Discover with us  the magic of Italian wine heritage

krater-wineOenotria, “land of vines”, this was how the ancient Greeks called  Italy. Its variety of landscapes and climates, from the Alps to the shores of Sicily through  chains of hills, mountains and volcanoes, offers an astonishing range of grape varieties that have been cultivated for thousands of years  in their terroirs.

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Under the Romans,  vines were planted throughout the Empire, grapegrowing and winemaking techniques became more advanced, the varietals that best matched soil and climate were selected to improve  quality.

The concept of vintage already existed, as the ancient books report that the fabled Opimiam wine of 121 B.C., an excellent vintage of Falernum, was aged and drunk decades later. 

This red thread that leads to modern times was never cut, though invasions, wars and fights split the country into city states, duchies, kingdoms along two thousand years of entangled events . 

Enjoy a glass of History!

PostHeaderIcon Tuscan winegrowers of Pinot Noir, united!

In our imagination the Tuscan landscape is all but rolling hills with wondrous roads flanked by cypresses, olive groves and vineyards of Sangiovese. Too hot to grow difficult Pinot Noir, that prefers cooler climates.
But in the northern part of the region there is the Tuscan segment of the Apennines chain, where the mountains are high and the climate cooler and rainier than the hot Chianti and Orcia regions. Just before and just after year 2000 , independently from one another, winegrowers following the organic and natural philosophy decided that that particular terroir was suitable to grow Pinot Noir. 8 of them wrote a “Manifesto dei Viticultori”, deciding to band together and follow the same guidelines. Judged by most a bizarre experiment, year after year those stubborn winegrowers have tendered their vines with passion and have succeded : their Pinot Noir is excellent!

pinot noir  luccaI tasted them on April 13th in beautiful Lucca, where these small producers gathered to present their 2012 Pinot Noir, each one explaining the pros and cons of their vintage and the characteristics of their terroir. The four areas where they come from are Garfagnana (near Lucca), Lunigiana (near Massa Carrara), Mugello (near Florence), Casentino (near Arezzo). There are only 16000 bottles per year from these artisans  that share the same passion for winemaking following organic and biodynamic agricolture, the same love of these territories under the sign of friendship, commitment and integrity.

They exchange their views and their experiences, organize wine-tastings to publicize all together their wines, cooperating to promote knowledge of the Appenine as the ideal


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