Villa Santo Stefano, Lucca

Villa Santo Stefano, Lucca

“Chi non ama le donne, il vino e il canto è solo un matto non un santo”.
A. Schopenhauer

Villa Santo Stefano, Lucca

L’ esplosiva e poliedrica Claudia Marinelli , responsabile della società di comunicazione e marketing ‘Darwin & Food’,  mi invita alla ‘Festa del Loto, un evento indimenticabile per conoscere le migliori etichette di ‘Villa Santo Stefano’, una cantina quasi surreale per beltà, che sta nascosta , ma ancora per poco,  tra le magnifiche e dolci colline lucchesi a Pieve di Santo Stefano. 

Mattina del 6 Luglio, 2020. Un sole cocente e un po’ di smarrimento in macchina per delle stradine strette e irte non mi fermano per raggiungere ‘Villa Santo Stefano’, e non finirò mai di ringraziare Claudia per l’opportunità di scoprire un tesoro inestimabile per persone, paesaggi e vini di grande eleganza con un’ ottimo rapporto qualità prezzo che esprimono al meglio  la bellezza, la cultura, l’arte e la tradizione enogastronomica della Toscana. Arrivata a destinazione lo staff di ‘Villa Santo Stefano’ ci accoglie con un sorriso enorme e ci fa accomodare all’ interno della sala degustazione, dove, persi e ammaliati dalla raffinatezza degli interni e dell’apparecchiatura, stiamo fermi e immobili ad ascoltare la storia della tenuta attraverso le parole dell’ ingegnere tedesco Wolfgang Reitzle, che ne è proprietario e fondatore  insieme alla moglie, la giornalista e presentatrice alemanna Nina Ruge.

Wolfgang Reitzle
Wolfgang Reitzle

Wolfgang Reitzle , un sogno diventato realtà

Wolfgang Reitzle è un signore alto , distinto , di una classe innata, che dà il benvenuto a me ed altri giornalisti e blogger nel suo regno, felice  di parlare  di come nel tempo è riuscito a trasformare la sua passione per il vino in un lavoro, che adesso  si è  materializzato in  ‘Villa Santo Stefano’, un’ azienda agricola a metà tra  sogno e realtà.

Wolfgang Reitzle, ex dirigente della BMW e poi CEO della Ford, ci spiega che tutto è nato quasi per caso. Sin da piccolo Wolfgang Reitzle si reca frequentemente  in Toscana  per le vacanze  con la sua famiglia e da allora il desiderio di viverci è forte, a tal punto che poi , nel corso della sua vita e  carriera lavorativa , decide di trovarsi un angolo di paradiso nella regione più amata d’Italia. Wolfgang Reitzle  vuole creare così un posto dove coltivare la vite e produrre nettari divini  fatti di vitigni locali come Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Canaiolo e Vermentino, insieme ad altri alloctoni quali Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon ed Alicante. L’ occasione è il 2001 quando Wolfgang Reitzle acquista  la “Villa Bertolli”, situata in Lucchesia, assieme ad alcuni oliveti e ad un vigneto di circa un ettaro. A seguito della cessione, da parte della famiglia Bertolli, dell’omonimo marchio a Unilever, i signori Reitzle e Ruge ribattezzano la villa in onore della pittoresca ‘Pieve del IX secolo’ che si trova nelle immediate vicinanze. Così nasce ‘Villa Santo Stefano’.

