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GRAPE
NEBBIOLO

- Cordero di Montezemolo
- Damilano
- Poderi Einaudi






Nebbiolo is a native Italian grape variety, one closely associated with the Piedmont region in the country's northwest. The name of the grape has been widely discussed: some derive it form the fact that the variety is harvested in late October, when the countryside is enveloped in thick morning fogs ("nebbie" in Italian). Other consider that the name could have come from the physical appearance of the berries, covered with a thick bloom which gives them impression of appearing out of a mist.
We are dealing with the most distinguished Italian grape variety and the one which is most difficult to cultivate: it presents, in fact, an important typical phenotype, which has created, in its turn, three different groups of bio-types called, respectively, Michet, Lampia, and Rose'.
Nebbiolo gives its peak performance, its maximum elegance and finesse, in a very precise area: it is a delicate variety which ripens late and is quite demanding in terms of environment, soil, and micro-climate. It prefers zones with accentuated daily temperature swings from day to night, ones which are not excessively arid, and with good exposure and luminosity. The areas in which it is successfully cultivated are in the northernmost part of Italy: the Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, and upper Lombardy. Outside of these specific territories, Nebbiolo does not succeed in expressing that dense texture, that force and intensity, and that austerely noble character which make it a unique grape in the world's oenological panorama.

GRAPE Nebbiolo
Nebbiolo
Nebbiolo
Nebbiolo
TERROIRS Barolo (Gattera) Barolo (Cannubi) Barolo (Liste) Barolo (Costa Grimaldi)
ESTATES Cordero di Montezemolo Damilano
Poderi Einaudi
Damilano Poderi Einaudi
WINE Barolo D.O.C.G. appellation
100% Nebbiolo
Barolo D.O.C.G. appellation
100% Nebbiolo
Barolo D.O.C.G. appellation
100% Nebbiolo
Barolo D.O.C.G. appellation
100% Nebbiolo


GRAPE
SANGIOVESE

- Castello di Meleto
- Michele Satta
- Poggio al Tesoro
- Col d'Orcia
- Altesino
- Caparzo
- Podere Le Ripi
- Tenimenti Conti Borghini
   Baldovinetti De' Bacci





It is one of the oldest Italian grape varieties, known as far back as the Etruscan epoch.
A popular Italian theory attributes the origin of the Sangiovese name to the Latin expression "sanguis Jovis", blood of Jove (Jupiter), where Jove also stands for a mountain in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, an area known for the presence of Sangiovese since remote times. Sangiovese prefers hillsides zones with low or merely average fertility which are best suited to the intrinsic characteristics of the grape.
The variety, over the course of centuries, has undergone a substantial amount of clonal variation; as a consequence there is substantial variation in the color and structure of its berries according to whether we are talking about the "Sangiovese Grosso" or "Sangiovese Piccolo" bio-types.There is no doubt that this is the most widely planted Italian red grape variety, above all in Tuscany (where it has taken on various names: "Brunello" at Montalcino, "Prugnolo" at Montepulciano, "Morellino" in the province of Grosseto, "Sangioveto" in Chianti), in Umbria, and in Emilia-Romagna.

GRAPE Sangiovese
Sangiovese Sangiovese Sangiovese Sangiovese Sangiovese
TERROIRS Chianti Classico (Gaiole in Chianti) Bolgheri Brunello di Montalcino: Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino: Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino: Castiglione dell'Abate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
ESTATES Castello di Meleto Michele Satta

Poggio al Tesoro
Col d'Orcia Altesino

Caparzo
Podere Le Ripi Tenimenti Conti Borghini Baldovinetti De' Bacci
WINES SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. appellation
min.80% Sangiovese 20% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen

Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. appellation
100% Sangiovese
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen

Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. appellation
100% Sangiovese
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen

Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. appellation
100% Sangiovese
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.O.C.G. appellation
min 70% Sangiovese


GRAPE
CABERNET
SAUVIGNON

- Castello di Meleto
- Michele Satta
- Poggio al Tesoro
- Col d'Orcia
- Altesino
- Caparzo
- Podere Le Ripi




This grape variety, originally from the area around Bordeaux, is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the world's most celebrated grape for the production of outstanding and long-lived wine. It is a variety which could be defined as "rustic", one which prefers poor soils with good water retention (it requires water during the various phases of the growing season, but the grape, in any case, has a notable ability to adapt itself to different types of soil while still maintaining, in its wines, an easily recognizable character). The complexity of the grape makes it suitable for lengthy periods of skin contact during the fermentation period and of lengthy periods of oak aging as well. As the wines develop over time, they show a bouquet which is always highly complex and intriguing.

