La Mesma is a family business meticulously run by the three Rosina sisters: Paola, Francesca and Anna. Though having come from different professional backgrounds, they all share the same passion for Gavi.
Ca’Nova in Alto Piemonte has contributed to the redevelopment of one of Piemonte’s most historic, exciting, and largely abandoned wine areas. Ca’Nova produces excellent wines that express the territory with great alpine freshness, finesse, and elegance.
Brandini is located in La Morra in the heart of the Langhe region. Their wines show dedication, care, and precision that have earned the winery critical reviews and an international following.
One of the oldest Barolo wineries, Oddero is renowned for producing exceptional Barolo and Barbaresco in a traditional style, using large barrels. The iconic winery, located in Santa Maria of La Morra, owns some of the most important Cru vineyards in the Langhe and Asti territory.
La Colombera is located in the small village of Vho, five kilometers from Tortona. Managed by Elisa Semino and her family, the estate produces benchmark Timorasso wines. Elisa Semino is known as the Queen of Timorasso, a Colli Tortonesi legend.
The Ferrando family has produced and traded wine for five generations. Ferrando Vini was founded in 1890 by Giuseppe Ferrando. In 1957, his grandson Giuseppe started the production of one of the rarest wines made from the Nebbiolo grape, called Carema. Made in the town of Ivrea near the border of Valle d'Aosta, Ferrando is one the leading producers of Carema, producing refined Nebbiolo wines, with superb structure and balanced character.
In the heart of Barolo, the Germano family has owned 6 hectares of land in Ceretta, one of the most important Crus in Serralunga d’Alba, since 1856. Recognized as one of Barolo’s most consistent wine producers in the last 15 years, Ettore Germano is a guarantee, producing complex, structured, and refined Barolos that are consistent with the Serralunga terroir. Today Sergio Germano with his wife Elena and two children run the estate.
Oddero is known for making exceptional Barolo and Barbaresco in a traditional style, using large barrels and making complex and long lived wines, in contrast to modern styles favouring the use of barriques and the production of Barolo wines that are ready to drink in a shorter period of time. Family and passion for the land are the foundation of Oddero Poderi e Cantine, which traces its origins back to the 18th century.
Davide Carlone’s family has been working the local vineyards of the tiny Boca sub-region of Alto Piemonte since the nineteenth century. As a boy, Davide would accompany his grandfather on his rounds in the vineyards and the cellar, dreaming of the day that he would reclaim the land of his ancestors and revive the hillside vineyards that he saw falling into decline in the 1970’s.
The ten acre Cascina Morassino farm is located in the steep Ovello zone of Barbaresco on a shared plot of land with the famed Gaja. Run by Roberto Bianco and his father Mauro, it is one of Barbaresco’s oldest producers. Roberto Bianco is a genuine farmer and producer of enormous integrity.
Giuseppe and Mauro Pavia, the owners of Agostino Pavia, have dedicated themselves to promoting the excellence of Barbera d'Asti wines. In contrast to many winemakers in the Piemonte region who focus on Nebbiolo, Agostino Pavia prioritizes Barbera as their primary grape variety. They have gained recognition as experts and leaders in the production of Barbera wines, offering a diverse range of four distinct styles of Barbera that span from unoaked to aged expressions.
The Fratelli Cavallotto estate is a historic, fifth generation wine making dynasty in the heart of the Barolo zone. The Cavallotto family claims sole ownership of the beautiful Bricco Boschis cru in the Castiglione Falletto district where they have been growing Nebbiolo since 1929 and bottling their own wine since 1948. Brothers Giuseppe and Alfio, both trained enologists, meticulously tend to their vineyards, prioritizing sustainable practices. Cavallotto is a prominent figure in Piemonte's winemaking heritage. "Readers who appreciate a firm, classic style of Barolo will want to spend some time getting to know Cavallotto.” – Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
Marco Porello stands out as a gifted winegrower who crafts exceptional, handcrafted wines that offer great value. His vineyards span 15 hectares in the Roero area north of Alba. Here, he cultivates Barbera, Nebbiolo, Arneis, Favorita, and Moscato grapes from old vines, resulting in wines with depth and elegance. Marco Porello combines the passion and tradition of three generations with contemporary innovation and expertise.
