A Taste of Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon, from Lake Garda

 

Summer is upon us, and the getaway season has officially started! Are you still wavering between hiking in the mountains or go sailing? Well, if you come and visit Lake Garda (www.gardatrentino.it),  in the heart of the Italian Alps, you can do whatever you want in a matter of a few miles.

 

The choice among the outdoor activities is incredibly wide. You can go sailing, windsurfing or kite surfing. Water sports not quite your thing? You can climb the cliffs overlooking the lake or simply relax through the panoramic footpaths for passionate of  Nordic walking and trekking. You will enjoy the view from one of the many bike routes surrounding the lake, and maybe get lost in the middle of the vineyards close by.

 

 

Here, many grape varietals are grown, especially the ones that prefer milder temperatures, like Cabernet Sauvignon.  Thanks to the presence of the lake, there is an exceptional microclimate that contributes to create a Mediterranean corner right in the foothills of the Alps.

 

 

 

Mezzacorona cultivates its own grapes right here, to the north of Lake Garda, obtaining a wine of great personality and structure. Characterized by a deep ruby red color, Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense and complex bouquet, with spicy notes reminiscent of eucalyptus and sweet fruits, well integrated with the distinctive fragrance deriving from the maturation in oak. This wonderful wine is the perfect companion for a variety of food pairings: red meats, flavourful roasts, game and aged cheeses.

 

Don’t miss the next article to be featured on blog.mezzacorona.it, there’ll be a delicious recipe to be paired with Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon!

 

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Landscape in a bottle. The unique architecture of Mezzacorona wineries.

 

If you have the chance to visit the Mezzacorona wineries, you’ll immediately realize that you are in front of one-of-a-kind architecture. Forget the traditional idea of  a winery you might have seen leafing through tourism & travel magazines. This is something unique.

 

At the beginning of 1995 Mezzacorona announced a competition for the design of its new headquarters in Mezzocorona, north of Trento, in the heart of the Alpine valley. The terms of the competition called for “special attention in adapting the project to the existing environment”. That means the winning project should have shown the link existing between the new facilities and the surrounding environment.

 

The landscape around Mezzacorona looks like a beautiful panting: in the background the majestic Italian Alps. Down below, the hills and the fields are graced by interlacing vine grapes while the Adige river winds gently through the valley. Vineyards, woods, rocky cliffs, terraced fields, stone walls and river curves: many different shapes that create an endless array of varying patterns.

 

The new project had to codify all these various families of signs, adopting a language able to create an evident connection between the buildings and the environment. This is exactly what the team of architect Alberto Cecchetto focused on with their winning entry. After a long and accurate research into the morphological elements of the natural surroundings, the designers worked on interpreting and recomposing all the various shapes in the winery architecture. The result was astonishing.

 

The project, named “Cittadella del Vino” (Wine Village), features three main areas, each with a specific function: the Mezzacorona winery, the Rotari sparkling wine production facilities and the office and auditorium buildings. Even though these areas are architecturally differentiated, the overall impression is that they are organically linked to form a whole. In every single detail of the structure, you can recognize the strong connection with the environment. 

 

The most evident is the wooden roof of the winery whose shape reminds us of the waving motif of the surrounding vineyards and appears to be a physical continuation of the rows of vines.

 

 

 

Making use of different materials along with sophisticated forms and technologies, the architect Cecchetto and his team created a structure able to establish a convincing and original relationship with the landscape. The effort of the designers went beyond the appearances and put great attention on sustainability: just to make a few examples, 75% of the winery is underground, resulting in cooler temperatures all year round. An efficient system of water management has been built to treat waste waters, while a 500 KWp installation of solar panels covers more than 30% of the winery’s energy needs.

 

Mezzacorona’s state-of-the-art Cittadella del Vino can be considered an effective example of how construction and natural environment can coexist when projected with the proper criteria.

Toast the 108th Anniversary of Mezzacorona!

 

Exactly today, 108 years ago on June 5th 1904, twenty vintners founded Mezzacorona.  At that time the Trentino region was still part of the Austrian Empire, where different ethnic groups lived together in harmony.  Since the beginning of the 11th century, Trentino has been part of the German-Tyrolean area, even though being an Italian speaking country. This land has long been a bridge between the German and Latin culture. In fact, a combination of German seriousness and reliability together with Italian passion and creativity are rooted in Mezzacorona.

