to marry "tradition and evolution”by combining ancient winemaking techniques with the ability to present Barolo in a contemporary way, according to the most authentic and sought-after trends of "Made in Italy" food and winemaking. The Abbonas, equipped with great human and winemaking experience, present themselves and their company “Marchesi di Barolo”, as faithful interpreters of the native grape varieties and their provenance, respecting them and rigorously preserving the typical qualities, focusing on the peculiarities of every single vineyard.

Weingut Kurt und Beatrix Hummel

Niederschleinz

Step by step, Kurt and Beatrix Hummel have turned their small winery into a top operation. The small family-run estate is entirely focused on creating pure drinking pleasure for you, especially with their Grüner Veltliners. They now have also added a reserve line to their wine range. Their initial 3 hectares of vineyards have now grown to 9 hectares: this shows the family’s ambition for growth but still allows them to care for each vine individually. The humus-rich loess soils around tranquil Niederschleinz, together with the Pannonian climate, offer perfect conditions for viticulture. About 70 percent of their vineyards are planted to Grüner Veltliner, the rest is taken up by Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and Zweigelt. Kurt Hummel bottles his Grüner Veltliner at five different stages of maturation. He says: "From light, spicy and peppery to full-bodied and powerful – every Veltliner lover will find his style of wine with us!"  Kurt Hummel's flair for wine clearly runs in the family. Daughter Laura graduated from the college for Viticulture and Pomology in Klosterneuburg and has already left her first mark on her parents' business. The new "BIG FLIGHT Reserve Line" is her creation.

Weingut Franz Haas

Montan (BZ)

Here at Franz Haas, wine has been produced since 1880 and the winery has been passed down through generations to the first-born child of the family, who is always called Franz. Today's winemaker, Franziskus Haas, represents the seventh generation of the family. Nowadays, the winery works with grapes sourced from 55 hectares of vineyards, all cultivated in a sustainable and nature-oriented fashion. The vineyards are located in Montagna, as well as in the surrounding areas of Egna, Aldino, and Trodena at different altitudes between 220 and 1.150 meters. Far beyond national borders, Franz Haas stands out for his high altitude viticulture, as several hectares at high altitudes were rented in 2000 due to progressive climate change. After twenty years, this choice has proved to be forward-looking, given the excellent results. At 1.150 meters, the vineyard in Aldino is one of the highest sites in South Tyrol. Another distinctive feature setting Franz Haas apart is the connection with the artist Riccardo Schweizer, who created the labels and whose artistic career was linked to famous artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Cocteau, Paul Éluard, and Le Corbusier. Maria Luisa Manna gave those labels to Franz as a token of good fortune for his wines.

Weingut Friedrich Kiefer

Eichstetten

Helen and Martin Schmidt are currently celebrating an anniversary: ten years ago, they took over the historic Kiefer winery in Eichstetten. There was a lot of work to tackle in the winery, which was founded in 1851, but the Schmidts managed to preserve the best of the past - such as the stately wooden barrel cellar - and combine it with the most advanced modern technology, which is evident in the clear structure of their range. Terms like "tradition" and "three-star" are self-explanatory. The fact that the quality is also right is all the more remarkable given the size of the farm: 155 hectares!

Weingut Josef & Philipp Bründlmayer

Grunddorf

Dedication and love for the craft are still the best prerequisites for quality. This is especially true when it comes to things that people should and want to enjoy – such as wine. Philipp Bründlmayer carries this dedication and love in his DNA – his wines are thus a thing of joy: expressive, pure, linear and of unmistakeable provenance. Tucked away in the village of Grundorf, the wines evolve and mature in stainless steel tanks and large wooden barrels. Grown on the mighty loess terraces of Gedersdorf and Rohrendorf, they are thus labelled with the regional appellation of Kremstal – a lovely area predestined for viticulture with exactly the kind of climate so essential for the character and aromatic development of wine. Apart from experience, craftsmanship and climate, soils are a decisive factor in the creation of great wine. In the Kremstal region, both loess and metamorphic and sedimentary conglomerates offer ideal conditions for the typically dry wines Austria is so appreciated for. Philipp und Josef Bründlmayer grow and make wine with an understanding of their soils and their craft, informed by tradition. The vineyard sites they farm are eminently suited to this endeavour: they are unruly, on rugged terrain, and demand manual rather than mechanised farming. They also are – if you allow them to be and treat them right – ideally suited to those grape varieties the region is known and loved for Philipp Bründlmayer allows his wines to express themselves and their origin without make-up – without frills or safety nets. Across 23 hectares/57 acres of vineyard, he and his team farm 90 different sites, all with their own climatic conditions. Not only does he bottle wines that are absolutely typical of their variety and style, they also bear his unmistakeable signature. Residual sugar never exceeds one gramme per litre – the wines are thus bone dry and exquisite ambassadors for their region – pure Kremstal.

Carpineta Fontalpino

Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI)

Carpineta Fontalpino is a winery and farm located in the heart of Tuscany, near the splendid town of Siena. Not far from the winery’s land, the historic Montaperti hill welcomes us in the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga, southern outpost of the Chianti Classico denomination. The land we own extends for about 90 hectares (222 acres) that we cultivate with certified organic practices: we grow vines and “Senatore Cappelli” wheat. The vineyards cover an area of 30 hectares (74 acres), with parcels specialized in Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – as well as other selected varietals, such as Petit Verdot and Alicante. Since we are blessed with a strategic position, near the border of different wine areas, we are able to produce both Chianti Classico and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, in addition to our Supertuscan IGT. The winery has been in the hands of the Cresti family since the 1960s. Traces of wine-making roots in the area date back up to the 19th century, but it was in 1967 that Italo Cresti, Gioia and Filippo’s father, decided to follow his vocation and turn it into a business, run with love and devotion. Nowadays, Gioia is the enologist of the winery, she takes care of all the aspects of wine-making, from harvest to maturation. She makes the most important choices, and you can find her personal touch on every phase of production. Her brother Filippo manages sales, communication and marketing.

Weingut Hannes Reeh

Andau

Hannes Reeh is a rather unconventional winemaker in Andau, Burgenland who consistently strives towards his goals. He makes the wines and they are thus a reflection of Hannes Reeh himself: an intriguing mix of family tradition, new world experience, regional authenticity and optimism. His winemaking is guided by intuition and he loves what he does. Andau is the wine village on the far eastern edge of the Seewinkel sub-region of Neusiedlersee bordering Hungary. With 2,400 sunshine hours, it is one of the sunniest and driest regions of Austria. The soils are gravelly and yield wines of exceptional power, depth and ripeness. There are three different wine ranges. The “Klassik” range comprises single varietal wines that offer everyday drinking pleasure. “Heideboden” are blends in white and red (there also is a sweet heideboden wine) that highlight the attributes of the Seewinkel. “Unplugged” are Hannes Reeh’s specialities, they have no frills but plenty of feeling. “Unplugged” is pure Andau – no fining, no enzymes and no cultured yeasts are used.

Weingut Hiestand

Guntersblum

At first we thought the abbreviation "JJ" on the Riesling Kreuz stood for "Jrosses Jewächs" (G pronounced as J in dialect in the Rhine region), and indeed this wine easily meets the GG requirement. But of course Guntersblum is not within reach of the dialect spoken in the Rhine region, and the "JJ" in the best wine sites actually stands for their ancestors initials, Julius Jakob Hiestand (1876-1938). Year after year, his descendants delight us with organic wines that are precisely crafted: defined aromas, distinct in their expression, and all with great harmony and balance. Those who enjoy the subtle ensemble of a good wine are in good hands here.

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