Wolfgang Reitzle ci confessa che non è facile mettere in piedi un’impresa agricola di tale portata e da straniero in Italia, perché ci sono molti problemi burocratici e logistici da risolvere, non ultimo l’interrogativo se fare tutto ciò è da pazzi o da pionieri! Da grande uomo di affari qual è Wolfgang Reitzle riesce nel suo intento e dal 2005 a oggi l’avventura continua con successo  grazie anche al supporto dei suoi affetti e dei suoi fidati collaboratori nelle figure del manager direzionale Alessandro Garzi, dell’enologo Alessio Farnesi , dell’agronomo Antonio Spurio, e  della responsabile marketing Petra Pforr. Al momento l’azienda rileva, nei suoi 11 ettari di terreno, circa 30.000 bottiglie tra vino rosso e bianco (esportati per il 20% in Versilia e il restante tra Svizzera e Germania), nonché 2500 litri di olio extravergine di oliva. La filosofia che guida la ‘Società Agricola Villa Santo Stefano’ è la ricerca della perfezione nel fare vino ed olio sfruttando al massimo tutte le potenzialità di questo fazzoletto di terra benedetto da Dio.

I vini di 'Villa Santo Stefano'Le migliori etichette di ‘Villa Santo Stefano’ per ‘Darwin & Food’

 

I Vini di Villa Santo Stefano

I vini di ‘Villa Santo Stefano’ sono particolari, biologici, strutturati i rossi e leggiadri i bianchi, ed assaggiare un calice di vino lucchese è un’esperienza speciale che ancora una volta conferma la ricchezza e la varietà enoica della Toscana senza passare per forza attraverso nomi blasonati!

Una delle caratteristiche più distintive dei vini di  ‘Villa Santo Stefano’ è la sapiente mescolanza di vitigni autoctoni con varietà di origine francese, oltre un terroir da manuale fatto di peculiarità pedoclimatiche esclusive. Queste ultime sono i terreni misti e prevalentemente argillosi, una temperatura mite tutto l’anno e una combinazione di vicinanza al mare e montagna che conferisce a questi vini il loro sapore distinto, come ho modo di provare nella degustazione dei seguenti vini:

  • ‘Gioia 2018 e 2019’ : IGT Toscano, è un vino bianco 100 % Vermentino, che cresce spontaneo dalla Lucchesia alla Liguria e che proviene da un vitigno adiacente l’azienda esposto a Sud vicino alle spiagge della Versilia distanti circa 20 km , un microclima straordinario che si riflette nell’aroma fragrante del vino stesso. La selezione e la raccolta delle uve , è eseguita scrupolosamente a mano, e dopo la diraspatura e pigiatura, le uve subiscono una leggera macerazione di qualche ora prima di essere vinificate in bianco. La fermentazione dura dai 15 ai 20 giorni e si avvale delle tecnologie più innovative, il processo avviene infatti in vasche di acciaio a temperatura controllata tra i 15° e i 16°. Questo vino bianco, nelle due diverse annate, possiede un bouquet armonico e fruttato, una buona acidità e un tocco di mineralità che si avverte nel finale;
  • ‘Luna 2019’ : 50% Merlot e 50% Sangiovese è un rosé sobrio, che va bene su tutte le portate di mare e di carni bianche ed è perfetto anche per un aperitivo; ha un colore rosa provenzale, al naso è pulito con profumi che ricordano la pesca bianca e la buccia di mela rossa;
  • ‘Volo 2019’ : IGT Toscano 40% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon e 20% Alicante, è un vino che si presenta con un colore rosso intenso e con sfumature violacee frutto della sua giovane età. Al naso è floreale, con note di prugne, more e ciliegie, con un finale delicato di cipria. Al palato si esprime frizzante, con un buon tannino ed un’ acidità equilibrata  che lo fanno diventare di gradevole beva;
  • ‘Sereno 2016, 2017 e 2018’ : è una ‘DOC Colline Lucchesi’ fatto da  80% di Sangiovese e 20% tra Ciliegiolo e da altri vitigni del posto. Si tratta di un vino dal colore rosso rubino con riflessi porpora, al naso  note di violetta, frutti rossi e spezie. Al palato è morbido con un finale gradevole di frutta;
  • ‘Loto 2015, 2017 e 2018’ : è il vino più pregiato di ‘Villa Santo Stefano’ fatto di  50% Cabernet Sauvignon,  40% Merlot e 10% Petit Verdot . Per ogni vite vengono selezionati non più di quattro grappoli, per garantire il massimo della resa da ogni pianta. Nel 2015 è stato installato un impianto computerizzato ad alta tecnologia utilizzato per garantire un processo di fermentazione e vinificazione ottimale. Di norma, il processo di fermentazione dura 12 giorni. L’affinamento dura, a seconda della tipologia di uva e dell’annata, dai 12 ai 18 mesi ed avviene in pregiate barrique francesi, in una barriccaia a temperatura (15°C) e umidità (83%) controllate. Il tipo di legno utilizzato per le barrique viene selezionato a seconda della tipologia di uva. Al termine dell’affinamento viene composta la cuvée e viene quindi imbottigliato il vino, che dovrà attendere almeno altri 6 mesi prima di essere distribuito. Questo è un vino di spessore, di corpo, che si presenta con un colore che può arrivare al rosso rubino intenso ed ha sentori di frutti di bosco, tabacco e vaniglia.
Claudia Marinelli , Darwin & Food

