Wine News

September is the month of the harvest, so this newsletter could only focus on this truly magical event, which has been handed down from generation to generation, century after century.

This Harvest Special Edition is only a first part, in which we want to offer you the main information and numbers from all over Italy. The next one will exclusively concern the harvest of our wineries, which are still in the middle of this season.

HARVEST 2021 AROUND ITALY

A negative sign for the Italian harvest of 2021, at 44.5 million hectolitres, but the quality of the grapes is judged on average good, with peaks of excellence. Despite the adverse climatic conditions (spring frosts, summer drought), Italy confirms its leadership at European and world level, ahead of Spain (39 mln/hl with -16%) and France (34.2 mln/hl with -24%).

In Italy, the situation is quite varied: a decline of 12% in the North and Center, while the South registers a -5% with Sicily, Campania and Calabria recording growth.

HIGHLIGHTS REGION BY REGION

NORTH ITALY

PIEDMONT

The estimated production is 2.43 mln/hl, thus marking a decrease of 10%.  At the beginning of September the harvest of Moscato and Brachetto began,followed by ArneisDolcetto and Barbera. In the next few days it will be the time of Nebbiolo. There are excellent premises for  great quality, by virtue of the moderate quantity.

 

LOMBARDY
The estimated production is 1.23 mln/hl, for a -20%. The harvest began around August 15th in Franciacorta and Oltrepò Pavese, where a decrease of even 25% is expected. Lugana and Valtenesi were less affected by adverse weather conditions (-10%). Quality is expected to be excellent everywhere, except in areas affected by hail.
VENETO

Veneto consolidates its italian productivity record, with almost 11 mln/hl (-7%). For Glera the number of bunches reflects the average; less encouraging data for Pinot GrigioChardonnay has a good vegetative and productive state, as does GarganegaValpolicella grapes confirm a good general conditions.

TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE
Overall production is down compared to last year due to the lower average weight of the bunches. It is estimated 1.17 mln/hl, for a decrease of 10%. The varieties most affected by the decline in production are ChardonnayMerlot and Pinot Grigio. The average quality is excellent, in particular the autochthonous red grapes and the semi-aromatic whites.
CENTRAL ITALY

TUSCANY
Current conditions and weather suggest a complex and difficult to read harvest. There will be some areas that will be able to finish the ripening process, while others will have a postponed harvest. For various factors, a highly concentrated harvest is expected, more suited to the production of reds1.65 mln/hl is estimated, with a 25% decrease.

ABRUZZO
The estimated production is 2.88 mln/hl, for a decrease of 18%. The vines are in excellent condition, albeit with small grape sizes, especially for the white ones. The harvest began in mid-August for the early varieties; now it is time for red berried varieties. An interesting vintage is assumed for red wines, while
whites will lack freshness.
SOUTH ITALY

CAMPANIA
Campania is one of the few regions to register a plus (+5%), with an estimated production of 751,000 hl. The climatic conditions, in fact, have allowed a management of the vineyards without particular problems. In general, at the moment, very good quality of the grapes is expected.

APULIA
It is the second region in terms of production, after Veneto; it is estimated that approximately 8.55 mln/hl will be produced. Overall, production is expected to drop by 5% compared to the last harvest and a really good year from a health and quality point of view of the grapes. A slightly higher production is expected for Primitivo.

SICILY
The estimated production is almost 4 million/hl, for a growth of 9%. The harvest began a week in advance, at the end of July for the sparkling wine base grapes. In August the harvest of Nero d’AvolaSyrahGrillo and Zibibbo   began at the beginning of September. Good quality and aromatic curve.

SARDINIA
The Vermentino harvest began around mid-August, followed by the grapes used for the rosé wines. From mid-September it was time for Carignano, while now it is time for Cannonau. All the grapes show excellent quality, with a good acid/sugar balance and good aromatic intensity. The estimated production is 404,000 hl, for a decrease of 15%.
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MAMA birra

MaMa beer

Ma.Ma is an Italian craft beer that is bringer of the principles of our land: nature, purity and quality of raw materials.

All beers do not contain non-malted cereals, they are neither filtered nor pasteurised, but re-fermented in the bottle in order to preserve to the maximum the original organoleptic characteristics of the beer, without adding preservatives and chemical additives.

Pure malt ale, gluten free, brewed with both barley and wheat malts. Ma.Ma Gluten Free has a fresh taste, is slightly fruity and bitter, with a thick, creamy and adherent head. Unfiltered, unpasteurised, top-fermented and second fermentation in the bottle.

Pure malt ale, brewed with both barley and wheat malts. Ma.Ma Bianca has a fresh taste, a low bitterness and is slightly acid, with a thick, creamy and adherent head. Unfiltered, unpasteurised, top-fermented and second fermentation in the bottle.

