11 Agosto 2020
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CALCARIUS - VALENTINA PASSALACQUA

Valentina Passalacqua is the soul of the Calcarius Project born on the Gargano, a step away from some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. In the municipality of Apricena is the limestone to mark the lives of people. We are in the first extraction center of southern Italy and the Apricena stone (consisting of 96% calcium carbonate) even embellishes some decorations of the palace of Caserta. On this terroir at 150 m above sea level, with a favorable South-West exposure, the 45 hectares of the farm unfold, of which 20 are used for vineyards, cultivated mainly with native varieties that are the result of a historical-cultural contamination that has its roots in Magna Graecia: Nero di Troia, Bombino, Greco, Falanghina, Negroamaro and Aleatico. The carefully not-interventionist approach does the rest, defining wines with an intriguing and tasty character that have won us over. The one indicated on all the labels is the atomic number of calcium.

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PHILIPPE DELMEE

A Nicoise in the Loire! After a first life as a mathematics teacher, Philippe Delmée settled with his caravan in the heart of the vineyards with the project of producing natural wine...and what an idea! Today on 5 hectares, Philippe and Aurélien work "the old way", pressing the grapes harvested by hand in a very old ratchet press and vinifying the wines without using chemicals in the vineyard and cellar. The house specialty is to produce super thirst-quenching, lively and always evolving wines! Features that immediately made us fall in love with them! Wonderful discovery that we hope you will want to share with us!!!

ANDREA CALEK

There are essential wine growers when we talk about natural wines and Andrea Calek is one of them! Based in Valvignières, in the heart of the Ardèche, for ten years Andrea cultivates a small area of vines located within a radius of a few hundred meters around the cellar. Here everything is done by hand and without any use of chemicals, thus trying to preserve the purity of the fruit in the wines produced and that we must say a bet more than a success! Andrea Calek's wines are uncompromising bottles, with a splendid acidity that gives them freshness and a high drinkability! True little wonders, unfortunately too rare...notice for fans!

BODEGAS CUEVA

We are in the Valencian community, inside the splendid village of La Portera, precisely in Utiel Requena, a country where we find the small and fascinating reality of Bodegas Cueva.
Surrounded by centuries-old vines and with the aim of obtaining natural wines with personality and able to make us feel unique and incomparable sensations, the legendary Mariano Taberner works who, with over 15 years of experience, mixes his knowledge as a winemaker and his great ability creative to obtain natural wines always fun and of excellent quality! Thanks to his vast knowledge of grapes and craft processes, he always manages to extract the essence of the Mediterranean to turn it into wine and this is what made us fall head over heels in love with his products!
Obviously, respect for the environment, biodiversity and health is one of the pillars of this company, with the vineyards certified by the Committee for ecological agriculture of the Valencian Community since many years now. In its over 200 square meters of cellar built in the eighteenth century, today it has an average production of 20,000 bottles, all obtained almost exclusively with the use of native vines, without clarification, filtration and addition of sulfur dioxide. So don't miss the opportunity to give yourself a few bottles full of joy and happiness!!!

Cueva Joy '18 - 21,90€ OUT OF STOCK

LE COLLECTIF ANONYME

The Collective Anonymous has overflow between Collioure and Port Vendres (Roussillon, Catalan Coast)! On these slopes, the highest in the surrounding area and not mechanizable, where those who choose viticulture without chemistry must roll up their sleeves, the wines of these legendary boys are born.
The work is mainly based on old vines located on terraces with beautiful rocky walls overlooking the Mediterranean, where a series of forgotten and poorly managed vineyards have been "adopted", with the aim, in addition to making good wine, to safeguard and preserve this unique and endangered landscape.
In the vineyard the weapons are simple: pickaxe, shears, knapsack sprayer! The approach of the members of the Collectif Anonyme is quite simple: to produce wine in a natural way, with a minimal ecological impact, without placing man before nature. An uncompromising approach which however translates into a truly surprising result! Southern wines, warm and structured, with a real extra soul! A 100% manual work, up to some vintages whose labels are made one by one with a stencil or in screen printing. Trying them will be a sensational experience and you won't find them around very often!

