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HART & CRU is a consulting service that brings artisanal wines to avid drinkers through special events, wine tastings, cellar offerings, and wine classes.

Events — Wine Tasting & Wine Dinner in Cincinnati, OH

Join HART & CRU at wine tastings and dinners at Cincinnati's top restaurants and venues. Experience unique, quality-crafted and limited production wines.


Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

SARTRE "POP-UP WINEBAR" with Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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Kermit Lynch, iconic influencer of the modern wine world, deserves thanks for making it possible to drink great European wine every day, even though we’re in America. In that spirit, Sartre will open their doors on Monday, December 4th as a pop-up winebar to pour some KLWM classics + newbies.

Greg Powell, who has represented these wines across the country for nearly a decade, will be there to serve and to regale with info & anecdotes.
— Kevin O. Hart
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MONDAY NIGHT ONLY !!!

DECEMBER 4th, 6-9PM : Sartre is normally closed on Monday, but we are opening the bar side only for this special POP-UP

SARTRE : 1910 Elm Street, OTR


-- WALK-INS WELCOME --
-- RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED
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But, a heads-up if you can join is
greatly appreciated. 

PHONE: (513) 579-1910
EMAIL: RANDY at randy@sartreotr.com
To give us a heads-up !


WINES BY THE GLASS
FOR THIS NIGHT ONLY

3 oz and 5 oz pours
offered at an incredible value.

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Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

REINVENTING THE WHEEL: A LITERARY WINE AND CHEESE TASTING

Hart & Cru is excited to help host authors of Reinventing the Wheel, Bronwen and Francis Percival for a Literary Wine and Cheese Tasting

WHO : Bronwen and Francis Percival with Hart & Cru and Dutch's Larder
WHAT : Book Release + Wine & Cheese Tasting
WHERE : Mercantile Library, 11th Floor
(414 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45202)
WHEN Saturday, November 11th 3-5pm
HOW MUCH : $20 Members // $25 Non-Members
 

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Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

EVENING LAND + DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE @ SALAZAR

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Tuesday, October 24th
WE'RE TAKING OVER SALAZAR!

Tuesday, October 24th, we'll be pouring
9 WINES from both properties, paired with 4 COURSES
created by the team at Salazar.

Nat Gunter will be in town representing two of the most highly regarded wineries in America:

DOMAINE DE LA COTE & EVENING LAND VINEYARDS.

These two wineries are very special to me not only because of my friendships with the winemakers, but also because professionally, these are two of the
most influential producers in the wine industry today.

Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman lead a new class of young American winemakers. They make wine that captures a moment in time, from a specific region or style; experiencing these wines is always a delight and always a lot of fun.

**Please note, we only have 40 seats available, this will sell out quickly

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Oct
12
to Oct 13

HAPPY HOUR @ DESIGN LAB BEFORE BLINK CINCINNATI

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BLINK Cincinnati, is expected to be one of the largest light, art, and projection mapping events in the nation. The four-day event will feature large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art. BLINK will span 20 city blocks, from the Banks to Findlay Market.


                                                               Find more info on the event at blinkcincinnati.com   

                                                               Find more info on the event at blinkcincinnati.com   

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Sep
24
1:00 PM13:00

PAELLA & VINO at DUTCH'S

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HART & CRU teams up with DUTCH'S on Sunday, September 24th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to showcase some of our favorite things: PAELLA & VINO.
The casual tasting is come and go as you please. Come meet our friend, Christopher Cannan, world-renowned winemaker, who will be pouring wine with us and telling stories of his Priorat property, CLOS FIGUERAS & his Montsant wines, POBLETS DEL MONTSANT.

The tasting will consist of :

FOOD & WINE for $55

( $20 food & 35 wine + 20% Grat & Tax : $70.62 Total )

THREE different Paellas offered / Food Only $20

( $20 food + 20% Grat & Tax : $25.68 Total )

  • SEAFOOD: Octopus, Clams, Shrimp & Squid
  • MEAT: Chicken, Chorizo & Serrano Ham
  • VEGETARIAN: Local Tomatoes, Peppers, Corn & Eggplant

SIX different wines / Wine Only $35

( $35 wine + 20% Grat & Tax : $44.94 Total )

