WEINWISSER | Bolgheri 2019 — the boom continues

    In autumn 2021, as part of the new “Bolgheri DiVino” format, an Anteprima was held for the first time in the history of this region, which has been sheerly booming for a good decade now. The presentation was crowned with the fabulous and spectacular dinner on the famous Viale dei Cipressi." This was reported in detail by the editor-in-chief of WEINWISSER Giuseppe Lauria in a wonderfully...

    read more

    VINOUS.COM — Valpolicella & Amarone: On the move

    As Eric Guido from Vinous.com very aptly points out, Veneto’s paradigm wine Amarone is still too rarely drunk with food. This may be due to the traditional prejudice that, because of its density and often high alcohol and sugar content, this wine is more likely to be accompanied by an aged cheese or a good cigar. Valpolicella (and the Superiore from the core zone) is also generally not...

    read more

    Sales Start Brunello | 2017 Annata & 2016 Riserva

    At the end of February, Monica Larner published for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate her first ratings of the Brunello di Montalcino 2017 and Riserva 2016 that came on the market this year. She rightly asks in her article and also immediately gives the answer: “And what is the soul of Brunello? The ideal is elegance. Few wine regions in the world have the potential to produce wines with such...

    read more

    COS | Sicilian pioneers of amphora wine

    The acronym COS stands for the initials of the three founders of the winery: Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Pinuccia Strano. As early as 1985, the triumvirate became a duo, consisting of Giambattista Cilia and Giusto Occhipinti, who have passionately shaped the Sicilian success story of the COS winery for more than 40 years. It’s hard to imagine now that the owners' original...

    read more

    Badia a Coltibuono | Authentic Ambassador of Chianti Classico

    The Badia a Coltibuono winery is world famous for its Chianti & Chianti Classico. Situated amidst the typical hilly landscape high above the municipality of Gaiole, the winery’s headquarters are located behind impressive monastery walls. A place with an impressive history, because already about 1,000 years ago the monks of Vallombrosa, belonging to a Benedictine order, founded the “Abbey...

    read more

    GENERATION CHANGE | Famiglia Cotarella Reinvents Falesco

    Riccardo and his brother Renzo Cotarella are not unknown faces on the Italian wine scene. The two renowned oenologists have received significant recognition for their work at numerous successful wineries over the years. Meanwhile, at the Falesco family winery, the Cotarella family is undergoing an exciting generational change: Dominga, Marta and Enrica Cotarella – a new and third...

    read more

    PIO CESARE | In Remembrance of Pio Boffa

    Since the much too early and sudden death of Pio Boffa in the spring of 2021, his legacy of more than 40 years of enthusiastic work has passed to his daughter Federica. Together with her cousin Cesare Benvenuto and her uncle Augusto Boffa, she now leads the fortunes of the 140-year-old winery. The triumvirate is completed by oenologist Paolo Fenocchio. Pio Boffa has always paid great...

    read more

    BEHIND THE SCENES | Kettmeir

    Second fermentation at the highest level! More than thirty years ago, when Vernatsch still dominated the South Tyrolean wine world, Kettmeir set the course for an experiment that would become a passion over the years. Since then, spumante has been produced using the champagne method, with several years of yeast storage, from the classic grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot...

    read more

    WEINWISSER | Brunello 2016 and 2015 — the great vintage duo

    “2016 is also a big year in Montalcino and offers a brilliant, perhaps even historic duo with 2015. Rarely before have I tasted so many excellent Brunello wines. And yet, here too, the two top vintages are quite different. So just twins in quality. 2016 shows itself with more freshness, compactness and with classic finesse and less overload. A tendency that has become apparent in this...

    read more

    VINUM – The best wines from Tuscany

    The images that come to everyone’s mind when speaking of Tuscany are actually always those from the heart of Tuscany, the Chianti region. Everyone thinks of the wonderful hilly landscape between Florence and Siena. But Tuscany is much more. Much bigger. And more diverse. The five most important sub-regions of Tuscany are Bolgheri, Chianti/Chianti Classico, Maremma, Montalcino and...