Tra una chiacchiera e l’altra il tempo vola ed è ora di pranzare nello splendido giardino di ‘Villa Santo Stefano’, dove ci sono tavoli superbamente imbanditi, sparsi tra fontane zampillanti di acqua e alberi abbracciati da boccioli di rosa.

Il nostro pergolato ci protegge un po’ dalla calura estiva che finisce di darci fastidio non appena lo chef Riccardo Santini del Vignaccio ci annuncia il menù della festa: una panzanella di pomodoro e cipolle all’aceto balsamico, una torta lunigiana  d’Erbi di bietole spinaci e rapini, uno sformato di fagiolini e formaggio di Scoppolato di Pedona, faraona, zuppa di porro e patate e a finire un sorbetto al melone per pulire la bocca.

Barriccaia di ‘Villa Santo Stefano’

‘Villa Santo Stefano’ è un borgo incantato che ti strega non appena varchi il cancello all’entrata, dove perdersi e rilassarsi tra lusso e  vini pregiati che danno il meglio riposando a lungo, pronti così per essere stappati e consumati a celebrare un momento speciale, che è sempre quello che vivi e non quello che aspetti!

Enjoy it 

Stefania

Federici Winery. Lunigiana in a Glass

Federici Winery. Lunigiana in a Glass

“With Wine, Poetry, or Virtue, as you choose, but get Drunk!”
Charles Baudelaire

The Federici Winery. Lunigiana in a Glass

There is nothing like the regional products of a territory that can describe its history and culture. The fruits of the earth tell us how  people have shaped the landscape where they live. That is why visiting “Federici Winery” is a special way to discover Lunigiana, a mysterious land sandwiched between the Ligurian coastal towns of “Cinque Terre” and the Tuscan cities of Lucca and Pisa

On the 2nd November I visited the “Federici Winery” in Ortonovo, near the ancient ruins of Luni, the famous Roman port, where Roman merchant ships  used to transport precious Carrara marble along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Luca Federici welcomed me when I arrived at his wine cellar. He was ready to guide me through a tour of his  winery and dedicated his time to share with me the story of his family, his territory and his wines. Luca’s big smile warmed a rainy day, making me realise that if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life! 

Federici Family

Federici Family, a Story of vineyards and men

The Federici family, originally from Ortonovo  boast a long tradition of winemaking that has been handed down from father to son. It all started in 1985, when Giulio Federici and his wife Isa, the third generation of the family restored a country property in Lunigiana devoting themselves to cultivating the local grapes and to making quality wines. 