  • Poblets del Montsant Blanco 2016 - retail $20
  • Poblets del Montsant Rosado 2016 - retail $20
  • Poblets del Montsant Tinto 2016 - retail $20
  • Clos Figueras Serras del Priorat 2014 - retail $30
  • Clos Figueras 2009, Priorat DOQ - retail $75
  • Espectacle de Montsant 2011 - retail $150
Christopher Cannan, friend and colleague for more than thirty years, is a true icon in the world of fine wine. For more than three decades, he has brought Europe’s finest wines to distant ports around the world. Now he brings the fruits of his own vineyards in Catalonia to us here in Cincinnati. It is an honor and pleasure to have him here with us.
— Gordon Hue - Founder wineCRAFT

TICKETS SUGGESTED PRIOR TO EVENT

Also, we have a killer team pouring wine through the entire event,

Christopher Cannan - Clos Figueras & Poblets del Montsant
Kevin Hart - HART & CRU
Allison Matern - Dutch's
Pam Ashmore - Dutch's
Jordan Patton - wineCRAFT
Gordon Hue - wineCRAFT

 
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Jun
6
to Jun 7

Tasting and Dinner with Winemaker Eric Railsback of Lieu Dit Winery

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BURGERS + BEAUJOLAIS + PINOT
May
2
5:00 PM17:00

BURGERS + BEAUJOLAIS + PINOT

Food and wine needn’t be fussy.

We love a good burger, we love a great glass of Beaujolais or Pinot, and what we love most is that they make a crave-ably killer combo. 

So pull up a seat, because we’ve got a whole night planned for this dynamic duo.

Spots are bookable at both table and bar.

 

One-o-the-best-burgers-in-town + fermented fries: $13.00

Stellar selections flight from France and Cali poured by Kevin Hart & Dan Souder all night: $25.00

Or, call it a great kick off to the month of May: $38.00

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Meet the Winemaker, John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co. at 8th & English
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Meet the Winemaker, John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co. at 8th & English

MEET THE WINEMAKER

JOHN LOCKWOOD of ENFIELD WINE CO.

ENFIELD WINE CO. is part of the new wave of winemakers in California that has grabbed my attention. I tracked John down three years ago after reading about his wines in an article talking about the region of Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma. John's passion is finding incredible vineyards and making wine in a manner that has been lost in much of California for the last few years. Enfield wines are honest expressions of the varietals and the place they are grown.  Enfield Wine Co. is not a large project. John puts a ton of work into making a minuscule amount of wine and is one of the hardest working guys I have crossed paths with in a long time.
 
- Hart & CRU

We hope you can join.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 12th - Open table times throughout the night.
WHERE: 8th & English ( New Restaurant in O'Bryonville, Cincinnati )

What: Wine Dinner with a friend of Hart & Cru, John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co.
5 Courses + 4 Wines

FOOD + WINE : $95 PER PERSON

PHONE: (513) 386-7383
EMAIL: Randy at randy@8thandenglish.com


WINES FOR THE NIGHT
 
ENFIELD WINE COMPANY

Citrine Vineyard, Chardonnay 2015 / 1800 bottles produced

Antle Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2015 / 2500 bottles produced

Haynes Vineyards, Syrah 2015 / 1500 bottles produced

Fort-Ross Seaview, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 / 2400 bottles produced


Many of these wines are SOLD OUT NATIONWIDE - We have a little for sale this evening.

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STOLPMAN VINEYARDS OF SANTA BARBARA WITH PETER STOLPMAN
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

STOLPMAN VINEYARDS OF SANTA BARBARA WITH PETER STOLPMAN

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HART & CRU welcomes Peter Stolpman to Cincinnati for a casual talk about the passion for the estate located in Ballard Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara County. Stolpman's focus is on Syrah and Roussane as well as a few other varietals. Peter Stolpman has been leading the family estate since 2009 and has turned into a great friend of HART & CRU over the last few years. During this event, you will hear the stories about the property and understand the love we have for the wines.

