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Arnaldo Capri

Supplier/Importer: Wilson Daniels

Region: Umbria, Italy

Appellation: Montefalco

 

 

The family operation began in 1971 when textiles entrepreneur Arnaldo Caprai purchased 12.5 acres in Montefalco. In 1988, ownership passed on to Arnaldo’s son, Marco, who began the project to cultivate the promotion of the grape that has been growing in the Montefalco region for more than 400 years: Sagrantino. Today, the winery is the leading producer of top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine produced exclusively from this native variety. In addition to their commitment to quality, Arnaldo Caprai is recognized for its dedication to environmental, economic and social sustainability, as well as being champions for the wines of Umbria.

 

 
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Buglioni

Supplier/Importer: Wilson Daniels

Region: Veneto, Italy

Appellation: Valpolicella

 

 

The Buglioni family has been making wine since 1993, when they purchased an old farmhouse surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in Corrubbio di San Pietro in Cariano in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region. Buglioni’s aim is to produce wine that is known not only for its quality but also as a true expression of its origins; wine with a distinct personality that is grounded in respect for the environment and for local winemaking traditions; wine that will show its true character as it ages over time.

History

In June 1993, Alfredo Buglioni purchased an old farmhouse surrounded by 3.89 hectares (9.6 acres) of vineyards and 2 hectares (4.9 acres) of olive groves in Valpolicella Classico, northwest of Verona, Italy. Alfredo, his wife, Gabriella, son Mariano, and Mariano’s family, had been living in a larger village, and were ready to move to the more-relaxing countryside in Corrubbio di San Pietro in Cariano, one of five villages that comprise the Valpolicella Classico region. After only two months in the Buglionis’ new home, and without any knowledge of how to prune, harvest or store the precious wine grapes surrounding their farmhouse, the vineyards were ready to be harvested. Initially, each vintage was a joyous event shared with friends and collaborators, but soon the Buglionis’ vision and passion allowed them to dream that they could become “real” winemakers.

In 2000 — after renovating the farmhouse and its underground cellars — the Buglionis turned to the prestigious Oenology Institute of San Michele all’Adiage in Trento, Italy, to find a young enologist to join them in their new adventure as wine producers. Diego Bertoni took up the challenge and is still their enologist today.

Valpolicella Classico

Valpolicella Classico is part of the larger Veneto wine region in northeastern Italy. It was the original Valpolicella region until it was given DOC status in 1968. Valpolicella Classico is located east of Lake Garda, and bordered to the north by the Monti Lessini foothills; because of this, some of the region’s vineyards are at elevations ranging from 150 to 700 meters (500 to 2,300 feet); other vineyards in the region are located on fertile plains. Valpolicella Classico’s climate is generally mild and temperate.

Vineyards

Today, Buglioni own 36 hectares (89 acres) of vines planted to the traditional indigenous varieties of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, Oseleta, Croatina and Garganega. The 14 hectares (34.6 acres) of vineyards planted near the winery are trained using the double pergola system, while the remaining vineyards in Sant’Ambrogio and San Pietro in Cariano are trained using the guyot system. The lightly textured, gravelly, dark alluvial soil, meticulous vine pruning, and scrupulous control techniques Buglioni employs ensure the production of high-quality grapes.

All grapes are hand-harvested late September into early October and only 40 percent of the harvested grapes are used to produce Buglioni’s wines. A portion of the grapes are carefully selected and left to dry until late January in a winery in San Pietro in Cariano; these grapes are used to produce the most full-bodied and intense wines in the Buglioni portfolio — L’Amarone, Il Bugiardo and Il Recioto. The remaining grapes are brought immediately to the winery in Corrubbio di San Pietro in Cariano for vinification. The cellar is divided into two areas:  the first is where grapes are received, stocked, processed and the wine is bottled. The second room — quiet and protected — is where the wines are aged in small barrels and then left to mature slowly in bottle.

