brusselsdiplomatic has written 92 posts for Vineyards Paper

Ruinart: the origins of champagne

If it’s the vines that give birth to our champagnes, it’s well below there that they grow. Here, 38 meters under our feet, the underground chalk tunnels has been keeping watch for 60 million years. The sea, in pulling back from these lands and smoothing out all of the crayères mud that had accumulated, strengthened … Continue reading

Siddura, eight wines to tell an island

Siddura winery founded in 2008 from the fusion of the experience of a German industrialist and the profound knowledge of the territory and market of Massimo Ruggero, Siddura CEO. Located in the little village of Luogosanto in Sardinia, it has in the “Terroir” the strong feature of the winery. The estate is immersed in a … Continue reading

Recovered the first sea refined Brazilian wine

Miolo the Brazilian wine estate, announces the recovery of the first batch of aged Brazilian sparkling wine in an underwater cave. The company is the first and only in Brazil to use this method. The operation was carried out on 12 October, 12 months after Miolo Cuvée Brut diving in the Brittany Sea, France. The … Continue reading

2017 Ornellaia harvest

“Here at Ornellaia 2017 has been an unusually early year dominated by a long lasting drought period, which has forced us to startharvest two weeks earlier than usual. It is certainly a challenging year with a very small crop and very concentrated fruit. The Merlot have been harvested from last week of August to first … Continue reading

Barolo Castle, “Food & Wine Experiences”

The “Food & Wine Experiences” will be part of the new “permanent project” of Collisioni Every weekend, from October 7th to November 26th 2017, in the Barolo Castle, tastings of the wines of prestigious wine producing companies of Langhe paired with top quality food products.     Strada del Barolo e grandi vini di Langa … Continue reading

2017 Eu wine grape harvest: the lowest in 36 years

2017 seems the poorest wine grape harvest in 36 years, this caused by heavy hailstorms, late frosts in spring and a hot, dry summer. Wine grape harvest in EU seen at 36-year low due to frosts, heatwave — ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) October 5, 2017 According to the European Commission, production of pressed juice, … Continue reading

Alta Langa, sparkling wine of the Alba Truffle Show

From the 7th of October to the 26th of November, lots of opportunities to try out the pairing between the white truffle and Piedmont’s finest sparkling wine The sparkle of Alta Langa and white truffle: Alta Langa is the Official Sparkling Wine of the Alba Truffle Show for this 87th edition of the event. Lots … Continue reading


  This year will enter the record books as one of the longest seasons and latest harvests ever, in which the unique qualities of the Masseto terroir played a crucial role.    The 2014 vintage will remain one of the most unusual in Masseto’s history. A warm, rainy winter yielded to a mild, dry spring … Continue reading

Casale Marchese, Frascati Superiore

The Casale Marchese winery estate, which extends over more than 50 hectares is dedicated mainly to specific grape cultivars. It is situated in the heart of the Frascati DOCG zone and overlooks one of the most charming landscapes of Rome and the Tuscolo hills, where vineyards interweave with ancient olive groves. The terrain is of … Continue reading

Aitna Etna Rosso

Aitna was a Greek-Siceliot polis located on the slope of the volcano Etna.  They called this wine Aitna to honour their volcano on which it grows, choosing the Aetna tetradrachm as our winery logo. It is produced from autochthnous grapes: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio cultivated using the classic “alberello” system. They have been cultivated … Continue reading

Malabalia, Mezzavilla, Barbera d’Alba Superiore

The vineyard belonging to the possession of Cascina Vallaretto, property of Canale Malabaila’s Counts from 1583, year of purchase by Roero’s Counts. This wine is a 100% Barbera grape variety. The colour is intense ruby red with warm purple tones. The bouquet is impressive, concentrated and rich cherry, hot cherry jam, dark spices, chocolate and … Continue reading

Venissa, the wine of Venice

The Venissa Estate lies on Mazzorbo, one of the three islands of Native Venice, an archipelago of nature, colors, flavors, and art that also includes Burano and Torcello. “While accompanying several customers on a trip to Torcello, I noticed an old grapevine in a private garden beside the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. I managed … Continue reading

Cantina Dal Maso, a centenarian tradition

  Among the beautiful hills of Selva di Montebello in the province of Vicenza, in the heart of the Doc Gambellara area is the cellar Dal Maso. Born at the end of the nineteenth century thanks to the foresight of Luigino Dal Maso who started a series of important investments and acquisitions of new properties … Continue reading

Prosecco DOCG 1868 Brut, Carpene’ Malvolti

For over 145 years Carpene’ Malvolti‘s passion for tradition and research for innovation are the features that characterize this company historically the first to sparkling the typical Prosecco. Born from the dream of Antonio Carpenè to produce a sparkling wine with the grapes harvested in the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, a dream that has … Continue reading

Silvery rain for Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Brut Fagher

The Decanter WWA and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles medals It’s time to update Le Colture summer palmarès! This time the attention is focused on the Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Sparkling Brut ‘Fagher’ protagonist of an excellent placement at two of the most acclaimed international wine competitions, being awarded with two Silver Medals at the DWWA … Continue reading

Maison Lavau – Château Maucoil

Grape varieties: Grenache noir (50%), Syrah (40%), Mourvèdre (10%) Tasting notes: This wine is deep on the nose with pronounced spicy aromas (peper, nutmeg), typical of the appellation and which accentuate the aromas of blackcurrants and raspberry jam. On the palate, the wine shows a solid yet nicely coated structure , volume and superb length … Continue reading

New Slow Food Presidium Launched in the Netherlands to Protect Traditional Boeren Leyden Cheese

Last Sunday, June 25, Slow Food Netherlands launched the Traditional Boeren Leyden Presidium during the Slow Food in the Park event, a festival held to celebrate the diversity of the Slow Food network and spread the message of good, clean and fair food, featuring free workshops, tastings and a lunch prepared by the Slow Food … Continue reading

2011 Brunello Riserva Renieri 93 points on Wine Spectator!

Fresh and pure, boasting cherry, strawberry, floral and leather aromas and flavors. There is a sense on elegance and firm, well-integrated tannins. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2,000 cases made. Sebastiano Sanna

Cheese 2017 focuses on raw milk cheeses and naturalness

  Cheese 2017, the international event organized by Slow Food and the City of Bra dedicated to high-quality and artisanal dairy products, will be held in Bra (Italy) from September 15-18 2017. The event, which celebrates its twentieth birthday this year, has gradually built an international network of cheesemakers, shepherds, cheesemongers and affineurs, the people … Continue reading


  Analysis on 80 samples of VinNatur wines confirm the complete absence of pesticides. In the meantime, pilot projects on biodiversity continue. A great result has been recently reached by VinNatur. None of the 80 samples analysed in order to check wine quality contained traces of pesticides, thus confirming that VinNatur offers consumers real guarantees … Continue reading