GRAPE Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
TERROIRS Chianti Classico (Gaiole in Chianti) Bolgheri Brunello di Montalcino: Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino: Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino: Castiglione dell'Abate
ESTATES Castello di Meleto Michele Satta

Poggio al Tesoro
Col d'Orcia Altesino

Caparzo
Podere Le Ripi
WINES SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. appellation
min.80% Sangiovese 20% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen


GRAPE
MERLOT

- Castello di Meleto
- Michele Satta
- Poggio al Tesoro
- Altesino
- Caparzo
- Podere Le Ripi
- Tenimenti Conti Borghini
   Baldovinetti De' Bacci





This red grape variety draws its origins from the Gironde area of southwest France, in particular the zones around Bordeaux. It has been suggested that the grape draws its name from the special pleasure a particular bird, the Merle (a blackbird), has for the tasty berries of this variety.
Merlot is a versatile grape, which adapts well to various types of soils, remaining regularly quite productive; it suffers periods of extended dryness and therefore prefers hillside positions, well ventilated and rather cool, which retain their moisture well during the summer season.
In the majority of the world's viticultural zones, Merlot is the inseparable companion of Cabernet Sauvignon, to which it gives, thanks to its character and personality, additional finesse and typicality.

GRAPE Merlot
Merlot Merlot Merlot Merlot
TERROIRS Chianti Classico (Gaiole in Chianti) Bolgheri Brunello di Montalcino: Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino: Castiglione dell'Abate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
ESTATES Castello di Meleto Michele Satta

Poggio al Tesoro
Altesino

Caparzo
Podere Le Ripi Tenimenti Conti Borghini Baldovinetti De' Bacci
WINES SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. appellation
min.80% Sangiovese 20% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.O.C.G. appellation
min 70% Sangiovese


GRAPE
SYRAH

- Castello di Meleto
- Michele Satta
- Poggio al Tesoro
- Podere Le Ripi





It is yet another of the so-called "international" grape varieties exported from France and by now cultivated all over the world. From the point of view of the grape's history, there were once two theories: some researchers maintained that it was originally from Middle East, in particular from the city of Shiraz in ancient Persia and that it arrived in Europe passing through the city of Siracusa in Sicily. Others, instead, believe that it was originally from Albania, given that there are a certain number of genetic affinities with a local grape of that country (the "Shesh").
Modern research, based on genetic testing, has instead demonstrated that it is a cross between Durif and Mondeuse Blanche, two minor grape varieties of eastern France. It has been present in Italy ever since the 19th century and has spread over many regions, in particular Tuscany and Sicily. It is a vigorous variety which prefers very luminous viticultural areas and guarantees abundant productions. Just as in the case of Merlot, cultivation practices should ideally be rigorous ones aimed at contained over-production which would penalize the potential of the grape.
It is very well adapted to barrel aging and, in addition to being used on its own, it is excellent in blends with other grapes as, for example, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

GRAPE Syrah
Syrah Syrah Syrah
TERROIRS Chianti Classico (Gaiole in Chianti) Bolgheri Bolgheri Brunello di Montalcino: Castiglione dell'Abate
ESTATES Castello di Meleto Michele Satta Poggio al Tesoro Podere Le Ripi
WINES SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. appellation
min.80% Sangiovese 20% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen
SuperTuscan
100% freely chosen


GRAPE
CORVINA

- Allegrini
- Musella





Corvina Veronese is the great red grape used for Amarone and Valpolicella. The name seems to come from the word Corva (crow) that was used to indicate dark grapes of a similar colour to a crow’s plumage. There are many sub-varieties, the main ones being known as little Corvina (or also kind Corvina) and big Corvina. There are also a number of synonyms: Corba, Corbina, Corgnola, Corvina Nera and others. At first, praise for the grape was in short supply, with a 1627 document written by a certain Peccana claiming that the wine produced was only fit to be mixed with water rather than drunk. Other reports dating back to the 19th Century confused it with different varieties. Indeed, it was only in the 1980s that DNA testing proved that there was no link between Corvina and Corvinone, another vine used in the production of Amarone that since the early 1900s had been believed to be a mutation of Corvina. The vine produces cylindrical and compact bunches of average size. The grapes are also of average dimensions and have a thick, pruinose blue/ violet skin. It has vigorous growth and is resistant to cold weather, maturing relatively late in the season between September and October.

GRAPE Corvina
Corvina
TERROIRS Amarone: La Grola Amarone: Monte del Drago
ESTATES Allegrini Musella
WINES Amarone D.O.C.G. appellation
45-95% Corvina, 5-30% Molinara, the rest must be composed by red grapes
Amarone D.O.C.G. appellation
45-95% Corvina, 5-30% Molinara, the rest must be composed by red grapes