The De Stefani family has been producing wines in the Veneto region in Italy for four generations, dating back to the late 1800s. Based in Refrontolo, a small, hilly village between the two famous Prosecco towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, Alessandro De Stefani focusses on small production wines made naturally. There are a wide variety of bottlings available under both the De Stefani line and the second label, Redentore.
The name Redentore is an homage to the culture of Venice. Redentore, meaning redemption, is meant to evoke the traditional Redentore Festival, held every third weekend in July in Venice. The Festival celebrates the end of the plague that struck Venice between 1575 and 1577.
Both De Stefani and Redentore wines are made using only organic grapes. No chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers are used. In fact, Alessandro De Stefani goes out of his way to create an environment conducive to the proliferation of good insects, wild animals and microorganisms in the soil. He even prepares his own compost every year.
The Redentore wines come from younger vineyards located in the Piave valley and the Conegliano Valdobbiadene hills, north of Venice while the De Stefani wines come from vines with a minimum of 25 years in age.
Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso 2016
100% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso from estate grown fruit. The grapes are all de-stemmed then macerated for 10-15 days in tanks at a temperature of 25-28°C, with frequent pumping over. The wine is fermented with wild yeasts at controlled temperature in stainless steel vats. After malolactic fermentation the wine matures for several months on its fine lees in used barrique. This is a lighter style Refosco that has a lovely spicy character.
Redentore Chardonnay 2016
The 2016 Redentore Chardonnay comes from the second label of the De Stefani estate. Created in the same natural style as the flagship wines from the property, the Redentore line takes advantage of some of the younger vines (15 years) that will someday produce the exceptional De Stefani wines. The Chardonnay is a gorgeous expression of the grape from an area that is known for its versatility with international varietals. Having seen no wood during its vinification, and absolutely no sulfite additions whatsoever, the palate retains incredible freshness and acidity but is still textured with the ripe fruit character of the local Chardonnay. A beautiful and long finish, this wine is perfect for fresh salads and cheeses, as well as rich white fish. Alcohol 12.5%.
Pinot Grigio IGT delle Venezie 2018
100% Pinot Grigio from 18-20 year-old, estate-grown vines planted in alluvial soils, rich in clay. Upon arrival in the cellar, the grapes are destemmed and crushed, followed by a soft pressing, static clarification and fermentation exclusively with wild yeasts at controlled temperature in stainless steel vats at 18° C. The wine is kept on its fine lees for several months in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. The lees are frequently stirred to add depth and texture. The wine is bottled without the addition of any sulfites whatsoever. The checkered label is meant as an homage to the tiled floor of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Redentore Merlot 2016
The 2016 Redentore Merlot Is from 18-20 year old organically treated vines planted to clay/alluvial soils in vineyards near Venice, Italy. After harvest at the end of September, the grapes are crushed, macerated for 15 days, and fermented in stainless steel with natural yeast. The completed wine is then moved to used French barrique for one year’s aging and malolactic fermentation. No SO2 added.
The wine features round, soft, fruit, lovely spice notes, a touch of vanilla, and balanced acidity. This is a beautiful representation of Merlot, and will pair perfectly with salami, grilled meats, roast beef, and aged cheeses. 12.5% Alc