- About Us
The name AMATI – derived from my surname which means LOVE in Italian, coming from the Latin root. The Amati family is also founders and makers of Violins who lived in Cremona, Italy from about 1538 to 1740. Today their violins created by Nicolo’ Amati are valued at around $600,000.
Born to Italian migrants with the surname AMATI, I was MADE IN ITALY and born in Australia and so the story goes. With the best of both worlds, it is natural to become passionate in life and have a quality lifestyle. It is with this upbringing I become excited about sitting at the table, whether at home, with families, with friends, at a restaurant or on a picnic rug. It doesn’t have to be over-complicated, just good wine and simple quality food be it alone or with great company.
We specialize in boutique wines from Italian cultivars and now are introducing award-winning craft beers. (YES! Organic and Vegan Beers) Our aim is to bring you quality, uniqueness, and authenticity. We believe that organic, biodynamic, and minimal interference practices when employed competently lead to a naturally superior product. We are an online wine retailer specializing in the areas of organic wine, biodynamic wine, vegan suitable wine, and natural wine.
Our brands come with certification.
At Amati we welcome you like our family, always taking pride in our reputation of always putting the customer first. Our online business extends its service to connect with us for all your queries, orders and feedback, compliments and comments. We are always happy to discuss all things via phone, email, Facebook or Instagram. Our list may be small but will grow with only quality products all the way. We deliver nationally at the cheapest rates we can find.
Maria is the face behind most of the communications and dealings you will have with Natural, Vegan and Organic Wine. She is always happy to have a chat about all things wine including recommending a tasting pack for you to try.
For wholesale inquiries please contact us directly.
Amati's first collection of boutique natural wine - Rasicci wines and exclusive to our Australian customers.
The Rasicci Winery has been producing and marketing wines since 1918, when Pietro Rasicci, grandfather of the current owners, returned from America and bought a farm near Controguerra.(this town name translates to Against War - how beautiful)
Since 2003 the entire farmland of about 3 hectares has been converted to vineyards and olive groves: and it started to bottle their production.
The company uses only native vines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Pecorino, and Passerina.
Emanuele Rasicci, the winemaker, is moving towards a production that is ever more respectful of nature and human health: no harmful products such as synthetic chemistry and herbicides are used in the vineyard; in the cellar since 2011 NO more selected yeasts are used, products of animal origin. Clarifications and filtrations are not made. The added sulfites are about 10 times below the legal limit for organic wines.
The decision not to adopt the organic certification has depended on the lack of credibility of the same.
The goal for the future is to produce an even more natural wine, that shows the territory to which it belongs.
Rasicci Wines are certified with DOC and DOCG. The letters DOC or DOCG on an Italian wine label mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata, and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the latter superior to the first. They refer to government guarantees of the wines’ origins.
About 300 wine growing regions in Italy have the DOC designation, while only 21 have a DOCG label. The DOCG wines conform to DOC laws and in addition, are quality tested by government-appointed inspectors.
- 1918 – Pietro Rasicci returned from New York after working there for 15 years. He started cultivating a vineyard from the homeland
- 2003 – Starting producing wine in bottles always natural and trying to improve the flavor
- 10,000 bottles are produced each year
- Contraguerra –the suburb the wine is located in, means ‘against war’
- Farm stay house has been there for three generations on the hills of Val Vibrata
- Seven Self Contained Apartments
- Museum of Rural civilization
- Privately owned Church
Rasicci Natural Wines have much fewer SULHURS, then on the prescribed list of organic list
- The vineyard is cultivated with Biological methods (limited to guarantee product)
- Wine has up to 15% alcohol
- Wine is unfiltered or not clarified - making it suitable for vegans as it doesn't come in contact with any animal products.
- The cellar is fitted with modern technology
- No artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity.
- For more information go to http://www.vinirasicci.it/
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The San Giovanni agrobiological farm, founded in 1990 by a long family tradition, extends over the fascinating and picturesque hills of the Piceno, a few kilometers from Offida, a magnificent medieval village full of events and traditions. Surrounded by greenery, on an area of 30 hectares of vineyards, the company occupies an area known as one of the best in the Marche Region for the production of quality grapes.
The vineyards, located on an average altitude of 320 meters. above sea level, are exclusively biological and representatives of the typical local varieties, such as Passerina, Pecorino, Trebbiano, Montepulciano, and Sangiovese. The clay soils are ideal for viticulture and the Adriatic microclimate determines summers refreshed by the sea breeze and winters mitigated by the warmth of the sun. The company San Giovanni is constantly striving to improve the quality of its wines through scrupulous care of the vineyards and the use of environmentally friendly methods of cultivation, in close connection with the territory and tradition.
Sangiovanni - is an organic farm. Organic farming means agriculture is connected to the environment. It is agriculture that allows for healthy products as well as quality products, safeguarding the territory.
VEGAN by CSQA
The Vegan Choice - It is not only the organic system to run the flagship of the Offender winery that makes its product decisions respecting the environments; from the 2014 year its wines are certified vegan "Qualitia Vegetariana Vegan" by CSQA. The growing people awareness of healthy and sustainable eating has led Sangiovanni company to not use animal products normally used in the winemaking process.
Traceability and the reverse traceability - Sangiovanni Organic winery realized company tractability and reverse tractability systems. The company tractability system allows identifying the history of each product through operations structures involved, products, lots, productions and distribution flows. The company reverses tractability system is the reverse way that allows recreating the history of one product quickly and safely, identifying the variables that have worked on this product.
For more information go to https://www.vinisangiovanni.it/
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Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines if they even knew they existed in the first place.
But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.
Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoiseshell glasses, farmers markets, and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.
Chemical free wine
Organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.
Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favorite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organization, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.
Certification and Control
There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Italy that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic/biodynamic. The letters DOC or DOCG on an Italian wine label mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata, and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the latter superior to the first. They refer to government guarantees of the wines’ origins. About 300 wine growing regions in Italy have the DOC designation, while only 21 have a DOCG label. The DOCG wines conform to DOC laws and in addition, are quality tested by government-appointed inspectors.
Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic. Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.
The hard numbers on organic
In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulfur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day. The maximum allowable limit of “press 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine, it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulfur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.
For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavors are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.
But, don’t take my word for it... here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.