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AJOLA

Ajola is a farm located in Sugana between Lake Bolsena and Orvieto, on the border between Lazio and Umbria. The area of volcanic origin, with red, brown, almost black soil is particularly suited to the production of high quality wines. The project is carried out by young winemakers Jacopo and Luigi. Wines that are reminiscent of peasant tradition and are simple, rustic and easy to drink. The vineyards are cultivated in biodynamic and represent the local grapes of the area such as Procanico, Verdello, Dolpeggio, Malvasia and Sangiovese. In the cellar fermentations are spontaneous and nothing is added to the must, the wines are not filtered or clarified before being bottled, and obviously no sulfur dioxide is added. So they are born very fresh, clean wines, where the drinkability is the host and is the added value and leitmotif of all these products!

ES D'AQUI JL PINTO

Es Aqui is Jean Louis Pinto a young and talented winemaker from the South West of France, where he has his very small cellar in the town of Moulin Neuf. Like many young and wine-enthusiasts, they make their bones in various small and large cellars and with approaches to agriculture of various kinds; but as on many occasions, the shock come out at the first sip of a natural wine that awakened in him emotions and sensations now dormant or even never felt! Immediately quitting his job, he reset his mind and started drawing his new project. Jean Louis does not have a single vineyard, but rather 8 selected micro parcels in the best terroirs, ranging from the surroundings of Gaillac to St Chinian, Malepère, Ariège, Corbières. Each year the grapes of each area are vinified separately and each cuvée responds and faithfully tells the characteristics of the vintage of each particular area. A production of high quality and territoriality squeezed into every single grape for cuvee produced between 600 and 1,500 label bottles.

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ETNELLA

Etnella founded by Dadide Bentivenga in 2009, stands on the slopes of the great Sicilian volcano. The winery wisely interprets the uniqueness of the territory of Etna, thanks to a traditional viticulture that enhances biodiversity.
The vineyards extend for 5 hectares, distributed on the north-east side of the volcano in the district of Presa, Linguaglossa, Passopisciaro and Randazzo. Each parcel is differentiated by lava stratification, exposure and altitude, which varies from 600 to 1000 meters above sea level. The cultivated varieties are mainly indigenous, such as Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante, Catarratto with some vines that reach even 150 years of age!
Davide takes care of his land with great love and careful craftsmanship: pesticides are totally banned and human intervention is reduced to a minimum, with the only help of copper and sulfur. Around the vines you can also see olive trees and fruit trees, which give wealth to the territory and allow you to maintain a natural balance.
In the cellar, the most natural vinification is aimed at highlighting the particular mineral character of the wines: the fermentations are absolutely spontaneous thanks to the exclusive use of indigenous yeasts, any clarification or filtration of wine, the addition of sulphites it's minimal or nothing.
The Etnella winery produces lively and vibrant wines, which tell each sip the magic and complexity of the Etna territory, faithfully returning its different nuances: from each district a different wine is born, which is processed separately, thus enhancing the relative terroir . The Etnella wines express with their elegance and structure a unique place, characterized at the same time by the austerity of the mountain and by the sapidity of the sea, presenting a Sicily that you don't expect.

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JEAN FRANCOIS COUTELOU

Ten hectares, all cultivated in the most natural way possible in Puimisson (a few kilometers from Béziers), this is the microcosm of Jean François Coutelou. Since 1987 organic...very far from fashion considerations or trends! In fact we are talking about real peasant agriculture confirming that Jeff has his terroir in his bowels. Old vines planted years and years ago, impressive works on the ground, creations of hedges and trees to reshape the landscape of this very mono-cultivated area, planting of flowered bands to protect insects and develop microbial life...here the team does not miss nothing to chance, simply for the love and passino for his own land.
Therefore, very characteristic wines come out of the cellar and reflect the vintage in all its characteristics. So don't miss the opportunity to drink a real and authentic glass of Languedoc!!!

