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He has been working in this fascinating world for over 25 years. After receiving his diploma in oenology from the Oenological School of Siena in 1983, he began working – in collaboration with Giulio Gambelli, the doyen of Tuscan winemakers – on various projects in Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Scansano, Montefalco, Conero, and Romagna.
He is a member of the official tasting commissions of the Chianti Classico DOCG and Morellino di Scansano DOC appellations. Many of his wines have received important recognition from the major Italian and international wine magazines. Among these: 100 points in the "Wine Spectator" for the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Madonna del Piano 2001 of Valdicava and three times "one of the top 100 wines in the world" in the "Wine Spectator" for Alto Las Hormigas.Over 95 points in the "Wine Spectator" for Valdicava, Rocca di Montegrossi, San Giusto a Rentennano, Salvioni, Arnaldo Caprai, and other Italian producers.
"I can freely state that I was one of the first to believe in native Italian grape varieties (I was already working with Ciliegiolo and Canaiolo in addition to Sangiovese as long ago as 1988); today I can say that I am more fascinated by the synergy between grape varieties and their territory than by any other factor. Good wines are made by now all over the world, but the personality which can be brought out from a given territory is something unique, and this is the challenge which stimulates and drives me to accept this challenge.
Once I was asked what a professional oenologist does, and I responded, jokingly, that I tried to ruin as little as possible the fruit which Nature gave me; today I continue to use this phrase but with greater awareness, and I believe that a capable professional winemaker is one who succeeds in putting in the bottle the greatest possible percentage of the potential of the fruit he was given - and this is something which is anything but easy to achieve"!

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"My entire personal history grew from my deep passion for the earth, which I felt almost as a duty, and from my love for a wonderful woman, Lucia, who, from the very beginning, has accompanied me in my choices and decisions in life and with whom, over time, I have created a large family. I wished to run the risk that these twin desires would become my entire life in a sort of organic unity, and now I can look upon the results with much gratitude".

For Michele Satta a trio of essential factors underpin the creation of a memorable wine: a vineyard, a grape, and its transformation into wine. The wine has a duty to be itself. No true man of the soil, as Michele Satta is, makes a wine for the taste of the public or for the needs of the market, a task which he gladly leaves to the entrepreneurs of the sector. Wine is not the result of a chemical process, but rather of the natural metamorphosis of the grapes; the hopes of a true grower-producer should never be either a traditional wine or a wine of the future or an innovative wine, or who knows what else. It should simply be to enable production of the wine as Nature intended, vintage after vintage, as a result of intense and committed work in the vineyard.
"The passion for the soil, which in 1974 brought me from the city of Varese in Italy's north to Castagneto Carducci on the Tuscan coast, the fascination of a product which expresses both technique and culture, the discovery of finding myself in an area of very high viticultural potential, the encounter with consulting winemaker Attilio Pagli, still a dear friend and collaborator in the work: this is what drove me to become a producer of wine". In 1988, after a difficult start in 1984, one based on temporary leases, the first nucleus of the estate began to be formed with the purchase of finest plot available at the time and the creation of a functional cellar. With the 1990 vintage, which demonstrated the great potential of Sangiovese – a grape in whose qualities Michele Satta firmly believed in from the start – he began to age his wines in oak: initially with 60 gallon barrels, the, from 1992 on, in 1000 liter and 3500 liter casks. In 1991 he planted his first vineyard plot (he now has 15), experimenting with (in addition to Cabernet and Merlot, unquestionably expressive grapes in the Bolgheri production zone) Sangiovese and with Syrah, a promising grape as well. In 1997 he acquired the "Castagni" and "Poderini" vineyards, bordering on his own property, consolidating the estate and enlarging the cellars, building them just below a hill, in direct contact with the rock, the sub-stratum of his vineyard terrain, finally creating an adequate working space for aging wine in barrels.
Only in 2004 was he able to produce the first Sangiovese from a vineyard which he had planted with his own hands. He will have to wait a certain number of years, as the date itself indicates, before it will produce the wine he is waiting for. "For me, a good vineyard, before it begins to give the best of itself, needs to have a decade of life". Ten years, but not passed simply waiting around. "It goes without saying, you need to be in the vineyard on a daily basis, watching everything that takes place, taking every possible care of the vines, helping them to grow, transforming them to bring out all of the potential and that of the soil which nourishes them".
During the past ten years, the estate has reached its definitive size, over 85 acres, all completely owned.
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Michele Satta