We work about 28 hectares of vineyard, split into four contiguous parts and with excellent south-easterly and south-westerly exposure, at an average altitude of 145m above sea level, with just 15km between us and the sea. Monteti hill defends the vineyards from the winds that blow in from the Mediterranean, creating an ideal microclimate thanks to which the vines can benefit, protected, from the sea proximity. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Alicante-Bouschet and Merlot alternate in the vineyard, which is divided into 28 plots, a bit like a chessboard. We work with the utmost respect for nature and the environment. We apply responsible farming techniques, with organic fertilisation in winter, and have a weather station which, with its sensors for detecting the temperature and humidity of leaves and soil, helps us reduce treatments to the absolute minimum.
All of the grapes are hand-picked and very strict selection is the key to our quality. The grapes selected in the vineyard undergo further selection on the roof of the cellar, both before and after entry into the de-stemming machine. Since 2007, the grapes have undergone spontaneous fermentation, thanks to the indigenous yeasts present on the berries and in the air, without the need to add non-native yeasts.
We process the grape plots separately. We harvest one plot (about one hectare) of vineyard a day and the product undergoes a separate vinification in a dedicated vat and is kept classified separately also while maturing in wood or steel, up to the moment when the wine is blended.
We are able to reduce the use of sulphites thanks to prolonged wine contact on the lees, which are already rich in natural antioxidants, and with constant oxygen exposure control in the barrique.
We use the force of gravity throughout the entire production process, from dropping the grapes into the fermentation tanks to the descent of the wine into the barriques. This enables us to avoid pumping operations which are stressful for both the grapes and the wine. We use only barriques made with French oak obtained from different forests and with different levels of toasting, chosen from the best suitable for our products. The use of new barriques complies with the criteria and limits established for each of the wines. The subsequent bottle-ageing period is fundamental.