 

Since its founding, Mezzacorona has been made by people devoted to viticulture, deeply attached to their land, and united in their common purpose of enhancing the products of their diligent labor. This has been Mezzacorona’s mission even during the difficult days of World War I, after which Trentino was annexed to Italy. Then came the dark period of Fascism and the economic depression, until World War II, which brought huge damages on the people and land all over Europe.

 

Thanks to the strength of its vintners and a wise and forward-thinking management, Mezzacorona survived those difficult years and with the re-establishment of democracy and the free market, the company started to produce quality wines with renewed enthusiasm, enhancing the uniqueness of this land.

 

 

 

Starting in the 1970s, Mezzacorona strengthened itself by becoming a structured and organized group and widening its business –especially in Germany and in the United States, where it founded its own importing company in 1986:  Prestige Wine Imports Corp., headquartered in New York City.

 

The US soon became the first market for Mezzacorona and the consumers immediately expressed interest and appreciation in the elegant wines from Trentino, especially the Pinot Grigio, which Mezzacorona would become the lead producer of worldwide.

 

In those years Mezzacorona also launched the project of sustainability in all its vineyards cultivated in Trentino Alto Adige, promoting the use of green practices respectful of the environment in viticulture.

 

At the beginning of the 1990s, Mezzacorona started the “Cittadella del Vino” (Wine Village), an imposing architectural structure built on a 20 hectares area entirely dedicated to wine production and tourism.

 

Inaugurated in 2004, during the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the winery, the  state-of-the-art Cittadella del Vino represents today the house of all the Mezzacorona’s farmers and the base for the company for producing quality wines with a deep link to the land.

 

 


The history of Mezzacorona has been built in the heart of the magnificent Italian Alps and has grown thanks to the proud spirit of people who were and are still able to fight against everyday adversity. They have been cultivating their love for the land and winemaking for over a century and now we, and you, experience all their dedication and passion in every single sip of the Mezzacorona wines.

 

 

Raise your glasses with us as we toast: the 108th Anniversary of Mezzacorona!

Tasty Memories From Italy

 

You finally return home, after a long, long day at work: Half spent babysitting your boss and the other half asking yourself the reason why you play babysitter to begin with. After 45 minutes of commuting, you just look forward to slipp

ing off your unreasonably narrow shoes throwing your jacket on the couch and opening the fridge.

And there’s your salvation. A chilly bottle of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, just waiting to be uncorked! Grab the bottle, pour a glass of this authentic taste of Italy and enjoy it while sitting outside, in this near-summer evening, watching the sun going down. All sings point to the fact that this is a perfect ending to a hard day, but the groans out of your stomach tell you there’s one last thing that needs attending to.

You return to the fridge, where you see a bunch of asparagus and some ham from yesterday’s dinner. Worried about how to put 2 and 2 together? Of course not! You remind yourself of that fantastic asparagus salad you had last year in Italy. Where was it? Oh yeah, right in that lovely, family run restaurant in the heart of the Italian Alps, at Trattoria Vecchia Sorni (www.trattoriavecchiasorni.it). The recipe was fairly simple, but amazingly delicious!

 

Marinated white and green asparagus salad with browned speck

 

Ingredients:

– 7 peeled white asparagus

– 3 peeled green asparagus

– sliced speck or any smocked ham

– honey

– pumpkin oil

– extra virgin olive oil

– apple vinegar

– salt

 

 

Cut the asparagus into small pieces. Prepare the vinaigrette in a container. Mix the honey with the vinegar, the salt, the olive and the pumpkin oil until it is homogenized, then add the asparagus. Mix and let it sit for 10 minutes. In a pan quickly brown some smoked ham and then put it on the marinated asparagus salad.

 

Enjoy it with a refreshing glass of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, and suddenly, those narrow shoes and long work days are a thing of the past as you’re transported back to Italy.

Roses & Vineyards

 

 

Spring has finally arrived. All around nature has begun to blossom, creating a colorful scenario that leaves both your eyes and your heart feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

 

You decide to take a stroll through the vineyards and you happen to see a lot of gorgeous roses planted at the beginning of each vine. You think the farmer might have a very thoughtful wife who just loves to give her personal, female touch to her husband’s vineyards –but the reason for doing so is not just a romantic one.

 

Even though now the roses have essentially a decorative function, in the past, they were used as an effective defensive tool for the vines. The farmers noticed that the roses were affected by a common vine disease called powdery mildew. Their beautiful roses were usually attacked one week before the problem manifested itself on the vine, an advanced warning that the grower’s would use to their advantage.

