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We are delighted to introduce the fabulous Casa Rojo “The Wine Gurus” range of exquisite wines with eye catching branding to Northern Ireland.

The Casa Rojo project brought together the top 5 Wine Gurus in Spain to create the best example of each wine from each individual Spanish wine region. Mestre to treviso airport They produced 8 wines in total including an Organic and Biodynamic Priorat, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Rioja, Albariño, Verdejo, Godello and a very rebellious Cava.


The labels in this range of exceptional Spanish Wines are certainly something very different and have captured the imagination of fans and media all over the world. Treviso venice airport This perfect combination of imaginative branding combined with exceptional wine quality has quickly established Casa Rojo as a global brand and in fact a global movement. Airport venedig treviso Every wine has won multiple awards and gold medals and all rank 90 + Points. Airport treviso arrivals “One of the 100 Best Winneries of the world 2014” (Wine&Spirits Magazine)

Each wine label tells a story. Treviso airport parking price MMM Macho Man Monastrell (100% Monastrell) depicts a cartoon image of the wine maker himself ‘Jose Luis Gomez’ who is in fact a very tall young man. Venice treviso airport This is the third year of vintage, so in the first year Macho Man Monastrell was only sporting a small goatee beard, however now as the winemaker’s beard has grown, so too has the beard on our MMM Macho Man Monastrell label, and he has a new tattoo ‘Love & Wine’ this year! Jose stands outs in a crowd and the same is true of this unique label on the shelves or in the wine bar. Airport venice treviso ryanair 6 Months aged in French Oak this huge wine was voted ‘Best Spanish Barrel Aged Red’.

MMM is a rich and hearty red wine. Getting from treviso airport to venice Hand-harvested 100% Monastrell grapes from very old vines create this big, boisterous, fruit-packed red; four months in oak barrels provides a touch of softness and spice. Venice treviso airport code An impressive plum and strawberry explosion combined with licorice and chocolate. Treviso airport google maps The 2013 vintage was named in the top 100 wines in the Wines from Spain Awards 2015, the judging was chaired by Tim Atkin MW.

The Alexander V’s The Ham Factory DO Ribera Del Duero label depicts a pig sporting what looks like a Bionic leg and matching goggles, having lost his leg to the Ham Factory. Treviso airport to lido di jesolo Casa Rojo consider this the finest wine in the range “Alexander V’s the Ham Factory is our masterpiece, a parody of real life, how a living being has being strengthened after a loss”. How to get from venice to treviso airport The label also reflects the story of Alexandra who runs the wine business, but her father owns a Ham factory and finds he is always calling upon her time for that business, therefore she has symbolically lost one leg to the Ham Factory of her father. Airport venice treviso arrivals This big red 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) of 25 yr old vines from Pesquera del Duero has spent 20 Months in french and american oak. Treviso airport venice train There are notes of cocoa, and roast mocha with intense black fruit compote. Transport from treviso airport to venice Iron with silk. Bus to treviso airport from venice A cyborg hero! 93 points Gilbert & Gaillard 2015

La Marimorena Albariño with Racy flavours of Blood Orange, Wild Pomelos and Dried Pineapple with a salinity straight from the terroir beside the Atlantic Ocean. Treviso airport italy The Albariño vineyards for this mineral and spice infused white are located close to ‘O Rosal’ in the Pontevedra in the south of the Rías Baixas region on Spain’s north-west coast. Venice to treviso airport bus timetable Here the vineyards are surrounded by water, both sea and river, the vines cultivated on granite terraces with fairly rich, deep soils. Venice to treviso airport train Unoaked, the wine shows herbal aromas, scents of citrus and clear notes of dried pineapple, apple and pear, fresh and fruity in the mouth, the finish continues along the mineral and spice theme.

