We met Anna who owns the wineries with her husband Stefano in Castello del Trebbio located North-East of Firenze in the Chianti Rufina area. Across their 3 estates (2 in Tuscany and another in Sardinia) they utilise the Biointegrale approach where nature and viticulture work hand in hand. All 3 estates work organically and there is no mechanical interference as horses work the land. In the cellar, as the grapes arrive in a very healthy state, minimum sulphur additions are neccesary. All yeasts are native and they use a mixture of amphorae, steel and wood for fermentation and ageing.
Based near Firenze, the estate is made up of vines, olives and other agricultural production. The estate has mainly Sangiovese with some Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo for the Chianti production as well as Riesling, Trebbiano, Pinot Grigio and some international grape varieties for IGT wines.
This estate is located in the Maremma and grows international varieties only including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Syrah, Grenache and Petit Verdot. The wines are fermented in a mixture of steel and amphorae with ageing in French oak.
This was the first estate in the group to adopt the Biointegrale philosophy. Sardinia’s arid climate makes for a great environment to work close to nature and only local grape varieties are grown here including Vermentino, Cannonau, Bovale and Carignano. The 19hA of vines located some 60Km north of Cagliari are organically certified and worked by the 2 draught horses on the estate.
The range we have chosen is starting to make it’s way into quality independent wines shops such as Baggot St. Wines and Clontarf Wines and hopefully soon onto some Italian restaurant lists too!