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Conversations with an Italian Winemaker


Italian Winemaker

Originally uploaded by Rivard

Had a great conversation with the winemaker (and owner) of Croci Winery in Castell d’Arquato in Piacentini.

This gentleman is a passionate winemaker who has deep roots in his terroir. He loves his land and the wine it can produce and it shows.

He is a traditionalist but also very innovative as he is one of the very few Italian winemakers who makes icewine in Italy. I did taste his wines and was very impressed.

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October 7, 2007 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

The Winemaking Team

Here at Tonghua Winery, we make a lot of wine. The winery has a capacity of about 20 million liters a year and the wine sales are reaching close to that. In order to do this, a lot of organization needs to occur and hard work in order to make sure all this wine ends up tasting good.

I work with a good team of winemakers and senior laboratory technicians who help steer all this wine in the right direction. Together we all work together at developing new and exciting wine products.

My work is cut out for me as I am in the process of revamping and modernizing a lot of the winemaking process structure. Having a new assistant to help me do this is making things a lot easier.

Winemaking is an interesting business and for me working here has been both challenging and also an eye opening as things here in China are done differently than in the “Western” world, but nonetheless it is still just as much fun.

To all the winemakers out there, I raise a glass to the next major wine producing and developing region: China!

April 21, 2006 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

Traveling Winemaker


As I reflect back what I have been up to in the last while, I see myself doing a lot of traveling in the last few months.

Jet-setting from China to South America on wine purchasing trips, going back to Tonghua, China for more winemaking, flying back to Canada for wine industry talks and winemaking in Alberta and BC, dealing with an International wine competition in the UK and Shanghai….

Helping out Marvin at Fieldstone Winery has been great. The wines are excellent and being very well accepted in the Alberta market. My industry talk at the Alberta Agriculture Research Station in Aidre went very well too. I spoke for a 5-hour stretch and no one seemed bored….

The next few days were at Forbidden Fruit Winery in the Okanagan finishing off their fabulous wines. I am proud to say that their wines are some of the best fruit wines I have ever made and tasted….real medal contenders.

After that, it was off to Vancouver for a very short stop over, meeting with Darrel Thune, discussing potential with Bacchanalia and Cascadia business and a few beers with Peter and Julie before the next leg of my trip.

Busy times and a huge amount of air miles are being racked up. Very soon, it will be very nice to do some more traveling – this time for some R&R in Thailand….

February 15, 2006 at 7:10 am Leave a comment


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