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BARRANCO OSCURO - MANUEL VALENZUELA

Manuel Valenzuela, one of the pioneers in Spain in the production of natural wines!
12 hectares of vines immersed in the mountains of La Controviesa, in the Sierra Nevada, at an impressive altitude: they are located at 1368 meters above sea level!!! The cultivation is therefore miraculous and follows the principles of organic and sustainable agriculture, in full respect of nature.
Thanks to a Mediterranean mountain climate, the low rains and the soils poor of shale and clays produce very low yields and very rich juices, very important for obtaining wines of excellent quality!

ESCODA SANAHUJA

We are in Catalonia, and it is here that Joan after spending years working in a large local winery and traveling in the vineyards of France, decides to put his experiences into action.
It was '99 when he started producing wine in his wife's village, Conca de Barberà, near Montblanc, where from the beginning all the vineyards were cultivated biodynamically and in 2005 the final turning point starting to produce wines with no added sulphites, a practice which continues today and with exceptional results!
The vineyards are located in various areas around Montblanc, all using different planting systems depending on the location, soil and grape variety. There is a large variety of grapes planted, from many international ones that Joan loves personally, to native varieties.
In the cellar Joan constantly experiments and consequently every year not only the grapes will express themselves differently, but also himself and his wines! All this not by chance, but to prove the exact expression of the vintage in an attempt to strike a perfect balance between complexity and freshness.
Only spontaneous fermentations and without the addition of sulphites in any phase for wines always made completely naturally and in the simplest way possible.

Els Bassots 2018 - € 32.90; OUT OF STOCK

CASTELLO DI STEFANAGO

We are in Borgo Priolo one of the most suitable areas of Oltrepò Pavese for the cultivation of vines.
A splendid family reality that has now reached the fifth generation and is now managed by the two brothers Antonio and Giacomo Baruffaldi. The wines are the result of commitment, passion and constant research to innovate tradition. 20 hectares of vineyards cultivated organically, with vines located between 300 and 470 mt, and are interspersed to enhance the biodiversity of the land.
Castello di Stefanago is especially known for having created an exceptional and innovative version of sparkling wine, the result of a production method called "Ancestral", halfway between a traditional Classic Method and a Refermented in the bottle: the second fermentation takes place spontaneously in the bottle for the natural presence of yeasts and residual sugars and is subjected to dégorgement before being put on sale. The labels of Castello di Stefanago are linked to each other by the common thread of drinkability, as well as by the exceptional relationship between quality and price. The end products are never out of line and are well suited to varied and different palates thanks to a sip that is always enjoyable and rich in fruit!

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CANLIBERO

Here is the wonderful reality of Canlibero! In Torrecuso in Sannio in the Benevento area, a very suitable area for the production of wine. Ennio Romano and Mena Iannella are the architects of the project. Both believe that wine is spiritual nourishment, but so that it gives emotions and feelings of well-being it must be done with awareness!
Two hectares of vineyards, divided into different parcels in the territory, but all united by a cultivation that follows the biodynamic philosophy. The vineyards, which are located at altitudes between 420 and 470 meters on clayey and rocky soils, are Aglianico, Fiano, Falanghina and Trebbiano, and some as the Aglianico vineyard called Turrumpiso reaches 50 years of age. In the cellar, Canlibero wines are obtained through spontaneous vinification with indigenous yeasts, no use of sulfur dioxide, and no filtration or clarification before bottling. Canlibero wines know how to excite and communicate the ethics and personality of those who produced it! Exceptional portraits of a beautiful area always dedicated to the production of great wines!!!

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CROCIZIA

Located in the village of Pastorello di Langhirano a few kilometers south of Parma, with vineyards overlooking the valley of the torrent Parma, and where Marco and Aurelio Rizzardi cultivate 5 hectares at 500 asl planted with grapes of the territory.
The love for the land has always been on the part of both and in 1992 they decide to recover an old ruin and an old vineyard set in the woods, among trees and meadows. Then they plant Lambrusco Maestri, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Croatina, Sauvignon and Malvasia di Candia. In 2003 they get the organic certification. It's a certificate for a rich and regenerated land with a long abandonment, characterized by a cool and breezy climate dictated by the altitude and by the proximity of the stream, with a calcareous soil for wines with good acidity and vivacity. Almost the entire production is a hymn to the refermentation in bottle. Typology dictated more by a tradition of the territory than by a real choice, these wines have always accompanied a fatty kitchen with wide use of pork in all its forms. Bottled in the spring with a slight residual sugar without being filtered, they resume and end the fermentation in the bottle with the first hot which reactivate the metabolic activity of yeasts. Perhaps the only way to completely close a land, a territory, its grapes and the season that accompanied them.

