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  • 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

  • Castellani, 110 years

    A milestone that will be reached with the end of the year.

    With the end of 2013, the Castellani family celebrates 110 years of history.

    More than a century of work and dedication to Tuscan wine and viticulture lived through 5 generations that have largely contributed to make the Chianti one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the world.

    Today, the company remains firmly in the hands of the family and continues to look to the future with optimism, always looking for new ideas and new markets where to make known the amazing Italian  wine and food culture, one of the true excellence that make our country unique.

    Proud to have reached this milestone and looking forward, let's make a toast wishing happy holidays and happy new year to us and to you.

     

    2013, Dec 16 · Focus on ·  Share

  • A star is born!

    ...and the constellation of the Castellani estates shines more and more.

    It is so, a new light is kindled in the constellation of the Castellani estates. The family has in fact recently acquired a new vineyard of approximately 20 hectares in the area of the Pisan Hills.

    "Le Tagliate", this is its name, is located within the Santa Lucia Estate. The cultivation of this vineyard, totally of organic management, therefore, enters by right to be part of the ambitious project Castellani Bio and represents a good opportunity in the research on Ciliegiolo grape, a typical variety of Chianti grapes that is giving excellent results also in purity, especially in the vineyards near the Tuscan coast.

    In this regard, our aim concerns the production of a new Ciliegiolo 100% collected according to the canons of the late harvest with a slight drying on the vine.

    We can already say that the first vintage of this wine is producing excellent results. Completed its fermentation in fact, it comes with a excellent structure, a pleasant natural sweetness and an intense color. We are also working on the graphic design of the bottle and we expect to present this novelty at Vinitaly 2014.

     

    2013, Nov 11 · Focus on ·  Share

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Tenuta di Campomaggio

The Campomaggio Estate covers 27 hectares in one of the best areas of Chianti Classico on soils characterized by the dominance of limestone, Galestro and Alberese. The history of the estate dates back to around 1700 when the manor house and the rural village overlooking the entire vineyard were built.

 

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Toscana Bianco IGT - Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia Toscana White is made with Trebbiano Toscano and Chardonnay grapes. Bright colour with greenish reflections. Bouquet, the sweet tropical notes of pineapple and banana are completed by floral fragrances of acacia and hay. Dry and full of character with a pleasant acidity on the palate.

 

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Cippi Pitschen

CHIANTI - We look at wine flowing into a goblet, we see the film it leaves on the glass, we smell its fragrances, some near and pungent, others that seem to come from afar and to carry within themselves perfumes of fruits and spices, we are rapt in its hues of jewels and blood, and we drink it, we savour it, we appreciate it, we toast with it, we make it the occasion for togetherness and smiles, but very seldom we pause to think how that magic liquid, closed in a bottle in front of us, came to be.

 

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An insect which had gone missing…

From the early '900 it hadn't been seen. The only specimen observed and captured until today is in the entomological collection of the University of St. Petersburg and dates back to 1903. It is a tiny insect of the order "Hymenoptera", belonging to the family Braconidae. To be precise, the scientific name of this microscopic animal is Ecclitura primoris Kokujev (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Euphorinae).

 

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