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Hallgarten Wines grows Northern and Central Italian portfolio

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Hallgarten Wines grows Northern and Central Italian portfolio

The introductions have been fuelled by the UK consumer’s appetite, post-pandemic, to return to the hospitality sector, a sector that has long been associated with Italian wines on restaurant lists and one that saw a 61%* decrease in volumes of Italian wines in the last year due to the forced closure of the hospitality industry.

 

The introductions include organic family-owned producer, Brezza, situated in Piedmont, with vineyard sites in and around Barolo; award-winning Verdicchio experts, Agricola Tenuta Colpaola; family-owned Carminucci, making wines from organically-farmed gapes; and champions of Frascati wine, Castel de Paolis.

 

Hallgarten Head of Buying, Steve Daniel, commented: “Italian wines are always at the heart of restaurant wine lists and independent wine merchants’ shelves across the country, and with last year’s slump in bottles reaching our shores, we are sure there is going to be a huge demand for Italian wines this year. These go-to styles of wine are relied on by the trade and consumer alike, and we are thrilled to have expanded our Italian portfolio even further.

 

“We have introduced these four new producers to our range as they each offer something interesting and intriguing from their region, and embody our ethos of sustainable viticulture and passion for the vineyards they come from.”

 

In addition to the new producers from Italy, Hallgarten has also added its first Prosecco Rosé Brut from longstanding partners, Sacchetto. The Prosecco Rosé is a blend of 88% Glera and 12% Pinot Nero.

 

 

Brezza

The Brezza family own 12.5 hectares of vines split between the commune of Barolo (in Cannubi, Castellero and Sarmassa), the two-hectare Santa Rosalia estate just outside the Barolo DOCG zone between Diano d’Alba and the town of Alba itself, and two further plots in Monforte d’Alba and Novello. Throughout the vineyards, the family practices an environmentally friendly approach to viticulture and the estate has been certified organic since the 2015 vintage. In the cellar, winemaker Enzo Brezza follows a traditional approach with minimal intervention. In order to maintain freshness and purity, many of the wines are bottled with glass Vinolok closures.

 

Agricola Tenuta Colpaola

Agricola Tenuta Colpaola embodies a passion for Verdicchio, as well as for the land that makes it unique: Matelica and the Marche region. The Porcarelli family has owned the Tenuta Colpaola estate in the Braccano Frazione of Matelica since the 1970s. For many years, the grapes were sold to the local co-operative but in 2013 the family bottled its first wines and has not looked back since. The 10 hectares of mainly east-facing vineyard, which at 650 metres above sea level are the highest in the Matelica denomination, are farmed organically. The estate is surrounded by woodland and greenery and the family aims for a sustainable lifestyle. Only one style of Verdicchio is produced and the desire to preserve freshness and authenticity is highlighted by the decision to bottle with stelvin closure.

 

Carminucci

Established by Giovanni Carminucci in 1928, the Carminucci estate is now run by the founder's son, Piero, who produces high quality wines from organically farmed grapes. The 45 hectares of vines are grown between the municipalities of Offida and Grottammare and within famous, historic DOC territories of Rosso Piceno, Rosso Piceno Superiore, Falerio, Passerina and Pecorino DOCG. Yields are kept intentionally low, which combined with a modern approach in the winery, results in a sought-after collection of wines that truly reflect the grape and the terroir. The wines are highly acclaimed in Italy, winning multiple Italian awards and offer outstanding value for money.

 

Castel de Paolis

The undisputed champions of Frascati wine, the Santarelli family is almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Frascati into a Titan of the volcanic wine category. Their Frascati DOCG is a deserved winner of the Tre Bicchierri award and is truly one of Italy’s great white wines. The first two hectares of the estate at Castel de Paolis were acquired in 1974 by Giulio Santarelli and in 1977, Giulio started acquiring further plots of land neighbouring the existing vineyard. Little by little, the estate grew to its current size of just over 10 hectares, producing fresh, elegant and distinctive wines from this outstanding volcanic terroir.

 

*CGA (12 months to 26/12/2020)

 

Below is a list of all new wines Hallgarten has added to its portfolio from across Italy this year.

New Producers

Agricola Tenuta Colpaola  

Verdicchio di Matelica 2019

Brezza

Dolcetto d'Alba 2020

Brezza

Barbera d'Alba, Vigna Santa Rosalia 2018

Brezza

Nebbiolo, Langhe 2020

Brezza

Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017

Brezza

Nebbiolo d'Alba, Vigna Santa Rosalia 2018

Brezza

Barolo Classico 2017

Brezza

Barolo, Cannubi 2016

Brezza

Barolo, Sarmassa 2016

Carminucci

Passerina 'Casta', Marche 2019

Carminucci

Pecorino 'Belato', Offida 2020

Carminucci

Rosso Piceno Superiore 'Naumakos' 2018

Castel de Paolis

Campo Vecchio Bianco,  Lazio, 2020

Castel de Paolis

Frascati Superiore 2017

Castel de Paolis

Campo Vecchio,  Lazio 2018

 

New wines from existing producers

Sacchetto

Prosecco Rosé Brut 2020