 

Now, research has developed more advanced methods to prevent this disease, but the farmers continue planting the roses in their vineyards for –what else? Their wives’ happiness!

 

 

A Sweet Touch for the 2012 Edition of the Mezzocorona Expo

 

 

 

The Mezzocorona Expo, a trade fair hosted by the Mezzacorona wineries from May 25th to May 27th, will have a deliciously sweet touch this year. Thanks to the collaboration with Eurochocolate, the annual chocolate festival held in Perugia in October, there will be a very special event for all chocolate lovers: Chocolike!  

If you are addicted to the “Food of the Gods”, you cannot miss this opportunity to taste a wide range of chocolates from all over the world.  Appreciate them alone or in combination with wines, spirits and local products.

The official ChocoTaster of Eurochocolate, Simone De Castro, will lead visitors in a yummy trip to discover this tempting food through chocolate tasting sessions on Friday, May 25th at 7pm, and during the weekend at 11 am and 2.30 pm.

 

Do not miss a stop at the booth of “Costruttori di Dolcezza” (Manufacturers of Sweetness), where you will find innovative chocolate products, made with high quality and original packaging such as Choco-frames:  Picture frames entirely carved in chocolate bars, where you can insert your favorite sweet memory! Or such as ChocoLamps, that simulate cascades of chocolate, or Sweet Lies, a chocolaty reinterpretation of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet from the homonymous fairytale whose nose becomes bigger when he lies. He proclaims: “I do not like chocolate! ” Yet all around him there are tempting milk chocolate coins, ready to be unwrapped and eaten…

 

What are you waiting for? This weekend, no diet is permitted!!

 

http://www.mezzocoronaexpo.com/

A Taste of Mezzacorona Merlot

 

Merlot is one of the most widely planted red grape varietals in the world. Originally cultivated in France in the Bordeaux region, it was planted in northern Italy at the end of the 19th century. Merlot adapts to a very diverse range of growing conditions, but performs better in warmer climates. This is the reason why Mezzacorona cultivates the Merlot grapes in its estates close to the Garda lake.

Garda is the largest Italian lake, located just 40 miles south from the winery. Despite the fact that the lake lies right in the middle of the Italian Alps, the surrounding area is uniquely characterized by a Mediterranean climate. Lemon and olive trees surround the lakeside, contributing to create a landscape worthy to be painted over and over again –which explains the thousands of tourists from Europe who flock here yearly to take in the scenary. Thanks to the lake’s influence, summers are warm and winters mild, creating the perfect conditions for the ripening of Merlot, especially in terms of aromas.

In fact, this varietal requires a good amount of sun to lose the herbaceous character and to full express the fruity aroma of cherry and blackberry. In order to reach the ideal maturation of the grapes, Mezzacorona also places much attention on the vineyard management. Leaves are carefully removed from the vines to allow the clusters to receive all the sunlight they need. All the grapes are hand picked and quickly processed at the Mezzacorona facilities. Most undergo alcoholic fermentation for around 10-12 days at 77-79 °F (25-26°C). During this time, the fruity aromas and the tannins that will build the structure and body of the wine are extracted from the grapes. Part of Merlot matures in stainless steel tanks and part in oak, in order to smooth down the tannins and give more complexity to the wine.

Ruby red in color, the Mezzacorona Merlot presents an intense bouquet and a delicious array of aromas, including red fruits and plums, and a powerful but delicate structure with tannins that are velvety, but still present. It pairs best with red meats, cheeses and flavourful soups.

 

What else could there possibly be to learn? Why not watch the video with one of our winemakers, Lucio Matricardi, and find out! And while you’re at it, raise your glass and toast us with your Mezzacorona Merlot! Cheers!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9zoq5lb5fg

 

Sip a glass of bliss while walking through the centuries: Mostra dei vini del Trentino 2012.

 

Mezzacorona is nestled in the heart of the Alpine Valley, in northern Italy. Trentino is renowned for its spectacular nature. In a journey of just a few miles, you can pass from the Alpine to the Mediterranean, hike the towering Dolomites –which were declared a  Natural World Heritage by Unesco in June 2009– or go sailing at the GardaLake, the largest lake in Italy, surrounded by palms and lemon trees.

