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Living with the wine in the heart 

"... today, the visionaries who experience with crops and vines and pruning and grafting and barrels and bottles, and time are those who have honed the art, having studied the craft of making wine, who continue to study to do more and above all do better. wine production has become an almost exact science, but retains the charm and awe of the earth and the whims of sun and benevolent and threatening rain. Just nothing to frustrate the efforts of man and science instead of making wine a good harvest. Today in every cup that is empty there is the knowledge of a few and hard work of many, faith and consciousness and the dream that I have by the end of the first cluster crushed between the fingers."

Cippi Pitschen

  • Italy, vintage 2014 report

    Edited by Assoenologi.

    In Italy the Assoenologi (Italian official association of professional oenologists) estimates a total production of 40 million hectoliters of wine for the vintage 2014.  A quantity reduction by 17% compared to last year, which registered a production of 48.2 million hectoliters (Istat data), and by 11% when referring to the average of the past five years (2009-2013) - with 2011 and 2012 vintages that have been the scarcest of the past 50 years. Overall, 2014 was a difficult year with  various critical conditions and Assoenologi estimates  that there will be very few excellences. The positive weather trend in September and October has improved the quality but could not turn the situation around. According to Assoenologi Veneto region remains the more productive Italian region with a forecast of 7.8 million hectoliters. Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Puglia and Sicily together will produce 23.6 million hectoliters in 2014, nearly 60% of all Italian wine. In Tuscany, as in the rest of the country, the climate has not granted respite, with a mild winter 2013 -2014, during which the temperature never dropped below 0 °, which was followed by one of the coolest and most rainy summers from 1800.

     

    The main vine and grape diseases (downy mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis) have found an optimal environment for their development.
    This has forced producers to act with adequate and repeated treatments against the virulence of the attacks that, where not blocked, have decimated the quantity and quality.
    Most of the wineries have been forced to make a strict selection of the grapes on the vines and a careful selection in the cellar, which has lowered the quantity of the product to protect the quality.
    Walking among the vine rows, particularly in the DOCG areas, the amount of clusters to the ground was evident.?The above implies that the quality in 2014 will cost more because, in addition to the increasing costs of the repeated treatments in the vineyards, it forced producers to renounce to a substantial amount of production to obtain quality wines.

     

    Italian wine is still the world's best-seller. The data on exports processed by Assoenologi for the first half of 2014 recorded an additional increase in both value and volume, mainly due to the expansion of bottled wine and the brilliant performance of the classic premium wines (Tuscany and Piedmont) and sparkling wines, which increased, mainly thanks to Prosecco, by more than 15.6% in value and 20.1% in volume.

     

    Source: Assoenologi – www.assoenologi.it

     

    2014, Dec 10 · Focus on ·  Share

  • Here's the Zio Baffa!

    ...the film Bella Vita in a glass.

    There are moments you would like to never end. The time of filming Bella Vita. Not actors but real people. A surfer. A trip to Italy. A success. And now a brand for a wine that represents and continues the spirit of this project. But who is the Zio Baffa?

     

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    2014, Nov 19 · Focus on ·  Share

  • With soil between the fingers

    ...and waves under the feet.

    So many souls for one soul, the one of Piergiorgio Castellani. Not only a wine producer among the leading in Italy but a particular and complex personality. A way of being and feeling life that seems to lead him constantly to excellence in his work. The attachment to the land where grows his vines, the deep connection with nature, a spirit dedicated to introspection, the strong passion for surfing are aspects of him well outlined in the large article-interview with the magazine L'Italo-Americano.

     

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    2014, Nov 07 · Focus on ·  Share

  • Letters to Extra Pontem

    Integration, preservation of the historical memory of the districts with a careful look at the community evolution

    It is certainly not something new the special focus on culture by the company. So the decision to sponsor the event-show "Lettere a Extra Pontem" tied to the concept of territorial identity. We offered a tasting of our "Santa Lucia Toscano", an organic wine that particularly stands out thanks to an innovative and "sustainable" packaging. Itself product with a strong bond with the territory.

    "Lettere a Extra Pontem" is a choral performance of the district "fuori del ponte" aimed to combine the realities present in the city's social environment (October 10 to 12 2014 at Pontedera Teatro Era). A final act of the project called "Extra Pontem", which began in October 2013 through workshops for students and young people, through interviews, concerts, lectures and meetings with groups and associations, to build a network of new relationships between the theater and the district where it is located, to bring out stories that enhance relationships and accentuate the sense of belonging and identity. Integral part of the project is the photographic work of Simone Rocchi titled "Faces of a neighborhood" exhibited in the courtyard of the Teatro Era.

     

    Project of Comune di Pontedera, created and produced by Fondazione Pontedera Teatro with the contribution of Regione Toscana. Artistic direction of Anna Stigsgaard.

     

    2014, Oct 16 · Art & Wine ·  Share

  • Our Nobile on the prestigious Vintages

    Filicheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in the collection of premium wines in the catalog of Canadian LCBO Monopoly.

    On the prestigious catalog Vintages of Canadian LCBO Monopoly came out a specific article that talks about the birth and evolution, the typical area and the quality of the wine of Montepulciano, a Nobile who has heart. To our Castellani Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2010 was dedicated the back cover and a large article in the catalog that collects the greatest premium wines selected for Fall 2014.

     

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    2014, Sep 30 · Reviews ·  Share

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Italy, vintage 2014 report

In Italy the Assoenologi (Italian official association of professional oenologists) estimates a total production of 40 million hectoliters of wine for the vintage 2014.  A quantity reduction by 17% compared to last year, which registered a production of 48.2 million hectoliters (Istat data), and by 11% when referring to the average of the past five years (2009-2013) - with 2011 and 2012 vintages that have been the scarcest of the past 50 years. Overall, 2014 was a difficult year with  various critical conditions and Assoenologi estimates  that there will be very few excellences. The positive weather trend in September and October has improved the quality but could not turn the situation around. According to Assoenologi Veneto region remains the more productive Italian region with a forecast of 7.8 million hectoliters. Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Puglia and Sicily together will produce 23.6 million hectoliters in 2014, nearly 60% of all Italian wine. In Tuscany, as in the rest of the country, the climate has not granted respite, with a mild winter 2013 -2014, during which the temperature never dropped below 0 °, which was followed by one of the coolest and most rainy summers from 1800.

 

The main vine and grape diseases (downy mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis) have found an optimal environment for their development.
This has forced producers to act with adequate and repeated treatments against the virulence of the attacks that, where not blocked, have decimated the quantity and quality.
Most of the wineries have been forced to make a strict selection of the grapes on the vines and a careful selection in the cellar, which has lowered the quantity of the product to protect the quality.
Walking among the vine rows, particularly in the DOCG areas, the amount of clusters to the ground was evident.?The above implies that the quality in 2014 will cost more because, in addition to the increasing costs of the repeated treatments in the vineyards, it forced producers to renounce to a substantial amount of production to obtain quality wines.

 

Italian wine is still the world's best-seller. The data on exports processed by Assoenologi for the first half of 2014 recorded an additional increase in both value and volume, mainly due to the expansion of bottled wine and the brilliant performance of the classic premium wines (Tuscany and Piedmont) and sparkling wines, which increased, mainly thanks to Prosecco, by more than 15.6% in value and 20.1% in volume.

 

Source: Assoenologi – www.assoenologi.it

 

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Castellani rediscovers a vine from 1885

Total black look with silver foil on the label, the Grand Noir bottle is completely dressed in black, refined and important as is due to a kind of wine of ancient origin that finally returns to be poured and tasted in our glasses.

 

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