Quartz Winery London, Artisan Natural Craft Wines

To have our dream come true for producing Artisan Natural Craft Wine in London, buying the wine making equipment and grapes from Italy.

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

All pledges will be used to produce Quality Artisanal Natural Craft Wine, buying the wine making equipment and import the grapes from Italy. The stretched target will allow us to produce more wine and secure a warehouse.

Artisan Craft Natural wine making 

What Is Natural Wine 

Wikipedia describes a natural wine as a wine made without chemicals and minimum technological intervention in growing grapes and making them into wine.  The term is used to distinguish such wines form organic wines and biodynamic wines because of differences in cellar practices.  All natural wines are, however, farmed organically at a minimum and many growers are biodynamic as well.

Strictly speaking, natural wines are wines that are produced without adding or removing anything during winemaking, although some growers add tiny quantities of sulphites at bottling, so that strictly speaking their wines are not natural wines, but only organic (and possibly biodynamic).

Organic wines are organic in the sense of having been produced form organically grown grapes, but may be subject to chemical and physical manipulation in the winemaking process.

Once we reach our target

it will be Red, Red wine for everybody

We will provide the grapes, equipment, location and knowledge and we will produce your natural artisan wine for you with Montepulciano grapes grown and hand harvested in central Italy.

The Natural Wine Production 

The wine will be produced naturally, without using either sulphites or cultured yeasts.   It's going to be all about fermentation occuring using the grapes own yeasts .   Production will occur based on adhering to the highest standards of  hygiene procedures, alongside the controlling of the fermentation temperature during the making of the wine and its storage thereafter.

Natural wines are Vegan and Sulphites allergen free. 

Wines from Montepulciano grapes tasting notes 

Wines produced from Montepulciano grapes, all depend of the growing season, and can vary from light to medium bodied.  In some cases full bodied red wine with a minimum alcohol content of 11.5% by volume can be achieved.  On the nose, Montepulciano grapes produce wines with a variety of ripe red fruits to jam packed fruits flavours, light spices with a long clean finish.  With regard to taste, usually the tannins are soft and acidity is well balanced.  It is a wine good for pairing with a variety of food styles, from red meats to white meats, pasta dishes with tomato based or meat sauces.  Because of its softness, it pairs well with light spiced food as well as cured meats and soft cheeses. 

Natural wine production can be challenging but the final result is a joy in a glass to enjoy and share with friends

The Journey

From The Vineyard To The Glass - It's time To Make A Decision

The wait is a worthwhile experience.  The grapes will have been sunbathing for at least 3 months in the Italian sun.  Once we are happy with the sugar content in the grapes and the PH, which will give us a good indication of the maturity which is very important, we will instruct our grape growers to pick the Montepulciano grapes and ship them in refrigerated containers from the Abruzzi region in Central Italy to London.

Ready, Steady, Go - The Juice Starts All The Action 

Once we receive the grapes, production will start.  To preserve all the compounds in the grapes we will need to press the grapes very quickly.  Therefore we will have a very tight window for doing this procedure and that could mean sleepless nights.   Once the grapes have been destalked and pressed, fermenting the juice with its own native yeasts will take place for up to 12/15 days.  Once fermentation has been completed we will proceed to the wine decantation to separate the fermented grapes from the juice.  Natural filtration will take place alongside the natural stabilization of the wine by making sure that the malolactic fermentation occurs after alcohol fermentation.

Be part of the grape pressing team

With some of the pledges you will have the opportunity to come along and take part in the early stages of the natural wine production.  This will take place over 2 days.  We will have up to 10 places available each day (1 person per pledge).  This will be on a first booked, first served basis.  

Let's rest 

Traditionally in the major European wine producing nations the new homemade wine is tasted on the day of Saint Martin on the 11th of November, accompained with the eating of chestnuts and the playing of card games.  This is a feast to get together with friends and family to try the young wine.  In Italy it is said  "A San Martino ogni mosto diventa vino" which translates  "On Saint Martin's day every wine must become wine".

Tasting The Wine - Meet Your Wine 

With some of the pledges you will be able to see and taste how the wine is maturing.  There will be 2 wine sampling tasting opportunities available for one person per pledge.  We estimate the first sampling tasting will be between the 10th and 18th of December 2017 and the second could be between the 4th and 12th February 2017.  Dates will be confirmed according to the wine maturing process.  

Sharing Is Caring 

You can share one pledge with up to 4 people.

I Want To Go Home

Once the wine is ready, (end of April 2018 - end of May 2018),  it will be shipped to its new homes.   We can only estimate at this stage as this will depend on how the wine ages and naturally filters.

