Italy En Primeur Coming Soon

Italy En Primeur

 En Primeur Comes to Italy

Next month, we will release our first ever en primeur offer from our fine Italian producers; these wines sell out quickly, and we are lucky to get our hands on the allotments! 

Elvio Cogno

It is Valter Fissore, Elvio Cogno’s son in law, who now runs this fabulous estate. Having recently bought 2 more hectares the estate now totals 13, although they also manage some Barberesco vines which are officially owned by friends of theirs. They are based in Novello in the Langhe area of Piedmont in the most beautiful surroundings. Perched on the hilltop of Bricco Ravera, the restored farm, courtyard and infinity swimming pool over-looking the vineyards provide both a stunning place to live and work and a perfect base from which to manage their land. In terms of winemaking Valter seems to have arrived at the perfect compromise between traditional and modern winemaking. The wines have a seductive accessibility yet retain the inherent qualities of proper Nebbiolo. Valter is an unabashed lover of Burgundy and his wines have a finesse running through them more often associated with the Côte de Nuits than Piedmont. ` A visit to the cellars of Elvio Cogno is always a fascinating learning experience. They are credited with putting the little-known Novello township on the Barolo map.` Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, June 2013


Based in the village of Barberesco, the Roagna family have been producing wine for generations. They are currently based in the tiny hamlet of Paglieri, which houses the famous vineyard of Pajé that produces one of their great wines. Alfredo and his son, Luca, now run the estate, and operate in a very traditional way. Macerations and fermentations are long and large oaks casks rather than barriques are the order of the day. Most of the estate is run organically. The vineyards are old and the wines are left unmanipulated to reflect the complexity of the soils and the old vine fruit.

 Rocca de Montegrossi  

Rocca di Montegrossi is located near Monti in Chianti, one of the finest sections of Chianti Classico, about 7 km south of Gaiole in Chianti. The cellars are near the Romanesque church of San Marcellino. Rocca di Montegrossi`s owner, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, is descended from a family that played a central role in the history of the Chianti region and laid the foundations for Chianti wine. The estate extends over an area of 100 hectares; 20 are planted to vine, another 20 are olive groves, and the remainder is woodland. The vineyards, on gentle south and southeast-facing hillsides with calcareous loamy soils, are at elevations between 340 and 510 meters above sea level. The vineyards are planted primarily to the varietals traditionally grown in Chianti, though there is also a small percentage of international varietals. The primary varietal is Sangiovese, with 13 hectares, followed by Merlot, with 2.5 hectares, while the remaining 4.5 hectares are planted to Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pugnitello, and Malvasia Bianca del Chianti. Planting density ranges from 3.300 vines per hectare in the older vineyards, trained to the unilateral horizontal cordon spur system, to between 5,208 and 6,211 vines per hectare in the more recent vineyards, which are trained to the bilateral horizontal cordon spur system.

 Elena Fucci  

Elena Fucci did not intend to be a winemaker, but in 2000, when her family was considering selling off the vineyards that her grandfather Generoso purchased in the 60’s, she took a leap of faith. The vines are the highest part of the vineyard in Contrada Solagna of Titolo at the foot of Mount Vulture (an extinct volcano), and Elena’s grandfather and great-grandfather spent years working the vineyards, selling off most of the grapes that they grew and keeping just enough to produce some wine for personal consumption. Now, Elena makes one wine from the vineyard, her Titolo Aglianico del Vulture DOC. 

 Il Potazzine  

This is a fabulous estate located in the heart of Montalcino producing small volumes of high class wine. The estate comprises two vineyards, the main one totalling four hectares that surround the winery at Le Prata. Here the vines are at 500 metres altitude and produce grapes of freshness and vitality. The second plot was acquired more recently and consists of twenty year old vines further south at La Torre. The grapes produced here tend to be richer and fuller in style which makes for a great combination, bringing both fruit and textural complexity to the equation.


Cerbaiona was founded in 1977 by Diego and Nora Molinari, and it could be said that Diego was the original ‘garagiste’ producer. A great admirer of Biondi Santi, he followed their traditionally driven philosophy, planting the initial vineyards with cuttings from the Biondi Santi estate. Winemaking was non-interventionalist and straightforward and the wines soon won critical acclaim. Cerbaiona quickly became one of the greatest Brunello estates. It is their tiny three hectare parcel of vineyards that makes Cerbaiona so unique. The hillside vineyard sits right next to the estate, 400 metres above sea level with an eastern exposition.

In autumn 2015, Diego, then 84, sold the estate to a group of investors led by wine collector Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, who now manages all aspects of the estate. Matthew’s passion is undeniable and the estate is moving forward with purpose and vision. The two year renovation project is well underway – expanding and updating the cellars as they renovate the seventeenth century manor house and chapel. A replanting programme has begun to replace missing and tired vines and earlier this year, just below the house, a hectare of sangiovese vines was planted on a wonderful, steep plot, previously occupied by olive trees. In the winery, wood fermenters have replaced old resin lined concrete to give more oxygen during fermentation, and the old garbelloto botti have been replaced with state of the art cooperage. Specific clones have been matched to the site along with higher density planting. Despite the large scale investment, there is no desire to change the style, just to add purity from better handling of the fruit. As Matthew says “ultimately it’s the vineyards that count”.