Produttori di Carema
The town of Carema lies in a stunning sun-soaked valley between Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta. In another lifetime, however, it marked the border between the Italian territory and Gaul, and later, the Kingdom of Burgundy. Cantina Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema was founded in 1960 by a group of ten winemakers who wanted to preserve the unique wine culture of the area.
Lessona is perhaps the most elegant expression of Northern Piedmont. La Prevostura, a hill among the best exposed of its terroir, has for centuries yielded the noble Nebbiolo grapes. Whereas the second half of the twentieth century saw the decline of viticulture in the Biella province, the new millennium has marked its rebirth. Marco Bellini chased his romantic dream of bringing La Prevostura back to its former glory, which began in 2001.
Dieter Heuskel and Peter Dipoli bought Le Pianelle, a then abandoned vineyard in Alto Piemonte, in December 2004. Over the years they acquired surrounding parcels of land, numbering over 50 today. In 2007 and 2008, two vineyards were replanted to cover a total of nearly 4 hectares. La Pianelle’s grape of choice is Nebbiolo, in addition to two local varieties, Croatina and Vespolina.
Boniperti is a family-owned winery located in the municipality of Barengo, in the province of Novara, in Alto Piemonte. Gilberto Boniperti is the 3rd generation to work his family's vineyards. In 2003, he replenished his grandfather Barton's vineyard to start this estate winery. A talented winemaker, Gilberto Boniperti produces thoughtful and expressive Nebbiolo wines from a tiny vineyard of 3.5 hectares, divided in 4 plots.
Colombera & Garella
The Colombera & Garella winery is located in Masserano, in the historic Alto Piemonte wine region. Only indigenous grapes are cultivated in 9.5 hectares of vineyards- Nebbiolo, Croatina and Vespolina, producing distinctive Lessona DOC, Bramaterra DOC and Coste della Sesia DOC. The winery is commitment to natural winemaking practices, which include no systemic treatments, no chemical fertilizers, and without the use of selected yeasts. This dedication to minimal intervention allows their wines to authentically capture the essence of the land and showcase the unique characteristics of the grapes and terroir.
The winery has belonged to the Cigliuti family for four generations. It was given its name, Fratelli Cigliuti, by Renato’s father and uncle, who until 1964 used to sell grapes and unbottled wine on the local market.
Mauro Molino is a young and dynamic, but strongly connected to its tradition and roots. They produce wines typical of the Langhe. Amongst their vineyards is “Conca”, one of the most prestigious cru of Barolo.
Gattinara is home to some of the finest Nebbiolo in Alto Piemonte, where it is locally known as Spanna. Winemaking here is an ancient tradition, dating back to the Romans, who first planted vineyards in this soil in the second century BC.
Institut Agricole Regional
IAR (Institut Agricole Regional) began in the early 1950s as a two year agricultural school for locals to learn about the land before it became a five year viticultural school in 1993.
Caves De Donnas
Cave de Donnas is a wine cooperative that has been producing wine as a collective since 1971. This DOC represents one of the most northern cultivations of the Nebbiolo grape, also called Picotendero is this zone. Cave de Donnas is rooted in ancient tradition, which they still follow to this day.
The Grosjean family is a historic name in the Valle D'Aosta wine region. The family business dates back to 1781 but the real story started in 1969 when Dauphin Grosjean started bottling his own wine for the “II Exposition des Vins du Val d’Aoste”. The wines were recognizied for their high quality that lead to the expansion of the famil'y vineyards and production. The family run winery producers fantastic high altitude wines. The estate features "cru" vineyard sites, including traditional grapes like Petit Rouge, Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Petite Arvine, as well as local varietals such as Fumin, Cornalin, Premetta, and Vuillermin. Embracing sustainability since 1975, they employ organic fertilizers, avoid pesticides and herbicides, and rely on natural yeasts for fermentation.
