Trentino Alto Adige
Friuli Venezia Giulia
THE ESTATE, THE PEOPLE AND THEIR PHILOSOPHY The cellar is situated in Adro, the heart of Franciacorta. The vineyard, mostly Chardonnay and Pinot black grapes, ranges an area of 12 hectares; Franca Contea is a young firm, but has it’s shoulders generations of farmers; Was born in 1998 from the work of Louis, Michael and Alexandra, who together have embarked on this journey of growth with seriousness and commitment, setting themselves target of high level. The firm aims to excellence for his wines but do not want to get in a “built” way, but through naturals methods, even if this can disadvantage it, because a “built” wine will result much better, but that is the challenge. Franca Contea aims to provide a quality product but genuine from the earth, gathering the fruits of the work that earth can give, and using technology to enhance the territoir. WINEMAKING: MODERN AUTOCLAVES AND SOFT PRESS MACHINE An electronic remote system permits wine making avoiding sulfuric anhydride so it is possible to preserve fragrances and perfumes acquired from grapes during the maturation. Red grapes, with the stalk remover, are previously destemmed to take out the grapes and then pressed. After this operation, must and skins are moved into steel sinks, with a guarantee of high hygiene and cleanliness. In the first days (8-12) of fermentation, must is subjected to a special treatment called delastage: the liquid part of the must is moved,3-5 times per day, over the skins that, acting like a filter, release color and tannin giving high structure to wine. After bottling the wine settles for a few months without light, noises and with temperature and humidity constantly controlled. The evolution of the enologic art in Franca Contea farm starts as soon as the white grapes reach the cellar, which are pressed with an innovative vacuum press (the first in Franciacorta to use it, and between the first in Italy) operating in an inert environment and with a maximum depression of –o.7 atm. This means a shorter oxidation of the must and fragrances preservation and the possibility to carry out the carbonic maceration and cryomaceration.
THE WINERY The Negri Winery, founded in 1953 by Nereo Negri, it is specialized in the winemaking of high quality Lambrusco Mantovano. In the ‘70s, the company sees the entrance of the son Roberto, the current owner and oenologist .The company began to invest in vineyards located in Sabbioneta, the best area for the cultivation of Lambrusco wine in the province of Mantua, it is a fertile land bounded by the rivers: The Po and The Oglio. Hence the selection of wines “Roberto Negri.” The company, focused on innovation but always respecting the traditions, produces an outstanding Lambrusco which has its own niche market. This enforces the conviction that even from an “ordinary” wine, which is often considered the Lambrusco, you can get wines able to give you extraordinary emotions. From here our wines including, in addition to the “traditional” Lambrusco (Charmat method) we are proud of our Red and Rosè Lambrusco classic method, a late harvest of Lambrusco and a raisin Lambrusco wine “passito”. Today the company, with its qualified production, is present in the main relevant international market: restaurant industry and wine shops. It has gained significant national and international recognition for the quality of its wines. OUR GRAPES RUBERTI: it is pre-eminently the Mantuan Lambrusco vine, since it is particularly used for this wine, therefore such grapes can be rightly considered as the grapes characterizing the Mantuan Lambrusco. The main properties of such vine are its strong gamy flavour and smell, which can particularly be found in marasca cherries, currants, strawberries and raspberries. Moreover, it also creates a remarkable sourish note, a typical peculiar feature of red wild fruits being not completely ripe; such sourness gives the typical freshness Lambrusco wine is well-known for. SALAMINO: this vine has also wild fruit notes, in terms of taste and smell, but they are sweeter compared to Ruberti vine. For this reason, it is able to smooth the strong nature of Ruberti vine as well as give a bright colour to Lambrusco wine. MAESTRI & MARANI: both these vines show the typical features of red wild fruits and flowers, in terms of taste and smell, but mostly of the less strong ones, such as cherry, blackberry and violet. Both these vines shall not be considered as essential for giving structure to wine. ANCELLOTTA: in terms of smell, the main characteristic of this vine is a very ripe red wild fruit smell. Similar to the smell of sour black cherry and blackberry. Taste and smell are particularly smooth and sweet. This vine is always utilized in Lambrusco wine blending, because it is able to mix and balance smell and taste of other varietis of grapes by giving them harmony and structure. Furthermore, this vine is very important, since it gives a rich colour to the wine.
COMPANYThe wine growing and wine producing activity of the NERA family started in 1940 with Guido Nera, who was succeeded, at the end of the fifties, by his son Pietro, who resolutely and proudly united various hectares of vineyards adjacent to the winery’s original property, which are now owned by the winery Azienda Agricola CAVEN founded in 1982 by the brothers Stefano and Simone Nera.Casa Vinicola Pietro Nera is one of the most important and prestigious wineries in the Valtellina and boasts a long tradition in enhancing and promoting the territory, as well as cultivating vineyards and producing high-quality, unique wines,which have been awarded certifications of merit in various national and international competitions. WINERYThe grapes that are harvested are vinified according to longstanding expertise and passion of the Nera family in the cellar situated in Chiuro (province of Sondrio). Total wine production amounts to 40,000 litres, of which about 10,000 litres are aged in oak casks, barriques and tonneaux. All the wine-making processes are meticulously performed with methodical thoroughness and know-how, fully respecting timehonoured wine-making traditions.The company produces the entire range of Valtellina appellation wines: Sforzato di Valtellina D.O.C.G., the Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. wines of the various subzones Sassella, Inferno, Grumello, Valgella and the relevant prestigious riservas (‘Riserve’), as well as Rosso di Valtellina D.O.C. and the other I.G.T. Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio Rosso, Bianco and Passito Rosso wines. The riserva wines are produced, only in the best years, from grapes picked in historical vineyards that are monitored by the agriculturist and oenologist of the company, Stefano Nera. Among these, we wish to highlight two crus: Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. Signorie® Riserva made from grapes picked in a vineyard in the subzone Valgella, in the commune of Chiuro, and Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. Paradiso® Riserva, derived from grapes from a vineyard in the subzone Inferno, straddling the communes of Poggiridenti and Tresivio. Besides these wines, we also wish to point out our exclusive grappas obtained from the pomace used to make Sassella, Inferno and Sforzato wines as well as the Cuvée Caven metodo classico sparkling wine. Excellent vineyard management and vinification of the grapes are achieved through the passion, the pride and the work of a family, which uses all its resources and professionalism to offer consumers and wine enthusiasts
Born in the marvellous Franciacorta region. Pavó represents a new, young reality, whose history and production philosophy revolve entirely around the figure of the peacock, an animal symbol of vanity and beauty. The production range of this winery is in fact made up of labels that want to draw attention first through aesthetics but which promise a faithful correspondence to taste.Pavò is mainly Franciacorta DOCG, a denomination that explores in three dosages: the Brut marks the stylistic imprint of the cellar, accompanied by a marvelous Satèn with a velvety consistency and an Extra Dry unique of its kind, characterized by a greater structure that perfectly combines with a delicate softness.