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Pantelleria, a small Italian island between Sicily and Tunisia, with its dark, steep, wind-whipped slopes, is where Carole Bouquet has taken up the challenge of resurrecting an anthological wine, Passito.
Striking value for money and pleasure! Cascina Fontana is a small, family-run, 4-hectare winery located in the Barolo hills of the Langhe, south of Alba, in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. Mario Fontana is a neighbour and cousin of the great Bartolo Mascarello. It is a region of rare majestic beauty, with castle-topped vine-covered hills that look down on each other over steep, plunging valleys. Vines have been grown here for at least six generations. The traditional grape varieties of Langhe, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo are grown to produce a range of prestigious wines that are the purest expression of the land from which they were born, Langhe.
Elio Sandri owns 8 hectares of vineyards in Piedmont at Monforte d'Alba on the famous Disa hill on blue marl soils. A magical terroir planted with Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. The production of the estate is unfortunately limited, around 3500 bottles depending on the vintage and distribution in France is very rare... The vinification is very traditional, with the minimum of interventions, with macerations in concrete vats to bring out the fruit as much as possible. Fermentations are carried out with indigenous yeasts and the wine is aged for a very long time, at least 60 months for the Riserva vintage! Elio Sandri's Barolo wines are fascinating to taste, lovers of elegant and refined wines will be won over, black fruits, dried flowers and spices harmonise, great wines of terroir and emotion with an immense capacity for ageing, and at prices that are still very reasonable..
A few drops of the immense Giuseppe Mascarello... One of the greatest names in Piedmont and in particular in Barolo...
The sublime and rare wonders of the Aosta Valley by Fabien Bonnet and Stefania Galimberti..
Located in the municipality of Barolo, Luciano, together with his brother Luca, produces some of the greatest wines of Piedmont. A former cellar master at the Marchesi di Barolo Cooperative, Luciano managed to acquire a hectare in the famous "Cannubi Boschis".
Montevertine is a superb estate with 18 hectares of vineyards in the Chianti region of Radda between Florence and Siena. Martino Manetti carries on the work of his father Sergio with the same traditional approach and delivers great wines with great ageing potential, among the best Sangiovese of all Tuscany, such as the masterpiece of the estate, the famous Pergole Torte..
A vineyard on the water...
Les vignes de Luca Roagna se situent à Barbaresco et Barolo (dans les terres, entre Gênes et Turin) sur de magnifiques coteaux. Il a repris le domaine familial à la suite de son père et de son grand-père, faisant ainsi perdurer l’excellence des nectars qui y sont produits.
Rino Sottimano took over the estate in 1975. His son Andrea joined him in 1994 along with Elena and Claudia. The vineyard is located in the heart of the superb Barbaresco terroirs and the Cotta, Currà, Fausoni, Pajorè and Basarin crus and now covers 18 hectares.
Le domaine toscan d'Elisabetta Foradori offre des vins élégants et soyeux, issus de terroirs situés entre 250m et 650m d'altitude. Ampeleia retrouve la finesse et les arômes d'orange sanguine des vins de Foradori.
Créé en 1906 par la famille Manin, le domaine Casa Bianca fut repris en 1978 par la famille Palla. Les 30 hectares de la propriété se nichent sur la commune de Venegazzù dans le cœur historique de l’appellation Prosecco. Venegazzù se situe à quelques encablures des célèbres communes de Asolo, Conegliano et Valdobbiadene. C’est au pied de la colline Montello, sur des sols argileux riches en fer, que sont plantées les vignes de Glera bénéficiant de la DOCG Asolo Prosecco Superiore.