Vinification

According to winemaker Diego Bertoni, wine needs time to fully express itself; for this reason, Buglioniprefers that its wines are aged for a longer period of time in oak barrels or barriques, according to the potential of the grape — the oak cannot be intrusive, but is present to add complexity to the wine.

 
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Cantina del Pino

Supplier/Importer: Tenzing Imports

Region: PiedmontItaly

Appellation: Barbaresco

 

 

Cantina del Pino has some of the oldest vineyards in Barbaresco. The vineyards were established nearly a hundred years ago by the former director of the Royal Enological School in Alba, Domizio Cavazza, who first called wine produced in that area from Nebbiolo grapes Barbaresco. The company is named after a pine tree he planted to mark the birth of his first son, and while his family did not take up the business after he died, the Vacca family who took over after him have maintained it ever since, now on their fourth generation.

The Vineyards and winery are all family-managed. Nebbiolo grapes come from the younger vines of the Ovello and Albesani vineyards, two of the best sites of Barbaresco. Barbera and Dolcetto come from surrounding areas in the Piedmont and Langhe and are vinified differently than the Barbarescos. Cantina del Pino produces three Barbarescos, a Langhe Nebbiolo, a Barbera d’Alba, and a Dolcetto d’Alba, as well as a Langhe Freisa. No chemical fertilizers, and vineyards are managed with an extreme respect to the enviroment. Vines average 40 years old. Wines are neither fined nor filtered.

Today, the estate is managed by the fourth generation winemaker Renato Vacca, although his parents, aunts, uncles and friends all help with production.  Until 1997, their grapes were entirely sold to the Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative; Renatto’s better known cousin, Aldo Vacca, manages the Produttori del Barbaresco.  Renatto Vacca now produces his own wine.  He sees his methods of minimalist intervention as the key to producing wines that reflect the terroir.

 
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Castello di Volpaia

Supplier/Importer: Wilson Daniels

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Appellation: Chianti Classico

 

 

The hilltop village of Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence-Siena border. Its medieval layout and buildings are still intact and part of the original outside walls and two of its six towers are still standing, making Volpaia one of the best-preserved walled villages of its period. Nine centuries after Volpaia was built, Raffaello Stianti purchased a portion of the estate in 1966 and when his adored his daughter, Giovannella, married Carlo Mascheroni in 1972 he presented them with the estate as a wedding gift. Today, the couple is joined by their two children, Nicolo and Federica, and the family is considered one of Italy’s leaders in organic viticulture and farming. In 2008 the family unveiled its second organically farmed venture, Prelius, on Tuscany’s gold coast.

 
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Ciacci Piccolomini

Supplier/Importer: Indigenous

Region: Tuscany

Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino

 

 

The origin of the Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate dates back to the 17th century.  Located in southeastern Montalcino in the beautiful village of Castelnuovo del Abate, it has breathtaking views of the Orcia valley and Mount Amiata.  The oldest part of the property is the Palazzo (meaning Palace), erected by Montalcino's bishop, Fabivs de Vecchis, Abbot of Sant Antimo Abbey. 
Over the course of time, the Palazzo became the property of the Montalcino diocese and was auctioned according to Italian law regarding ecclesiastic property.

In 1877, Francesco Ciacci, head of a Castelnuovo-based family, purchased the property from the Church.  In the mid-1900s, the historical “Palazzo del Vescovo” became known as the Palazzo Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona after the marriage between count Alberto Piccolomini d’Aragona, a direct descendent of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pope Pius II), and Elda Ciacci.

Today, the Bianchini family owns the Estate.  Guiseppe Bianchini managed the farm for the Countess Ciacci Piccolomini.  He lived on the land with his family and oversaw the day-to-day operations of food and wine production.  His children were born on the Estate, and grew up in the vineyards and olive groves with their father.  Guiseppe was willed the property in 1985, when the Countess passed without any heirs.  Prior to this, the farm made wines for personal and local consumption.  The Countess was never interested in making Brunello for the larger market.  However, it had always been a dream of Guiseppe's to produce great Brunello.  After selling a portion of the Estate to pay for inheritance taxes, he set about farming the most perfectly situated plots of land for classic Brunello production.

