The winery is located in Barrancas (Maipú district), 30 km from Mendoza and near the Mendoza River gullies. With sandy soils and a wide temperature range, this region offers ideal agro-climatic conditions for the production of expressive wines with good acidity, color, and ripe, elegant tannins.
Árido wines are unoaked, fermented 100% in stainless steel tanks. This allows the bright fruit and true varietal character to shine through unmasked. Bottled under screwcap to preserve their freshness and easy to open for waitstaff and consumers.
The Giacomo Ascheri Cellars originated in La Morra: in the early 19th century, the first vines were planted in that area, where a place called “Ascheri” still exists, and the first wines were produced.
At that time in the Langhe, wine-growing and wine-making were still primitive and rudimental: wines were mostly sold in demijohns and they travelled for several days before reaching the selling points. However, a reliable account dating back to that period and concerning the “Ascheri” wine cultivation method ( then considered modern for its technical innovations ) clearly shows how , since its very beginning, the Ascheri Winery stood out for its commitment and innovative methods.
In that period, thanks to its geographical position, Bra had become the most important town for the distribution of Barolo, the best known wine of the area. Bra was, in fact, conveniently located and it had good connections with Turin, the most important wine market in the region due to the presence of the Royal House of Savoy. The Royal Family itself owned important estates in the surroundings of Bra, such as the Pollenzo Estate and the S.Vittoria d’Alba old Winery. For these reasons, in 1880 our winery was moved from La Morra to Bra, where it is still situated nowadays. At present our cellars are the only ones left which can boast such an ancient and beautiful heritage.
The years from the early 20th century to our days have been characterized by a steady effort to increase the value of our products.
With a view to expanding our estates by acquiring the most valuable production areas, we have subsequently added to the original La Morra Vineyards (mainly producing grapes for Barolo, Barbera d’Alba and Dolcetto d’Alba) the estates of Serralunga d’Alba, Verduno and Bra.
Ascheri has been created as a place to protect and preserve what the vineyards produce, without changing its characteristics; without an ideological or commercial approach, but only with a technical one. The decision to limit the use of technology, the influence of the wood and the contribution of additives is functional to have as clear an expression as possible of the vineyard, of the grape variety and of our own ideas.
Region: Barolo – Piedemont
Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio – Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine, and in 2010 was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or "Grand Cru of New Zealand”.
These days, Clive has more time to focus on his lifelong passion for conservation, with dynamic Winemaker Helen Masters, Vineyard Manager Gerry Rotman and Business Manager Pete Monk completing the management team. It’s a passionate bunch, locked in the relentless pursuit of making excellent wine, with minimal intervention, organic practices and complete respect for the land and vines that provide a livelihood.
Country: New Zealand
Balverne began making wine in 1972. In tribute to that heritage, we resurrected the majestic red tailed hawk design of the original label and maintained the Anglo-French name that is based on the natural beauty of the site known as a “Place of Trees.” By cultivating wines with distinctive profiles that expressly link them to their terroir, Balverne is committed to unwavering quality at the highest level. Balverne wines are estate grown and include award winning, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Chalk Hill AVA.
Our winemaker, Michael Westrick, draws on rich, diverse vineyard sources that feature a variety of elevations, exposures, soils and microclimates. With knowledge borne of deep experience, his approach to winemaking encourages the highest expression of personality, intensity and distinction in each varietal we produce.
A significant portion of our acreage was awarded to the Sonoma County Open Space District and designated Forever Wild. Red tailed hawks preside over this land and our source vineyards. We honor our heritage as stewards and share the passion of living Forever Wild.
Region: Sonoma County
Country: United States
Bellussi is headquartered in Valdobbiadene, the heart of the Prosecco D.O.C.G. area, and has been recognized in the region for the past 30 years, for its award-winning quality. Bellussi is focused on research and product selection that enhances the aromatic characteristics, the elegance and the freshness of each wine during the vilification process. The goal of the company is the continuous pursuit of quality in product packaging, to satisfy the palate and the eye. For that reason, Bellussi has invested in recent years in machinery and equipment, reaching the highest technological levels. Autoclaves and equipment for bottling and packaging – in addition to strict treatment procedures of raw materials-have enabled the company to obtain several national and international certifiations, including the important BRC certification, which guarantees the wines are produced according to international standards for food safety.
Belpoggio is an estate of about 10 hectares, of which 5 are dedicated to Sangiovese and the rest of olive trees, and is located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Montalcino, just 500 meters from the famous Abbey of Sant’Antimo. The farm overlooks the Val D’orcia with a spectacular view on the Monte Amiata. The property houses an ancient, recently restored farmhouse, and a new cellar, equipped with the most modern technologies of vinification, with a focus on to the area of aging. The particular position of the vineyards, which are exposed to the Southwest and the altitude (400 meters) make this terroir a unique area for wines production and eco-sustainable agriculture.
Bodega Argento is a classic example of the belief that blending fruit sourced from a variety of altitudes, soil profiles, and micro-climates creates more interesting wines with greater complexity and balance.
The winery’s grapes come from vineyards throughout the main regions of Mendoza: the Uco Valley, the Central Region, and the Eastern Region. Within these three areas are numerous sub-regions including Agrelo, Tupungato, Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, and San Carlos where the climate, altitude, and soil profile differ considerably.
Winemaker Silvia Corti has been at the helm since 2004 guiding the sensory profile of this wine. Taking advantage of Mendoza’s natural conditions and finding the best balance between terroir, canopy management, and grape variety, the vines are nurtured so they grow to be healthy and the grapes achieve perfect ripeness. This translates to a fruit-forward taste profile through Bodega Argento’s full varietal range.
Bodega Garzón is close to Punta del Este, La Barra and Jose Ignacio, the Uruguayan Paradise at its best, with mesmerizing landscapes, and the perfect combination of past, present and future.
Located only 11 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,000 small vineyard blocks cover the hillside slopes and benefit from varying micro-climates, different levels of humidity, and intense canopy management. This allows the vines to develop with maximum exposure to the sun providing rich, expressive fruit. The vineyards are surrounded by forest, rocky soils, boulders, and natural palms. The winery’s design intent is innovation and sustainability.
Consulting Oenologist Alberto Antonini and Winemaker Germán Bruzzone utilize concrete “egg” tanks and large Foudres Bottis French and Italian oak barrels to make the signature Tannat. Albariño and Sauvignon Blanc are also part of the winery’s repertoire.
100% estate grown, sustainably farmed, and in the process of gaining LEED certification, this is a winery to watch.
Bodega Torre San Milan – Gorrebusto
The Martínez family has been working its over 80 hectares of vineyards for generations. Located in different plots in between the Ebro River and Sierra Cantabria in Rioja Alavesa, the vines are personally managed and harvested by the Martinez family. The winery, equipped with the latest technology, is located right outside of the town of Barriobusto, Gorrebusto in the local Basque language.
The state-of-the-art, entirely gravity-fed Vistalba winery was built in 2002 in the center of Vistalba in the Lujan de Cuyo sub-region of Mendoza. Vistalba—both the area’s name and the winery’s name—is comprised of 131 acres located at the foot of the magnificent Cordon del Plata within the Andes Mountains. Consulting Winemaker Alberto Antonini oversees the case production along with Winemaker Alejandro Canovas. Vineyards lie 2,000 feet above sea level and approximately 12 miles west of Mendoza with loamy soil and excellent drainage,
Vistalba has three tiers of red blends or “Cortes” that all have Malbec as a key component. Corte A is highly limited with only 1,000 cases produced, Corte B with 4,000 cases, and Corte C at 20,000.
Region: Luján de Cuyo