Villa Sibianna is the name of an important residence in the historic town of Orvieto, Umbria. Long known for it’s famous ‘duomo’ or cathedral that was once occupied by the Pope, Orvieto has a history entrenched as far back as the Etruscan era. Like many towns in Italy, this history extends through the Roman era and Middle Ages.
It can be only expected that an artisanal extra virgin olive oil produced from the local Frantoio olives of Orvieto would have to be equally amazing.
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The story of organic winery Cantine Losito begins with Giovanni Losito, a passionate vine grower, who after returning from the Second World War planted vineyards across Puglia. In 1960, a year after the birth of his first son Leonardo, Giovanni finally decided to settle in Terre del Gargano of the Northern region of Puglia, a well-suited area for the cultivation of grapes.
For over the next 30 years, with his son by his side, Giovanni mastered the technique of harvesting large yields of perfect table grapes. Leonardo, who inherited his father's passion and experience, decided to take it one step further by studying a degree in oenology (wine making).
It was Leonardo that changed the direction of Cantine Losito, convincing his father that they should focus solely on the quality of grapes. At first, Giovanni detested the idea. He thought it was crazy to consider giving up high yields in favour of better quality grapes, especially in an infamous territory and without a winery.
Eventually, Giovanni came around to the idea. In 1989 the duo converted the vineyards by replacing rows of common grape types, with spur pruned cordon vines and excellent local wine grape varieties. Five years later, 1994, the first winery was built, and Cantine Losito started to bottle high-quality wines, which they sold in bulk to wineries. In 1997, Leonardo made the decision to convert to organic farming, to produce healthier wines. It was not until 2015 that the company showed themselves directly to consumers.
Today Leonardo's son, who carries his grandfather's name, Giovanni, is making his mark on the family company. As well as, like his father, obtaining a degree in oenology, Giovanni is making his contributions with fresh skills, continuous research, experimentation, and awareness of the new dynamic of the industry. Giovanni's father and grandfather work with him to pass on the experience of over 65 years in the industry.
The estates most distinguished organic wines include Losito Fiano IGP, Losito Nero Di Troia IGP, Losito Primitivo IGP, and Losito Cabernet Sauvignon IGP.
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Since the early 19th century Bellini, an old land-holding family, have been harvesting their grapes to sell wine locally. In the 1950s Carlo Bellini developed the business, expanding the sale of wines in Italy and Europe. Today his daughters, Letizia and Alessandra Bellini, and his nephew, Maurizio Masi, continue his work, consolidating the traditional European markets and extending sales overseas where Bellini wines have become known and appreciated.
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Since 1870, the Losi family has produced great wine with high organoleptic value. The philosophy of the Losi company is based on two fundamental principles, quality research and preservation of typical characteristics. The company has successfully combined tradition and innovation to maximise the quality level of their wines.
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Originating from the northernmost corner of the Chianti Classico region, nestled in the green vineyards and surrounded by rolling hills of olive orchards is the home of La Querce Seconda. Wines are produced using an entirely organic and small scale production, creating the highest quality results possible.
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Dominc Nardone founded a winery in the municipality of Pietradefusi Vertecchia just after the great war. Later his son Vincent began to widen the crops and take care of the quality of the product. From there the company has grown to develop a wide portfolio of wines from the region of Campania.
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Colutta Estate can be found in one of the most prestigious wine-producing regions of Italy, Colli Orientali del Friuli, a small area located in the northeastern corner of Italy. The third generation family owned winery came to be in 1939 when Antonio Colutta purchased a small country house with a vineyard and some field crops attached.
Antonio used his purchased land for the management of sharecropping; tenants planted grapes, corn, and mulberry leaves for silkworms. The harvest was divided, and Antonio produced wine to sell to locals within his village and the nearby town of Udine.
In 1968 Antonio's sons, Gianpaolo and Giansandro set out to expand the sale of wines, and bottle their first production of Tocai and Merlot. The family invested in equipment and extended the vineyards. Eventually Colutta wine was on the tables of Italy's finest restaurants.
In 1998 the company began a new course when Giorgio Colutta (son of Giansandro) took over the family business. With great ambition and determination, Giorgio has spent years searching for new markets and exhibiting Colutta wines around the globe. Since 1999 Colutta export sales have increased from five percent to sixty percent.
Today Colutta is a classic and reputable brand, well-known throughout Italy, Europe, the USA, South America, Asia, and Australia. The estates most distinguished wines are from the traditional D.O.C (guaranteed quality) line; Pinot Grigio DOC, Chardonnay DOC, Friulano DOC, and Cabernet Sauvignon DOC are only a few of the wines in the classic range.
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Tola is a third generational family winery that has been producing wines for over 150 years. The vineyards are situated in Tola's estate of Bosco Falconeria and Giambascio at the height of 400 metres, in the most glamorous Sicilian " terroir ", between Palermo and Trapani.
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From the region of Calabria, is a small wine company nestled in the heart of the ancient Savuto Valley – or as it was once called ‘a land where vines grow and wines is produced’. The vineyard extends across an area of 14 hectares, located in the areas of Marzi, Altilia and Carpanzano.
Established in 2004, the company has produced an excellent D.O.C wine from local vineyards of the area. With a focus in producing a high quality production using experimental techniques and technologies, allows the company to develop different wine making techniques. New ideas have enabled them to balance tradition with innovation, establishing unique tasting wines.
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