Luca, the oenoligist, and his brother Andrea, the sales and marketing manager, represent the fourth generation of the “Federici family,“. Today together they lead their business with passion, professionalism and with care for their territory. The best result of the Federici family‘s love for what they do is  of course one of my favourite wines, the so called Vermentino: a dry white wine that is sleek, tangy and even a little bit sexy. There are hundreds of white grape types planted throughout Italy,  though the Vermentino for me is really the best  This old variety grows well  here , because  the climate is mild , and because the vines are planted close to the sea. I’m crazy  about the elegance of the Vermentino as well as the , minerality and  saltiness in its finish, and pairing it  with the local cuisine specialities , such as seafood antipasti and pesto sauce, is something you have to experience once in your life! 

Federici Winery
Federici Winery

Federici Winery 

“Federici Winery” owes its name to the sun shining in the ancient Roman port of Luni. The archaeological site is still intact and just a couple of miles from the winery, and commemmorates the thousand year old tradition of winemaking in this area.

“Federici Winery” is located near La Spezia in far eastern Liguria nestling against the Apuan Alps (with peaks reaching almost 7,000ft  only 5 km from the sea) and the river plain of the River Magra. This privileged position  provides an incredible microclimate, where the action of sea and mountain breeze, alternating between day and night, creates optimal  conditions for growing vines and producing wines of excellence. Here the soil in the valley is of an alluvial and sandy  nature with leaner clay on the hills. That is how the Federicis can experiment  different varieties of the Vermentino producing completely different taste profiles in the vineyard, along with other local (Albarola, Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo) and international grapes (Syrah, Merlot). Harvest usually starts  towards the end of  August and the beginning of September . Grape picking is one of the most important phases of work for the Federicis and is entirely done by hand just like it used to be when the winery was first set up.

Federici Family, from father to son

The “Federici Winery is a key player in the local economy and has the objective to constantly work to enhance the quality of its wines. The winery extends over  around 25 hectares with vineyards in prized locations both on the hillside and on the plain. The winery buys hand-harvested grapes from other small growers in the surrounding countryside paying for qualit, and  keeping alive both tradition and wine culture. The winery produces 200.000 bottles a year, including  whites, reds, rosé, sparkling wines, sweet wines and grappa.

Federici Family
Federici Estate

The Federicis invested a lot of money in the new winery in 2015, which now covers 1600 square metres and it is equipped with  state of the art technology, such as a special isobaric bottling system, which ensures  optimal care in the packaging of the wine . Moreover, the winery follows  bio-architectural principles in order to  reduce  the impact on the environment as well as maximise energy savings. The beautiful underground cellar, where the wines rest for their final refinement, is a perfect example of the  harmony that exists between the buildings and nature. The cellar is situated around a hundred metres below sea level, which helps harness the natural stability of temperature and humidity provided by the  presence of an underground aquifer. All this is further supported by constant control of every stage of the production process thanks to ecological  solutions in the wine cellar such as solar panels, natural ventilation and the use of wood, stone and brick. The Federicis are very proud of their magical reign and passion and patience and experience are key words of their philosophy.  For them viticulture is a family tradition, and their care for the environment, the climate, the vineyards and  their employees produces matchless wines, whose  flavour reflect the beauty of their terroir

Luca Federici

Federici  Wine Tasting 

Wine tasting in “Federici Winery” is an intimate and personal experience. The tasting room  is very  large, decorated with frescos and has two magnificent handmade chandeliers the design of which has been inspired by nature. Luca took me through his line of biological  wines and demonstrated the quality of his best bottles of wine by pouring me a glass of their Vermentino. He  is proud of his wines with good reason and I sipped through his wines with pleasure.  All showed great character and depth as well as a softness you rarely see with natural wines. They seemed stable, substantial and yet so expressively honest. Luca explained how the ideal climate for their white wines exists in the “Colli di Luni DOC Area”: “ During the day there is superb ventilation and optimal  exposure to the sun whilst the evenings are fresh and humid, always with moderate temperatures whether it be winter or summer.

