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Fine Italian Wines

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Antonio Bennati was born in 1870 in Cazzano di Tramigna, just a few kilometres from Soave. “Toni Recioto”, as he was called in honour of the raisin wine of that name, started ad an early age to produce and sell wine in the famous bottles in straw baskets. He was followed by his son Annibale, who in 1920 established the winery Cantine Bennati. We have been a big winery telling the story of the wines of Valtramigna for more than 140 years.

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The small region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia borders with Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. It is the realm of Italy’s new-style white wine. On this side of the Alps the climate is unique. The land is exposed to the sun and sheltered from the damp cold of northern Europe.

The Azienda Agricola Branko is situated in the D.O.C. area of Collio Goreziano. It is a hilly land with terraced slopes with sandy and marl soil. Here the microclimate is strongly influenced by the crossed currents between the Adriatic sea and the Alpine mountains.

Azienda Agricola Branko started its wine production in 1998 when oenologist Igor Erzetic took over the direction of the winery from his father Branko and named his wines after him.

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Once Franco Ceste had finished his studies in the ‘60s he went to work with his father Guido, as a wine producer.  In the space of a few years, the young Franco purchased numerous pieces of land and planted vines that are still the essence of his production today. Committed, constant and devoted, he dedicated himself to production He started off by expanding his horizons and firstly promoted his wines throughout Piedmont, then further afield until he expanded abroad.

From the early 90s onwards, he established the foundations for an export business, expanding his grape varieties by introducing non autochthonous varieties, experimenting with grafting and late harvests, right up to the present day with a production loyal to the oldest of local traditions.  Those tasting wines from the Ceste Winery will be surprised by the magnificence and sumptuousness of the Barbera d’Alba.

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The activity of the F.lli De Luca starts in 1970 from the passion and love for grapes and vines of Uncle Remo and Papà Nunziato. The 2 hectares of vineyards, implanted and cultivated with great care soon become 22 and are now managed by the competence, professionality and renewed passion of the two brothers Luciano and Remo. The most fertile and fruitful inheritance received from Remo and Nunziato is the great passion for vine growing and the love of their territory which are reflected in the modern and efficient management of the family company which aims at high profile results with ethical procedures.

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The winery was created at the end of the 19th century after a failed experimentation with sericulture (silkworm farming).

The first winery was built in Varano (now part of the Conero National Park) then moved to Pontelungo di Ancona in the proximity of the historic Villa Bonomi. The area is known as “l’Antico Castro Romano di San Silvestro” as it was a fortified town in Roman times.

Mario Marchetti, father of the current owner Dr. Maurizio Marchetti, started bottling the first Rosso Conero in 1968. The DOC Rosso Conero was created in 1967.

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The property of Montepaldi covers an area of about 300 hectares. Besides the Villa Medicea (with the underground wine cellar), it includes the winery, the olive mill, a small village and a few outbuildings.

Villa Montepaldi is a productive winery that uses the benefits of research to enhance the raw materials. Our analysis of the terrain and painstaking care for the vines, together with attention to all phases of the grape transformation are rewarded in the distinctive character of our wines.

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Azienda Agricola Muralia is located in the south of Tuscany, called Maremma, a magic land where the time passes slowly and only the sounds of nature break the silence, the air is clear and the sunsets unforgettable.

Since 1997, Stefano and Chiaradonata Casali, move to Maremma from Milano, and start to live there and cultivate the vineyards.

Now the vineyards stretch over 14 hectares, and the vines are cultivated with a great respect for the land in which grow and the surroundings environment.
The guiding philosophy of the Company is to produce a unique wine minimizing chemical treatments.

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A project with ancient roots and an extraordinarly innovative evolution. For many years at Piandaccoli they engaged to bring back to life the indigenous grapes of Tuscany Renaissence, in order to produce only superior wines. Their mission consist in doing it with the highest quality both in the vineyard and at the winery. At Piandaccoli, people work to achieve excellence hanks to the people who share the enthusiasm and the passion of the founder, Giampaolo Bruni, who, with drive and creativity, started this project in the family Estate. Excellence means respect the terroir, wich implies to be environmental friendly minimizing the use of harmful substances, promoting the presence of antagonistic insects and using as fertilizer only the manure of the stables.

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In one of the highest hills of the Municipality of Gavi stands the Piona winery.
Piona is one of the historical areas of the Cortese vine: its southern exposure, a marl soil and a particular microclimate are ideal characteristics for a reduced grape production but for a quality wine.
The vines are trained in guyot in a current area of 4 hectares and are cultivated with the wisdom of rural tradition, respecting nature and men.
Currently they are produced a Gavi DOCG and a Gavi DOCG del Comune di Gavi

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The organic farm Podere Marcialla is situated on a green Chianti hill halfway between Florence and Siena .

Founded in 2009 by the merger of two small estates of Anichini and Passaponti families that, over 150 years, had been  producing wine and olive oil in the municipalities of Barberino Val d’ Elsa and Certaldo.Silvio Anichini , Giovanni and Maria Pia Passaponti lead the company, 28 hectares, 12 are vineyards and  8 olive groves, with 8 the organic methods certified by ICEA. On 1988 Giovanni took the decision to concentrate on organic farming to respect the environment and traditions with the search for continuous improvement.

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Christ’s cry … the tears shed for a Paradise land laying on Men’s earth. The legend and history of the wine produced by the Sorrentino company intertwine to form a sublime and fascinating story in which the sacred and the profane mix and give life to a magical tale of flavor and faith.
A trail filled with aromas and beliefs, all played around a new Nectar of the Gods.
Lucifer, the angel of Evil, expelled from Heaven, managed to steal a strip of it and bring it with him on Earth, so forming the Gulf of Naples. Pained by this loss, Jesus Christ began to cry, shedding tears upon Mount Vesuvius, and from these sweet tears blossomed the grapevines and grapes of a heavenly taste: Lacryma Christi.

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Franca e Franco Gatteschi were looking for a place in the countryside to retire to, after many years of working in Italy and abroad, when they came across a small, beautiful – albeit run down – property: 100 acres of land, mostly wooded with 10 acres set aside for cultivation, of which 2.5 already had vineyards; a house from the XIX Century, abandoned for more than 40 years; and, above all, a view without equal on the Chianti hills, with Siena in the distance.

They purchased the estate at the beginning of 1990. They also set up a small but well equipped wine cellar to deal with the existing vineyards. The great 1997 vintage, saw the birth of the first “official” wine of Podere Ciona: a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva.

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The Schiena Vini project was started in 1991 by Giuseppe Schiena, born and raised in a family of winegrowers. In 1993 he bought 30 hectares of vineyards in the countryside of Francavilla Fontana, known as the “Land of the Imperials”. After the immediate success of the first wines he wished to invest on production, widening the wine offer and grapes variety. Today the company produces both red and white wines. Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes make red wines with a remarkable structure and aromatic complexity. Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca and Fiano grapes, on the other hand, make white wines with a distinct freshness and minerality. Perfect and fragrant grapes is a must for high quality wines. This is the reason why Schiena’s Estate puts the utmost care and attention into the management of the vineyards.

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