Guiseppe passed in 2004.  His children, Paolo and Lucia, continue to farm the land with great care and incredible results.  Of the 200 hectares in Montalcino, 40 are planted to vine.  They farm organically, without the use of chemicals or pesticides.  Nestled at the base of Mount Amiata, the terroir is moderated by proximity to the volcano and the Orcia River.  This extends the growing season and, coupled with the well-drained, rocky soils, leads to wines of great finesse, balance and longevity.  Like many of the great producers of Italy, Paolo and Lucia are modern in the vineyards, favoring low yields, using cover crops and working the vines manually.  In the cellar, the Sangiovese-based wines are classically styled, employing large oak and cement with wonderful results.  The wines are quintessential expressions of place and the nobility of Sangiovese.

Of course Ciacci is best known for their eponymous single-vineyard Brunello, Pianrosso.   One of the most noteworthy crus of Montalcino, the wine is a force, with great power, depth, and elegance.  Made only in the best vintages is the Riserva; bottling of Pianrosso. The vintage Brunello is from entirely Estate vines, and is one of the best values in Brunello today.  A classic expression of both Montalcino and Ciacci, the wine combines grace and power with a lovely drinkability. 

Ciacci Rosso di Montalcino is a textbook example of great Sangiovese and baby Brunello. It is pure and focused with complexity and immediacy.  The integrity of the wine is unquestionable.  Ciacci also crafts a tremendous little IGT Rosso that offers unparalleled value.  85% Sangiovese with a balance of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, it is a perfect everyday wine.

 

 
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Contratto

Supplier/Importer: Indigenous

Region: Piedmont

Appellation: Alta Langa

 

 

Giuseppe Contratto founded Contratto in 1867. This beautiful Estate was in the family's hands for 126 years. In 1993, Carlo Bocchino purchased the property. The historical cellars underwent substantial renovations. In 2011, Giorgio Rivetti and the team of La Spinetta were able to take ownership of this understated jewel with the goal of reviving Contratto to its former glory. The winery has a long, distinguished history. Contratto is the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Italy. In fact the 1919 Contratto Extra Brut was the first vintage "Metodo Classico" sparkling wine ever made in the country!

At the turn of the 20th century, Contratto's wines were one of the premier sources of sparkling wine in Royal houses around the world. Contratto was the personal supplier to the Vatican, as well as the Italian royal family. The historical Estate has breathtaking cellars carved into the tuff limestone hillside that protects the small town of Canelli. These cathedral cellars are among the finest of their kind, excavated at a depth of 32 meters. The cellars maintain a constant annual temperature of 13°C and sufficient natural humidity. This ideal environment for bottle fermentation and maturation helps Contratto to craft wines of purity and complexity. Over the course of its 150 year history of winemaking, Contratto has produced Moscato, Barolo, Spumante Metodo Classico, Vermouths, Tonics, Bitters, Gin, Whiskey and more!

Today, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Contratto produces only traditional method sparkling wine and selected spirits under the watchful eye of Giorgio Rivetti, and his talented son, Andrea. While La Spinetta has only owned the Estate since Spring 2011, Giorgio and Andrea have been secretly making the Metodo Classico wines since 2007 with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from Oltrepo Pavese. Thus, the inaugural releases of Contratto Metodo Classico are all the products of this talented father-son team. 

Currently the Estate is investing in land and the creation of new vineyards in Alta Langa, near the town of Bossolasco. Giorgio Rivetti acquired 45 acres of southern exposure hillside in order to plant Pinot Noir at 720 m above sea level. With the existing 33 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards around Canelli and Loazzolo and the new Pinot Noir plantings, Contratto from 2017 vintage onwards, will produce sparkling wines from 100% Estate grown fruit only. 

