Daily Archives: 25/03/2010

Cantina Rotaliana: Special Products

I’ve already spoken about Cantina Rotaliana. Last time I focused on the main production traits, but I didn’t talk about the special products. This is a  product line devised for a niche of consumers. The product they make is characterised by high quality, few bottles and high price.


Cleasurae project began about 10 years ago. The aim was to select some vineyards placed in Piana Rotaliana, historically considered as the best for the cultivation of Teroldego and with an average vine age of 40/50 years. Enclosing the best vineyard was a medieval tradition, and from this thing comes the latin name of the wine (“Clesurae”). Then, in close collaboration with the wine growers, Cantina Rotaliana encourages the thinning out of the grapes (that means choosing just one or few vinegrapes for each branch: growers have to cut the other in specific moments), in order to guarantee excellent grapes. Even the production praxis is different from the usual wine’s one: first of all, the malo-lactate fermentation process and the aging of this wine happen entirely in barriques where Clesurae stays for 14-16 months. Barrique confers a more complex structure to the wine. Then the wine spends at least 8-10 months in bottle. Only at the end of this process you can drink this wine.

Clesurae is considered a high success for Cantina Rotaliana, and it received a prestigious award : Tre bicchieri of the Guida Vini d’Italia by Gambero Rosso.


Groppello is a native vine which was going to disappear. In Non Valley wine production was quite over because of the growing power of Apple production (Melinda comes from here). Cantina Rotaliana and some wine growers tried to preserve this vine by creating a specific wine: Groppello di Revò. The specificity of its origins makes it a powerful wine, with an intense ruby colour and a dry, lightly tannic flavour. The vines from which it comes are 80-90 years old, and they are at an altitude of 700-800 meters on the sea level. The grapes are pressed and then split into two: for alcoholic fermentation one half is placed in stainless steel tanks and the other half in oak vats. Maturation occurs in wooden and stainless containers. The two parts will be subsequently put back together at the moment of bottling.

Groppello di Revò is considered the result of a great cooperation between wine growers and Cantina Rotaliana.