It is a really busy time at Castagna at the moment and the last few months have flown by. Julian is currently in Europe, participating in a number of tastings, firstly the La Renaissance des Appellations tasting in Copenhagen, then off to London.
‘This organisation of biodynamic wine growers – La Renaissance des Appellations – invited distributors, restaurateurs and sommeliers of Scandinavia, to come to Copenhagen and partake in wine tasting. No less than 74 wine makers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Portugal, Australia and the United States offered high quality wines produced in according with biodynamic principles.’
(from Rennaissance des Appelletions)
The organisation was founded in 2001 and now consists of 190 biodynamic winemakers from 13 countries. The purpose of the organization is to promote the local term of each wine and ensure a high quality through careful cultivation, fastidious selection of grapes and the craftsman-ship of cellar practices.
Here is an excerpt from Julian’s travel diary.
“I did enjoy Copenhagen, it’s lovely to be in a city full of friendly smiling people a city not being clogged by traffic – the bikes make such a difference. The tasting took place at Papirhallen, which is an old paper making factory in the old part of town very near Noma, which unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a booking at.
I visited Rome briefly and stayed with friends in the area known as Monti, which is the old area of Rome near the Colosseum, it’s an area where Romans live with not too much damage from tourism – a really enjoyable day and a half – I walked my feet off.
Then off to a Casale near Orvieto where Tim Phillips, who did vintage with us in the 2005 vintage, is trying to set up a tiny winery. Tim makes wine in the UK and has a small walled vineyard in the new Forest where he is making very interesting sparkling wine.
It was interesting having some time to myself as it’s very rare that I have any time off at all on these European trips I do – the timing of the Renaissance tasting and then the Artisans of Australia tasting in London made this possible.
After Tuscany with Sean O’Callaghan, who for the last 25 years has been making delicious wine at Riecine – the wine and food culture there is just superb, I am now in London for the Artisans of Australia tasting.”
The Artisans of Australia tasting is this weekend in Shoreditch, a trade tasting that is a fantastic opportunity for Castagna to showcase our wines to the UK.
Meanwhile, back in Beechworth, we have been busy getting ready for the release of our latest vintage. Bottling, labelling, the whole shebang!
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