Please Look After Me

As it is a natural homemade wine, storage temperature will be very important.  The following storage guidance will need to be followed:

  • Once you open the bag in a box the wine will not deteriorate for up to 6 weeks.  You can transfer the wine content of the bag in a box into your own glass bottles.
  • Once the bottle that holds the wine has been opened it will need to be consumed within 2/3 days maximum, oxygen will deteriorate the wine.
  • Storage temperature should not be lower than 8/10 degrees celsius and no higher than 18 degrees celsius.  Changes of temperature could potentially deteriorate the wine.
  • Store away from light.
  • Best practice is to store the wine in a cool place like a cupboard under the staircase, especially from April to October.

About Livio Italiani

Of Italian origin, living in London since 20 years.  I am a professional in the catering business with over 30 years of experience in the food and beverage service industry.  Passionate and an expert in wine tasting and wine making, with my family and now professionally this journey has taken me to not only work with wine but producing wine traditionally which has always been part of my culture.  Making wine for passion I am now  aiming to transfer all I have learn into an excellent glass of natural wine.


"I have known Livio for 20 years and his love for a decent wine has always been evident but his knowledge also matches that.  As a fellow Italian I wish him the best of luck.  He is my friend" 

Frankie Dettori MBE


  • Please note that donations or pledges are solely  for people aged 18 and over.
  • This project is only available for the UK.
  • The red wine will be produced from the Montepulciano red grape variety grown in Central Italy.
  • Bag In A Box - each box size contains 5 litres of wine and attached will be a wine label with details of how best to store the wine.   Each 5 litre Bag in a Box is equivalent of  6.6 bottles of (750ml) wine.
  • Bottle Size - each bottle size is 750ml with a wine label with details of how best to store the wine.
  • Winery Visit And Tasting - As the wine ages, pledges that have taken this option, will be able to visit the winery to taste the wine (one tasting glass per pledge of 75ml).  Dates to be announced with a view of giving each pledge one month's notice of the upcoming date.   
  • Sommelier Helpline -  Pledges that have taken this option will have access to the Wine Expert Email Helpline.  It will be available from 1st November 2017 to The 30th April 2018, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm).  Not available on bank holidays and not available from 20th December 2017 to 6th January 2018.  There is going to be a dedicated email for questions about advice on wine choices, wine and food pairings and other wine suggestion queries.  This service is only available to one subscriber per pledge - (an email will need to be provided by the pledge taking this option for the whole of the service duration)
  • Free delivery within zone 1 - 6  - deliveries will take place from Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm)
  • Free Delivery within M25  - deliveries will take place from Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm)
  • Monthly Newsletter - From October 2017 to April 2018, one newsletter per month covering all aspects of the wine ageing and tasting notes of the wine as it ages. 
  • Be a part of the Grape Pressing Team - 10 spaces available on each of the 2 grape pressing days.  Places can be booked as soon as you pledge directly by using the message facility.   Please make sure that you have a change of clothes, wellingtons and rubber gloves, it's going to be colourful. 
  • Discount of 10% for next year 2018 vintage - For pledges that have taken this option it's all good news because next year vintage will be discounted. 
  • Wine Course - From the novice to the more experienced, this course is designed to familiarise participants with aspects of wine.  From the growing of the grapes to recognising flavours and different styles of wines.  There are  going to be 5 lessons with a duration of one hour and half each - one hour theory and half hour tasting of 4 wines.  The course will based in Central London and it will run from 6:30pm to 8pm on Mondays, we are aiming to start at the end of January 2018 with 2 lessons per month and finish by March 2018.  Please see below wine course lessons details.

Introduction To Wine Tasting Course 

Lesson 1

Introduction to the course

  • How to recognise flavours when tasting wine
  • Wine vinification 
  • The grapes and how to transform grapes into wine
  • Tasting of 4 wines 

Lesson 2  

The Vine  

  • The Terroir and vineyard 
  • The Vine
  • The growing of the vine and the fruit.
  • Pruning 
  • Ways of pruning 
  • Tasting of 4 wines 

Lesson 3 

White wines 

  • White grape varieties 
  • How to make white wine 
  • White wine compounds and styles 
  • Tasting of 4 wines 

Lesson 4 

Red wines 

  • Red grape varieties 
  • How to make red wine 
  • Red wine compounds and styles 
  • Tasting of 4 wines 

Lesson 5 

The laws of wine production

  • The wine label 
  • Wine laws and applellations 
  • Tasting of 4 wines 
  • Assessment