Ermes Pavese is a youthful grower in the commune of La Ruine just outside of the town of Morgex in the high Alps, minutes from the summit of Mont Blanc. Pavese works the native grape known as Prié Blanc. Starting with barely two hectares of vineyards, situated at about 1200 meters above sea level, Pavese has gradually expanded his holdings in this high altitude zone - the highest elevation to produce wine in all of Europe!
Cave Mont Blanc
Cave Mont Blanc is located at the foot of Mont blanc in Valle d’Aosta and is the home of the highest vineyards in Europe with an altitude of 900 to 1200 metres above sea level. Constant dedication enhances the territory while remaining faithful to what nature offers in these mountains. Cave Mont Blanc is a cooperative formed in 1983 by the “Association des Viticulteurs”. They produce white wine from the region’s only indigenous varietal, Prie Blanc, as well as the only Metodo Classico produced in this region.
Liguria & Lombardia
Franciacorta is regarded as Italy’s finest sparkling wine, produced in the same Metodo Classico method as Champagne. Contadi Castaldi’s aim is to validate the vocation of Franciacorta territory, to manage viticulture and winemaking with great respect for the natural rhythms of the vine. It is the only winery to have vineyards covering all the Franciacorta region, which is located in the province of Brescia, in the hills immediately south-east of the foot of Lake Iseo.
Mamete Prevostini began as a wine producer just after the war when the founder and grandfather of the current owners, the eponymous Mamete Prevostini, began making wines to serve to the customers of his Ristorante Crotasc not far from Lake Como. He made the wines from the local Nebbiolo and stored it in natural caves or crotto beneath the vineyards In 2013 Mamete Prevostini, designed, built and opened the first winery certified Casaclima Wine in Lombardy: carbon neutral cellars for the production of wines of Valtellina with zero environmental impact, in the fantastic natural setting of the terraced vineyards of Valtellina.
Azienda Agricola Bruna is a leading Ligurian winery. Founded in 1970 by Riccardo Bruna, he was one of the pioneers to start vinifying the Pigato grapes. Today, daughter Francesca, alongside her husband Roberto, carry on the family winery's traditions, producing exceptional Pigato. They also produce Grenache and Rossese red blends.
In the heart of the intoxicating scenery of Trentino, characterized by wondrous valleys, hills and mountains of the Dolomites lies the Piana Rotaliana. Right here, in Mezzocorona, is the wine cellar: one of the oldest in Trentino, known since 1863. Today the winery is managed by Marco Donati, his wife Emanuela, and their daughter Elizabeth.
Cantina Girlan was founded in 1923 by 23 vintners congregating at this historic country estate, dating back to the 16th century, in the village of Girlan in the region of Alto Adige. The walls, steeped in ancient tradition, and the labyrinthine corridors of the cellar harbour the secrets of state-of-the-art wine making technology. The 23 charter members had an annual production of a mere 2,700 hectoliters of wine.
Abbazia di Novacella
The Abbazia di Novacella winery is among the oldest active wineries in the world and known for producing world class white wines. This cool climate, high elevation winery is located in the northern-most winegrowing region on the southern side of the Alps.
Friuli venezia giulia
Returning from Switzerland in 1954 where he worked as a carpenter, Giuseppe Bensa decided to purchase some plots of land, as well as a house to use as a tavern where he could serve the wines he produced. In 1985, sons Giorgio and Nicolò chose to undertake a different kind of business venture; they decided to start bottling the wine that they already sold in bulk and “La Castellada” was founded.
Ferdinando Zanusso founded I Clivi in the early '90s with the aim of recapturing the authentic character of the wine from this ancient land, which had been lost over the past century. He acquired two ancient vineyards, totaling twelve hectares of very old vines on steep, terraced hills in two of Friuli's finest locations: eight hectares in Corno di Rosazzo within the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC district, and four hectares in Brazzano di Cormons within the Collio district.
