In de sfeer van kerstmis steunt het Italiaanse wijnhuis Cantina Tollo samen met de liefdadigheidsinstelling Nove Onus een project dat zich richt op vluchtelingenvrouwen in Italië na de inname van Kabul, Afghanistan, afgelopen augustus. Wijn van Cantina Tollo, samen met én in een originele Italiaanse Panettone.
Een deel van de opbrengst van de verkoop ervan is bestemd om de humanitaire noodsituatie waarin Afghaanse vrouwen in deze dramatische dagen leven, te helpen. De president van Cantina Tollo, Tonino Verna, besloot dit project te steunen, aangezien sociale duurzaamheid een van de hoekstenen is van het werk van Cantina Tollo, nauw verbonden met het coöperatieve karakter.

Ik kreeg een zo’n prachtige panettone thuisgestuurd, samen met de twee wijnen.

Hedos 2020 – Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Doc

CerasuoloDe rosé heeft in de neus fris rood fruit en perzik. Ook in de mond een mand vol fruit. Perzik, framboos, jammy. Lange, frisse en fruitrijke afdronk. Vol en sappig. Hoewel de wijn droog is, komt hij een tikje zoet over door het frisse fruit, maar dat is mooi in balans met de verfijnde zuurgraad. Een heerlijke wijn als aperitief met wat antipasta, maar zeker ook bij een panettone of ander kerstgebak. Of wat te denken van aardbeien met vanille-ijs, pikante Aziatische schotels en medium oude (blauwe) kazen.

Mo 2016 – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Dop Riserva

CANTINA TOLLO_MO MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOP RISERVA_v2021De Montepulciano is medium robijnrood met een paarse gloed. In de neus intens donker fruit, blauwe bessen, kersen, laurier en een tikje vanille door de 24 maanden houtrijping. Een medium+ body met een goede balans tussen het alcoholgehalte (13,5%), de zuurgraad, het fruit en het houtgebruik.  Ook in deze wijn staat het fruit voorop: bosbessen, kersen, pruimen, naast hints van koffie, laurier en cacao. Ronde, soepele tannines. Geweldige wijn bij wild, lamsvlees, stoofschotels, oude kaas. Dikke aanrader.

Meer over Cantiana Tollo?
Lees hieronder het begeleidende persbericht.

Cantina Tollo, it takes a village…

Tollo is much more than simply the name of a winery. In fact, Tollo is the name of a small village located in Abruzzo, in the province of Chieti, a couple of kilometres far from the Adriatic Sea. Cantina Tollo is also the name of the local coop winery. Over the years, Cantina Tollo has developed into a key feature of the local environment, both from the economical and the social point of view, becoming a source of income for many, thus preventing locals – and especially youngsters – to move elsewhere.

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Established in 1960, during an exciting period for winemaking, which brought the Abruzzo region to life, today Cantina Tollo is one of the most important and established businesses in the Italian wine industry. At the time, people were abandoning the Abruzzo countryside and many Italians were leaving the country in search of a better future. Vineyards worked as a magnet, allowing people to remain and paving the way for the foundation of the winery. During those years, Cantina Tollo played a key role in the sector, helping bringing around a radical change in the local grape-growing and wine-making techniques.

Cantina Tollo, Feudo Antico and Auramadre

Over the years the winery has grown, and from the original winery three different companies have developed: Cantina Tollo, Feudo Antico and Auramadre. Cantina Tollo represents the holding, with vineyards stretching in Abruzzo and nearby Molise and Puglia. Feudo Antico is distributed solely on the on-trade channel and focuses instead only on Tullum Docg, the local appellation – established in 2008 and elevated to Docg in 2019 – aimed at promoting local varieties such as Passerina, Pecorino, Montepulciano. Established in 2019 with a surface of 200 hectares, Auramadre is the special project promoting organic viticulture and wine.

Organic production

Nowadays, organic production represents 10% of the company’s total production and is no new thing for Cantina Tollo, since they started making organic wines back in 1991. This sensitivity is more than an answer to market requests, in fact it is an attitude. Abruzzo is known as “the greenest region in Europe” since half of its surface is devoted to national parks and protected nature reserves. The region features three national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves. These areas ensure the survival of 75% of Europe’s living species, including rare species such as the golden eagle, Abruzzo (or Abruzzese) chamois, the Apennine wolf and the Marsican brown bear.

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Organic and vegan line

Strengthened by 60 years of success, Cantina Tollo continues to push ahead on the development of its strategy launched over the last decade. This means improving the high quality of its products, which are gaining more and more recognition both in Italy and abroad, while paying even more attention to health (wines with only natural sulphites), safety (controlled origin and production chain), sustainability (organic wines) and moderation (encouraging responsible consumption). This philosophy goes hand in hand with the brand new organic and vegan line released in April 2020 which encourages a new consumer dimension, while loving and respecting the environment. Starting from 2016, Cantina Tollo organic wines are all vegan certified.

