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Producers

Common traits overshadow the differences. The farms we work with value character, nature, and truth. They work land with knowledge from tradition and decision-making filtered through 1,000s of hours among their vines, learning up close.

Our portfolio strives to be deep, not broad. The variations that abound in wines produced by hand between one farmer and the next are key to our learning process and are a big part of where the fun is in this endeavor.

We share an emotional, at times irrational bond with these people and their wines. We care about their success, and see value in who they are and what they do. But mostly it’s in the bottle: our love comes from the wine, the same experience you have tasting the wines. So maybe your feelings will be close to the same.

Alberici

Who: Amilcare Alberici his daughter Arianna, cousin Giuseppe Caleffi Where: Boretto, Po Valley, Reggio Emilia What grapes: Lambrusco Salomino, Ancellota, Lambrusco di Fogarina, Nostrano How many bottles: 10,000 Key fact: Lambrusco di Fogarina is a traditional grape saved from extinction by the work of this estate.

Aldo Rainoldi

Who: Aldo Rainoldi Where: Chiuro, Valtellina, Lombardy What Grapes: Nebbiolo, Sauvignon Blanc How many bottles? 180,000 Key fact: High-elevation Nebbiolo farming, on south-facing mountain slopes blanketed in tiny terraced parcels.

Alla Costiera

Who: Filippo Gamba Where: Vo’ Euganeo, Padova What grapes: Friulano, Moscato Giallo, Garganega, Serprino, Raboso… How many bottles: ± 30,000 Key facts: Filippo does it all by himself; 7ha of certified organic farm

Borgo Moncalvo

Who: Andrea and Luca Elegir, and their parents Where: Loazzolo, possibly the smallest DOC in Italy, south of Canelli in Piemonte What grapes: Moscato, Brachetto, Barbera, Dolcetto, Pinot Noir, Cortese How many bottles: 20,000 Key facts: Borgo Moncalvo power their estate entirely with solar panels, and use solar energy for their hot water. Many of their vines were planted in the 1920’s.

Caparsa

Who: Paolo Cianferoni Where: Radda in Chianti, heart of Tuscany What grapes: Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo, Trebbiano, Malvasia How many bottles: 20,000 Key facts: This certified-organic (by CCPB) one-man estate makes compelling wine from old vines in the heart of Chianti Classico, with very little manipulation or modern technology.

Carussin

Who: Bruna Ferro and her sons Matteo and Luca Where: San Marzano Oliveto, Piemonte. South of Asti, north of Canelli What grapes: Barbera, Carica l’Asino, Cortese, Moscato How many bottles: 100,000 Key facts: Certified-organic, with biodynamic tendencies. They make beer. They have donkeys.

Cascina Barisel

Who: Franco Penna Where: Canelli What grapes: Dolcetto, Barbera, Favorita, Moscato How many bottles: 35,000 Key facts: No chemical fertilizers or insecticides are used on this five-hectare family estate. A south facing three-hectare calcium-rich monopole sits immediately behind his cellar and is the source of most of Barisel’s grapes.

Centorame

Who: Lamberto Vannuci Where: Casole di Atri, Abruzzo What Grapes: Trebbiano, Montepulciano, Pecorino Key fact: This 12-hectare organic estate uses massive solar panel towers to create all its energy needs, and more.

Corzano e Paterno

Who: Ajioscha Goldschmidt and his cousin Arianna. Also family members Tillio (sheep) Sibilla (cheese shop) Antonia (dairy) Where: Frazione San Pancrazio, north of Poggibonsi, west of Greve, in Tuscany What grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Cabernet, a little Merlot, Trebbiano, Malvasia, Semillon, Petit Manseng, Chardonnay How many bottles: 85,000 Key facts: This 40-year-old working family farm makes unpasteurized sheep’s milk cheese, olive oil and wine from fields they own on two sides of a valley. The place is an inspiring integration of man and nature.

dacapo

Who: Paolo Dania and Dino Riccomagno Where: Agliano Terme What grapes: Barbera, Ruche, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Chardonnay (for sparkling wine) How many bottles: 50,000 Key facts: Organic. Da capo means from the top. In 1997 this estate represented a new start for two friends, colleagues from the wine trade with a desire to focus on wine with finesse, elegance, and authenticity.

Daniele Saccoletto

Who: Daniele Saccoletto does it all. Where: San Giorgio Monferrato, Close to Casale, Piemonte What grapes: Grignolino, Barbera, Freisa, Nebbiolo, Syrah How many bottles: 20,000 Key facts: Certified organic by ecocert Italy since 2004, certified organic grapes since 2000. Low sulfur (40mg/l roughly). Also no enzymes, added yeasts, no animal gelatin, harvest in 3 successive passes in 14kg baskets.

Degli Ultimi

Who: Sebastiano Ricci, his mother Giulia and brother Martino. Where: Conegliano, Treviso What grapes: Glera (Prosecco), Merlot How many bottles: ± 200,000 Key facts: Alpine glacier water seeps out of the rocks and provides natural irrigation to these vineyards in the hills just outside Conegliano

Fattoria Castellina

Who: Fabio and Elisabetta Montomoli Where: Capraia e Limite, Chianti Montalbano What grapes: Primarily Sangiovese, with Vermentino and small amounts of French Grapes How many bottles: 30,000 total production Key facts: This certified-organic (by IMC) winery uses biodynamic methods including plowing with a horse, and farm fields planted in the old albarello trellising method.

Hofgut Falkenstein

Who: Erich Weber and his son Johannes Where: Konz Niedermennig, Germany What grapes: Riesling, Spätburgunder, Weissburgunder Key facts: the Saar-Mosel-Ruwer region once had many productive vineyards. Erich Weber is working hard to bring some of them back to life.