 

STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

meet the winemaker, Peter Stolpman at RHINEGEIST

WHEN : TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7TH

SEMINAR : STARTS PROMPTLY at 6:00pm

WINE TASTING : FOLLOWING SEMINAR  ( 8 WINES TO TASTE / Casual walk around tasting / estimated start time 6:45-7:00 - Snacks provided from Dutchs Larder )

WHERE : RHINEGEIST EVENT SPACE - TOP FLOOR - 1910 ELM STREET

2015 Sauvignon Blanc - $20
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2016 Estate Rose - $20
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2014 Roussanne - $28
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2016 "Love You Bunches" Carbonic Sangiovese - $28
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2016 Combe Trousseau - $30
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2015 Cuadrilla Profit Sharing Red Blend - $23
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2014 Estate Syrah - $30
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2014 Originals Syrah - $43

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Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

BUBBLES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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CASUAL TASTING
BUBBLES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
COCKTAIL HOUR STYLE

SATURDAY - DECEMBER 17th

anytime between 3:00pm-6:30pm

DESIGN LAB
1401 Elm Street, Cincinnati Ohio 45202

In light of the holiday season we thought it only appropriate to pop a few bottles and share some bubbles with our friends. We'll have a selection of our favorite bottles to taste along with a few small bites. With great bubbles being poured it is sure to be a great time.  The perfect way to get away for 30 minutes and relieve a little holiday stress while out shopping. Treat it as a drink before dinner out on the town.

Tasting of six wines with sparkling inspired bites.

THE WINES
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Conca d'Or
Millesimato "Cuvee d'Oro" Extra Dry, Veneto, Italy NV ( 15.00 )
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Agnes Paquet
Cremant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France NV ( 30.00 )
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Laherte Freres
Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne, France NV ( 55.00 )
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Agrapart & Fils
Minéral Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut, Champagne, France 2009 ( 95.00)
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Remi Leroy
Blanc de Noirs Millésime, Champagne France 2009 ( 65.00 )
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G. D. Vajra
VSQ Metodo Classico Rosato, Langhe, Piemonte Italy NV ( 38.00 )

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Nov
16
5:30 PM17:30

Casual Tasting Kermit Lynch Portfolio

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16th

anytime between 5:30pm-8:00pm

at
DESIGN LAB
1401 Elm Street, Cincinnati Ohio 45202

Tasting of 10-15 wines along with small bites from Dutch's Larder

Greg Powell, of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant and Kevin Hart, of Hart & Cru will be pouring wine from the Kermit Lynch Portfolio. The portfolio focuses entirely on small, family-owned estates in Italy and France. The focus of the wine selections is on European wines made with integrity from humble farmers. Kevin has had a great relationship with many of the producers for years after traveling France on a Kermit Lynch wine trip for three weeks across the country. The trip was one of the most intense and most educational wine experiences of his career. This is also the trip where Kevin meet Greg and the evening will have some great stories along with the incredible wines.



"For much of the last 35 years, the wine critic Robert Parker dominated the international wine scene. Parker invented the 100-point rating system for wine, and his reviews wielded such influence over sales that vintners everywhere worked to please Parker’s palate, making oaky, intensely flavored, high-alcohol wines. Kermit Lynch, meanwhile, through his wine shop in Berkeley, Calif., and also through his nationwide distribution business, chose to sell only French and Italian wines made in the unadulterated, old-school traditional style aimed at accentuating terroir — each vineyard’s unique combination of weather, soil and geography."
     - New York Times, October 18, 2013

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Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

MEDITERRANEAN SEAFOOD DINNER

FOOD & WINE COLLABORATION.

We're excited to be pairing HAND SELECTED WINES with dishes prepared by some of OUR CITY'S TOP CHEFS. The event is a rare opportunity to have so much talent in one beautiful space.

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Join Chef Jose Salazar, James Beard Foundation Award Winner- Anne Kearney, Food & Wine "The People's Best New Chef" - Daniel Wright, Mita's Pastry Chef- Brian Neumann and Acclaimed Wine Professional- Kevin Hart for a very special dining event!

-Limited seats available-

To purchase tickets and book your reservation please
email Mita's Event Coordinator, Toria Aronoff at

or call 513.421.6482

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May
6
6:00 PM18:00

JASMINE HIRSCH of HIRSCH VINEYARDS

HART & CRU invites you to a
conversation about place, passion and legacy with
JASMINE HIRSCH of HIRSCH VINEYARDS
and KEVIN HART of HART & CRU

at THE MERCANTILE LIBRARY
MAY 6th, 2016 : 6pm - 8pm

( Doors open at 5:30 and lecture promptly starts at 6pm followed by tasting of 4 wines. )

The Hirsch Vineyards, out on the chilly far reaches of the Sonoma Coast, have been providing fruit to some of the biggest names in California Pinot for the last 30 years, including Littorai and Williams Selyem. In addition to David Hirsch's mission to sell stellar fruit, he also wanted to make site-specific wine.  This was his dream: to ensure that his own family's name was included in the telling of America's resurgence in the fine wine world. With a philosophy centered on terroir and honest farming. Hirsch has done just that, solidifying his place in history and his family’s legacy.

