What song does your wine sing?

The tradition of winemaking traces back to thousands of years ago and is well rooted in our culture. We know it from cave paintings and ancient mosaics, but further proof can also be found in the arts of modern age. Lyrical opera, above all, is one that gives us precious hints about wine’s centrality in modern society and especially in our country, Italy. Not only artists themselves devoted words of praise and appreciation to wine, but they used it on stage and made it the embodiment of vices and virtues, beauty and meanness.

We took a journey into the lyrical world and investigated the bond existing between lyrical Opera, composers and wine and came out with the idea of using wine itself to spread knowledge about Italian artistic tradition, both in our country and abroad. We thus devised a new form of art, which is made equally of spiritual and material components – you will be bewitched by the engraved metallic labels of our bottles, telling stories long forgotten, and you will be carried away by the refined scents and the striking hues of these wines; but most of all you lose yourself in the world of mysteries, treasons, love and hate told by the beautiful lyrical Opera.

Each bottle is unique, as befits a Prima Donna.

Good wine is like a four-movement symphony playing in tune with seasons. Sun, soil, air and grapes all play in unison, guided by the wise hands of the wine grower.

Our Wines

In our collection, you will find three different labels, each one associated with a specific vineyard. Each of them is cultivated with passion, commitment and the utmost respect for the environment. The strong synergy that we have created with our cellars has allowed us to select the following 6 excellences:

  • l’AMARONE – La Traviata (Azienda Agricola Begali)
  • il BAROLO – L’Elisir d’Amore (Sobrero vini)
  • il BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO – Rigoletto (Fattoria la Lecciaia)
  • il CHIANTI CLASSICO – La Bohème (Fèlsina)
  • il MARZEMINO – Don Giovanni (Cantina Roeno)
  • il ROSSO CONERO – Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Tenimenti Spinsanti)

We support sustainable agriculture and work in harmony with the passing of seasons, accepting from stem to stern what earth decides to give us. All grapes are picked by hand and only those which are deemed fit to meet DOCG regulations go further in the winemaking process, thus allowing us to offer you the finest and most authentic Italian wines.

Our products spring from an unrivaled blend of tradition, innovation and genuinity.
As each Opera is unique, so are our wines.

Our Bottles

Our wines come in an elegant packaging made with burgundy cardboard, while the labels are engraved in brass, aluminium and copper. The latter celebrate Italian lyrical tradition depicting elements taken from worldwide famous Operas. You may also choose to add a custom label to your bottle with the name of your restaurant, theatre, hotel or any other enterprise you wish to promote. All bottles come in a 75 cl format and are made in a limited edition. Ask us what discount we can apply to your order!

75 cl Bottle. Copper Labels.

75 cl Bottle. Aluminium Labels.

75 cl Bottle. Brass Labels.

75 cl Bottle. Copper Labels.

75 cl Bottle. Aluminium Labels.

75 cl Bottle. Brass Labels.

The History of Brunello di Montalcino

The lands around the medieval borough of Montalcino, near Siena, Italy have always given grapes which are suitable for red wine, but it was only in the XIX century that Brunello wine was born. Clemente Santi, the town’s pharmacist, was the first to address the quest for purity in Sangiovese Grosso wine. As a man of science, he knew that the soil there was particularly fit to get full-bodied, rounded wines good for long ageing. In 1865, at last, the Brunello di Montalcino label was created and today the area of Montalcino is known as one of the major cornerstones of Italian oenology, as here are produced real DOC and DOCG masterpieces like the Moscadello and the Brunello. The Brunello requires a long ageing, but you can surely say the result is worth the wait: thanks to ageing, tannins become rounder and bring forth a magical entwining of scents which is very complex to recreate without a sufficient amount of time or low quality raw materials.

The History of Barolo

Nebbiolo wine grapes once gave only sweet, short-lived wines. That was a clear obstacle to the development of Piedmont’s oenology, which could not stand up to the French one. Surprisingly it was exactly the French, in the person of Juliette Colbert, who found a way out: in the XIX century, this noblewoman from Vendée, wife to marquis Carlo Tancredi Falletti, asked her own oenologist Louis Oudart to come to her dwelling in Barolo, Piedmont and create a wine for her that could compete against Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. Oudart immediately understood the potentiality in Nebbiolo grapes and devised a way to enhance its cultivation and the winemaking process, getting what we formerly know as Barolo. Statesmen like Camillo Benso of Cavour and the Savoy sovereigns showed Oudart their enthusiasm for his accomplishments by inviting him at court and at every formal meeting, so that the Barolo eventually began to be referred to as “the king of wines and the wines of kings”.

The History of Chianti

The Chianti Classico is strongly connected with the territory where it is produced. Nowhere else could it have had the features that make it a worldwide famous wine, the main of them being that this tiny portion of central Italy has the best soil for the Sangiovese grapes to grow and thrive. Thanks to the special climate of Chianti valley, they give birth to ruby red wines that fade to a garnet hue with ageing and smell with a delicate scent of spices. But not only Chianti Classico has to be produced in the Chianti area, it also has to comply with a series of rules specified by the DOCG regulation. One of the most important is about the percentage of Sangiovese grapes that is to be used in the Chianti wine making: in fact, it must not be inferior to the 80% of total grapes, while the remaining percentage can be filled both by native and foreign grapes from a list of authorised vines. Some examples are Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes.

