Nel vino c'è la verità
"In wine there is truth” This saying is in Latin and not in Italian, but it rightfully enters our collection for at least two reasons: the first is that in Italy, even today, it’s very common in everyday language. This shows once again how wine has always been an important element of the Italian culture, deeply rooted in the history of people and their land.
The Speri Winery, with a story that begins in the first half of the 1800s, has now entered its seventh generation making wine from about 60 hectares of vineyards in the most select Valpolicella Classica areas. The Winery strength has always been, and still is, a matter of teamwork, today engaging three generations – Carlo, Alberto, Giampaolo, Giampietro, Laura, Chiara, Luca and Giuseppe – that manage all stages of production activities, from the vineyard to the bottle.
Vergne, Barolo Italy
The GD Vajra estate is found in Vergne, the highest village of Barolo in north-west Italy, where the vineyards sit at an altitude of up to 400 metres. The estate is named after Giuseppe Domenico Vajra, who founded the estate in 1972, using vineyards that had been in the family since the 1920s, but which were only economically viable to farm once the Italian DOC system was introduced in the 1960s and Barolo's worldwide popularity started to spike.
The Mandrarossa wines are created from the project of land mapping, selection of the vineyards and cultivars that express the finest aspects of the Menfi and Terre Sicane territory. This strip of land, on the south-western coast of Sicily, has the ideal microclimatic conditions for viticulture: intense sunlight, sea breezes, mild temperatures, multiple elevations and exposures to different types of soils, among which the limestone ones with the highest potential.
The history of Silvio Nardi winery is linked to the history of Brunello di Montalcino. Everything started in the fifties, when Silvio Nardi - owner in Altotevere Umbro of one of the first not only Italian companies of agricultural machinery, founded in 1895 - bought the estate of Casale del Bosco in Montalcino. The first "foreigner" to invest in the wine sector in Montalcino, still an unknown country, Silvio Nardi baptizes the first bottle of Brunello from the cellars of Casale del Bosco. Today Tenute Silvio Nardi boasts 36 vineyards in an intact and biologically natural habitat, which is indispensable for the enhancement of each individual terroir.
This prestigious winery was founded by Lodovico Antinori, a man of some pedigree in Tuscany, his aunt having been wife to Marchese Mario, the man who at the Sassicaia estate was responsible for beginning the Super-Tuscan movement. He began as a winemaker in California, but returned to his native homeland in 1981.