Pure malt ale, brewed with 100% barley malt. Ma.Ma Chiara has a fresh taste, is slightly fruity and bitter, with a thick, creamy and adherent head. Unfiltered, unpasteurised, top-fermented and second fermentation in the bottle.

Pure malt amber ale, brewed with 100% barley malt. Dry beer with an intense taste and a slight bitterness, furthermore it has an aftertaste of caramel. Its head is thick, creamy and adherent. Unfiltered, unpasteurised, top-fermented and second fermentation in the bottle.

Pure malt ale, brewed with 100% barley malt, has a defined bitterness and a herbaceous aftertaste due to the use of selected hops. Its head is thick, creamy and adherent. unfiltered, unpasteurised, top-fermented and second fermentation in the bottle. Unfiltered, unpasteurised, top-fermented and second fermentation in the bottle.

 

Flea, the largest Italian craft beer!

We are happy to introduce you a FLEA BEER!

The company produces high quality craft beer becoming a concrete reality where tradition meets modernity; the genuineness of raw materials together with the highest standards of innovative production. The malts used derive from the barley exclusively cultivated by the family farm allowing the Flea brewery to connect all its production to an important and transparent peculiar characteristic: the short food supply chain starting just from the barley up to the pure and precious water flowing from the worldwide known springs of Gualdo Tadino.

In the production of every different type of beer we use barley and wheat malts without any process of filtration and pasteurisation. In the production of every different type of beer we use barley and wheat malts without any process of filtration and pasteurisation. The beers are fermented in bottles with the aim of preserving at most their original organoleptic characteristics, without adding any preservatives and chemical additives. The other raw materials are purchased exclusively from selected suppliers.

The company has recently entered into the can market with a collection which recalls the universe. This recalls not also the genuineness of raw materials but also the highest standards of production innovation.

The company is able to satisfy the needs both of specialist retailers and high-end hospitality sector with a production of 65,000 hectolitres of beer per year.

The Flea brewery is developed taking into account the most modern heat insulation techniques which contribute to optimise the energy performance of the building with a consequent saving of economic resources and environmental protection.

 

San Leonardo

We would be happy to introduce to you Tenuta San Leonardo!

More then a 1000 years ago it used to be a monastery, but today, the San Leonardo estate is a garden of vineyards and roses, protected by the massive barrier of the Alps, which blunt the force of the cold northern winds while the valley floor benefits from, and in turn releases, warmth from nearby Lake Garda. The tenuta remains an antique world, in which winemaking practices, still uncompromisingly artisanal, yield wines that are true gems of Italy’s wine tradition, marked by freshness, harmony, and an innate elegance.

In the ancient borgo of San Leonardo live families who from generation to generation have passed down their knowledge of the earth and the art of working it. Many of those who work with the Guerrieri Gonzaga family in the creation of the estate’s  wines were actually born and raised in San Leonardo. They are the ones who determine its shape and identity, and one feels that sense of harmony and belonging as soon as one passes through the gates of the tenuta.

Saying San Leonardo, in the world of wine, means naming an emblem, as Tenuta San Leonardo is identified and used mainly for its best wine. It is something inevitable that happens even if only and exclusively for the wines that have entered history.

You can read more about wines here:

Edoardo Freddi International

Edoardo Freddi International is a company which selects and combines variety of wine producers from different regions all over Italy and matches them with the needs of the best alcohol importers and distributors all over the world.

Edoardo Freddi International works in more than 90 countries worldwide!

Naturali is proud to be a partner of Edoardo Freddi International for a number of years already, successfully cooperating and representing wine producers in several countries worldwide.

Each company that is represented by Edoardo freddi international produces a high-quality wines.

This is a selection of producers to which we would like to introduce you:

 

Vallepicciola: From the lands of Chianti to your glasses. Vallepicciola is immersed in the Pievasciata area, where the new winery is surrounded by almost 275 hectares of rolling hills, woods and vineyards.

 

Terenzi: From Vermentino to Morellino di Scansano. The company was created in 2001 and it now owns 150 hectares of estates and the viticulture covers 60 hectares in Maremma – Tuscany.

 

Sibiliana: Among the biggest wine-growing and wine-producing companies, Cantine Europa is a co-operative society of wine growers established in 1962. Nowadays, it can count up on more than 2.000 partners, 4.500 hectares of vineyards spread in three Sicilian provinces (Trapani, Agrigento and Palermo).

Tenuta Pederzana: Grasparossa di Castelvetro, whose name derives from the characteristic red colour of the stalks when the grapes attain full ripeness, is the grape variety that produces the finest wines among the diversified family of Modena Lambrusco.

Cascina Chicco: Today Cascina Chicco proudly works on 50 hectares of vine-yards, all of which are on hillsides, producing a greatly appreciated amount of Arneis, Favorita, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Roero, Barolo and two metodo classico sparkling wines.

Here you can see a list of our Wine Producers: