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An ambitious project started in the beginning of the 1980's with the goal of reaching high quality levels, is today an extraordinary winery producing excellent wines every year

 Emilia Romagna - the welcoming region in northern Italy - is since ever associated to nice food and, with its countless and famous food products, sitting down near a table is always a pleasure. Not only rich and tasty foods, in this land also wine represents an essential reference point for the tradition of the region. From Emilia to the sea coasts of Romagna, wine changes its face and history, its expression is made of different grapes, although always keeping its fundamental role in the many areas of the region. Right in this region is located Tre Monti winery, which since more than twenty years is involved in the production of quality wines both by using the typical grape varieties of the territory - such as Albana, Trebbiano Romagnolo and Sangiovese - as well as renowned international varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, present in the winery's vineyards since many years. Tre Monti's wines, both the ones produced with autochthonous grapes and international grapes, confirm every year the excellent quality level of this winery.


A top view of Tre Monti Winery
A top view of Tre Monti Winery

 Tre Monti winery was established in the beginning of the 1960's by Sergio Navacchia and his wife Thea, important figure of reference for the winery until she passed away, in 1989. At the beginning of the 1980's Tre Monti winery concretely begins to change its production by aiming to the goal of reaching high levels of quality, a real and proper change even for the enology of Emilia Romagna in which - just like most of Italian regions - quantity generally was the priority of most of the wineries. It was understood this change should begin in the vineyard, by introducing new varieties, lowering the yields per hectare as well as doing an accurate selection. The process should have been continued in the cellar by ensuring the winery the support of important and skilled professionals. It was then hired wine maker Francesco Spagnoli - at those years very young - followed by Vittorio Fiore and then Donato Lanati, the present wine maker of Tre Monti. Today the winery is run by David and Vittorio Navacchia brothers, with the help of their father Sergio, as well as Attilio Scienza, agronomy consultant.

 A prestigious team, which believes in the shared passion of achieving quality in every phase of the production, always researching for new products, by studying new varieties and the qualities each one of them can express in the territory, even by reusing ancient grape varieties, most of the times abandoned because believed not to be productive. Tre Monti winery owns two estates of which the first one is located in the hills of Imola - in the province of Bologna - and the other being near Forlì, both located in the heart of very important wine areas. The estates cover a total surface of about 50 hectares (about 124 acres), all destined to vineyards. The vinification cellar is located at Bergullo - near Imola - where are being processed grapes coming from the winery's estates only. Tre Monti winery pays particular attention to the autochthonous varieties of the area - Albana, Trebbiano Romagnolo and Sangiovese - and thanks to the supervision of Prof. Attilio Scienza and Dr. Francesco Lizzio - is being conducted a comprehensive study about the zonation of the estate. In the purpose of this study were also introduced international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay (cultivated in the vineyards since 1985), Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.


Vittorio, Sergio and Davide Navacchia
Vittorio, Sergio and Davide Navacchia

 An interesting aspect is represented by the Albana variety cultivated in the estate at Imola, a pretty rare variety and known as Albana della Serra, with a golden yellow bunch and capable of making round wines of good quality. The estate at Imola - where the Tre Monti winery is located at - covers a surface of about 30 hectares (about 74 acres) exposed towards south - south/east in which are being cultivated Albana, Trebbiano Romagnolo, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The Petrignone estates - located in the hills of Forlì and covering a surface of about 25 hectares (about 61 acres) - is completely used for the cultivation of the classic varieties of Romagna: Albana, Trebbiano Romagnolo and Sangiovese Grosso. After a substantial work of renewal, the vinification plant is today modern and rational. Particular care and attention are paid in every phase of the vinification, from the selection of grapes to aging.

 The winery has a capacity of about 50,000 liters (about 13,208 gallons), divided among barriques and casks of large sizes. Tre Monti represents a solid reference point for the enology of Emilia Romagna, thanks to the quality which has always increased in the past years. Tre Monti winery is in fact among the official providers of Presidency of Italian Republic and it is present with four wines. About the 60% of the production is destined to the Italian market and the distribution is mainly done by wine shops and high class restaurants. Even export plays a major role: every year are released in foreign markets about 120,000 bottles, mainly in the European countries - in particular Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Poland and Austria - in the United States of America, Canada, Switzerland, Peru, Cayman Islands and Cyprus.


 

 The production of Tre Monti winery is of excellent qualitative level with a very interesting range of wines. White wines are produced both with autochthonous and international grapes. Of excellent level are the wines produced with the Albana grape. Vigna della Rocca, vinified as dry and partially aged in cask, offers truly valuable organoleptic qualities. Even the sweet style of the Albana is truly interesting for its aromas and for its structure enriched by the aging in barrique. Among white wines there is also Salcerella, produced with Albana aged in cask to which is added 35% of Chardonnay aged in steel tanks. Also the production of red wines is of excellent quality and good interest. Are mentioned the Sangiovese Riserva - produced with Sangiovese Grosso aged for 3 months in barrique - and the very good Boldo, produced with Sangiovese Grosso and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 6 months in barrique. A prestigious wine and flagship of Tre Monti winery is Sangiovese Thea - dedicated to the mother of Navacchia brothers and aged in barrique for 6 months - a wine with a very good personality and body however having a charming elegance and grace.

 




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Albana di Romagna Vigna della Rocca 2004, Tre Monti (Italy)
Albana di Romagna Vigna della Rocca 2004
Tre Monti (Italy)
Grapes: Albana
Price: € 6.00 Score:   Good value wine
This wine shows a pale golden yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of pear, pineapple and apple followed by aromas of hawthorn, broom, almond, peach and plum. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of pear, plum and almond. Part of this wine ages in cask.
Food Match: Fish soups, Fried fish, Pasta and risotto with fish and crustaceans



Colli di Imola Chardonnay Ciardo 2004, Tre Monti (Italy)
Colli di Imola Chardonnay Ciardo 2004
Tre Monti (Italy)
Grapes: Chardonnay
Price: € 9.00 Score:   Good value wine
This Chardonnay shows a pale golden yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of pear, acacia and banana followed by aromas of hawthorn, green apple, pineapple, peach, plum and vanilla. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of pear, apple, pineapple and plum. Part of this wine ages in barrique.
Food Match: Stuffed pasta, Sauteed fish, Broiled fish, Roasted white meat



Colli di Imola Bianco Salcerella 2003, Tre Monti (Italy)
Colli di Imola Bianco Salcerella 2003
Tre Monti (Italy)
Grapes: Albana (50%), Chardonnay (40%), Sauvignon Blanc (10%)
Price: € 12.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This wine shows an intense golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of apple and almond followed by aromas of acacia, ripe banana, vanilla, plum, hawthorn, pineapple, grapefruit and honey. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and pleasing smoothness, however well balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, apple, banana and grapefruit. A well made wine. Salcerella ages in cask.
Food Match: Roasted fish, Stewed fish with mushrooms, Stuffed pasta, Roasted white meat



Colli di Imola Rosso Boldo 2003, Tre Monti (Italy)
Colli di Imola Rosso Boldo 2003
Tre Monti (Italy)
Grapes: Sangiovese (45%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%)
Price: € 14.00 Score:
The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and vanilla followed by aromas of black currant, blueberry, violet, licorice, cinnamon and hints of menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however well balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry and plum. This wine ages for 10 months in barrique.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Thea 2003, Tre Monti (Italy)
Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Thea 2003
Tre Monti (Italy)
Grapes: Sangiovese
Price: € 18.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals good personality with intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry and plum followed by aromas of rose, blackberry, tobacco, licorice, cyclamen, lavender, violet, vanilla, cocoa and mace. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and blackberry. A well made wine. Thea ages in barrique for 10-12 months.
Food Match: Stewed and braised meat with mushrooms, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Albana di Romagna Passito 2003, Tre Monti (Italy)
Albana di Romagna Passito 2003
Tre Monti (Italy)
Grapes: Albana
Price: € 14.00 - 50cl Score:
The wine shows an intense golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of dried apricot, raisin and honey followed by aromas of candied fruit, citrus fruit peel, almond, honey, pear and vanilla. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a sweet attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of dried apricot, honey and dried fig. This Albana Passito ferments in barrique.
Food Match: Confectionery, Hard cheese, Fruit tarts



Tre Monti - Via Lola, 3 loc. Bergullo - 40026 Imola, Bologna (Italy) - Tel. ++39 542 657116 Fax. ++39 542 657122 - Winemaker: Donato Lanati - Established: 1972 - Production: 220.000 bottles - E-Mail: tremonti@tremonti.it - WEB: www.tremonti.it


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