Latest news and new faces at Vinitaly/Villa Alessandri 2016
Latest news and new faces at Vinitaly/Villa Alessandri 2016
The new Marc de Grazia Selections experience at Villa Alessandri was extremely positive!
The producers and the customers were able to work in a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. It was possible to sit or go for a stroll in the lovely park and to have a bite to eat at the buffet. The weather, which was always sunny and warm throughout the four days of the event (10-13 April), contributed to make our experience even better!
All our most important customers (from the USA, Canada, Japan, Czech Republic, Latvia, Ucraine, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, UK, Perù) came to the Villa and were assisted by the Marc de Grazia Selections’ staff from the Florence office and by the staff of deGraziaImports who flew over from the US.
The shuttle bus, that offered a service to and from the Vinitaly fair, ensured that producers and clients could go back and forth from the Villa to the Fair without problem and quickly.
We all then could wind down, have a good time, eat delicious food, taste wonderful wines, at our traditional dinners at Azienda Gini, Azienda Mazzi and at Ristorante Al Ponte!
This new formula was very successful as all the customers and the producers were satisfied: the wine tastings could be conducted in a very professional way, without the noise and confusion of the Vinitaly Fair.
We would like to continue in this direction and repeat this experience in 2017. We will naturally improve the organization further, for example the shuttle bus will leave to and from the Vinitaly Fair every half hour.
We hope to see you all at Villa Alessandri in 2017!
Please read about the main novelties regarding the estates of our portfolio and about our new arrivals as follows:
La Morra (Province of Cuneo)
Fratelli Revello and Carlo Revello & Figli
Starting in 2016 Carlo and Enzo Revello decided to divide their property in two separate estates: each will have 50% of the vineyards so that the vineyard extension of each azienda will be approximately of 7-8 hectares.
Enzo will keep the original homestead and cellar, and will maintain the same name of the estate, “Fratelli Revello”, and the original logo on the labels.
Carlo has purchased a new homestead and cellar in La Morra in the Santa Maria district, his estate will be called “Carlo Revello e Figli” and the logo on the labels will be new.
This decision was mainly taken in order to favour the new generation and also in order to be able to offer a new estate. In fact the sons of Carlo and Enzo, Erik and Simone, have both attended the “Scuola Enologica” of Alba (school of oenology). Elena, the daughter of Enzo, has graduated in foreign languages and is now working at the estate receiving clients and organizing tastings; Niklas, the younger son of Carlo, is studying at the Liceo Scientifico (scientific high school). Erik, Simone, Elena and Niklas are the future of these two estates!
As soon as we receive the details from the Revello brothers, we will update our website and provide you with information in the news section.
Negrar (province of Verona)
Vigneti di Ettore
The estate was established in 1930, but the grapes started being vinified in 2011. Ettore Righetti, the owner and manager, was the Director and President of Cantina di Negrar, a cooperative. Ettore is supported by his grandson Gabriele, who will shortly finish his studies in oenology.
The 5 hectares of vineyards stand on the hills of Negrar, within the Valpolicella Classica zone, at an altitude between 250 and 400 meters above sea level. The vineyards are divided into two plots, on the western slope and on the eastern slope of the valley of Negrar, one with a south-west exposure and one with a south-east exposure. The soil is quite varied: alluvial, basaltic tuff of volcanic origin and clayey. All the soils are skeletal, a characteristic that makes the wines very flavourful, fresh and elegant. The vineyards are planted with the traditional and indigenous varieties of Valpolicella: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Croatina, Molinara, Pelara, Oseleta. The vines are between 15 and 40 years old.
The total average production is 40,000 bottles and the complete range of Valpolicella wines is produced: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Valpolicella Classico DOC, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC. A Rosso Veronese IGT - a blend of 60% Corvina , 30% Croatina, 10% Rondinella – completes the range.