 

Trentino is not only famous for its nature, but also because it’s a region rich in history. Proof is in the over 300 castles, fortresses and fortified sites that have become an essential component of the landscape. It’s a fascinating trip through history, and it cannot start anywhere but at Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento. The Castle, a symbol of the city, dates back to the early 13th century and was where the Prince of Bishops took residence until 1803. It is a monument of extraordinary historic and artistic value, and well known for the famous “Cycle of  The Months”: a series of frescoes preserved in the Aquila Tower.  It’s a masterpiece of medieval art but also a time machine that transports you back to country life at the end of the 14th century, depicting work on the fields, tournaments, and declarations of love. Get lost in the scenes of grape harvesting and pressing, and let your mind wander amongst the art of winemaking and how it’s  traversed across the centuries, from ancient times to today’s reality.

 

This upcoming weekend, in the medieval halls of Castello del Buonconsiglio, one of the most awaited events for wine lovers will take place: The 76th annual Mostra dei Vini del Trentino (The Trentino Wine Show).

 

From Friday, May 18th to Monday May 21st, you can walk through the castle and meet the wine producers, enjoy great wine tastings, and enjoy some of the best food specialties from the region in the gorgeous gardens of the castle. You can even wander into the castle’s secret rooms (open to visitors only on rare occasions) and marvel at the actors performing in them.

If you happen pass by Trento during this weekend, do not miss the chance to come and visit Mezzacorona pouring its wines at Castello del Buonconsiglio, and you yourself can enjoy a sip of bliss while walking through the centuries!

For further info visit www.visitrentino.it/mostravini

Viva la mamma! Celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13th!

 

She was the first to hold you in their arms when you entered the world.

 

She is the person you can turn to for much needed advice or a strong hug.

 

She

is the person who will always love you.

 

No matter if you use the past, present or the future tense when you talk about her, your Mom will forever be in your heart. This upcoming Sunday, May 13th, is her day, so why not take this occasion to tell her how much she means for you? Return some of the sweetness she gives you everyday with a delicious recipe that Lorenzo Callegari, chef of “Trattoria Vecchia Sorni”, has created for this day: Warm rhubarb and strawberry salad with vanilla ice cream.

 

 

Ingredients for the homemade vanilla ice cream:

 

1 Cup of Cream

3 Cups Milk

1 Stick of Vanilla

6 Egg Yolks

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup cold cream

 

Boil the cream together with milk and the vanilla scoured from the stick. In a container, beat the egg yolks with the sugar. Add it to the cream mixture and put it back on the stove until it reaches174 °F. Put the mixture in a container and add the cold cream. Put in the freezer and mix deliberately every 15 minutes until it becomes a cream.

 

Cut the strawberries and the rhubarb into small pieces. In a pan, brown a tablespoon of butter with 2 spoonfuls of sugar . Add the strawberries and rhubarb, and let it cook for a couple of minutes.

Wet the mixture with orange juice and let it reduce for another 2 minutes. Put the entire mixture in a deep plate and add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Add mint leaves and colorful flowers for presentation.

 

Pour her a glass of Mezzacorona Moscato and serve your Mom with a kiss and an “I love you!”

The Importance of Lighter Bottles for the Environment

Glass is still considered the best material used to preserve food and wine in particular, thanks to its chemical inertia that guarantees absence of transfers to the contents inside the package.

To produce a bottle of glass you need sand, soda ash

, and limestone -which all are abundant on Earth, but the process requires much more ENERGY than one would imagine.

The energy is needed to heat the components until they are melted, and is proportional to the amount of glass that has to be produced. A bottle of glass weighing 400 g results in the production of 1.15 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), while a bottle of 800 g produces exactly twice the quantity of CO2, 2.30 kg.

In the time when the market trends dictates the use of heavier bottles, Mezzacorona has always clung to the concept that the content is more important than the container and has always used bottles lighter than the standard used by the competition.

 


 

 

410 g is the average weight of the bottles used by Mezzacorona.

 

500 g is the average weight of the bottles used by the competitors (in some cases the weight of an empty bottle of wine exceeds the wine weight of 750g).

 

 

 

 

The choice of using a lighter bottle results in reducing the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere: for every 10 bottles, there is 2.6 kg less emission omitted (which equals 1300 liters of gaseous CO2). In addition to direct energy saving, there is also a significative reduction of pollution, especially related to transportation and disposal.

Mezzacorona is evaluating the use of even lighter bottles, but many issues must be taken into consideration. While the increase in weight above 400 grams has only an aesthetic function, the reduction below this value may compromise its mechanical characteristics. Moreover, the use of lighter bottles shall guarantee equal security in terms of shipping and handling in order to protect our customers.

Our customers, who of course will be the first to hear of any changes as we evaluate introducing even lighter bottles into Mezzacorona’s repertoire!