Primosic has a deep-rooted, multi-generational family tradition of vine growing and winemaking. The journey began with Charles Primosic in the 1800s, supplying wine merchants in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and traveling to Vienna with large wooden barrels. Today, award-winning Primosic affers a stunning range of wine: from Friulano and Ribolla Gialla whites, to Pinot Grigio orange and a rare Refosco red.
Cantina Le Monde is located in Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia region, in the famous Grave del Friuli area which extends from the foothills of the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. With 50 hectares of vineyard, it represents one of the most innovative wineries of the area, thanks to its use of sustainable practices such as a solar paneling system that provides 70% of the winery’s energy demand.
Piccoli Daniela's life story has been linked winemaking for more than fifty years, a brave journey seeking continuous improvement. A story of a family with true values, handed down from generation to generation. Daniela and her husband Tiziano inherited the land and vineyards from Daniela's grandmother.
Ca' Rugate is a Veneto winery that produces local wines that tell the story of the land from which they originate: the land of Soave Classico, Valpolicella and Lessini Durello. Ca’ Rugate takes its name from the hill where it stands, in the Soave Classico zone of the province of Verona, where the majority of the vineyards are located. A company that has been able to innovate by reinterpreting traditions and investing in the most suitable vineyards for the production of historic vines.
In 1887, Giuseppe Tessari built the family's home, high on the Fittà hills that overlook the Classico heartland, facing the hills of Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone. He cultivated the family's first vineyards with his own hands and sold the fruit to the local cantina sociale, leaving only enough for himself to make a few barrels of Recioto. A century later, his son Giovanni and wife Rosetta took a brave step to estate-bottle their wine, construct a brand new, state-of-the-art winery and 'Suavia' was born.
Ca’De’Medici is a family run winery specializing in Lambrusco. The company's history started in the second half of 19th century, when the Medici family owned a small inn where they also produced wine. Remigio Medici decided to embrace the future starting the winery "Remigio Medici e Figli" toghether with his sons.
Castello di Luzzano
The Luzzano and Romito have been in the family of Maria Giulia and her sister Giovannella Fugazza for nearly a century. Documents citing the excellent wines of Luzzano have been found dating as far back as the 12th century. The property straddles the border between Emilia and Lombardia, with Castello Luzzano extending over 110 hectares, of which 70 are vineyards.
Located in the province of Romagna, the winery was founded in 1966 by Vincenzo Geminiani. Today, the winery is run by daughter Cristina Geminiani, Vincenzo's granddaughter, runs the estate producing a range of Sangiovese and Albana wines.
A wine that means life. San Patrignano exists because of the commitment of the 1300 residents of San Patrignano, considered one of the world's finest drug rehabilitation programs, that the rehabilitation centre’s wines are created.
Podere La Berta
La Berta was an early pioneer of high quality winemaking in Romagna. Purchased in 2009 by the Poggiali family, owners of Fèlsina in Chianti since the 60s, with the goal of elevating the prominence of the native varietals of Romagna.
Fondo San Giuseppe
Fondo San Giuseppe is located in Brisighella, about 400 meters above sea level. The soil is clay silt, calcareous skeleton with marl, rich in organic matter. Stefano Bariani decided to buy the estate in 2008 to satisfy a deeply felt need. After ten years of working at other wineries, he wanted to express his own feelings and vision as a producer and winemaker.
It was 1966 when Domenico Poggiali Fèlsina bought the estate at a time when Italian viticulture was struggling. He chose to invest in the quality of the wine and the expertise of a young team. Their passion for wine united with the skills of businessmen, and under their guidance, they injected modernity into their business plan, without however, abandoning the spirit of tradition.
