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We are excited to introduce Joanna Dubrawska and the Maninalto project to the U.S. for the first time.
Joanna got her start in winemaking working at the COS winery in Sicily and she learned from some of the best natural winemakers, Giusto Occhipinti and also Arianna Occhipinti. After 5 years at COS her wine journey took her to the Cazottes family vineyards in the remote southwestern corner of France. The Cazottes family works with some very unique varieties: Loin l’oeil, Mauzac Rosé, Alicante, Duras, and Jurancon Noir. The 2018 Maninalto vintage is an “orange” wine made from a very rare mutation of Mauzac Blanc called, Mauzac Rosé. The majority of the wine is aged in mphorae for 5 months on the skins. 10 percent of the wine was aged in fiberglass tank without skin contact.

This special nomadic project is all about sharing and connecting with friends and like-minded people. This project is about learning and exploring the beauty earth has to offer us. Maninalto in Italian means, “hands up,” a reference to the grape vines being the hands of the earth, offering up the fruit of its labor. There is also a more playful meaning to this word as well, as in answering the question: “Hands up, who would like some wine?” Yes, please!

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. That is how it goes.”



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