    read more

    BEHIND THE SCENES | Lamole di Lamole

    Traditional & future-oriented – that is not a contradiction here. The vineyards of Castello di Lamole extend between the typical Tuscan villages of Lamole and Pile, not far from Greve in Chianti Classico. The terraced vineyards look out over the Chianti hills. Year after year, the foundations are laid here for the terroir-strong, wonderfully classic wines of the house. From the...

    read more

    GAMBERO ROSSO 2022 – Tre Bicchieri

    Since 1988, the most important Italian wine guide has provided an irreplaceable and annually updated reference work for all those who enjoy and intensively deal with the complex world of Italian wine. The imposing book with its many pages is the result of the excellent work of a team of over sixty tasters. These experts select the top wines of the Italian wine industry in countless blind...

    read more

    VINOUS.COM – CHIANTI CLASSICO & BEYOND

    In the Tuscany Report just published by Antonio Galloni (VINOUS.COM), which focuses exclusively on the Chianti and Chianti Classico region, he reports on the regional differences and the upcoming changes, which are not only challenging, but also very hopeful. But read it for yourself, you will find the complete and highly interesting report on our pages, as always. “I was thrilled to get...

    read more

    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE | South Tyrol's New Releases

    Monica Larner from Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate” published her current tasting notes of the South Tyrolean vintages 2017-2020 these days. It shows that the whites and reds are getting better (fresher and more complex) from year to year and that the South Tyrolean winemakers know how to deal with the effects of climate change very well. But read for yourself: “This is my annual report...

    read more

    Lagrein | Red Bestseller from South Tyrol

    Lagrein is relatively easy to recognise by its dark berry aromas and a delicate scent of violets, often also plums and sour cherries. It has a dark colour, is full-bodied and velvety, has mild tannins and moderate acidity As a local red wine (and rosé), it is currently booming in South Tyrol. But demand is also growing internationally among enthusiasts who love independent and...

    read more

    High Ratings | THE WINES OF FRIULI – Fine White Wines

    Friuli lies in the far north-east of Italy, bordering South Tyrol and Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east, Venice to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Many small family wineries still cultivate ancient, little-known grape varieties and, of course, international varieties from Chardonnay and Sauvignon to Cabernet and Merlot have long been completely normal in the larger...

    read more

    Carricante | Freshness and Minerality from Sicily

    Carricante, the autochthonous white grape variety from eastern Sicily (mostly around Etna), is now a rarity, as there were only 205 hectares left in the last statistics in 2010. However, since some larger wineries such as Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Tasca d’Almerita, Planeta, Cusumano, Graci or Benanti around Etna have invested a lot in recent years, it can be assumed that some have also...

    read more

    High Ratings | Falstaff — Tuscany's West Coast

    The Tuscan coast is more synonymous than an official wine region. The Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany is home to dozens of different wine appellations, from Terre di Pisa in the north to Costa Toscana down to Maremma Toscana, Morellino di Scansano, the island of Giglio and some of the interesting IGT wines from Capalbio on Tuscany’s southern border with Lazio. “Today, the region is considered a...

    read more

    Pinot Grigio | White Diversity and Class

    Originally from France, where it is called Pinot Gris, this grape variety is widespread and very old all over the world. That is why there are countless synonyms. In German-speaking countries, these include Grauburgunder, Ruländer, Grauer Mönch and many more. The variety is genetically identical and actually only a mutation of Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder) as well as Pinot Bianco...

    read more

    Excellent! | Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

    For the 18th time, wines from all over the world were judged by the leading wine experts at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). The number of wines examined this year is once again impressive, a total of 18,094 drops were tasted, of which over 3,300 wines from Italy alone. The Decanter was founded in London in 1975. The best-known authors, some of them Masters of Wine, write for the...

    read more

    BEHIND THE SCENES | Nonino

    “Award-winning summer retreat." Nonino’s “L’Aperitivo Nonino” BotanicalDrink is the “Aperitif of the Year 2021” at the international “Spirit Award”. Out of more than 120 aperitifs and distillates from all over the world, the natural and vegan aperitivo is the first representative from Italy to adorn itself with this special award. And the verdict comes from a competent mouth, because the...