Castello Tricerchi is a prominent producer located in the renowned wine-producing area of Montalcino in Tuscany. The historic family-owned winery extends for 400 hectares, with 13 hectares of vineyard. In the centre stands the magnificent ‘Castello’ (castle), originally built in the thirteenth century by the Altesi family and completed in 1441 by the Tricerchi family. Castello Tricerchi makes outstanding terroir-driven Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino.
Casanuova delle Cerbaie
Casanuova delle Cerbaie started producing wine in the early 1980s. Located just below the village of Montalcino on the northern side of the region, the vineyards of Casanuova delle Cerbaie are 250 to 350 meters above sea level, dating from the Eocene period, characterized by limestone, marl, argillaceous and conglomerate.
Amantis produces some of Tuscany’s most celebrated Brunellos. Bernadetta Tacconi’s winery in magical Montenero near the Orcia River was born so she could live her passion for cultivating wine the way she believes Bacchus, the Roman god of the wine harvest, intended. The journey began with the search for an ideal terroir where they could create wines capable of expressing their passion, their commitment, their ideals.
The Monteraponi estate once belonging to Earl Ugo, Marquis and Governor of Tuscany, is an ancient medieval village just outside of Radda, built around three square towers dating from the tenth century. The Braganti family acquired the Monteraponi estate in the 1970s. Monteraponi's wines are Sangiovese-based, showcasing remarkable focus, balance, and structure that reflect the unique terroir of Radda. Situated in a scenic valley surrounded by marl and limestone-rich woodlands, their vineyards are organically certified by ICEA.
Istine is one of the most interesting wineries in the province if Siena. For decades the Fronti family has specialized in vineyard development and management for famous Tuscan wineries, and they are well-known in the Chianti area for the quality of their work. They also own several small vineyards in the Chianti Classico area, mostly in Radda with some in Gaiole. It was natural that the younger generation would start to make wine from the family’s vineyards.
Giorgio Meletti Cavallari
Giorgio Meletti Cavallari was born in Bergamo in 1978 and in the same year his father, Piermario Meletti Cavallari, took him to Bolgheri. Giorgio grew up on his father's estate, Grattamacco, one of the terroir most historic. In 2002, after completing his studies in enology, he founded his own winery.
Castello di Farnetella
The Castello di Farnetella is an estate of 432 hectares, of which 56 are planted to vineyard, located in the commune of Sinalunga, in the province of Siena. Purchased in 1981 by the Poggiali family, owners as well of the Fèlsina wine estate in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castello di Farnetella lies in a very distinctive climate niche, southeast of the Chianti Classico zone and north of Montalcino, bordering on the growing area for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara
Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara, deeply connected to its Tuscan roots, is located just a few kilometres from the beautiful hillside town of San Gimignano. Tuscany is most often associated with the red grape variety, Sangiovese. Excellent white wines are also produced in the region, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a clear example of one. A historic wine, it was a favorite of Lorenzo de’ Medici, who had it shipped to Florence regularly. The winery produces both a classic, fresher style of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, as well as late harvest Riservas that showcase the full ageing potential and greatness of this noble varietal. The portfolio also includes beautifully crafted Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG and Riserva. portfolio includes without the use of chemical pesticides, and biodiversity is encouraged in the vineyards.
Tenuta Prima Pietra
In 2002 Massimo Ferragamo locates and buys land for his project: Tenuta Prima Pietra. The first harvest was celebrated in September 2007 after five years of work.
Fattoria del Cerro
Fattoria del Cerro, located in Acquaviva Montepulciano - Siena, extends over 600 hectares, 181 are vineyards and with its 93 hectares of Nobile di Montepulciano vineyards, is the largest private estate producing this amazing wine. The different expositions of the vineyards and the unique varieties of the soils donate us the possibilities to select the best grapes to craft high quality wines.
The Bruni winery, founded as a simple passion in 1974, has now become one of the most important private companies in the Tuscan Maremma. It is on the continuous search for quality that Cantina Bruni has always aimed at demonstrating what significant level the wine products of the Tuscan Maremma can reach. On this production line, the Bruni wines are born, which have the aim of enhancing the aromas of this land.