AZIENDA AGRICOLA FRANCO TERPIN

Franco's wines require attention because they speak of his way of conceiving nature, vineyard, and winemaking. Everything is linked to seasonality, without forcing, without synthesis products.
The long maceration of grapes is a tradition-based choice, such as long rests in wooden barrels and bottling aging. Small plots on Monte Calvario and San Floriano give to Franco the opportunity to express his wine philosophy. The diamond tip of his production is the Ribolla Gialla which represents his most significant expression.


Charles Degand "Carlito" - Jura

Searching of the most innovative translation of Jura wines, we came across the new versions of Charles Dagand.
Charles was originally involved with Octavin's Alice Bouvot, but after several considerations he chooses his way and creates his Domaine Carlito.
Exciting wines that strike at breathtaking, with a delicate sensuality next to something that is simply inexplicable. Free wines, sincere and with exceptional vitality, demonstrating that Charles is very good both in the care of the vines and in the production of wine.

BARBACAN

Barbacàn is Angelo Sega and his sons Luca and Matteo, producers of Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) and the other ancient vines of Valtellina from 6 hectares of vineyard on terraced slopes in San Giacomo di Teglio. The screws are located at 500 m.s.l.m. on sandy soils rich in scents, gneiss, granites, and quartz and are located in the classic Valtellina hills that make heroic viticulture. The union of this family to its territory and the maintenance of tradition, is certified by the personal cultivation of a nursery with thirty different Chiavennasca biotypes. The approach is natural both in the vineyard and in the cellar and this is reflected very much in their wines, which naturally arise not standardized, but different in each year, because each year rightly reflects the weather and weather conditions that for 12 months have interacted with the screws. In this way, thanks to the savoir faire of these exceptional winemakers, every year ancient gestures are repeated that carry on the identity of a people that has always been linked to the cultivation of Nebbiolo. This is how the wines of Barbacan are born, crafted in the true sense of the word and respectful of the terrors of belonging, faithful portraits of the vintages with their oddities and their balances, always different and always a pleasant surprise!

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DOS TIERRAS - VINI BADALUCCO

This is the fascinating project of Beatriz De La Iglesia Garcia, Spanish from Seville and Pierpaolo Badalucco, from Sicily. Back in Sicily to manage the family vineyards in the territory of Petrosino, a small town on the sea between Marsala and Mazara del Vallo. Beatriz brought some Spanish varieties to Sicily and planted them in some vineyards. Thus the Dos Tierras project was born: a blend of Sicilian grapes with Spanish grapes, all grown in Sicily.
Production in biodynamic, no use of chemicals in the vineyard and in the cellar, but only the "savoir faire" of these exceptional winemakers!

PRODUCTS OFFERED BY OUR WINESHOP:

I CLIVI

The company was founded in 1996, when Ferdinando Zanusso, after many years working around the world, bought two land plots with very neglected vines: one in Brazzano di Cormons, the other in Gramogliano.
The vineyard of Gramogliano, adjacent to the cellar, is surrounded by the woods and is divided into two parts, San Pietro e Galea, which give the name to two lines of production.
The vines are very old and they are even 60 years old. With the exception of Merlot we find only white berry varieties, the real protagonist of production.
Today, Ferdinando, together with his son Mario, is a promoter of viticulture dedicated to respect for the land.