ANSELMI wines are more like a cult movement in Italy and now also in International markets beyond. Treviso airport long term parking Roberto Anselmi is known as the original rebel who redefined the image of Italian white wines. Venice treviso airport to port As a result, his wines are so exquisite, that they can be found on the menus of just about every Michelin Star restaurant in Italy, right up to the 3 star Gods of Italian cuisine. Treviso airport website Most carrying multiple vintages, which we were lucky enough to experience for ourselves with the charismatic winemaker and his lovely daughter Lisa at the fabulous 2 Michelin star ‘La Peca’ Restaurant outside Vicenza. Venice treviso airport hotel There. Treviso airport wiki we had a very memorable life moment tasting his 1983 REALDA Cabernet Sauvignon – a 33 year old doing a great impersonation of a fine old French Burgundy after a masterful resuscitation by a world class Sommelier, after such a long time at rest in the bottle. With only 7,000 bottles of his Cabernet Sauvignon produced each year, the rarity of finding and getting to taste such an aged example was not lost on us. Treviso airport to venice transfers This was an honor and a privilege few get to enjoy and it is an experience we will never forget.

Roberto had approached the Soave Consorzio to negotiate a reduction in the permissible yields in an attempt to increase region-wide quality. Airport treviso venice bus After years of painstaking meetings and communications, the day of reckoning arrived in the form of a letter, the contents of which threw Roberto into a fit of rage and caused him to burn all existing Anselmi labels featuring the name Soave. Airport treviso departures The Consorzio, mainly influenced by the industrial-sized co-operatives, had agreed to a reduction in yields, but only by around 1-2%, a negligible margin.

His self-imposed exile was a bold move, but one he felt was essential to be true to his ethos of quality over quantity, and in turn to producing world class white wines. Venice treviso airport departures “Quality is indeed the fruit of our labour and determination, but it cannot do without help from the kind of science which allows us to recognise the real values of tradition and yet stops us from placing too much value on those elements which have no scientific basis at all.”

And the risk has paid off. Treviso centrale to airport Widely considered one of Italy’s best white wine producers and ‘the conscience of Soave’, he’s redefined the image of the region’s wines on the world stage. Bus treviso airport to venice ANSELMI white wines age for 15 years, are from the volcanic soils on the best south facing hills of the Soave region, harvested by hand on CRU vineyards of just a few hectares, with the highest quality standards and very limited production.

As it happens, 2000 wasn’t the first time Roberto had rebelled against authority. Airport treviso bus Back in the 1970s, fresh out of university and having had a taste of some the world’s finest wine regions in his post-study travels, he quickly became frustrated working in his family winery.

“My grandfather had been an excellent vine grower between the 1920s and 1945, but with the economic crisis linked to the World War he was forced to sell off all his vineyards and my father, who had continued working in the wine sector, had created a large winery for the bottling and sale of wine that he bought in, but without having his own land or vineyards,” explains Roberto.

“I had always dreamt of buying back my grandfather’s vineyards and buying other land highly suited to vine growing. Transfer treviso airport to venice I had always dreamt of creating a high quality winery to produce my own wine and had a romantic vision of a land which inspires strong values, deep feelings, the right kind of traditions, and a way of living which is with the land and for the land. Treviso airport arrivals ryanair And so I began.”

But his ambitions found him knocking heads with his father, and Roberto eventually grasped full control of the business, and Marino went into retirement, though remained living on the property.

He wound up the trading side of the company and began buying pockets of hillside land planted at high density, where his less productive but more aromatic Garganega strains thrived. Venice treviso airport to venice santa lucia train station The current property extends to 70 hectares situated on the highest slopes between Monteforte and Soave, and annual production has grown to around 700,000 bottles (just 5% of the volume his father made, but it’s always been quality Roberto was after.)

Opting out of the Soave DOCG gave Roberto the freedom to grow the grapes he liked, and in whatever way he wanted. Treviso airport train to venice Instead of the shaded canopies of old-fashioned pergola-trained vines most commonly found on surrounding properties, guyot-trained vines let in plenty of sunshine for more concentrated fruit, and his limit of three small bunches per vine guarantees density of flavour and ripeness, while maintaining good acidity.