The future apellation of the wines will then be Alta Langa DOC.

Contratto Spirits

The first Contratto Vermouth recipes date back to the 1890s when herbs and spices were used to cover "off tastes" or oxidized wines. At that time nobody dared to throw away wine and the herbal infusion would cover any unpleasant tastes. 

In the 1920s Vermouth production increased, still a lot of oxidized wine was being used as the base wine, but recipes were modified for a fresher taste. Most of the Vermouth was exported and this type of spirit became the "in" drink of the time. Contratto Vermouth di Torino became very popular in the 1930s with the winery's annual production totaling 100,000 bottles. 

After World War II the popularity of Vermouth diminished albeit it was still consumed in Europe and overseas. In the 1960s Vermouth went out of fashion, especially in Italy, and the Contrattos decided to cease the production entirely.

With the revival of classic spirits and a booming cocktail scene, Contratto is reintroducing three historic Vermouth products that embrace old tradition and modern demand, Contratto Vermouth Bianco, Vermouth Rosso and Americano Rosso. Using Cortese, an indigenous white grape variety, as the base the wine is being infused with 30 to 50 organic premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds and then fortified with Italian brandy. This traditional process is used to create a sophisticated elixir that is complex, fresh, exciting and well balanced between Asian medicinal herbs, Italian spices and citrus fruit. These are boutique aperitifs that will make any Vermouth or Americano based cocktail an exceptional experience.

Together with the reintroduction of the Vermouths, Contratto also launched a Fernet that is based on the original recipe. Fernet is an aromatic spirit created using a secret recipe from 1920. Myrth, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron are just a few of the intense aromas and flavors to be discovered in this classic digestif. Today you will find this award winning, artisanal liqueur blended into pre-prohibition cocktails at the world’s finest bars.
 

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The newest additions to the Contratto Spirits line are the Aperitif and Bitter, Contratto's artisanal and 100% natural version of a Campari and Aperol. Both products are based on CONTRATTO recipes from 1933 and 1935 and signify the use of top quality, natural herbs and spices, Italian alcohol and vegetable juice extracts for natural coloring. A cold maceration extracts flavors carefully and ensures top quality products. While the Aperitif with only 13.5% alcohol and mixed as a spritz with sparkling wine or soda water is an ideal before dinner drink, the Bitter with 22% alcohol is the high end and natural alternative for Campari in famous cocktails 

 
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Elvio Cogno

Supplier/Importer: Wilson Daniels

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Appellation: Barolo

 

 

The Cogno family has been making wine for four generations in Piedmont. In 1990, Elvio Cogno left a long and fruitful partnership with the venerable Barolo producer Marcarini at La Morra and bought a splendid, historic 18th-century farmhouse on the top of Bricco Ravera, a hill near Novello in the Langhe area. (Novello is one of the 11 communes in which Barolo is produced.) The farm was surrounded by 11 hectares (27.18 acres) of steeply sloped vineyards. Elvio restored the manor, converted the old granaries to wine cellars and founded his eponymous winery. For the next 20 years he devoted himself to the winemaking traditions handed down to him by his father and grandfather.

Elvio, in turn, has now passed the torch to his daughter, Nadia, and her husband, Valter Fissore, who has worked beside Elvio for 25 years. Following in the footsteps of Elvio the maestro, Elvio Cogno winery continues to produce elegant wines without altering the traditions, styles and flavors of the Langhe, with its breathtaking quilted landscape and unique grape varieties.

Today, co-owner and winemaker Valter oversees a total production of nearly 7,000 cases of 11 Elvio Cogno estate wines. These wines include four Barolo DOCGs: Cascina Nuova, Ravera, Bricco Pernice and Vigna Elena Riserva; two Barbera d’Alba DOCs: Bricco dei Merli and Pre-Phylloxera; Bordini Barbaresco DOCG; Montegrilli Nebbiolo Langhe DOC; Anas-Cëtta Nascetta di Novello Langhe DOC; Dolcetto d’Alba DOC; and Moscato d’Asti DOCG.

