We’ve just received word from Guilio Armani of Denavolo (and winemaker at La Stoppa) that though 2015 was an exceptional vintage and he will be making Dinavolo and double the usual Dinavolino – which we will be importing – he has made the decision not to make any Catavela for this year. Below is is his explanation for this decision:


Dear Everyone,

Since 2005, when I took the plunge and decided to create my own vineyard, I look forward, year after year, to producing white wines that would be closest to the expression of this high, hilltop land in my home region of Colli Piacentini.

Sedimentary Wines: Denavolo, Parcelle CassineraAs you know, I first started producing only one wine: Dinavolo 2005 from grapes planted in Debe land that I rent. I was lucky to find this old vineyard clean of any treatment (planted in 1975).

In 2009, Dinavolino, his little brother was born from a selection from this Debe plot, with more productive vines for which harvest after harvest, I noticed larger production bays – juicier with thinner skin.

In 2009 Dinavolino and Dinavolo were vinified the same way and with the same skin contact maceration time. But without any doubt, the wines were very different. Thus, I wanted to continue the selection, keeping the most concentrated grape for producing Dinavolo and the juicier for Dinavolino.

Sedimentary Wines: Denavolo, Parcelle Campo RotondeIn 2008, I planted Campo Rotonde and Cassinera on my own land with local varieties: Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Marsanne, Ortrugo, Trebbiano and some Sauvignon Blanc and Santa Maria as requested by the DOC.

These young vines are naturally more productive and the soil of these two plots stay very heterogeneous. For this reason, since the beginning, the harvest is divided into a part directly pressed on arrival at the cellar and the other part, which remains for some days (about a week) in maceration with skins.

I like Catavela for it’s salty flavour, palatability, it’s notes of wild herbs found on the edge of our plots. We can feel that the wine comes form a cool place and limestone soil.

Gradually, my wine range was born, very simply by listening to the different terroirs from which the vines were planted.

2015 was a warm year and dry from the spring. At harvest, the grapes throughout the vineyard had thicker skins and lower juice yield. The grapes from the Cassinera and Campo Rotonde plots were vinified as every year – directly pressed for one part and with a short maceration skin contact for the other part.

However, since the end of winter, the wines are more concentrated and richer than other years and especially “Catavela” shows none of it’s own typicity.

So for this reason, I have decided not to produce Catavela this year and only produce the two wines: Dinavolo & Dinavolino which have retained their typicality.

2015 is a very good vintage with a rich aromatic palette and firm tannins, this is without any doubt a vintage for ageing. We will focus on Dinavolino for this 2015 vintage since the production will be doubled.

Thank you for the trust you have shown me since the beginning of our collaboration, I hope you understand this choice.

Please feel free to ask me any questions after you read this letter, I would be happy to answer them for you. And come to see me at the estate, this is always a pleasure to have you here.



Guilio Armani


To read our previous post on the Denavolo 2015 Harvest go here. To read more about Guilio Armani on our website profile go here.

To see our complete inventory of wines go here.