I Pastini

Who: Lino Carparelli Where: Locorotondo, Puglia What Grapes: Verdeca, Bianco d'Alessano, Fiano Minutolo Key Fact: This family farm in central Puglia is making some of the best whites in the region today.

l’Armonia

Who: Andrea Pendin Where: Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza What grapes: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Durella, Carmenere How many bottles: 9,000 Key facts: Andrea Pendin is a trained chef with a passion for natural wine who is three years down the path to making great wine in the hills of Vicenza.

La Casaccia

Who: Giovanni Rava, his wife Elena, daughter Margherita and son Marcello Where: Cella Monte, just south of the Po River, in Piemonte. What grapes: Barbera, Grignolino, Freisa, Chardonnay, Pinot Nero How many bottles: 30,000 Key facts: Certified organic. The underground cellar of this estate is entirely carved into sedimentary “Pietra da Cantoni” stone, which you see above ground in all of Cella Monte’s buildings.

Lidia e Amato

Who: Lidia and Amato Tavoletti Where: Controguerra, Abruzzo What grapes: Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Pecorino, Passerina How many bottles: 50,000 Key fact: This is a multi-generational organic 12-hectare farm practicing polyculture on slopes wedged between the Apenines and the Adriatic Sea.

Morella

Who: Lisa Gilbee Where: Manduria, Puglia What grapes: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano, small amounts of Petite Verdot, Cabernet, Malbec Key fact: This biodynamic estate is farming very old bush vine Primitivo in an effort to preserve and grow interest in a disappearing form of local agriculture.

Nicolini

Key Facts: Who: Giorgio and Rossana Nicolini Where: Istria What Grapes: Malvasia, Borgogna Nera, Piccola Nera, Vitovska How many bottles: 5,000 Key Facts: This is the smallest estate we import. Two hectares (one planted,) no outside workers, land inherited from grandparents. Fidelity to old methods and indigenous grapes is the guiding principle at Nicolini.

Oltretorrente

Who: Chiara Penati and Michele Conoscente Where: Paderna, near Tortona, Piedmont How many bottles: 15,000 What grapes: Timorasso, Cortese, Barbera, Dolcetto Key facts: A young wine-obsessed couple from Milan and their two kids are starting a new organic farm in sleepy Paderna. So far the results are really exciting!

Piccinin

Who: Daniele and Camilla Piccinin Where: Lessinia, Verona What grapes: Durella, Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Nero How many bottles: 12,000 Certified Organic & Biodynamic Methods Key facts: Daniele is a former chef who makes lively, engaging wine using natural methods. This estate specializes in Durella, a very local white grape.

Paolo Petrilli

Who: Paolo Petrilli Where: Lucera, Puglia What grapes: Nero d'Troia, Aglianico, Montepulciano, Sangiovese How many bottles: 25,000 Certified Organic Key Fact: this certified organic wine and tomato estate is a great place to discover the character of Nero d'Troia.

Pietralta

Who: Pierfranca Lattuada, her son, plus Luciano Bandini in the cellar and Elio Galardi in the fields, both part-time. Where: Gambassi Terme, close to San Gimignano in Southwestern Tuscany What grapes: Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Malvasia, Canaiolo, Colorino How many bottles: 15,000 Key facts: Of 37 hectares total, only 5ha are vineyard and 1ha olive grove; the rest is left to nature. Pietralta have a sustainable, integrated approach to farming. The cellar is in a renovated 13th century building.

Plantamura

Who: Mariangela Plantamura Where: Gioia del Colle What grapes: Primitivo How many bottles: 50,000 Certified Organic Key facts: A certified organic small family farm working with old vines.

Pruneto

Who: Riccardo Lanza Where: Radda in Chianti, on the road to Volpaia, Tuscany What Grapes: Sangiovese How Many Bottles: 13,000 Organic Methods Key Fact: One person. Two fields. 3.5 hectares. Two wines (Chianti Classico and Riserva.) 32 years of labor and dedication.

Terpin

Who: Franco and Daniella Terpin Where: San Floriano del Collio, Gorizia, Friuli Venezia-Giulia What grapes: Friulano, Pinot Grigio..... How Many Bottles: 25,000 Organic Methods Key Fact: This natural estate uses long macerations and aging to produce wild, colorful, textural white wines.

Torre dei Beati

Who: Fausto Albanesi Where: Loreto Aprutino, Abruzzo What grapes: Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Pecorino How many bottles: 100,000 Key fact: This certified-organic family owned and operated estate grows indigenous Abruzzese grapes.

Vallana

Who: Giuseppina Vallana and her children Marina, Miriam and Francis Where: Maggiora, Novara, Alto Piemonte What grapes: Spanna (Nebbiolo) Vespolina, Barbera Organic Methods Key fact: The Vallana family name first shows up in connection to winemaking in Alto Piemonte in 1787. Five generations of the family have made wine at the present estate.

Visintini

Who: Andrea Visintini, Cinzia, Palmira and Oliviero Where: Corno di Rosazzo, Udine, Friuli Venezia-Giulia What grapes: Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Picolit, Franconia, Sauvignon Blanc… How many bottles: ± 150,000 Certified Organic & Biodynamic Methods Key facts: this estate, once the location for the Castle of Gramogliano, has been in the family since 1884

Thurnhof

Who: Andrea Berger Where: Bolzano, Alto Adige What grapes: Vernatsch/Schiava, Sauvignon How many bottles: 20,000 Key fact: Thurnhof is a tiny family-run estate with high mountain vines and a long history.

Rainoldi

Who: Aldo Rainoldi Where: Chiuro, Valtellina What grapes: Nebbiolo/Chiavanesca Key fact: High elevation fields so steep Aldo harvests with the help of pulleys and a helicopter!