These wines are produced from the meticulously groomed vineyards on the slopes that surround the hilltop winery. Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno cultivate indigenous varieties — Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Nascetta — with organic vineyard practices, low yields per hectare and respect for the natural balance of the vine. Valter describes his wines as “precise and pure,” and says they are meant to evoke emotions to be remembered and a sense of place, born of this remarkable site.

Elvio Cogno wines are of the highest caliber produced in Langhe. They are well-known and consistently well received by critics both in Europe and the United States. Antonio Galloni, founder of Vinous Media, states, “the truth is that all of the wines in the estate’s lineup are fabulous from top to bottom… Elvio Cogno (is) one of Barolo’s leading estates.” Elvio Cogno has been named “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine for four of the past six years. Jancis Robinson characterizes the 2006 Vigna Elena Riserva as having “near perfect balance.” The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner describes the wine as “truly stunning.”

 
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La Spinetta

Supplier/Importer: Indigenous

Region: Piedmont

Appellation: Barbaresco, Langhe, Tuscany

 

 

Giorgio Rivetti's magic touch with Moscato, Barbera, Nebbiolo and, more recently, Sangiovese, Colorino, Vermentino and Sangiovese Rose has taken the wine world by storm. He produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that command the attention of wine critics and consumers alike, year-in and year-out; their lushness, concentration, aromatics and length are unrivaled. Giorgio's speedy ascent, from Moscato producer in the 1970's, to venerated Barbaresco and Barolo vigneron today, is studded with success.

The genius of La Spinetta encompasses a vast array of great wines, all boasting an inimitably approachable and voluptuous style. From Moscato to Nebbiolo to Sangiovese, whatever Giorgio touches turns to gold. His pioneering single-vineyard Barberas and Barbera/Nebbiolo blend Pin are considered to be the best of the Langhe. His Barbarescos and Barolo are at the very top of their category. In fact LA SPINETTA's wines are among Italy's most celebrated, as the winery has attained the coveted "Tre-Bicchieri" award for more than 30 of their wines throughout their relatively short career. Let it never be said, however, that the greatness of La Spinetta is inaccessible to the average consumer; from the longtime favorite Barbera d'Asti "Ca' di Pian," featured in numerous magazines as a Best Value, to the Langhe Nebbiolo, a bottling of young-vine fruit from the famed Starderi vineyard in Barbaresco, La Spinetta offers incredible opportunities to experience the beauty of La Spinetta's best crus at a fraction of the cost.

 

The Campè winery in Grinzane Cavour was established on the 8 hectares of Nebbiolo vineyards of the same name and represents the evolution of the LA SPINETTA production in respect to the great red wines of Piedmont. Though the vineyard is situated in an area that is less well-known for Barolo production, the soil, vineyard exposure and microclimate are extraordinary. The average age of the vines in the Campè vineyard is 45-60 years. Barolo Campè is vinfied from the grapes coming from the upper part of the vineyard, while Barolo Garretti is produced from Nebbiolo planted in the lower portion.

LA SPINETTA purchased the 8 hectares of vineyard in 2000 and less than 3 years later, in 2003, the new, state-of-the-art Barolo cellar was finished. In addition to our Barolo wines, our Barbera d’Alba Gallina and Langhe Nebbiolo are also produced here.

The very best selection of Barolo Campè is bottled exclusively in magnum and released as a Riserva, 10 years after harvest. The grapes for the Riserva Magnum come from the finest part of the Campè vineyard, in the upper center, where the vines not only get the best sun exposure, but also where all work is carried out without the use of tractors. Workers tend the vineyard on foot and manually and twice-a-year plowing is carried out by Giorgio and one of his work horses, either Morro or Pipo.

 

LA SPINETTA Castagnole is our original cellar, located in the Asti area northwest of Alba. Surrounded by 70 hectares of Moscato and Barbera d'Asti vineyards, this is the place where LA SPINETTA was founded in 1977.

