Ruffino Taste & Buy (Session 2) - Arterra Wines Canada
Date: Oct 26/19, Sat Time: 15:00:00-16:00:00 Style: Drop-In
Ruffino Estate Wines invites you to join their Global Brand Ambassador
Beppe D’Andrea in a tutored tasting of their premium estate wines.
Limited spots available
BEPPE D’ANDREA - GLOBAL BRAND AMBASSADOR
Beppe d’Andrea embodies the Italian way of life that
blends a love of wine with passion for food. Beppe
began his wine industry career in the early 1980s as a
cellar master for several Italian wineries. Soon after,
he became involved with the Slow Food movement for
the Chianti Classico region, a chapter of the global
grassroots organization that promotes and protects
the heritage, traditions and culture of food.
In 1987, he began his career with Ruffino and has
never looked back. Initially working in the vineyards,
he soon joined the winemaking team. During his first season in the cellar, Beppe
made white wines and later, as cellar master, he made Ruffino’s Chianti Classicos
and other red wines. In 1989, Beppe earned the AIS Professional Sommelier
certification. In 1995, Beppe, a dynamic storyteller and enthusiast spokesperson
for Ruffino and Tuscany, was tapped to be Ruffino’s Brand Ambassador.
Today, as Senior Global Brand Ambassador for Ruffino, he hosts visitors from
around the world when they come to visit Ruffino’s estates in Tuscany. He also
travels outside Italy to bring Ruffino wines and the Ruffino story to wine lovers
around the world.
In his spare time, Beppe enjoys playing for Cus Firenze Rugby I Ribolliti, a
local rugby team. He also loves to cook. Beppe has a passion for fresh seafood,
homemade pasta and pizza, and now he is fi ne-tuning polpetta (a type of meatball)
made with extra virgin olive oil and a pistachio crust. He also enjoys riding his
motorcycle through the Tuscan hills and otherwise enjoying la bella vita Toscana.
LIFE, WINE. VITA, VINO.
In 1877, when cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffi no embraced their
passione for winemaking by establishing a small winery in the town
of Pontassieve, near Florence, the region already had a centuries-old
tradition of growing exceptional wine grapes.
Even so, the two Tuscan natives felt certain that much of the area’s greatness
had yet to be revealed. Tuscany had been heaped with good fortune—mineralladen
soils, the cooling infl uence of the Mediterranean Sea, and the dry
summers that wine grapes favor. And all those luscious, sun-drenched hills.
HILLS OF GOLD
The Ruffi no winery fl ourished. After a mere four years, the cousins
received their fi rst gold medal for their Chianti. Within a decade, their
vini were celebrated far and wide. Within two decades, Ruffi no earned
gold at the Bordeaux Wine Fair.
Today, Constellation Wines carries on the tradition that Ilario and Leopoldo
Ruffi no began. Ruffi no has evolved into the symbol of Italian lifestyle and
quality, and sets the standard for fi ne Italian wines throughout the world.
THROUGHOUT HISTORY, CHIANTI LEADERSHIP.
NEL CORSO DELLA STORIA, CHIANTI .
Chianti has been made in Tuscany since at least the 13th century. So it is natural
that this agreeable yet distinguished wine was among the fi rst the Ruffi nos chose
to make, with Ruffi no being one of Chianti’s early producers. By 1927, when
Ruffi no released the inaugural vintage of Riserva Ducale, the name Ruffi no had
become synonymous with Chianti. In 1984, Chianti became Italy’s fi rst DOCG
(Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). The fi rst Chianti bottle
sporting the required red band, numbered AAA 00000001, came from Ruffino.
Enjoy the colourful stories
from Beppe while tasting through
PROSECCO VALDOBBIADENE DOCG
TOSCANA 40% CABERNET FRANC, 35% MERLOT, 25% COLORINO
Produced only in exceptional vintage years, representing Ruffi no’s
artisan approach to winemaking. Alauda is the ultimate contemporary
expression of Tuscany, showcasing the unique terroir of the region
through both traditional Italian and international varieties. This wine
is sourced exclusively from the fi nest vineyards at Ruffi no’s acclaimed
Montemasso and Poggio Casciano estates in the heart of Tuscany.
ROMITORIO DE SANTEDAME
Meticulously selected grapes from the Ruffi no Santedame estates in the
fi nest Chianti Classico production zone, the Conca d’Oro (the “Golden
Basin”), in the Castellina in Chianti municipality. The vineyard is located
on a hill at 400 metres above sea level, with a unique microclimate, soil
and morphology. South-facing and surrounded by woodland, the position
is well ventilated and the woodland ensures day-night temperature
swings, which are essential for the optimal ripening of the grapes.
A wine Ruffino had produced since 1979…this beautiful expression of Sangiovese
Grosso or “Brunello” is crafted from the fi nest grapes in the vineyard, handharvested
at ideal ripeness and aged to perfection for 24 months in oak. This
wine is produced at the Greppone Mazzi Estate vineyards in Montalcino.
Produced since 1947 The Ruffi no Ducale Oro is produced from grapes
selected at Ruffi no’s Gretole, Santedame, and Casavecchia di Cagnano
estates located in the heart of Castellina in Chianti. This beautiful blend
of Sangiovese, Merlot and Colorino is both powerful and elegant.