South Tyrol, IT
Located at the postcard-like hillside vineyards in South Tyrol, the winery Maso Thaler is the realisation of a project that the Motta family had dreamt of over twenty years ago. This dream came true with the decision to leave Rome and move to this wonderful place to follow their passion of winemaking. The growing of the vines and the winemaking are completely carried out by the family in an artisanal style. The peculiar orientation of the vineyards allows the grapes to reach perfect ripeness, while their acidity guarantees freshness, flavorfulness and long life to the wines.
Since five generations, the Chiesa Family proudly runs their vineyards and the winery
in Santo Stefano Roero. Nowadays, Carlo, together with the rest of the family, takes care
of the prestigious heredity. Sustainable rhythms, respect for the territory, experience and experimentation are the core values that
allow the Chiesa family to produce a wide range of high quality wines – both DOC and DOCG.
The Brandolini family's winemaking history dates back to 1873, when Carlo Brandolini founded the winery . Nowadays, Alessio, Carlo's grandson is taking care of the vineyards and winemaking, with utmost care and enthusiasm. Being a member of the FIVI (Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers), the philosophy of Alessio Brandolini as the winery is based not only on quality but also on minimum intervention and sustainable winemaking.
Francesco Cirelli's philosophy of winemaking is based on the constant pursuit of quality and sustainability. Respecting the environment in every phase of winemaking, Cirelli does not use any substance that conflicts with his ideas of organic farming. Besides having a line of wines made in steel tanks (La Collina Biologica), the winery also uses their very special amphora containers of terracota –– which is actually a 7000-years-old tradition that dates back to ancient times of winemaking. Here are some of Cirelli's words, which we think explains his biggest passion quite well: “When I make wine, I imagine I am an alchemist preparing a magic potion. An antidote to misery, a balm for healing old wounds, a drink that makes us forgive but not forget.”
The winemaking history of the family Scala dates back to the 17th century! Always devoted to the grape-growing and the production of elegant and well-balanced Cirò wines, Scala Winery focuses mainly on the excellency of the final product – a distinguished Calabrian wine – instead of the quantity of bottling. Almost all of their production is made out of the native grapes of Calabria. When the peculiar clay and sandy soil structure in the vineyards combines together with Scala's special winemaking techniques, the result is wines with delicacy and authenticity.
Located in the heart of the classic Valpolicella, nestled in the hills of Valgatara, Agricola Cottini is a family-owned winery with a rich and long history which provides the knowledge of how to turn tradition into value.
As life-long wine producers, Sergio and his children, Giorgio, Laura, Michele and Bruno, continue their legacy of applying experience and passion. Personally involved in each phase of grape cultivation and production, the family holds true to the artisan style, both in the vineyards as well as in the wine cellar.
The Cottini family recently took over the Estate “Tenuta la Falcona”, continues managing both vineries with utmost passion and care.
DOMAINE DE MAJAS
Located between the Fenouillèdes valley and the Pyrenees, Domaine de Majas is a small-batch winery, owned by the winemaking couple Alain and Agnès Carrere. Taking over the vineyards that already belonged to their grandfather, Alain and Agnès adopted organic agriculture as part of their winemaking. Thanks to the well-ventilated vineyards during summer, their wines reflect the hint of minerality and a pleasant freshness rarely found in this region. Fun fact: the South African cult winemaker Tom Lubbe (Domaine Matassa) advised the winery during their organic winemaking process.
Courageous choices, vision, connection to the territory. The biodynamic winery is managed by 3 good friends who describe SETTE as follows: “SETTE is Gianluca, an oenologist and winemaker in the Langhe area . SETTE is Gregorio, a lawyer and winemaker in Monforte d’Alba. SETTE is Gino, a wizard in the world of wine. SETTE is a splendid vineyard in Nizza Monferrato, with five and a half hectares of vines aged between 20 and 75 years. SETTE is the creative ferment boiling up in each one of us. It’s an aspiration to explore new roads, the excitement of a new challenge and the desire to move into a new area and make our contribution to it. SETTE is our thoughts, ideas and discussions. SETTE is all this rolled into one, and it’s probably much more besides”.
ZANOTTO COL FONDO
Riccardo is a "Prosecco lover" and this is what drives him everyday in chasing the way to make his best version of Prosecco, mixing tradition and vision towards the future. His words tell it all:
“I have my own idea of what a Prosecco should tell.
Whoever drinks one of my bottles should find in it the stories of the past, the scent that made me fall in love with it and that peculiar personality that distinguishes me because it’s witness of a particular territory.
It was necessary to do some research, discover the right combination of grape, soil, technique, tradition and timings…It was more like being tailors than farmers, more selectors than producers.
And this is what I became in the course of the years, a tailor that selects quality, taste and tradition”
The Immich Family has been shaping viticulture on the Mosel since 1425. The Immich Batterieberg vineyard, one of the oldest Moselle wineries, was first mentioned in 908 AD, albeit under a different name. The name-giving "Batterieberg" was shaped into a vineyard in the 19th century by the founding family with the help of blasting batteries. The Riesling comes across as powerful and mineral, highly concentrated and elegant. The soil on grey to red slate produces powerful Rieslings with a soft structure and delicate spiciness. The oenologist Gernot Kollmann produces well-thought-out, sustainable Rieslings without the use of pure yeasts, protein stabilisation, and clarification aids. The wines are fermented spontaneously and matured almost uncontrolled, which results in Rieslings with delicate finesse and silky structure.
Performing biodynamic cultivation since 2015, Cyril Jeaunaux is the third generation winegrower here, working together with his wife Clémence in this beautiful winery. Jeaunaux-Robin is in the village called Tallus Les Prix, located in the far south of the Côte des Blancs. The Champagne region here still remains quite rural, without the overwhelming impact of luxury and jet set. The Pinot Meunier, which is the dominated grape here, is best equipped against the cool air coming from the surrounding hills. Cyril and Clémence are dedicated to create individual and honest champagnes, which combine animating acidity, minerality and drinkability.
DOMAINE ALBERT MANN
It is almost 400 years since the families Barthelmé and Mann started growing wine. Today, the family estate is being run by the brothers Maurice and Jacky Barthelmé and their wives Marie-Claire and Marie-Thérèse. Their winery is located in the heart of Alsace, a few kilometres south of Colmar. The Domaine makes terroir-specific wines full of character and unique minerality. Besides the classic white grape varieties of Alsace, this independent winery also make a truly sophisticated Crémant.