The evening will entail a wine tasting and passionate dialogue between wine consultant and sommelier, Kevin Hart and David Hirsch’s daughter, Jasmine. She and her brother have been slowly taking the reins of their father’s renowned vineyards, and Jasmine now serves as General Manager of the estate, and travels extensively to share her energetic story and to tirelessly promote her family’s story.

Hirsch Vineyards have been written about in
national news outlets such as : WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, SFGATE. Also featured in WINE ENTHUSIAST, FOOD& WINE and WINE SPECTATOR.

TICKETS $30

MERCANTILE LIBRARY MEMBERS TICKET $25

all ticket sales through The Mercantile Library

- Charcuterie available from Dutch's Larder -

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Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

SOTER VINEYARDS with HART & CRU at BOCA

SOTER VINEYARDS

from WILLAMETTE VALLEY OREGON

with Associate Winemaker Andrew Bandy-Smith

The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal wines, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found - an epicenter we refer to as the North Valley - which includes all defined sub-appellations and is where we source certified sustainable vineyards of “Cru” quality for our North Valley wines.
— Soter

MARCH 15th

PRIVATE DINNER - LIMITED SEATS 

6:30 PM : 6 Wines & 5 Courses

DINNER HELD AT BOCA RESTAURANT, CINCINNATI

130 per person + tax & grat ( all inclusive : 165.10 )

- all reservations are made through HART & CRU website or email : not through Boca Restaurant Reservationist -

PLACE
Soter Vineyards makes its home at Mineral Springs Ranch in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of Oregon's Willamette Valley.  Thirty acres of Pinot Noir and two acres of Chardonnay are sustainably farmed here, resulting in wines of the highest quality and caliber.  Mineral Springs Vineyard wines are imbued with an indelible exoticism and varietal purity.

WINE GROWING
The biodiversity of the property provides Mineral Springs Vineyard with natural predators and healthy microorganisms. This gives our production team the ability to focus on sustainable farming, which allows the property to thrive in a nourished and natural way. In addition, Mineral Springs is dry farmed and benefits from both cutting edge and antique systems to keep in balance with nature. This is demonstrated through the planting of heirloom clonal selections and the use of sheep and goats to help manage mowing and weed control in contrast to the solar radiation studies which we did in order to determine precise row orientation before planting.

HERITAGE
The 2005 vintage represented the inaugural release from this vineyard had a distinctively exotic personality. At its core it featured notes of blackberries, black cherries, white pepper and floral notes that recall freesias and roses. Subsequent bottlings have consistently expressed this exotic flare with a heart of pure, supple fruit and lovely acid balance

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Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

WINE DINNER FEBRUARY 11th : LE PIANE with Owner-Winemaker Christoph Kuenzli

EVENT HAS SOLD OUT

Welcomes

LE PIANE

with owner-winemaker Christoph Kuenzli

of Boca, Piemonte, Italy

      Barolo, so the sayings go, is both “wine of the kings” and “king of the wines.” Every oenophile will sing its praises. It is made from Nebbiolo, the grape that won over the hearts of royals, and has come to find its own place in mine. 

      Hang out with me long enough, and you’ll learn of my true passion for this varietal. Perhaps you’ve heard my stories of hunting for white truffles in Barolo with Chef David Falk. This is when my romance with the noble grape blossomed, and it only continues as I try to taste every Nebbiolo under the sun.

      Like all great loves, Nebbiolo is both beautiful and incredibly challenging. It is one-of-a-kind, with perfumes and flavors unlike any other grape in the world. It becomes a grape of nostalgia; with scents of roses, violets, saddle leather, delicate Nebbiolo takes me back to my grandmother’s house. But without proper aging or the design to be consumed young, there is also stubborn Nebbiolo, full of insane tannins that can send you running to the sink to gulp water out of the faucet. 