    read more

    BEHIND THE SCENES | Lis Neris

    Positively into the future. An exclusive shoulder view with Alvaro. Most certainly, Lis Neris is one of the best wineries from Friuli. Winery owner Alvaro Pecorari devoted much of his time to researching his vineyard sites and their varietal suitability. That he has succeeded in this in an impressive way is proven by the fact that his Lis Neris winery is now more than ever considered an...

    read more

    Wine from Alto Adige | Variety in the bottle

    The attraction of tradition Tradition, it is said, is not the worship of ashes, but the passing on of fire. It does not blindly repeat what has always been, but knows how to recognise the signs of the times and interpret them correctly with the power of centuries of knowledge. This is another reason why tradition is an important pillar of the South Tyrolean wine industry. It is based on...

    read more

    BEHIND THE SCENES | Tenuta Alois Lageder

    “Authentic & biodynamic – and firmly in family hands!" The Alois Lageder family winery produces lively and fresh wines from South Tyrol. With a holistic understanding of nature, creativity and a love of experimentation, Alois Lageder creates wines that reflect the diversity of South Tyrol. In the spirit of biodynamic agriculture, the winery is constantly developing its knowledge,...

    read more

    Top rated | Brunello 2016 & Riserva 2015

    This is what we call a hat trick: After we were able to enjoy the very well-balanced, fruit-driven and almost perfect 2015 vintage last year, the appellation is now doing it again. In terms of elegance, complexity and finesse, the 2016 vintage brings wines to the market that are more comparable to the great 2010 vintage. Compared to the fruity, warm and very harmonious style of the rightly...

    read more

    BEHIND THE SCENES | Tenuta di Fessina

    “A tour around centennial bush vines and a 18th century Palmento on Mt. Etna” Tenuta di Fessina was born in 2007 by a Silvia Maestrelli project. First woman producer and pioneer on the Volcano. The estate it is a 17th century Palmento hidden inside a double lava flow from two different eruptions, 1911 and 1809. Tenuta di Fessina core is located on the Northern slope of Mt. Etna, the...

    read more

    FALSTAFF | SUPERIORE.DE: Winner "Wine Merchant Italy"

    The renowned trade magazine Falstaff asked its community at the end of 2020 “Where do you prefer to buy wine?" and you answered. And we are excited: SUPERIORE.DE was voted the most popular wine merchant in the category “selection Italy”. Thank you very much for your numerous votes and, of course, especially for your loyalty over the last 20 years, without which this great result would not...

    read more

    VINOUS.COM | Brunello 2015 – Vintage from God?

    “It is a vintage full of strength and purity, the result of a long growing season without extreme events. One that was warmer than 2014 and with much less rain, yet the water reserves were high due to the rainfall during the winter months. These reserves helped the vines through the dry, warm and sunny summer months, supplemented by cool night temperatures and just the right amount of rainfall...

    read more

    Vintage 2015 | Brunello di Montalcino

    “The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years. Winemakers in Montalcino were never better prepared to produce outstanding wines in a year like 2015 with their exactness in...

    read more

    WEINWIRTSCHAFT | SUPERIORE.DE IS ONLINE WINE MERCHANT OF THE YEAR 2018

    If there is a top address in our business, then it is Meininger Verlag, which appropriately resides in Neustadt an der Weinstraße: In 1903, the “Weinblatt” by founder Daniel Meininger was one of the first renowned trade journals to deal with our favourite topic, and 114 years later the publishing house became an oenological and gastronomic authority. Every year the trade magazine...

    read more

    Primitivo | Identity vs. Mainstream

    For years it was suspected, but after recent genetic engineering studies it is now known for certain: Primitivo is identical to the Californian Zinfandel and is derived from the ancient Croatian grape variety Tribidrag or Crlenjak Kastelanski, which was already known in the 15th century. The name was originally “Primativo” and referred to early ripening, which incidentally also applies to the...

    read more