Federici‘s  vineyards are situated within two to three miles of the sea, and here are the three versions of  the their  best wines made from 100 % Vermentino

I learned a lot about Vermentino thanks to Luca. The best Vermentino is medium-bodied, fresh and quite round, with a floral aftertaste, and its freshness is the result of the natural, lively acidity of the grape itself which provides balance as well as a marvellous affinity for pairing with a variety of foods. Vermentino grows not only in Liguria, but also in Sardinia and Tuscany, and in each of these three territories, the vineyards are very close to the sea,  giving the wines a special character that you don’t find in wines from vineyards in a warmer, inland area. Vermentino from a maritime climate tends to display a great minerality or saltiness in the finish. Vermentino is one of the most important varieties in Liguria, along with another white known as “Pigato“.

Federici Wines
Federici Wines

Lunigiana is one of the smallest region in Italy, but its white wines are among the most distinctive, like the other three wines I sipped at the “Federici Winery :

Lunigiana
Lunigiana

If you are a wine lover or a wine expert, Lunigiana could be your perfect upcoming destination.

Lunigiana, in north west Tuscany, has a lot to offer. It is a location to be enjoyed all year round, and above all it is easy to get to via flights to either Pisa or Genoa.  The wine region of Lunigiana is very beautiful, with vineyards on rocky  hillsides that  overlook the sea as well as vineyards higher up in the valleys  and small narrow roads that meander up amongst the vineyards.   With such a large number of grape varieties unique to Lunigiana, this can lead to some confusion though doing research before visiting and wine tasting in such a picturesque region is worthwhile. Lunigiana is also dotted with numerous stunning medieval villages and  is a pearl amongst the other international  and aristocratic hamlets  along the zone of the  “Riviera Ligure di Levante”, such as  Portofino, “Cinque Terre”, and the “Gulf of Poets”. Lunigiana lies between the northern Appennines, the “Versilian Plan”, and the “Gulf of la Spezia” and has real rural character as well as castles, Romanesque churches, and  old towns full scenes of rare beauty starting with Luni and Sarzana.

Luni

Luni  the ancient Roman port which gives the name to Lunigiana Luni is surrounded by a valley called “Val di Magra” in the Montemarcello Magra Park”, which extends from inland Liguria up to the Gulf of Poets. Points of interest include the remains of an Roman Amphitheatre (1st century AD) and the Archaeological Museum.

Sarzana, piazza Calandrini
Sarzana, piazza Calandrini

Some are born in Sarzana and love it for life, others choose Sarzana as their place. The latter seems to be the case with the family Bonaparte, who were welcomed there in exile and from  where they left to conquer the world. The Bonaparte family left an important witness to their presence in the form of the “Bonaparte Tower House”, which is located in the first section of the “Via Mazzini”, a few steps away from the ancient church of “Sant’Andrea”. Sarzana is a quiet city, tourists don’t go there much. You might peek into some of the antique shops in the historic centre, or into the terrific  main square “Piazza Matteotti” . There are many restaurants in Sarzana, and all of them are good. It’s like the town is waiting for tourists who seldom come.  Sarzana has two nice castles:  ” Cittadella Fortezza Firmafede”, which is right on the northeast border of the old town, and the “Fortezza di Sarzanello”, which is just north of town. It also has a fine Romanesque/Gothic cathedral, the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral”.

Federici Wines are perfect for each moment of your Life
Federici Wines are perfect for each moment of your Life

Save your appetite my friends . Stay thirsty. Passion and humility create balance in the heart and balance in the glass. Luca knows this and you can see it in his eyes and taste it in his wines.

Alla vostra!
Enjoy it!
Stefania!

 

 

 

 

 

Fattoria di Fibbiano

Fattoria di Fibbiano

Pisa Hills Wines

On the 6th December 2018 I attended a Conference Press hold by the Pisa Chamber of Commerce  for the lunch of “Terre di Pisa”, the New Tourist Brand and Project for promoting Pisa’s Cultural Heritage and its Wine Making Tradition.

