The Mondavi family wine history began with Cesare Mondavi, an Italian immigrant who established a grape growing business in California during Prohibition. For four generations, the Mondavi family has crafted world-class wines in the Napa Valley, helping establishing California as the premier wine-growing region it is today. In 1999, Michael Mondavi, together with his wife Isabel, his son Rob Jr., and his daughter Dina, purchased an incredibly wild piece of land in Atlas Peak and planted the Animo vineyard, which gave birth to the Michael Mondavi Family Estate. Today, the estate comprised of Animo and Oso Vineyards, two distinct sites with unique conditions and terroirs. The goal of the Mondavi Family is to create family-owned, heritage driven portfolio of small production, artisanal wines.
Two men, one vision: Julio Bouchon from Chile; David Nieuwoudt from South Africa, a common project: Longaví. The brand, funded in 2012, draws the spirit and the legends of two different continents, uniﬁed by winemaking tradition and friendship. Julio Bouchon is the producer; David, owner of one of South Africa’s most prestigious wineries, is the winemaker. Together, they pursue their goal to reﬂect the deep diversity of Chilean wines with freshness and personality . The vineyards are cultivated following the organic standards while respecting the natural ecosystem, the soil fertility and the vigor of the vines, which in most cases are between 80 and 120 years old: an amazing legacy that Chile can show off to the world.
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Cølibrì was created to respond to the needs of consumers that are drinking less alcohol and are looking for different options without compromising on flavor and style. The brand offers a valuable alternative that provides consumers the freedom to choose high-quality wines without alcohol. The wines are produced in collaboration with an innovative premium estate located in Friuli Venezia Giulia, an extremely diverse region in the northeast of Italy between the Alps and the Adriatic, bordering Austria and Slovenia. Cølibrì wines are crafted from top quality grapes that embody the local terroir and reflect the tradition of the territory. To make sure that the wines preserve their natural character and aromas, the dealcoholization process is carried out with membrane technique. This gentle method of dealcoholization ensures respect for the color and structure of the wine, as well as an highly-precise end result which doesn't require any oxygen enrichment nor filtration.
In 1999, Mirco and Gloria Gottardi decided to the plant their dreams, which brought to life an abandoned land on the Bassano hillside, where more than 60,000 vines and 1,000 olive trees found the perfect conditions to grow vigorous. The bond with nature, and its continuous becoming, inspired the rediscovery and the enhancement of the territory through its fruits and motivated the willingness to communicate it to the world through wine. Contrà Soarda rises on a unique environment, related to volcanic soil, to the constant sun exposure, to the temperature ﬂuctuation phenomenon originated by the cold northern winds coming from Valsugana Valley. The respect, the interaction and the enhancement of the peculiarities of the soil, the microclimate, and the exposition reveals themselves as the fundamental variables of an authentic viticulture and its identity.
Balthasar Ress is a family-owned wine estate founded 1870 in Hattenheim, Rheingau. Thanks to the fast developments brought by the fourth and fifth generation, with Mr Stefan and Christian Ress, the estate is today one of the leading wineries in the region and in Germany, and VDP member since 1989. Balthasar Ress wines reflect what the different soil types, microclimate and winemaking philosophy: wines with character and potential. Since 2010, the estate have slowly and continuously approached the organic viticulture, which made them today the biggest organic certified estate in the region of Hessen. Passion, creativity, attractive marketing, innovative concepts, willingness to challenge are the basis behind this amazing reality. "Mediocrity sucks" (C.R.)