This estate can be thought of as the ‘godfather’ of organic farming in Tuscany. The estate is currently run and cared for by Giovanna Tiezzi and her husband Stefano. There is no technology involved in the winemaking, and in fact the cellar has not been touched for generations. The changes have come in the vineyards, where Stefano has replanted using clones and cuttings from their own vineyards grafted onto the rootstock at the nursery, keeping the vines resistant to sickness and more prolific.
Campo Rotaliano is a flood plain formed by the confluence of the Noce river into the Adige river: a four hundred hectare triangle surrounded by massive cliffs. The vines that grow in the Sgarzon vineyard benefit from the cooler climate of this site. Teroldego’s character is enriched with an unusual freshness. The wine is fermented in amphora and spends 8 months in contact with the skins. Only 10000 bottles are produced.
Grand Clos Rousseau is the most southerly parcel of Santenay's 1er crus and lies next door to the Maranges vineyards. The wine is always well-rounded. The colour is brilliant and dark, almost black. Its aromas are of violets, gooseberry, black cherry and stewed fruit, reflected in a complex palate with a smooth, intense and well-built attack. In the mouth, dense and concentrated notes of ripe fruit are highly present in the finish, suggesting a similarity to the wines of the Cote de Nuits.
Paolo Bea is one of the world's driving forces in Natural wine. From his estate he makes some of Italy's most pure and fabulous wines. The Rosse de Veo is from Bea's younger Sagrantino vines, from high-elevation clay and limestone soil, farmed organically. Extended maceration (40-50 days), followed by four years of ageing before release, bottled unfiltered with a minimum of SO2.
Domaine Gourt de Mautens produces only 800-1,600 cases of wine annually, unfiltered and unfined, with indigenous yeasts only. It was founded by Jerome Bressy in the Rasteau appellation. After the 2009 vintage he abandoned the appellation since some of the indigenous grapes he has in his vineyard like vaccaresse and picardin were banned. The domaine is certified biodynamic and is commited to preserve native varietals and tradional methods. This wine has great aging potential
One of the greatest names in all of Piemonte, Cantine Giacomo Conterno was formed in 1908. Conterno's uncompromising commitment to quality does not stop with Barolo, as their Barbera is one of the most age-worthy and brilliant examples of this grape to be found in Piemonte. Like all of Conterno's wines, this Barbera under went extended maceration in large casks, aging for 21 months in large Slovanian barrels. Dark ruby red in color. It offers a delightful nose of red berries, black cherries, roses, anise, leather and mineral notes.