As Robert Parker once wrote: "The wines of La Poderina rarely fail and put a smile on my face. They are not the deepest or most complex drops produced in Montalcino."
Castiglion del Bosco
The winery of Castiglion del Bosco and its vineyards sit in magnificent serenity in a UNESCO-listed Natural Park, surrounded by the mesmerizing beauty of rolling hills, acres of forest and gorgeous ridge-lines.
The Pagliarese estate is set in the picturesque Chianti Classico countryside, close to the borgo of San Gusmè. The property extends over a total of 65 hectares, of which 25 are in vineyard, 10 in olive groves, and the remaining 30 given over mainly to wooded areas.
Monterufoli is located between Val di Cecina and Val di Cornia (Pisa). The estate is nestled inside a natural park surrounded by a thousand hectares of uncontaminated nature, secular trees, a myriad of thermal springs and evocative vineyards, from which the Vermentino di Toscana and the iconic red Poggio Miniera are produced.
Marche & Abruzzo
Marche - Claudio Morelli
Claudio Morrelli is located in the little town of Fano, in the provinces of Pesaro and Urbino in the beautiful Marche region, situated between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. The Morelli family has been devoted to agriculture since the 1930s. Since the 1950s, Claudio Morelli has focused his efforts exclusively on viticulture, recovering and cultivating indigenous vines, giving special attention to the Bianchello white variety. Along with Bianchello del Metauro DOC, they also produce a pure Colli Pesaresi Sangiovese DOC.
Marche - Borgo Paglinetto
Borgo Paglianetto is an organic winery located in the heart of the Marche region, in a valley extending between Fabriano and Camerino. Located in the Verdicchio di Matelica DOC, the vineyards range from 400 to 450 metres above sea level, planted in limestone and chalk soils, contributing to the remarkable minerality and steely acidity found in their Verdicchio wines.
Abruzzo - Cataldi Madonna
Cataldi Madonna produces some of Abruzzo's best wines. It was founded in 1920 by Baron Luigi Cataldi Madonna. In 1968, his son Antonio began a major renovation of the property and bottled their first wine in 1975.
Abruzzo - Torre dei Beati
Torre dei Beati, located in Loreto Aprutino was founded by Adrianna Galasso and Fausto Albanese in 2000 when they started making Montepulciano from a vineyard Adriana’s father planted in 1972. Right from the start, they adopted a low intervention philosophy and practised organic farming. Today, Torre dei Beati is Organic Certified with 21 hectares of vineyards, between 250 and 300 m above sea level and about 25 km from the Adriatic Sea on the Eastern coast.
umbria & Lazio
Umbria - Antonelli San Marco
Antonelli San Marco is one of the oldest and revered winemakers in Umbria. The estate has been owned by the family for 5 generations. The wine and farming estate of 190 hectares extends over a unique body of land in the centre of the DOCG area of Montefalco. Committed to quality viticulture, the winery is Certified Organic with 50 hectares devoted to the cultivation of indigenous grape varietals: Grechetto and Trebbiano Spoletino for the whites, while the red varietals are mainly Sangiovese and Sagrantino. Antonelli San Marco is a guarantee, producing prized Umbrian wines.
Umbria - Còlpetrone
Founded in 1995 with the construction of the current winery, Còlpetrone is an important winery of the Montefalco DOCG district. Sagrantino, a native grape of this area, is considered one of the most ancient of Italy.
Umbria - Fattoria Antano
Planted since 1975, the Antano family vines are planted with Sagrantino and Sangiovese on clay soils that are rich in minerals. Stylistically, Antano is old school in winemaking terms, a “garage winemaker,” practising low intervention in the winery, including no barrique and no high-tech equipment.
Lazio - Casale della loria
The Casale della Ioria farm is located in the heart of the Cesanese del Piglio DOCG area, southeast from Rome in the foothills of the Appenines. The name ‘Ioria’ comes from the area’s Gloria Abbey and their logo carries the image of the great holm oak standing in front of the farmhouse.