Wines produced at Cantina Tollo are available in Italy, both on the on-trade and off-trade channel equally served, and abroad, in over 46 countries. Germany, Canada, France, China and Japan represent the main foreign interlocutors, with 95% of sales happening on the on-trade channel. Cantina Tollo is also breaking into new emerging markets, such as Russia and India.

Passion, commitment and shared values have guided Cantina Tollo at every turn in its history and this winning combination continues to accompany its success: based on the financial statement ending 31/7/2019 and spanning over the previous 11 months, Cantina Tollo has recorded a turnover of €35,8 million, with export accounting for 33%. Positive results confirmed by a beginning of the year with excellent performance of organic wines (+28% both in value and volume) and premium line confirming the +13.6% increase registered in 2019.

Grapes and wines

Cantina Tollo, Feudo Antico and Auramadre together take care of 2.700 hectares, 700 associated grape growers and a total of 14 million bottles, thus allowing Cantina Tollo to be one of the most important wine businesses in Italy, for both its impact and role at a national and regional level, where it has been contributing in raising the bar of both real and perceived quality.

Vineyards stretch from the Adriatic Sea to the towering Maiella mountain reaching above 2.790 metres asl and boosts an incredible flora and fauna biodiversity. The main grapes cultivated are native varieties such as red Montepulciano, white Trebbiano, Pecorino, Passerina, Cococciola. Along with these, the winery produces also more well-known varieties such as Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio. Native grapes are traditionally grown on pergolas, with a strong focus on experimentation both in the field and in the cellar. Representative wines include Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo rosé wine, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino, Passerina white wines.

Diurnal range enhances poliphenolic maturation, thus contributing to the development of aromas, while constant winds keep the grapes healthy. Freshness and sapidity are the features shared by all the wines, thanks to the low night temperature which helps preserving acidity and sea breezes.

Riccardo Brighigna leads Cantina Tollo winemaking team, involving winemakers Daniele Ferrante and Daniele di Nardo, as well as agronomist Antonio Sitti. Born in Umbria and living in Abruzzo, Riccardo Brighigna received the Cangrande Benemerito della Vitivinicoltura in 2013 – a prestigious recognition awarded by Vinitaly – for his invaluable contribution to the development of viticulture and the enhancement of Italian oenology. Elected for two times “Winemaker of the Year”, in 2005 and 2012, by the Abruzzo branch of the Italian Sommelier Association, Brighigna is much more than just a reference point in the industry.

An important share of Cantina Tollo’s production is organic. Cantina Tollo started producing organic wine back in the 80s, way before it became trendy. This was possible because of a sensitive approach to wine making and natural circumstances such as hilly sites and ventilation, which allow for the reduction of sprayings and are therefore suitable also for organic viticulture. Well received projects such as Feudo Antico organic line with wines produced with ambient yeasts and Cantina Tollo freshly released organic and vegan line have confirmed the winery in its will to create a proper project, Auramadre, revolving only around organic production.

As a leading exponent in the Italian winemaking sector, Cantina Tollo owes its major economic success to its ongoing quality development strategy implemented for over fifty years. The proof of this commitment is “Vigneto Avanzato”, a project strongly encouraged by Chairman Tonino Verna which introduced remuneration for shareholders based on each hectare worked and not on each quintal produced, thereby establishing a culture of quality in the vineyards. The project has radically changed the production philosophy, helping achieving a constantly excellent level of quality, which makes every shareholder a key cog in the winery.

A long list of awards, some examples

Cantina Tollo was awarded the title of Best Coop Winery at Berliner in 2021, 2020 and also in 2019. Winery of the Year at China Wine Competition in 2019, Producer of the Year in 2010 by Mundus Vini and, in the same year, it was also appointed Best European Coop-Winery by German magazine Weinwirtschaft. In terms of quality of its internal procedures, Cantina Tollo has achieved the environmental management system certification UNI EN ISO 14001:2015 and BRC certifications have been achieved in 2020.

Tre Bicchieri 2022
Mo’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOP Riserva 2017

5StarWines – The Book 2022
Pecorino d’Abruzzo DOP 2020 – Best Italian White Wine Banco BPM 2021, 96 points Cagiòlo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOP Riserva 2016 – 91 points

The Global Rosé Masters
Hedòs Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOP 2020 – Gold Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards
Hedòs Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2020 – Bronze Medal, 89 points
Cagiòlo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2016 – Silver Medal, 92 points Mo’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2016 – Bronze Medal, 89 points

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Cagiolo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOP Riserva 2016 – Gold Medal

Berliner Wine Trophy
Best Cooperative Italy 2021
Anticosasso Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo DOP 2020 – Gold Medal
Anticosasso Merlot Terre Di Chieti IGP 2019 – Gold Medal
Cerasuolo D’Abruzzo DOP Daniele Ferrante 2020 – Gold Medal

Source: press release

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