The Story of Anselmi Winery

Roberto Anselmi is known as an iconic rebel winemaker with an incredible story.  In this now third generation winery located in the Soave region of Italy in the hills of Monteforte d’Alpone, Roberto famously threw his father out of the business 30 years ago, when he returned after his travels (during his gap year from Uniersity) where he had discovered the latest techniques in wine production from other parts of the world, full of ideas for creating much higher quality, beauiful wines. To his horror, his father had sold off all the land and become a large commercial bottling plant. So after ejecting his father, he bought back all the land and the best lands in Monteforte d’Alpone,  CRU vineyards on South facing slopes on volcanic land.

Meanwhile, he set about lobbying the Soave Consorzio to reduce the yield allowed within the appellation. After a long battle in which they constantly refused, they eventually wrote to him allowing a reduction of 1-2% in yield., which would in no way be low enough to facilitate his vision of making high quality wines.  This upset Roberto Anselmi so much, that he then made the decision to divorce from the Soave DOC and remove ‘Soave’ from his labels.
His vision was realised when he created 3 incredible white wines, (2 that age for 15 years in the bottle)  one red wine (with only 7,000 bottles produced annually) and a Passito dessert wine, which is in the style of a Canadian Ice Wine or Sauternes and it appears in a book called ‘1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die’ by Neill Beckett.
Now in the Exclusive Club of the top white wine makers of Italy, Anselmi wines are listed by most of the top Michelin Star restaurants in Italy, America and Canada.
The youngest wine Anselmi San Vincenzo, is 70% Gargaega grape blended with 30% Sauvignon. You’ll find many people quaffing this wine around Lago di Garda. It’s so incredibly juicy and fresh, with aromas of mango, passionfruit, pineapple and ripe guava. The same tropical notes dance on the palate. This is a Wine Spectator Top 100 wine which is judged annually in a blind tasting.  This wine came number 60 in the world.
Roberto Anselmi’s wines are noted in Jancis Robinson’s The World Atlas of Wine in the Soave section, where she states that his wines stand up to their peers in whie burgundy at a fraction of the price. That is so true. The quality and cellerability of these wines are off the scale. If you’re looking for incredible quality as well as unbelievable value look no further than here.

The history of Perlage Winery

The story of Perlage was born in 1985, when the 7 Nardi brothers, encouraged by their father Tiziano and mother Afra, decided to embark on a journey of discovery in converting to organic agriculture. The company started with the Riva Moretta vineyard in the heart of the Prosecco DOCG area.

Today Perlage is recognized worldwide as one of the first Italian Organic Sparkling Wineries, where the Nardi family continues to produce the finest Prosecco Valdobbiadene using both tradition and innovation.

The Perlage brand is synonymous with elegant and good quality organic wines, with good business practices and the passion of its people. It’s as respectful of its origins as it is of its future, following a path created by people, stories, the interweaving of vines and lives, buds and mature fruits, discoveries and rediscoveries, research and creativity. It’s the harmony of these elements that Perlage recreates in its organic prosecco wines, balancing the colour of purity, the aroma of tradition and the flavour of quality.

To feel closer, as if you were our guests here in the winery, join us on this virtual tour.

We will make a stop in the vineyard with Ivo Nardi, our Administrator. Then, we will visit the winery to discover the new technologies that support us in the production of our organic wines. To end with a toast, a glass of good wine rigorously organic!

The Perlage Team

Château la Coste, Aix-en-Provence

Château la Coste is located in Provence approximately 25 minutes by car from Aix en Provence, in the provencal village of Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade in the middle of an exceptional 500-acre biodynamic vineyard. Very exclusive and chic, Chateau La Coste combines all the elements of the perfect French Art de Vivre: a unique artistic experience for the visitors in the quest of calm, luxury and sensuousness. Chateau La Coste is an unbelievable atypical art estate in a protected environment.

The uber exclusive A-List Celebrity frequented Villa La Coste is located high on the hill on the back of the domain—a unique heaven of peace and art composed of 28 villas suites.

The Domaine and Resort Hotel & Spa are owned by Irish (Belfast born) international hotelier, property investor and businessman Paddy McKillen, who also owns three of the finest hotels in the world – Claridges, The Connaught and The Berkeley. Paddy McKillen is also long time friend of U2’s Bono, who famously posted a super-selfie from Villa La Coste on his Instagram account, featuring A-List friends such as Chris Rock, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher, as well as Madonna’s Manager Guy Oseary.

Adhering to biodynamic principles, Château la Coste strives to preserve the terroir, protecting its fertility, safeguarding the essence of the soil. The alchemy of blending lives on in a state of the art ‘cuverie’ designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and inaugurated with the grape harvest of 2008. This latest technology ensures the natural expression of the wine and brings new life to a long tradition.

In 2009 the wines were given the French organic label “AB” in recognition of the respect shown to the land along with the methods used which are in perfect harmony with nature.

Since 2008, the two vast contemporary buildings conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel have welcomed the grape harvest and housed the machinery and technical elements necessary for the ageing process of the wine as well as the bottling plant. Their spherical form and position in the vineyard recall the greenhouses and agricultural warehouses of old that can still be seen in farms across the southern regions of France.

Each building is 10 meters high and is made of corrugated aluminium. One, smaller in volume and open on one side, shelters the reception of the fruit, the manual sorting and three large grape pressers. The larger building, whose front facade is veiled by a series of sun-visors, opens its door to reveal the bottling plant and the stock of bottled wine. Seventeen meters below ground is found the vast, state of the art chamber containing the vats.

The central role of gravity along with other technological innovations enable a production of wine that is loyal to the specifics of the La Coste terroir. This exceptional work plays a major role in the architectural project of Château La Coste.

The wines include the perfect Provencal Rosé which is the Biodymanic Rosé d’Une Nuit   There is also an exquisite Champenoise Sparkling Rosé LA BULLE de La Coste Extra Brut Champenoise BIO made from 40 year old vines.  Their red Le Rouge 2016 BIO is a big, chunky fireside red blend of typival grapes from the region – Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The white wine Le Blanc 2018 BIO is a stunning bland of Viognier, Grenache and Chardonnay.

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