Capolino Perlingieri is located in Sannio, about 70 km from Naples. For Alexia Capolino Perlingieri, good wine is made in the vineyard. The winery is dedicated to organic farming practices and cultivates indigenous grape varieties such as Fiano, Falanghina, Greco, Sciascinoso, and Aglianico. The vineyards predominantly feature clay soils of partly organic origin.
Contrade di Taurasi is a small five-hectare family-owned farm located in Avellino, within Campania's historic Irpinia district. Devoted to the cultivation of Aglianico, the Taurasi DOCG produced from Aglianico grapes, is the flagship. With vineyards situated at 400 meters above sea level, their land boasts diverse compositions, from clayey-limestone in the lower vineyards to volcanic soil higher up. A very limited production of exceptional quality.
The Di Meo family has been producing wine in the Campi Flegrei area on the Campania coast (just north of Naples) for five generations. While Campi Flegrei is known for its ”dangerous” supervolcano, it is also famous for its red wine made with Piedirosso. Thanks to the volcanic sandy soils, the vines were not affected by Phylloxera, making Campi Flegrei home to some of the oldest vines in Italy. The wines are fresh, with soft tannins and wonderful red fruit aromas and flavours.
Fattoria la Rivolta
Fattoria La Rivolta, located in Torrecuso is one of the most important wineries in the province of Benevento. Owned by the Cotroneo family for almost a century, Third generation, Paolo Cotroneo and his family have managed the winery since 1997. The vineyards covering 30 hectares in contrada Rivolta, are located on the slopes of the Taburno Camposauro massif, at altitudes ranging from 300 to 600 metres. The land is hilly and calcareous-clayey in nature. Organically certified since the 2001 harvest, Fattoria La Rivolta only works with indigenous grapes, producing distinctive and clean whites with wonderful minerality, as well as Aglianico based reds.
Ciro Picariello is considered by many to be the master of Fiano di Avellino, one of Italy’s best white wines. He planted his first vines in 1990, working naturally in the vineyard, all by hand.
Guido Marsella is an esteemed winemaker known for his pioneering work with Fiano di Avellino wine in the Summonte area. He started his winery in 1995 and began growing Fiano grapes at a high altitude of 700 metres above sea level in Summonte's Parco del Partenio. What makes Guido unique is his approach to winemaking. Unlike others, he believes Fiano needs more time to mature. He was one of the first to release his wines a year after harvest, which was unusual at the time. This innovative approach has set a new standard, and today, Guido's Fiano di Avellino DOCG is aged for a minimum of 18 months after harvest, resulting in clean, precise wines with great structure and finesse. Guido Marsella is also known as "Mr. Fiano."
Casa D’Ambra is located on the captivating island of Ischia, the largest of the Phlegrean islands in the Gulf of Naples, not far from Capri. The cultivation of vines has existed on the island since 700 BC. The historical Casa D’Ambra winery was founded in 1888 by Francesco D’Ambra. It was one of the first wineries in all of central/southern Italy. Today the company is managed by the owner and enologist Andrea D’Ambra, along with his fourth generation daughters, Marina and Sara (enologist). The D’Ambra family carry on the deep roots and innovative spirit, producing outstanding wines from rare and indigenous varieties that exalt the uniqueness of the territory of Ischia.
Basilicata & Calabria
Basilicata - Grifalco
Grifalco is an excellent producer of Aglianico del Vulture, founded in 2004 by Fabrizio and Cecilia Piccin. After producing Nobile di Montepulciano in Toscana for 20 years, the Piccins, along with their two sons, started on a new journey to produce Aglianico wines in Basilicata. Today, the organic certified winery is skillfully managed by the Piccin sons, Lorenzo and Andrea.