The Rivettis remodeled and expanded the cellar and winery in the mid-1980s. Though more modern in style, cathedral ceilings and an open space characterize the impressive barrique cellar. The original barrel room was once used as the tasting room, but a new space was added in 2010. 

Today our Castagnole Lanze cellar is the heart of our Moscato, Barbaresco and Barbera Cà di Pian production, though we also vinify our two white wines, Lidia Chardonnay and Langhe Bianco, Pin and Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo here.

Giorgio Rivetti: “We are farmers, says Giorgio, that means first and foremost, we respect the land by not using chemical fertilizers, pescticides or herbicides and we do not over-produce. We work with our hands and our head. This is the only way I know how to make wine.” Giorgio recounts his first vintage of Barbaresco in 1995: “The other Barbaresco producers came over very concerned as they couldn’t believe how few grapes we had left on the vines; they thought we were crazy and throwing away money. I knew from the start, the kind of quality that I wanted in all of our wines. And nothing has changed since.” 

 

 
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Casanova della Spinetta - Tuscany

Supplier/Importer: Indigenous

Region: Piedmont

Appellation: Tuscany

 

 

How did the Rivettis end up in Tuscany? An Estate of these dimensions was never actually planned. Fifteen years ago, the Rivetti brothers would not have dreamed of one day running such a large and important winery in Tuscany. However, when one Domino falls, the others follow and the movement is difficult to stop… 

The first piece was tipped over by Giorgio Rivetti and his philosophy of producing wine from exclusively indigenous varieties. Giorgio severely criticized his Tuscan winemaking colleagues, not understanding why producers were ripping out beautiful old Sangiovese vineyards in order to make space for young Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, an action mostly directed toward serving a global taste market. These discussions frequently ended in verbal altercations, and during one such disagreement a certain Tuscan producer challenged Giorgio -- instead of just talking and criticizing, perhaps it was time, he said, that Giorgio tried to make some good Sangiovese himself. Doing so, Giorgio would then realize that it was not so easy. Giorgio accepted the challenge. Once agreed, Giorgio felt that there was no going back. Therefore, he immediately started looking for old Sangiovese vineyards in the area of Pisa.

The 2001, Sezzana was the result of this challenge. After the acquisition of a Cru vineyard near Casciana Terme, the grapes were then transported in refrigerated trucks to the Castagnole Lanze winery in Piedmont and 10,000 bottles of Sezzana 2001 were made.

With the success of this wine, it was agreed that La Spinetta had indeed met the challenge. At the time, however, nobody was aware that a friend of the Rivettis living in Tuscany, Gabriele, was continuing the search for additional Sangiovese vineyards. In 2002, Gabriele offered the Rivetti brothers the opportunity to purchase another Sangiovese Cru vineyard, Sassontino near Terricciola (Casanova). This Cru also had beautiful old Sangiovese vines, undoubtedly excellent for producing another first-rate single vineyard wine. In addition to the vineyard, the owner was looking to sell 50 hectares of land. The price of the land seemed very reasonable, especially since the Rivettis were used to prices in Piedmont, and thus the family felt they could not turn down the offer and ended up with 4 hectares of old Sangiovese vines and 50 hectares of surrounding land yet to be planted. Needless to say, with so many existing hectares of vines and potential vineyards, La Spinetta started building its third winery at Casanova, in 2004.La Spinetta's Tuscan Estate lies in the village of Terricciola, between Pisa and Volterra. Here the Rivettis make wines from three indigenous varieties: Sangiovese, Colorino and Vermentino. The most prestigious wines are the single-vineyard Sezzana and Sassontino, crafted from 100% Sangiovese grapes coming from more than 50 year-old vines. As Sezzana and Sassontino are wines with an incredible life span, the Rivettis release both as Riservas and only after 10 years.