The History of Amarone

The vinification of the grapes at that time did not give the alcoholic degree necessary to satisfy the needs of the Romans who needed wine to be maintained during long journeys through the Empire. With our ancestors it was already in use to dry the grapes on the plant to get more sugar and to have a more alcoholic and velvety wine. If the drying of the grapes, however, was already in use in the southern colonies where it was easy to leave the grapes in plan or directly under the sun, in Valpolicella things were a bit different: the particularly humid and cool climate of the Veronese did not he allowed it.

Shortly thereafter, the solution of making the grapes wither in special floors. The result was a wine with a very close kinship with what we now call “Recioto”, a sweet wine to which fermentation is stopped before the natural sugars of the must run out completely and make it a dry wine. And so, legend has it, that the Amarone is born from an forgetfulness of a barrel of “Recioto” left to its fate and where once the fermentation is finished, the cellarman found a dry but incredibly soft and fragrant wine. Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the grape varieties protagonists in the blend that gives rise to Amarone. During the harvest the grapes are carefully selected, perfectly healthy bunches with intact skins. The harvest takes place with a slight advance compared to the traditional harvest times, to obtain a slightly higher acidity necessary for the final harmony of the Amarone wine.

The History of Marzemino

With a centuries-old history, the Marzemino grape comes from a black berry vine currently grown in Trentino, in Veneto, in Friuli. Although its precise origins are still uncertain, the first traces of this vine in Veneto territory seem to date back to the mid-sixteenth century. The prestige and elegance of Marzemino, a prized red wine appreciated by connoisseurs, meant that it was already mentioned in the Don Giovanni, the famous opera by Mozart. Today, the grape is divided into two main varieties, Marzemino Gentile (or Marzemino Comune) and Marzemino Padovano. The bunches have rather large berries and an intense blue color, but the most specific characteristic of this grape is the presence of leaves which, in the season in which the fruit reaches its maturation, take on a similar color, almost purplish.

Among the typical wines of the Veneto, the Marzemino is distinguished by the delicacy and the combination of aromas, from red fruits, to plums, to dried flowers. The Venetian winemakers mainly produce this wine in the sparkling and sweet version, with a characteristic fruity, soft and pleasant taste.Thanks to the delicacy, the perfect degree of acidity and the minimum content of tannins, the best combinations of wine and food are above all roasts, grilled meats, polenta with mushroom sauce and specialties based on veal. In the sparkling variants, the wine produced with the Marzemino grape is beautifully accompanied by cod, freshwater and lagoon fish.This pleasant Venetian red wine, whose alcohol content is around 11% – 12%, is preferably served at a temperature of 14 ° C.

The History of Rosso Conero

The Wine Rosso Conero of Marches is a wine that is produced from vineyards situated on the slopes of Monte Conero in Ancona province, near the Adriatic Sea.The Marches in the cultivation of wines has ancient traditions. The Ancona area has been affected by the Dorians and Doric civilization, since they founded the city of Ancona. And the Greek colonists 10 centuries BC left clear traces of viticulture and winemaking. The same can be said for the Etruscans to which you can assign the first technical notions of grape growing and wine processing, which became widespread in the Marche region where were installed the Piceni. Picenes knew that the grapes and the wine is demonstrated by the archaeological discovery of about 200 seeds of Vitis vinifera in a tomb in that Matelica of the seventh century. B.C. The influence of Rome allowed to Plinio to describe a hundred varieties of cultivated vines in Picena in his time and to say “on the Adriatic Sea can be cited, among others, the wine” Praetorian produced in the Ancona area” .

And, again, Apicius Marcus Gavius, Roman character of culinary art, reminiscent of a wine “anconetanum”, and quite full-bodied red.One of the most famous wine connoisseurs Marche was also Frederick Barbarossa. The most ancient legend tells us that Monte Conero is the last mountain emerged from the ancient Adria, a kind of Atlantis, now submerged. It is said that qualities of this wine were known since the time of Hannibal, who managed to cure some sick horses belonging to its own armed, with Rosso Conero wine. Is talk about Rosso Conero also in the time of the Benedictine monasteries: the documents found on the monks speak explicitly of healing done with the nectar extracted with the grapes grown on Monte Conero.  Andrea Bacci, physician to Pope Sixtus V, in a book of 1596 is much talk of the Conero wines. We find references recent in the poems by Giacomo Leopardi, Recanati, which in some of his lesser-known writings, he speak about wine with refer to wines produced on the slopes of Monte Conero.

The presence in the territory of many farms with a long wine tradition and historic homes built in the past few centuries allocating downstairs to the wine transformation have allowed the production of red wines that have faced the market with considerable success even in high level competitions. Enlightened producers and wineries, also of architectural interest, gave start to the designation of origin with the renewal and expansion of the vineyards in the 60 confirming the vine Montepulciano the ultimate expression of the link between grapes, wine and territory and enhances here its best features. The DOC Rosso Conero Wine has been recognized by the Denomination of Origin on 21 July 1967.

Part of the proceeds coming from the sale of our wines will go to the support of young artists in need, whom we help covering their tuition fees (including internships, private lessons, boarding and lodging) and organizing concerts for them to debut.

The HBO Opera Association

Our commitment for Art

HBO Opera is a no profit cultural association with the purpose of developing and spreading the knowledge about lyrical opera in the world and supporting the activity of those who work in this field. Our aim is to safeguard our culture and lay the foundations so that young artists can not only get in touch with the most memorable pages of our musical history, but also emerge as brand new formidable artists. One of the association’s main activity involves indeed both financial and organisational support to young artist who can’t afford tuition costs themselves. In doing so, the HBO Opera Association will give them a solid chance of becoming the singers, directors and composers of tomorrow.

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