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Benanti

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With the aim of preserving the unique terroir of Etna’s volcanic slopes whilst cherishing and developing the indigenous Etnean varieties, the Benanti winery was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe whose family had produced wine for several generations, mostly for private consumption. His sons Antonio and Salvino, who now run the winery, maintain a very traditional approach and philosophy; describing their wines as ‘slow wines’, the brothers ensure nothing is rushed in Benanti winemaking. The vineyards are located on different slopes of Mount Etna, so as to highlight the uniqueness of the many different terroirs within the Etna DOC region and its unique microclimate.

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Scali

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South Africans Willie and Tania De Waal are the fifth generation of the De Waal Family to own the farm, Schoone Oord, which Willie’s great-great grandfather bought in 1877 with a 45 carat diamond he discovered at Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Having dabbled in winemaking and produced their first barrique in 1997 (most of it drunk between friends!), the De Waals realised the scope for opportunity as the quality of this first vintage was exceptional. From that meagre start they have gradually increased their production whilst gaining international recognition and fantastic critiques of the wine, which makes us extremely excited to be their representative in the UK market. The ‘Scali’ name derives from the Africaans word for shale, ‘Skalie’ and is intended not just to express the intimacy and interaction between the family, farm, and soil and their place as an organic producer, but to give importance to shale as the defining component which gives Scali wines their unique aromas and flavours. 

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Antica Distilleria Quaglia

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Having founded the distillery in the later 1800’s, four generations of the Quaglia family have guided the business through more than a century of artisan production, modernising it where needed whilst simultaneously cherishing the older, traditional art and methods of distilling. The distillery was established just after the Unification of Italy in 1871 between Monferrato and the hills towards Turin; an area renowned for its exceptional winemaking.

For the Italians in the Astrum team, tasting the Liquore di Chinotto in particular, was like going back to our Italian childhood. The aroma and flavour of these liqueurs are so intense and so beautifully crafted, they really are a pleasure to taste. However Distilleria Quaglia are as talented at producing grappas as they are liqueurs, and as the name suggests, the Grappa Storica is one of Quaglia’s most antique recipes. At over a century old, this beautiful example from their grappa selection achieves a delicacy and elegance on the palate, that is both challenging to achieve and rarely seen in a such a powerfully alcoholic spirit. 

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Antica Distilleria Quaglia - The Jerry Thomas Project

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The Jerry Thomas Project is no ordinary producer. Their Headquarters are mysteriously difficult to find; hidden behind a secret door, down a nondescript street  near Piazza Navona in Rome, and accessible only with a parola d’ordine, a password, obtained from a fortnightly-changing riddle..  Yes – you’ve guessed it; the Jerry Thomas Project is better known as Rome’s best speakeasy cocktail bar. 

Apart from its website and highly active facebook page (an uncharacteristic feature for most on-trend speakeasies), the Jerry Thomas Project embodies 1920’s ‘Prohibition Chic’; a small, cosy, crowded and smoky venue  whose luxurious red walls and gigs of blues and soft jazz is most certainly the remedy to Rome’s lack of cocktail bars. For those looking for an alternative to the far more common wine bars and increasingly popular artisan beer scene in Rome, the existence of the Jerry Thomas Project and it’s recent partnership with Distilleria Quaglia in a bid to start producing spirits as well as serving them, is a breath of fresh air.

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Ronco del Gnemiz

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Owned and managed by Serena Palazzolo and her sons, Ronco del Gnemiz has been one of Friuli Venezia Giulia’s leading wineries for more than a decade. The Palazzolo family bought the estate back in the 1960’s, and Serena took over from her father in the early nineties when she returned home after college graduation. Her management of the winery has enabled it to reach new heights in terms of uncompromising quality, natural viticulture and most notably, aging potential. The wines are outstandingly ageworthy, with whites which are still beautifully balanced after ten years; a quality which Serena and her partner and fellow winemaker Christian Patat attribute to their deep-rooted respect for the terroir, preservation and improvement.  

Ronco del Gnemiz wines are characterised by bright acidity in the whites, with a very careful use of oak, while the reds adopt a classic Bordeaux style and austere tannins. All wines are made with fully mature grapes which are never overripe, and subsequently the rich fruit is the focus for both reds and whites. It is the purity, length and display of true varietal style which places Serena’s wines among the gems of the region, and make them a testament to her commitment and passion. 


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Astrum Wine Cellars

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Place your orders by calling 0203 328 4620 or email sales@astrumwinecellars.com

Our offices are open 8am to 4pm, where someone will always be able to assist you with your questions and orders. After this, please e-mail orders to sales@astrumwinecellars.com or leave a message on the answer machine.

 

 

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***THE COUNTDOWN TO LONDON WINE FAIR BEGINS!!!***

Don't miss us at this year's fair - 8 of our fabulous producers will be joining us, along with an array of wines from the rest of the portfolio. PLUS we have a second stand in the Fine Wine section!
18th - 20th May
Kensington Olympia, London

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