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."
Excellent results on the major wine guides.
Excellent reviews and scores for our wines by two of the leading guides, the “Guida de l’Espresso – I Vini d’Italia 2015” and the “Touring Club - Vinibuoni d’Italia 2015”. In addition to appreciating the intrinsic quality of the wines, these guides emphasize our commitment to environmental sustainability and our project on organic farming.
Here are the scores by I Vini d’Italia 2015 (Guida L'Espresso):
Toscana La Cattura 2011 - 15.0/20
Toscana Grand Noir 2012 - 15.5/20
Here are the scores by by Vinibuoni d’Italia 2015 (Guida Touring Club):
Chianti Superiore Poggio al Casone 2012 - 3 stelle
Chianti Superiore Burchino 2012 - 3 stelle
Chianti Classico Campomaggio 2011 - 3 stelle
ToscanaGenius Loci 2012 - 4 stelle
Chianti Classico Riserva Campomaggio 2010 - 4 stelle
Gold medal for Poggio al Casone wines
By Gilbert & Gaillar, the prestigious French guide.
The prestigious French wine guide Gilbert & Gaillard has tasted the wines of our Tenuta Poggio al Casone during the Autumn 2014 session.
Isabel Ferran, head of the guide in Italy, sent compliments of the Committee for the results obtained, in particular the 2011 Teroldego-Syrah cuvee "La Cattura", that, thanks to the "precision of its aromas in the nose, and a rich but fresh passage in mouth", got the highest distinction with +90 points and the gold medal.
Also the Chianti Superiore DOCG and the 2013 "Grand Noir" got distinction with a gold medal and an excellent score.
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
...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?
...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.