Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno: the perfect wine for a sultry summer

These hot summer days are a real drama, especially when the holidays seem distant and relaxation a splendid, faraway dream. How to feel on vacation, even just for a moment, in the small garden of your house or during a dinner at the end of the day?

Two glasses and a bottle of Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno are all you need!

Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno is a fresh, modern and brilliant wine, perfect for these never ending, hot days or for those special moments to share with someone, accompanied exclusively by a good bottle of extra dry sparkling wine.

Its flavor is the perfect result of the processing of Grechetto Gentile, one of the most widespread grape varieties in Emilia-Romagna, capable of providing a limited but very constant productivity.

At sight, Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno, just like all the wines that come from this type of grape, is straw yellow, while the aromatic scent is very varied: from fruit to floral aromas, the smells that can be perceived are innumerable.

Once brought to the palate, the floral notes perceptible to the nose expand, disclosing all the elegance of this wine: a perfectly balanced agglomeration of alcohol content and residual sugar, capable of being soft and delicate.

In the evenings in good company, with the glasses raised towards a lucky toast, the traditionally innovative flavors of Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno can be combined with different types of dishes, especially fish-based ones, or even with a tasty dessert.

In short, Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno is a simple but modern wine, capable of offering a note of brilliance to your evenings: a perfect companion for a special moment of conviviality!

Why is the grape harvest in Italy such an important event?

How would you answer this question?

There are various reasons that make the moment of the grape harvest one of the most important events for Italians.

The answer lies somewhere between the economic value and the social value that this moment has in the lives of Italians.

Let’s start with the first: The economic value.

According to the 2021 ISTAT data there are about 255 thousand companies that cultivate 636,000 hectares of vines, of which 46,000 hectares produce not wine grapes but table grapes.

For many years now, this makes Italy the principal wine producer worldwide (about 50 million hectolitres per year) so 19 percent of the world’s wine production, and the second wine exporter of wine in the world, both in quantity and in value. A chain of production, according to Coldiretti, resulting in a revenue of nearly 13 billion euro.


Did you know that just 3 of the 20 regions produce 59% of the entire Italian production?

They are Veneto (11.5 million hectolitres), Puglia(10.6 million hectolitres) and Emilia-Romagna(7.4 million hectolitres)

These numbers introduce us to the second aspect that makes the grape harvest so important in Italy: The social value.


The above are not simply numbers.

Behind the 255,000 wine companies there are many more than 255,000 families that with passion and dedication, day after day, carry forward the objective of producing high quality grapes, to highlight the roots of their territory by means of more than 300 types of native vines. They see the harvest as a moment of collective endeavour and social sharing and the achievement of a goal pursued with great commitment and sacrifice.

As a matter of interest: did you know that the oldest wine in Italy and of the whole Western Mediterranean seems to have been produced near the city of Agrigento nearly 6000 years ago? Our “Stella del Sud” line of wine has the objective of honouring the flavours of this ancient land, rich in history and value.

But returning to the grape harvest, because of the atmospheric conditions, this year it started earlier and the first vineyard which we will focus on will be that of the Pignoletto, about which we spoke in our June article. 

We are confident that our ISTRIONE of the ‘Santerno’ line will unleash a special floral bouquet, maintaining that liveliness and softness that renders it so drinkable.

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How does the grape harvest take place and what are some aspects which the winegrowers should note at the harvest stage?

Follow us in the next article!


Wine of the Month: ISTRIONE

Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno: the perfect wine for a sultry summer

Wine of the Month: ISTRIONE

With these hot summers would you like to taste a fresh, dazzling wine, with an aromatic, intense and intriguing profile?

Then Istrione is the right wine for you.

Istrione its taster an interesting leaning to a still version of the  Romagnolo Pignoletto

What is the origin of this variety of grape which is also known as Grechetto Gentile?

Mentioned in the ancient writing “Naturalis Historia” of Pliny the Elder, Pignoletto was well known by the ancient Romans.

The name of this variety is thought to come from the shape of the bunch resembling a pine comb. It is thought that the origin of this variety is linked to Greek terrain.

In fact, laboratory tests have shown that the DNA of the Pignoletto is linked with Grechetto di Todi. Early writings dated around ‘600, refer to this grape, as a white ‘Pignole’ .

Despite the traditions that attribute the origins of such to the area of the Colli Bolognesi (the hills of Bologna)  – from which derives  the homonymous DOCG –  it is becoming more and more possible to trace excellent examples of this vine also in Romagna, thanks to ever greater attention directed to the search of high standards of productivity, from the plant to the cellar.


The extraordinary potential shown by the Pignoletto grape (grechetto gentile) produced by our vines has inspired the oenological team heading the Santerno Wines project in their turn to rise to the challenge to maximize the characteristics of a truly extraordinary vine.

And so Istrione is born, a straw yellow colour, ample floral bouquet, intriguing because of its balance between its vivacity and softness, pairing well with fish dishes (Cod with olives and capers, Sea Bass baked in foil, Lobster) and risotto; thanks to its marked freshness it is also suitable for tasty Italian aperitives.


Pignoletto DOC Spumante Santerno: the perfect wine for a sultry summer

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