The harvest is carried out by hand, the grapes are placed in boxes of a capacity of 6.5 kilograms. At first the grapes for Valpolicella Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto are picked, then the grapes for Valpolicella and the Rosso Veronese are picked.
The vineyard management is strictly environment friendly and the estate is practicing organic.
The aim of this estate is to produce “classical” wines that can express the character of these indigenous varieties and of this very special zone. Therefore, the practices in the cellar are not invasive with a very careful use of wood. Ettore and Gabriele prefer wines that are fresh, with a right amount of acidity which makes them pleasant to drink and able to age for a long time. They like clean, well balanced and elegant wines.
You can find extensive information on our website:
Bolgheri (province of Livorno)
Casa di Terra
Fattoria Casa di Terra is a family run estate in the heart of Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast (Maremma).
The Fattoria was purchased in 1956 when the grandparents of the present owners, Gessica and Giuliano Frollani, moved to Maremma from the Marche.
At first mainly fruit trees and vegetables were grown, as in most of the local farms, then in the 1990s vineyards gradually started being planted reaching 45 hectares (33 of which are within the Bolgheri DOC appellation) from the initial 3 hectares. The present vineyards were planted in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011 and 2013. Vineyards for an extension of 12 hectares were planted in the area of Cecina (a nearby town on the coast) in 2006 and in 2007. An additional 3.5 hectares are being planted at the moment. The grape varieties are mainly French, typical of Bolgheri: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Rebo (a cross between Merlot and Teroldego), Vermentino, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
The management of the owners Giuliano and Gessica, brother and sister, is truly “hands on”. Giuliano worked for many years as a farm contractor for the neighbouring estates and he directly follows all the agricultural operations in the vineyards and the cellar. Gessica, who was a professional football player in the Italian “serie A” (premier league), follows the administration. The staff is young and very motivated. Diego Mugnaini is the on-premise oenologist and agronomist. Diego has worked with the well known oenologist Alberto Antonini and has had experience abroad in Australia and in New Zealand. Emiliano Falsini, who consults for other estates of our portfolio, is the consultant oenologist. Stefania Brunetti and Alberto Rossi, previously employed by one of the largest Tuscan estates, follow the marketing issues.
The vineyards are kept as a garden. In one area of the property, the rows of vineyards are perpendicular to the coast and divided by rows of olive trees, a really beautiful sight! Specific vegetation is sown on most of the aisles and no herbicides are used. Viticulture is strictly sustainable. The vine training system is cordon spur. The soil is typical of Bolgheri: sandy-clayey, clayey with pebbles, red ferrous clay with sand.
The new and modern 7,500 square meter cellar is built following eco-sustainable principles and it is designed so to blend in the landscape. There is a lot of glass in order to use natural light and the colours are soft brown and greys as the soil of Maremma. The cellar is equipped with 107 steel vats and with 400 French oak barriques that are gradually being substituted with tonneaux. The practices in the cellar are aimed at keeping the integrity of the wines as much as possible and the fermentation of the reds is spontaneous.
The wines are Bolgheri DOC Rosso, Bianco and Rosato and IGT/proprietary wines. The classical wine of the estate is Bolgheri Rosso DOC Moreccio (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah) which was included amongst the best 100 wines in the world by Wine Spectator with the 2007 vintage. The Vermentino Bolgheri DOC is mineral, elegant and extremely pleasant, Bolgheri DOC Mosaico (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) shows how well these French varieties have adapted to this beautiful Tuscan terroir. The total average production is 350,000 bottles/year:
The philosophy of the estate is to produce elegant and drinkable wines that are accessible to the professional and private customer alike.
You can find extensive information on our website:
Cinigiano (province of Grosseto)
Azienda Agraria Salustri Leonardo
Azienda Agraria Salustri Marco
The wines of these two estates are remarkable, they are elegant and with a lot of personality.