Il Nero di Casanova and Chianti Riserva (both 100% Sangiovese) make up the majority of the production at Casanova, though Il Colorino di Casanova (100% Colorino, as the name suggests), Il Gentile di Casanova (Prugnolo Gentile) and a Vermentino are also made here.

The latest addition to the Tuscan wine portfolio is an exciting dry Rosé wine, made from 50% Sangiovese and 50% Prugnolo Gentile. The Il Rosé di Casanova is not produced from green harvest fruit, as is sometimes the case with rosé wines, but instead comes from the same ripe fruit that is used for Il Nero and Il Gentile.

Last, but certainly not least, Casanova is the home of La Spinetta's already famous gourmet olive oil. Bruno Rivetti found his passion at Terricciola and crafts the olive oil with the same high standards that La Spinetta applies to its production of wine. Extremely low yields, thanks to a relatively early harvest, and immediate cold pressing at an onsite facility allow Bruno to produce a very special olive oil.

 
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Tenuta Sette Cieli

Supplier/Importer: Wilson Daniels

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Appellation: Monteverde Maritimmo

 

 

"Tenuta Sette Cieli," or "the estate of the seven skies," is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Because of Tenuta Sette Cieli’s respect for nature, the winery has chosen organic practices to safeguard the environment. Everything is done by hand in the vineyards, with careful attention to each detail. The journey continues in the cellar where the winery employs single-variety vinification. Fermentation starts with wild yeasts, and the final selection of the wines is done only after a period of barrel aging in French oak barrels.

 

 
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Villa Gabriella

Supplier/Importer: Tenzing Imports

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Appellation: Chianti

 

 

Villa Gabriella dates back to the mid 1800’s with a family owned retail shop in Greve in Chianti, in the heart of Tuscany where customers were served the highest quality meat & poultry products. Great, great grandson Paolo built the tradition of excellence his forefathers established when in the 1980’s he added local Tuscan specialties including wine, extra virgin olive oil, truffles & cheeses. The products were distributed to fine restaurants in Italy & Europe.

The family later purchased land in the heart of the Chianti Classico area in Tuscany. Named in honor of his mother, Villa Gabriella is poised on a hill embraced by olive groves & ancient vineyards from the 15th century. The hamlet was restored to its original architecture, the fruits of its vineyard & olive groves produced exceptional quality oil & wine in limited artisanal batches.

Over the years family & friends including Consuelo shared delicious food & wine together at Villa Gabriella. Consuelo lived in Italy & worked for over 10 years in various consumer product categories of “Made In Italy”.  Throughout the many years of international travel for both work & pleasure, she always dreamed of sharing the authentic quality, healthy food she truly enjoyed while living in Italy. 

Together with their partners, thanks to the group’s diverse & complimentary professional backgrounds, an insatiable interest in food & wine and respect for authentic ingredients inspired them to create the Villa Gabriella brand.

We are passionate in finding & sharing some of the best of Made In Italy. We are enamored with small production, artisan-crafted foods made with pride. We enjoy learning their history & their unique characteristics as it enhances the pleasure one receives from it. 

We believe people can enjoy delicious food & wine without compromising their health or overall wellness. The decision to offer foods with a healthier alternative led to a commitment to offer certified organic products from Italy.  We collaborate with partners dedicated to growing, harvesting & producing natural & certified organic products.

We hope you enjoy our products with as much pleasure as we have in creating them for you!

 

 
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Villa Russiz

Supplier/Importer: Wilson Daniels

Region: Friul-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Appellation: Collio

 

 

The estate traces its origins back to 1868, when the property — located in one of the most innovative wine-producing areas in Italy, the Collio DOC — was given to Count Teodoro de La Tour and his new wife Viennese Elvine Ritter von Zahony as a wedding gift. The estate’s vineyards now produce outstanding white wines from local and international grape varieties, as well as some very fine reds. In addition to its rich history and outstanding caliber of wines, Villa Russiz operates under a very unique business model: a non-profit foundation that is invested in the children’s home located on the property, providing for those children from less fortunate backgrounds.