In a tiny northern area of Emilia-Romagna sits Piacanza. Sandwiched between Piedmont and Tuscany, the area was long known for the production of bulk, uninspiring wines, but with a history of creating sparkling wines as well, like their neighbour to the north, Lombardy. It was in this area that Felice Salamini decided to but a small, untended vineyard to craft fine wines from autocthonous Malvasia, Barbera and Bonarda. The rest of Emilia-Romagna is better known for Sangiovese and Colli Albani. 30 years and untold successes later, his son Lucio has taken over at the helm and their vineyards have expanded to almost 50 hectares.
The philosophy of the winery is simple; stress the vines, restrict yields, use organic and biodynamic principles and craft structured, elegant wines. To that end, there is no use of fertilizers or irrigation. The only pest-control or treatments of the vine that are used involve small amounts of copper or sulfur, none of which are used in production or bottling. The vines are purposely starved of nutrients and water, with severely restricted yields to thicken skins and long hang times to ensure full phenolic ripeness. The yields are restricted to one plant per bottle, meaning that the vine uses all of it’s energy to create the perfect berry. Hand-harvested and meticulously sorted, Luretta uses only Allier French oak for aging and fermentation where wood is called for. Their beautiful sparkling wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are hand-riddled and disgorged and rival the finest from Franciacorta.

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Buyers+Cellars Tasting Room is dedicated to keeping the Ottawa community safe by abiding by Health Canada recommendations and being as transparent about our procedures, if you have any questions about the following please feel free to contact curtis@buyersandcellars.ca 

  • We are open by appointment only to ensure we can maintain physical distancing
  • Appointments will be staggered, allowing 40 minutes between appointments to ensure sanitization
  • Our brand new kitchen is well ventilated and is cleaned and sanitized before opening, during service and when closing.
  • Our staff is equipped with proper gloves, face masks and sanitizers, and will follow social distancing rules
  • A freshly cleaned bottle of hand sanitizer will be provided for every new appointment
  • We have hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to our premises and at the entrance to our washroom facilities
  • Each group will be assigned to its own washroom 
  • There are touchless soap dispensers in all of our washrooms
  • After each seating, tables and chairs will be disinfected and washrooms will be disinfected and restocked
  • All glasses and bottles are sanitized before use
  • All cutlery is disinfected after being washed in our high temperature dishwasher
  • Only debit or credit payments will be accepted

For online orders and the Experiences Boxes

  • The Tasting Room strictly follows the City of Ottawa’s COVID-19 guidelines for restaurants to ensure our establishment is safe for our guests and staff. Below are a few examples of the steps we are taking; 
  • Each wine in your Experience box has been wiped with sanitizer prior to packing and all Experience boxes are put under a powerful UV light for added security
  • Pickups will take place just inside the TTR doors.
  • Deliveries: Our delivery drivers are equipped with gloves, masks and sanitizer to provide safe delivery for each new order. They have also been trained in safe social distancing door delivery protocols.
  • Payment must be made online prior to pickup or delivery.