Freed from the constraints of the Consorzio that require 70 percent Garganega in all wines labelled Soave Classico and currently allow only two other grapes, Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave, Roberto also planted Sauvignon Blanc and Traminer, and uses the former in his San Vincenzo.

The winery is similarly advanced, with gleaming stainless steel vats and French oak barriques (Anselmi was probably the first in Italy to utilise French oak to ferment and mature its white wines). Parking treviso airport Vinification is precise in every detail, with cold maceration, fermentation at low temperatures and a long ageing period. Venise treviso airport Roberto has always been an early adopter of wine technology – collaborating on research into alternative wine closures and ongoing experimentation into new methods to reduce the presence of sulphites in wine. Venice to treviso airport bus Frustrated by cork taint, Roberto moved his San Vincenzo wine into screwcaps a few years ago – a brave move in a traditional wine country.

He took this limited-production approach to the next level when he became one of the few producers in the Soave Classico zone to develop ‘cru’ or single-vineyard wines. Treviso airport to venice transfer Capitel Foscarino (10 hectares) and Capitel Croce (five hectares) derive their names from ancient shrines (in the Veronese dialect) which populated the areas when the vineyards were replanted.

The tour inside the winery and the cellar was as theatrical. Venice treviso airport to venice city centre bus It is more tranquil and ethereal than any Church or Cathedral we’ve ever been in. Bus from treviso airport to venice Large beautifully candlelit rooms, framed by stained glass effect walls made from wine bottles and bespoke commissioned sculptures of the Garganega grape, house the French Oak barrels of precious liquid awaiting re-birth as the next vintage of ANSELMI wines. It is no wonder that the Anselmi business is so highly regarded – the wines, the location, the people. Venice airport to treviso Roberto Anselmi’s rebellious nature is perhaps also evident in his personal life, not least in that he flies his own helicopter, had a Porsche made to his personal specifications and has a passion for fast motorbikes.

Roberto crafts just five wines – in addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon and the two crus is San Vincenzo (a lighter apertif style wine), an unusual move for the area, and I Capitelli, a dessert wine made from dried Botrytis-affected grapes that matches the world’s best. Treviso airport to venice taxi cost The white wines are for big Chardonnay lovers with the San Vincenzo being a blend of 70% Garganega with 30% Chardonnay and Sauvignon. How to get from venice treviso airport to venice Intense and

complex on the nose with apple, almonds, citrus, melon and zesty tropical fruit. Directions from treviso airport to venice Dry but with intense fruit, medium bodied with fresh acidity.

The November 2016 Wine Buying Guide of the revered ‘Wine Spectator’ awards ANSELMI 90 points and highlights it as a ‘BEST BUY’. Treviso airport to venice tripadvisor Describing the Anselmi San Vincenzo, they say “An expressive white, creamy and lightly juicy throughout, offering flavors of blood orange granita, fresh tarragon, yellow peach and mineral, set in a light-bodied frame. Treviso airport accommodation The finish is juicy. Treviso airport shuttle Garganega with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Bus from treviso airport to venice city centre Drink now through 2019. Treviso sant angelo airport 41,660 cases made.”

The CAPITEL CROCE 2014 is 100% Garganega, aged for 8 months in French Oak and 9 months in the bottle. Venice treviso airport to lake garda Fresh, fruit forward aroma guided by hints of peach, vanilla, honey and spring flowers. Treviso airport to venice cruise terminal Dry, complex, beautifully balanced and structured, fat with rich, creamy fruit flavours; the use of French oak adds a subtle and agreeable spiciness to this very accomplished wine, which ages for 15 years.

You’ll be glad to know that the rebel and his father made amends before Marino died, the latter coming to appreciate what his son had done for the family name. Venetia treviso airport “My grandfather didn’t ever come to the winery,” Lisa says, “but finally when my father had success, my grandfather would tap him on the shoulder and say: ‘Not bad, not bad’.”

We are currently in the planning stages of bringing this iconic, cult Italian winemaker to Belfast in 2017 to meet the many fans we know his wines will very soon have here in Northern Ireland. Treviso airport flights Watch this space for further details.