      Traditionally, Nebbiolo needs time. I have a hard time keeping a bottle at home for a month, let alone the ten plus years these wines require in cellar. I will try to let my patience persist with my studies. During all of my late-night reads, at each tasting I attend, I am looking for the new kid on the block, the underground rockstar ready for the limelight. 

      This is where the Alto Piemonte wines come in. Nebbiolo gained its celebrity in Southern Piemonte, in Barolo and Barbaresco. However, the regions up north, around Lake Como, are where Nebbiolo really put its roots down. Boca, Lessona and Gattinara have more acres of Nebbiolo planted than do the famous regions to the south. These underdog Nebbiolo vineyards are higher in elevation, above the fog line famous around Barolo. In this sunlight, the grapes spend two weeks longer on the vine, allowing their tannins to soften further. 

      This ripening results in more delicate, more perfumed wines that can be enjoyed younger (!), like those from Le Piane, located in the foothills of the Alps, one of the most beautiful growing regions in the world. In 1988, winemaker Christoph Kuenzli became acquainted with the Boca DOC, and met the 80+year-old farmer/winemaker Antonio Cerri. Over the years, Christoph slowly convinced Antonio to teach the traditions of producing Spanna, as Nebbiolo is called in the region. Armed with these secrets, Christoph began his replanting, and is one of many humble farmers spreading passion and revitalization across northern Piemonte to restore the old vineyards and bring the fame back to one of the great mountain wine regions in the world. 

      I invite you to join me in celebration and honor of Christoph and the fruit of his labor, at a dinner fit for kings where you can make Nebbiolo memories of your own.

FEBRUARY 11th

Limited Seats (14 Total)

BOCA RESTAURANT

- Private Dining Room -

7:00 pm

5  COURSES / 5 ROCKSTAR WINES 

125 per person + tax & gratuity (total 158.75) 

ALL RESERVATIONS

MUST BE MADE THROUGH

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Jan
21
6:00 PM18:00

JANUARY 21ST // MONTE BERNARDI of TUSCANY with MICHAEL SCHMELZER

welcomes

MONTE BERNARDI

with owner and winemaker Michael Schmelzer

WHEN : THURSDAY JANUARY 21st 

SEMINAR : STARTS PROMPTLY at 6:00pm

WINE TASTING : FOLLOWING SEMINAR  ( 7 WINES TO TASTE / Casual walk around tasting / estimated start time 6:45-7:00 - Charcuterie provided from Dutch’s Larder )

WHERE : RHINEGEIST EVENT SPACE - TOP FLOOR - 1910 ELM STREET

THE TWO FROM PANZANO – In the heart of Chianti Classico a young man tends to an over 40 year old vineyard which is so stony that he strains his hands from exertion. This is not a fairy tale, but the work of Michael Schmelzer, who since 2003, with his family, has owned Monte Bernardi, a winery situated in Panzano’s “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell”). Together Michael and, his sister, Jennifer have demonstrated a visceral passion for the Chianti Classico region; for them this means biodynamic farming, minimal intervention in the cellar and a great respect for Sangiovese. The enthusiasm of the Schmelzer siblings has resulted in qualitative growth which gives us pleasure to write about. 9.5 hectares/23.5 acres – 30,000 bottles 

THE HISTORY – Since Jennifer and Michael arrived in Italy at the beginning of 2000, they remained enchanted with the Chianti Classico region. In 2003 they acquired Monte Bernardi, a winery in Panzano in Chianti. Michael is an enologist, who interprets the territory in an authentic and rigorous way. Jennifer is responsible for the commercial part of the business. Since 2004 they have been farming biodynamically. The hard work in the vineyard and cellar is starting to show great qualitative results. 

THE VINEYARDS – the property purchased by the Schmelzer family is situated in the southern hills of Panzano. The vineyards are over 40 years old, at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level, surrounded by forests and on a soil of a high rock content – in part shale (Galestro), in part limestone (Alberese). In the cellar, they use large casks for maturation; the casks are of German and Austrian oak and sourced by the famous Austrian cooper Franz Stockinger. Grapes are acquired, also from Panzano, for their base wine: Chianti Classico “Retromarcia”. However soon, thanks to new vineyards planted over the last few years, Monte Bernardi will be able to source all of its wines from its own production. 

THE WINES – The wines are produced with the aim of achieving the maximum expression of the magnificent territory of Panzano. The quality of the wines presented to our tasting reflects a great achievement. 

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