Our Producers

Casa Emma (Toscana)

At Barberino Val d’Elsa on the western edge of the Chianti Classico zone, Casa Emma can be found.   Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera and Merlot are grown at 1,300 feet above sea level.  At that elevation, the growing season lengthens, resulting in fruit with increased aromatic complexity and full phenolic ripeness. Modern vinification techniques are employed, including the judicious use of French oak barriques. The Bucalossi family bought the company at the beginning of the 1970’s from the Florentine noblewoman Emma Bizzarri, whose name remains attached to the property.  Fiorella Lepri, with the help of renowned enologist Carlo Ferrini, has commited Casa Emma to producing in her products the most accurate expression of the estate’s terroir.

Casale della Ioria (Lazio)

Casale della Ioria is located in an area traditionally called “Ciociaria”, half way between Rome (to north) and Naples (to south), and between the Tyrrhenian coast (to the west) and the Appennines of the National Park of Abruzzi (to east).  The family-run estate is found in the forested foothills at 400mt elevation. Owner Paolo Perinelli oversees every aspect of the process, from vineyard management and the sorting of fruit to the vinification and packaging of his wines.

Castel de Paolis (Lazio)

The wines of Lazio have long been the favorites of popes and princes. The Castel de Paolis winery lies just outside the eternal city of Rome in the township of Grottaferrata, a famed refuge for the Roman elite since the Middle Ages.

Castel Sallegg (Trentino-Alto Adige)

Nestled in the Dolomite Alps, the winemaking subzone around Lake Caldaro in German-speaking Trentino-Alto Adige represents a fascinating combination of high altitude, warm days, cool summer nights, and excellent ventilation.  In 1851 Castel Sallegg and its surrounding vineyard were bought by Archduke Rainer of Austria, Viceroy of Lombardy-Veneto, who, in time, passed it on to the counts von Kuenburg. Today, Count Georg Kuenburg carries on the family tradition of producing a line of excellent wines, typical of Alto Adige’s quality and style, with grapes sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Lago di Caldaro district. Of particular interest is the Bischofsleiten, a 100% Schiava made of fruit grown in a vineyard that was once owned by the Bishop of Trento and has been in continuous cultivation for centuries.

Castello di Verduno (Piemonte)

When Gabriella Burlotto and Franco Bianco married they brought together two families with rich histories of producing wines in the Langhe. The Burlotto clan has long produced Barolo and Pelaverga in Verduno, where they have blocks in some of that commune’s finest vineyards. The Bianco family comes from Barbaresco, where they have holdings in the historic Rabaja and Faset crus. Today, winemaker Mario Andrion produces a line of excellent wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco, that nod toward the traditional.Yet, he is also one of Piemonte’s up-and-coming “naturalist” wine-makers, a regular favorite at the Vini Veri (Real Wine) alternative fair held each year outside Verona as a counterpoint to Vinitaly, the Italian wine industry’s yearly tradeshow.

Conti Sertoli Salis (Lombardia)

That the Salis family first bottled wine in 1869 tells us they had an unusual commitment to quality and an unwavering confidence in the potential of their land. Producers at the time seldom chose to meet the expense of such a labor-intensive process, prefering instead to store and ship wine in cask or demijohn. Today Conti Sertoli Salis continues to make superb examples of Valtellina Sforzato and Superiore using the local Chiavennasca, a type of Nebbiolo that has been cultivated in sub-Alpine Lombardia for generations.

Enzo Mecella (Marche)

Enzo Mecella is a man after our own hearts. Amidst the hype that has descended on Le Marche in recent years, the fashion for heavily oaked Montepulciano and Verdicchio, he has maintained focus on the essential character of these venerable varieties. We often say we prefer typical examples of regional wines; Enzo’s fit the bill. His Rosso Conero Riserva Rubelliano has hints of earth and leather, his Verdicchio di Matelica Casa Fosca, sage and sea breeze. When Enzo Mecella, qualified in Oenology at the school of Conegliano Veneto and took over his father’s business in 1977, he completely overhauled the firm policies.   He has given preference to the selection and presentation of high-quality wines, rather than more remunerative commercial products.
His principal interest is the production of wines from old vines of local origin. One of these is “Ciliegiolo” vine that gives a vintage red wine.

Guido Gualandi (Toscana)

Mention of the Gualandi family and the Gualandi knights, originally of Pisa, dates back to the 13th century and beyond. All of Guido’s wines are made using 100% natural vinification: no herbicides or pesticides are used in the vineyard, only organic fertilizers are used, the grapes are picked and pressed — literally — by hand and foot respectively, and fermentation is carried out without temperature control in a cellar where wine has been made for more than 500 years.

Lini (Emilia Romagna)

If you ever have a chance, travel the Via Emilia through the heart of the Po Valley. You will be crossing Italy’s agricultural heartland and visiting one of the world’s great centers of gastronomy. The Pianura Padana, as the plain straddling the Po is called in Italian, is home to balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano and many other specialties elemental to Italy’s culinary heritage. The first page of any good wine list in this remarkable region will almost always feature Lambrusco, Emilia’s charming sparkling wine, because it goes so well with the local foods. Fabio Lini and his daughter Alicia proudly produce the best line of Lambruscos we’ve ever tasted.

Orsolani (Piemonte)

Gian Luigi Orsolani is one of those rare individuals who goes about his business without much care for trends or triviality. You’d be the same way if you were a winemaker specializing in a white grape variety that most people had never heard of.  Gian Luigi is the fourth-generation Orsolani to commit to Erbaluce, the Piedmontese variety known for its luscious acidity, grass-and-melon perfume and ability to become one of Italy’s truly outstanding dessert wines. The family is also one of only three commercial producers of the rare Nebbiolo-based Carema, a wine named for a lovely sub-Alpine village where the vines are grown a pergola on terraces carved into a steep south-facing slope.

Ronco dei Tassi (Friuli)

Ronco dei Tassi is an artisanal producer located in the heart of the Collio Goriziano appellation of Friuli (northeastern Italy), where the sandy subsoil is ideal for the cultivation of both indigenous and international grape varieties (the name means “hilltop of the badgers,” pictured on the label). The estate was founded in 1989 by Fabio Coser, who has since gained recognition as one of the areas leading winemakers. His wines are characterized by their balance, elegance and fidelity to varietal character.

Travignoli (Toscana)

Giovanni Bussi, proprietor of Travignoli, was recently named president of the consortium of Chianti Rufina producers that works to maintain high standards in the zone and ensure that this diligence is recognized by wine enthusiasts worldwide. He, among the many fine producers in the appellation, is keenly aware of the importance of respecting the particulars of Rufina’s climate, weather and soils; factors that, in concert, create such compelling terroir.

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