The name Rabaja is synonymous with great Barbaresco. The Alutto family owns a prime two hectares slice of the legendary Barbaresco cru, which is bordered by two other great Rabaja producers, Marchesi di Gresy and Bruno Giacosa. The Alutto’s Rabaja fruit was always the core of the Produttori del Barbaresco’s legendary Rabaja Riserva and in 2004 Lorenzo ‘Renzo’ Alutto decided to bottle his vineyard for himself to show off his spectacular site and Ca’du Rabaja was born. All up the family farms 12 hectares of owned and leased vine- yards producing not only Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto, Barbera, Chardonnay, Mosacto & Arneis.
The man in charge of guiding the great raw material into bottle is ex-Bruno Giacosa chief winemaker, Dante Scaglione. After 16 years at Giacosa, Dante is considered to be one of the giants of traditional winemaking in the Langhe. The top Ca’du Rabaja wines are classics in the best sense with lengthy macerations and long ageing in large old French oak and traditional botti.
The Cresti family has been proprietors of Carpineta Fontalpino vineyard since the 1960’s and traces of the wine making traditions date as far back as the past century. The vineyard is located in the middle of Tuscany, very close to the splendid town of Siena and the historical village of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Locals strive to maintain the unaltered countryside and its traditions intact, proud to be part of such a generous area, which never ceases to surprise.
Gioia is the vineyard’s oenologist and she is responsible for all the production phases, from the wine making to the aging. She literally “picks up” the best grapes so that the whole wine production is imprinted on her own personal style. The vine planted area extends to about 23 hectares in many varieties of specialized vines.
Charles du Roy
The Rapeneau family, owners of La Maison G.H. Martel & Cie, founded in 1869, produces the Champagne Charles du Roy. The family philosophy is an uncompromising commitment to honoring continuing the vineyards winemaking traditions. The goal of the 4th generation of the family is to build on this heritage and secure the reputation as a Champagne family-owned estate.
Years ago it was just wishful thinking, a dream that over time turned into a project, as day by day it was given shape by the Basconcillos family. Today it is a reality with its small winery surrounded by 50 ha of vineyards, its VIÑA MAGNA brand performing excellently in the market and the promising future with the construction of a new winery. From the beginning, Dominio Basconcillos was committed to quality, to that special way of doing things without hurrying and of taking care of the smallest details. And what better example to follow than the vines from which the wine is born, which needs to be planted, shaped, cared for and pampered until it finally gives us its highly valued fruit.
As well as a commitment to quality, to details, the winery’s philosophy is to find the perfect balance between the wine-nature pair. To look for naturalness from the very beginning and work in an ideal environment, an ecological viticulture that respects the earth that gives us its fruits, which pampers the vines using manual labor and natural products. These carefully tended and selected grapes will then be processed in an ecological winery that brings together the aromas and the taste of the grapes with an ageing process that takes place in oak barrels specially selected to respect the fruitiness of our wines. A natural product!
E. Pira & Figli
Chiara Boschis has some six hectares of vines under cultivation in the commune of Barolo, known for producing open, rich wines with great structure. As one of two women winemakers in the Langhe, she is necessarily of unquestionable confidence, determination, patience and charm. She took over the reins at E. Pira e Figli in 1990 with a clear idea of what she wanted to accomplish: to marry the extraordinary power of Barolo with approachability, enticing elegance, and lush, intense aromas. She achieves this goal through strict vineyard management, careful selection, and impeccable vinification techniques: shortened maceration, malolactic fermentation, and aging in barriques. Within the short time she has run the estate, she has quickly proved herself worthy of her peers, regularly garnering points well over 90 points from major international publications for all of her wines. Total annual production is a miniscule 2,000 cases. This is truly a rare gem of an estate.
Steve Pellett and Bridget Ennals established Stanley Estates vineyard in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough after travelling the world. Sharing a passion for adventure, wine, viticulture and environment, they established their boutique vineyard in 2003. The vineyards are located in the north of New Zealand’s South Island, under the cool gaze of Mount Tapuae-O-Uenuku, in Marlborough’s spectacular Awatere Valley, where sunny days and cool nights ripen grapes slowly.
Sustainable viticulture has been the foundation of the vineyard practices since the outset. To them, sustainability is their philosophy and underpins all activities on the vineyard, big or small, each growing season. Their wines reveal the unique character of the region, the minerality, luscious aromatics and tropical fruit flavors, all grown, produced and accredited to Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand standards. Refreshing wines for all occasions, to enjoy after a day of adventure or with friends. Ready to drink now!
Masut da Rive
The Gallo family has been making wine in Isonzo for over 60 years. In the 1970’s, Silvano Gallo redirected the focus of the estate towards quality. In the winery, he instituted the use of stainless steel tanks for fermentation, temperature control to preserve fruit character, and minimal handling of the wines to express terroir. Experimentation with different spacing methods, trellising and clones has translated into wines with riper and more concentrated fruit flavors.
After graduating from the school of Enology in Udine, Silvano’s sons, Fabrizio and Marco, have taken over the vineyard and winemaking responsibilities. With the ideas of a new generation, the estate is competing with the top producers of the region.