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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

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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

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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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Elvio Cogno

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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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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.