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AUTUMN IS COMING AND THE GRAPE HARVEST IS UNDERWAY

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The grape harvest is a very demanding task at the Mezzacorona vineyard – hard work, precise attention to detail, patience, and the occasional glass of wine are all required!

 

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In the weeks before the harvest, our agronomists and winemakers evaluate every single field to understand the level of ripeness of the grapes, taking into account sugar content, acidity, ph and many other factors.

A few days before the harvest, the grapes are evaluated a second time to verify that they are ripe enough to be harvested. It is also important to sample and taste the grapes to assess the phenolic maturation.

 

 

 

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In our beautiful region, surrounded by the Italian Alps, grapes are harvested completely by hand since the use of mechanical grape harvesters is not possible on the steep hills.

This allows us to very carefully handle the grapes in the vineyards. Only the best and most ripened bunches are collected, guaranteeing only the finest grapes to be used in our cellars.

 

 

 

This year’s harvest began on August 21st. During the first weeks we gathered Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay grapes starting in the flat areas of the vineyard and finished with the cliff-hanging vines. In mid-September we will continue with red varietals such as Merlot and Teroldego for ending with Moscato and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

 

Join us in raising a glass of Mezzacorona wine for a successful harvest in 2014!

 

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Cliffhanger Vineyards from the Dolomites

             Reserve Quality Pinot Grigio and Proprietary Red Blend Wines                   

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As of June 1st Cliffhanger Vineyards Wines from Mezzacorona will be available in the US market.

Cliffhanger Vineyards wines are produced from tiny vineyard plots located on and around the steeply terraced granite faced slopes, and ledges of the Dolomite Mountains in Trentino, Italy.

Their strong roots penetrate the cracks in the granite subsoil in search of water and nutrients. These unique growing conditions and terroir produce perfect grapes for wines crafted on the “Edge of Perfection” – the closest one can come to such an ideal and extreme environment.

These wines are structured, refined, elegant and brightly flavored. The crisp air and  cool Adige River influence the microclimate and melting Glaciers provide these grapes with depth and structure.

“The Cliffhanger Vineyards style shows the passionate dedication of our farmers to cultivate grapes in extreme conditions” – explains winemaker Lucio Matricardi, PhD. “These wines reflect the character of the Trentino people: Strong and gentle at the same time”.

 

Cliffhanger Pinot Grigio

 

CLIFFHANGER VINEYARDS PINOT GRIGIO

A reserve level quality 100% Pinot Grigio with an established pedigree; hand- selected lots of best grapes from the vintage.

 

Color: slightly yellow with a hint of green
Bouquet: rich and complex with floral and fruity notes
Flavor: aroma of ripe pear and chamomile, dry flowers, fresh melon and white peach. Partial Malo-lactic and touch of oak component add depth, texture and length

 

Made to drink alone, or, with food because of generosity of  both fruit and body. It pairs well with a ariety of light appetizers or with pasta with white meat suace and is perfect with fried and grilled fish.

 

 

 

 

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A Reserve level Proprietary Red Blend of sophisticated Trentino indigenous grapes, such as Lagrein 30% and Teroldego 70%.

 

Color: deep ruby-garnet in color
Bouquet: intense and complex with a perfect balance of red fruits, and spicy notes.
Flavor: displays ripe red and black fruits, such as cherries and blueberries with a wonderful balance.
Notes of toasty oak, vanilla and spice add complexity.

 

This wine is as close as any vintner can come to expressing an ideal profile of grapes used in a blend. For the generosity of fruit and body it pairs well with seasoned cheese, red meat and game.

 

 

 

Cliffhanger Vineyards Wines: Beyond the boundaries of expectation!

 

Find out more on  Mezzacorona website  or watch our video

 

2013 OPENS WITH A NEW LOOK FOR MEZZACORONA

 

Here in Italy people sometimes use fireworks to celebrate the New Year, and we considered doing just that.  But, we felt that something more spectacular was in order.  So…what better way to celebrate the fact that the World did not end on December 21st, 2012 than beginning 2013 with the launch of a complete new and innovative packaging?

 

We wanted to celebrate who we are and where we come from. We wanted to illustrate what we feel makes our Pinot Grigio so unique. So, we needed something light, bright, crisp and refreshing.

The ribbon-like silhouetted waves depicted on our new label represent exactly that, and the tranquil beauty of our Dolomite Mountain Valley homeland.

 

It is here, in this pristine environment, that this crisp, elegant wine has been made these past 109 years. Nestled at the foot of the majestic Italian Alps, the Adige River has carved us a viticultural masterpiece of a sunny alpine valley, prized for its hillside vineyards.

 

So now we have a new look, and the same Internationally acclaimed award winning taste. Our wines express the authentic taste you expect from the Mezzacorona brand, and their new stylish contemporary appeal gives your special moments a new dimension.

 

No matter what’s your moment, if you choose to pour yourself a glass of Pinot Grigio after a long day at work or to celebrate a special occasion with your family and friends, Mezzacorona always completes your special everyday moments, making your ordinary becomes extraordinary!

 

 

Emotionally evocative. We recently decided to beging a closer on-going dialogue wih our consumers through our Social Media Efforts in Fabebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. We have organized tasting panels and focus group in order to improve our understanding of their needs. They helped us reconsider and identify the importance of the communicating of the “emotional signature” of our Winery and brand.

 

We have been passionately tending our alpine vineyards since 1904, growing and producing Estate Grown wine of uncommon quality. When you take your first sip of Mezzacorona, your senses are involved in a journey that transports you directly here, to our gorgeous region, amid our beautiful mountains, crystal blue lakes and this natural paradise. Our wines express the authentic taste of our terroir. They are the Real Deal!

 

Our consumer suggested that we complete this experience for them by portraying this sensation in our labels. We hope that you agree that our new look better reflects who we are, and our true essence.

 

Won’t you share in a toast with us? And stay tuned, because more exciting news in on the horizon!