Calabria - La Pizzuta del Principe
Located in Strongoli in the province of Crotone, on the Ionian coast of Calabria, the farm of La Pizzuta del Principe was established in 1903 when it began producing olive oil and wine. The land is immersed in a rich plain of vineyards and olive trees surrounded by green hills that enjoy mild winters and sunny summers. The estate lies on one hundred hectares of farmland, with 13 hectares of vineyards that are dedicated to indigenous varieties: Gaglioppo, Greco Nero, Pecorello and Greco Bianco.
Fattorie Romeo Del Castello
Fattorie Romeo del Castello produces stellar Etna wines from one of the most extraordinary and challenging terroirs in Italy. Etna DOC is one of Italy’s most exciting wine appellations today. Situated in the north eastern corner of Sicilia, rising over 3,000 metres in altitude, Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.
Terre di Giurfo
Located in Ragusa, along the Dirillo River valley in south eastern Sicilia, Giurfo is an ancient land. Situated in a picturesque landscape, the area is rich in history and tradition. The winery was founded in 2001 by Acille Alessi and his wife Giuseppina Giusino. The estate, owned by the Giusino family for over two hundred years, covers 90 hectares of land, cultivating indigenous varieties such Grillo, Nero d'Avola and Frappato. The Giurfo estate is part of the Sicilia DOC and Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG. The wines are rich in aromas and flavours typical of this area.
Before Mount Etna and its ancient vineyards became a mecca for the new generation of winegrowers, Andrea Franchetti had decided to make his new wine on the northern slope of Mount Etna in 2001, after discovering ancient vineyards after a holiday in Syracuse. The winery sits at about a thousand metres of altitude above the small town of Passopisciaro in the district of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of the volcano.
Ayunta’s story begins with a chance encounter. Owner Filippo Mangione, at the time an export manager for another large winery, met an elderly man tending very old vines one day while walking near Calderara Sottana, one of Etna’s many contrade, or crus.
Biondi is one of the longest established producers in the Mount Etna appellation, with a family tradition for high quality viticulture that goes back to the end of the 19th century when ancestors of today’s owner Ciro Biondi founded the famous Biondi & Lanzafame winery.
Bonavita is a small family-run winery in the village of Faro Superiore, nestled in the hills of Messina on the extreme north eastern tip of Sicilia. With a spectacular view of the Messina Strait and Calabria in the distance, Bonavita sits on an organic farm that has been in the Scarfone family for almost a century. In 2006, Giovanni Scarfone, a young graduate from Enology founded Bonavita, with the goal of contributing to the revitalization of ‘Faro di Messina’, one of the most ancient wine producing areas of Italy. Located in the very small Faro DOC appellation, the Estate is immersed in nature with 7 hectares of land, of which 2.5 hectares are vineyards perched on steep terraces. Bonavita cultivates only indigenous grapes: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Nocera, planted in limestone and clay soils. The oldest vines are 80 years old. Very limited production, Bonivita is an under the radar gem to discover.
Planeta is a premier and award-winning wine estate, located in five territories across the island of Sicily. The winery was founded in 1995 by cousins Alessio, Santi and Francesca, guided by their legendary uncle Diego Planeta. The Planeta family carry on the rich family tradition of Sicilian agriculture that has spanned 5 centuries and 17 generations. The smallest of the wineries is ‘La Baronia’ winery, located on the enchanting promontory of Capo Milazzo in the province of Messina. The noble and rare Nocera grape varietal has been recovered from abondoned vineyards. A spectacular setting with 8 hectares of vineyard, surrounded by 20 hectares of ancient olive groves, overlooking the Aeolian islands (Isole Eolie).
Situated on the north slope of Mount Etna, Alberto Graci is dedicated to the indigenous varietals Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio for his red wine production and Carricante and Catarratto for the whites. Graci has some of the highest altitude vines in Italy that grow above 600, 700 meters above sea level, and upwards of 1,000 metres. Many vines are still on original rootstock, ungrafted, having never been affected by phylloxera thanks to the unique nature of the volcanic soils. Graci produces stunning wines that reflect the terroir and express the true identity of the grapes.