They are the combination of a very special microclimate and soil composition, of strictly natural practices in the vineyard and in the cellar, which also respect the tradition of the Tuscan Maremma and of three generation of the Salustri family, together with unique grape clones and naturally together with the hard work and dedication of the owners, Leonardo and Marco Salustri, entrepreneurs and father and son.
These two estates are in the heart of Tuscan Maremma on the slopes of Monte Amiata near the medieval town of Cinigiano, and between Montalcino (the estates are just 15 kilometers from Montalcino) and Scansano. The vineyards are all within the Montecucco DOC appellation except for 2 hectares of Vermentino vineyards that stand within the province of Massa Carrara.
The hills of Poggi del Sasso, where the vineyards of the two estates stand, have a particularly favourable microclimate for viticulture, due to the altitude (400 metres above sea level) and to the sea breezes (the coast is just 25 kilometres away), due to the concentrated sun on the top of these hills and due to the composition of the soil. In fact this area is ideal for organic farming, as there are very few problems with disease and pests. The Salustri family has used environment friendly practices for three generations and Leonardo and Marco only perfected them. Both these estates are certified organic.
Furthermore, the DOC Montecucco was established in 1998 by Leonardo Salustri together with another estate.
The clones of Sangiovese, Vermentino and Ciliegiolo have been selected in the old vineyards of the estates with the collaboration of the University of Pisa and have been classified, by the University, as “Salustri biotypes”.
Leonardo and Marco Salustri manage the estates directly, without consultants, following the tradition of Maremma and of their family.
The grapes are monitored closely throughout the vegetative cycle and strict green harvest is carried out so that the grape yield here is one of the lowest in Tuscany (4.5 tons/hectare).
The clusters are selected carefully during harvest so that only the best grapes are vinified.
The cellar, utilised by both estates, was built in 1996 and enlarged in 2006 and it is equipped with steel vats with temperature control and with oak casks of a capacity over 22 hectolitres.
The practices in the cellar follow a minimum handling philosophy, no chemical products are added to the wine, wines are stabilized through decantation and the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are spontaneous. The wines mature in large oak casks (25-50 hectolitre capacity).
Azienda Agraria Salustri Leonardo (owned by Leonardo Salustri)
The estate was established at the beginning of the 1900s, but viticulture started being the main activity in the 1960s. The first bottling was in 1996.
The vineyard extension is 20 hectares grown with Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Vermentino. The age of the vineyards ranges from 16 to 70 years. The composition of the soils is sandstone and limestone, the exposure is south/west and south/east. The altitude is 400 meters above sea level.
The estate is certified organic since 1994.
The average total production is 100,000 bottles/year.
The range of wines of this estate consists of:
- Marleo – Montecucco Rosso DOC (90% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo – matured for 10 months in oak casks)
- Santa Marta – Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG (100% Sangiovese – matured for 18 months in oak casks)
- Grotte Rosse – Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG (100% Sangiovese – matured for 18 months in oak casks)
- Narà – IGT Toscana Vermentino (100% Vermentino – vinified and matured in steel) produced from two hectares of vineyards in the province of Massa Carrara (northern Tuscany).
Azienda Agraria Salustri Marco (owned by Marco Salustri)
After many years working in the family business, Marco decided to establish his own estate in 2010 and to develop a project to value the indigenous grape varieties of the area.
The vineyards stand on the hills of Poggi del Sasso and extend for 7 hectares. The grape varieties planted are mainly Ciliegiolo together with a small quantity of Sangiovese. The age of the vines is from 7 to 50 years. The altitude is 400 meters above sea level, the exposure is south/east. The composition of the soil is sandstone.
The estate is certified organic since 2012.
The main wine, an IGT/proprietary wine called “L’Ideale”, is exclusively made with Ciliegiolo. This wine is vinified in steel and it matures in oak casks of a capacity of 22 hectolitres for 6 months.
The total annual production is at present 25,000 bottles/year, but Marco would like to increase it to 40,000 bottles/year.
More information on these two estates will soon be available on our website.