Friulano San Pietro Friuli C.O. DOC 2016 14,50€;OUT OF STOCK
Verduzzo Friuli C.O. DOC 2015 17,50€;OUT OF STOCK
Malvasia Collio DOC 2015 19,90€;OUT OF STOCK
Galea Bianco FCO DOC 2014 21,90€ OUT OF STOCK

COSIMO MARIA MASINI

The Cosimo Maria Masini farm is based on the hills of San Minato, an ancient medieval village in the heart of Tuscany, in the province of Pisa, along the route of Francigena Street, land of Wines and White Truffle (the precious tuber magnatum).
The estate, owned by the Masini family since 2000, extends over a single hill, 40 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and arable land.
Villa la Selva, the heart of the estate, is an ancient mansion already belonged to the Buonaparte family, later acquired in the mid-nineteenth century by the Marquis Cosimo Ridolfi, the founder of the agrarian faculty at the University of Pisa that started the innovative technical vineyards and build the currently used wine cellar.
The vineyards, located at about 100 meters above sea level, extend for about 13 hectares on clayey soil of Pliocene origin, rich in fossils with microclimatic conditions ideal for the vine.
The varieties grown are those of the Tuscan wine tradition: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano, White and Black Malvasia, Buonamico, San Colombano and an almost disappeared native, Sanforte, of which they are recovering the genetic heritage. The latest plants also include international vines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Nicole 2017 - IGT Sangiovese 16,50€;OUT OF STOCK
Cosimo 2015 - IGT Rosso 25€;OUT OF STOCK
Annick 2018 - IGT Toscana bianco 14,00€.OUT OF STOCK
Sincero 2017 - IGT Rosso 11,90€OUT OF STOCK

ANDREA OCCHIPINTI

After met Gradoli and its vineyards as a student at the faculty of Agraria at the University of Tuscia di Viterbo, so much so that it was the subject of his thesis, in 2004 Andrea Occhipinti started this extraordinary project.
The company was born on the north-western shores of Bolsena lake, in the heart of Gradoli, about 450 m. Agricola Occhipinti benefits from the climatic condition characterized by the presence of the largest volcanic lake in Europe.
Its objective is to preserve and enhance the characteristics of the two native grape varieties of Gradoli, Aleatico and red Grechetto, through the mass selection of the most suitable vineyards for the volcanic nature of the soil, scrupulous methods with which the grapes, at the right maturation step, harvested and transported, and a special care in the stages of drying, wine making and preservation, where the taste of tradition and the effervescence of innovation blend perfectly.

Alea Viva 2019 19,90€
Rosso Arcaico 2019 16,90
Alea Rosa 2019 14,90€

ELIOS SICILY

"Elios" born from the passion of two young Sicilian friends who, in love with their land,
they decide to take the family farms by the hand to develop their potential.
MODUS BIBENDI arises from the strong conviction that wine should be conceived by a natural vinification that excludes an invasive intervention and the use of chemical substances. A wine that is pure expression of nature and the territory from which the grapes come.
Wine must not be a product to be adapted to the taste of the consumer, but an expression of the nature and characteristics of the territory from which the grapes come.

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DANIELLI RICCARDO

we present Riccardo Danielli dreamer in Allerona and his PLIOCENE, blend of Grechetto and Trebbiano. We are in Umbria on the border with Tuscany and Lazio where the new adventure of this young winemaker is born; this first vintage was vinified in collaboration with the super friends of Il Vinco, but the project will come to life even more next year, when the new cellar will light up and we'll begin to taste the fruits of the small microparticles with fifty-year-old vines refurbished by Riccardo!
Spontaneous fermentation with only indigenous yeasts and short maceration on the skins for 2 days; no addition of sulphites, no filtration or clarification. Great minerality, super citrus mix, herbaceous notes and a captivating drinkability...impossible to ask for more!
On the label among the waves that become Umbrian hills there is a whale. The whale not only because it's the symbol of Riccardo's rebirth, but also because the vineyards (around 500 meters above sea level) lie on what was the seabed in the Pliocene era.
Unmissable little gem!!!

I CACCIAGALLI

I Cacciagalli is a young company of the Alto Casertano that produces extremely expressive wines of the terroir of origin, respecting nature and in love for traditional craftsmanship. The company is run by the spouses Diana Iannaccone, a young agronomist, and Marco Basco, a keen expert on the wine world, and represents the path of life that they bravely undertook, driven by the dream of creating sincere and intense wines.
The environment that surrounds the company is dominated by the Roccamonfina volcano, no longer in business and which has left an extremely rich and mineral soil, a fertile cradle ideal for vineyards. The territory is also crossed by the Volturno river, which gives other important nutrients. The result is perceived in the fresh and mineral wines of I Cacciagalli, whose bunches have grown in hot and dry days and have remarried in the mild and windy nights.
The choice to leave space for nature, in the formation of the personality of the wines, has led the company to forge a solid philosophy, applying the principles and practices of biodynamics in the vineyard. The use of terracotta amphorae for the vinification of grapes is significant: in this way all the aromas are preserved unchanged. The Caserta terroir is thus told by wines born of the love of Diana and Marco, with an intense and elegant character, an expression of love for their land.

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ABBAZIA SAN GIORGIO PANTELLERIA ISLAND

Creature of the extraordinary Battista Belvisi, farmer, winegrower, wine cellar and winemaker, who with three and a half hectares located in Khamma in the southeastern part of the island, has managed to create wines that are increasingly spectacular and interesting!
The vineyards located at about 300 meters on the level of the sea with an average age of 60 years, are cultivated with biological management and use of biodynamic techniques. Vinification exclusively made with indigenous yeasts, and no type of adjuvant and additive is used, furthermore during the transformation steps no sulfur dioxide is used. No sulfites added to all wines. JUST NATURAL WINE!!!

Lustro 2018 25,90€; OUT OF STOCK
Defiu 2017 33,90€ OUT OF STOCK

ANDREA CERVINI - Vino del Poggio

Il Poggio is a small winery of Piacenza guided by ancient rural wisdom by Andrea Cervini, born among the vineyards and promoter of a clean viticulture that does not use pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, but only sulfur and copper.
The vineyards are located in the Val Trebbia a fertile and evocative territory, surrounded by woods and hills.
Produced according to tradition and with artisanal methods, the wines of the Poggio are characterized by pleasantness of drink, great aromatic cleanness and uniqueness of expression. They are produced from grapes typical of the area, from long macerations, from a minimum use of sulphites and from refining in cask, and are not filtered before being put on the market. In this way the best characteristics of the territory are enhanced to give life to good, expressive, extraordinarily gastronomic wines.

DENAVOLO

Giulio Armani is the soul of this small company that is one of the few producers that can boast a production that has always been based on the search for authentic Emilian wines with an ancient charm, products recovering the most traditional local practices.
The vineyards of the winery extend for small parcels on a very calcareous ground on Mount Dinavolo, between 400 and 500 meters above sea level. Here the most typical grape varieties of the area are cultivated through ecological and sustainable practices, mainly white grapes: Malvasia di Candia, Marsanne and Ortrugo, but also Trebbiano romagnolo and other minor varieties. The processing in the cellar involves long maceration on the skins, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, no addition of sulphites and no filtration. These practices, which differ from the precepts of conventional enology, have been experimented by Giulio for many years at the La Stoppa winery and have become the symbol of a method that is at the same time new and very old to make wine.
The wines of Denavolo winery reflect the most direct, traditional and fundamentalist face of the enogastronomy of Emilia. They are paradigmatic wines, rustic, dynamic, expressive, sometimes instinctive, unfailingly able to amaze and give great satisfaction.

IL CASALE - BIODYNAMIC FARM

The farm Il Casale is located in Certaldo, a fantastic medieval village between Florence and Siena and has always been run by the Giglioli-Rinaldi family since 1770. Today it's managed by Antonio Giglioli who was one of the first in Italy to cultivate the vines in biodynamic. 7 hectares of vineyards where no chemical substances are used but only biodynamic preparations. In the cellar fermentations are spontaneous with only indigenous yeasts. Even for white wines, long macerations on the skins are used in order to extract the maximum from each single bunch. The refinements take place in 50-year-old chestnut barrels from 20 to 40 hectoliters. Surprising wines that never tire of letting you drink without tiring!


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