On that occasion I met Nicola Cantoni, who participated as  moderator and as President of Pisa Consortium Wine . This  was founded in 2018 to protect  the Appellation of  “Terre di Pisa Wines” and to develop an internationally-renowned model for producing High-Quality Wines in Pisa and its Province.  That event was open to the Members of  “Terre di Pisa” , and during our Wine Tasting Break , I had the pleasure to exchange two words with Nicola,who invited me to visit his estate at Fattoria di Fibbiano  in order to comprehend better his Love for his job and his complex and fascinating Tourist & Wine Affair Management in Tuscany. With the sunny season approaching fast, It was time to go to Fattoria di Fibbiano , but It was quite impossible to fix a date ,  as Nicola was always really busy  !  I was afraid of losing this great chance to be there, but few days ago  his brother  Matteo Cantoni welcomed me at their  Fattoria di Fibbiano with open arms. I came in this beautiful place as a guest, and  left as a friend! Matteo did everything possible to be available for My Interview and my  Exclusive Wine Tasting despite his daily commitments. Lucky me! As I arrived at Fattoria di Fibbiano , Matteo  greeted me with a friendly smile and a firm handshake. First Matteo told me all about his Family’s History and activity , then I visited the cellar and the vineyards , and finally I had my Great Wine Tasting. I had lots of fun with him for the whole duration of my tour in a sunny day of  March. Moreover, I learned lot of things about this stunning part of Tuscany where his estate is, that is called the Era Valley, close to Pisa and Volterra, which is not well-known to a general public for its Wine production. This territory is fast becoming an essential reference point for Tuscan Wine, indeed for Italian Wine. Matteo‘s Kindness , and  Passion for What he Does  deserve a honorable mention! Let’s discover together his treasure hidden among  Tuscan sunflowers.

Fattoria di Fibbiano’s History

In 1997 Giuseppe Cantoni, with his wife Tiziana and sons Matteo and Nicola, moved from  Lombardy to Tuscany. They were looking for  a successful  Wine Making business living a life far away from the noise of the city and close to nature. Therefore, they purchased a  Medieval Villa at that time, that belonged to the noble family Gherardi del Testa Barasaglia in the 12th century . They  renovated it all and turned it into what Fattoria di Fibbiano is today, a thriving Agricultural Entrepreneurship.

Their adventure from North Italy in Tuscany  was not only the result of a  desire to search for  their El Dorado, but  also  a sign of Destiny printed in one of their first  label “Fonte delle Donne” (“Women Fountain”) .  This exquisite White Wine is made from Colombana, an old grape that grew spontaneously around a miraculous water source near the estate. According to tradition, the Colombana grape was introduced by San Columbanus ‘ followers in the 17th century , when these famous Irish abbots decided to settle here living behind their Milan area. Upon their arrival in their estate, Cantoni Family realized they were not the only foreigners who fell  in love with Tuscany,  finding  the right place where to be ! Bringing to light  the old farmstead was not easy, but all that work  devoted to transform an old ruin into a jewelry was fully rewarded, as Cantoni Family carries on a prospering farming activity today, respecting land and the local traditions. Giuseppe, the father, deals with the General Management of the Middle Age Estate and takes care of the vineyards and countryside. Matteo, the eldest of the two sons, is in charge of Marketing the Wines and his brother, Nicola, is the Winemaker . 

Fattoria di Fibbiano, a Corner of Tuscan Paradise

Fattoria di Fibbiano is not only home to a prestigious Agritourism with a pool,  but also to an exclusive Modern Winery and an amazing Lounge Bar .  It is  located at n. 2 via Fibbiano , in the municipality of Terricciola.

Terricciola is a delicious hamlet surrounded by high walls and defense towers,  in the heart of Tuscan countryside, where History, Culture and Art, join the magnificent Beauty of the Nature in a unique way. Fattoria di Fibbiano is situated in a territory, that has its roots in the culture of the Etruscan civilization, and where Wine is produced  since more than 3000 years and it is  a part of the Local Identity and Culture.  Fibbiano’s philosophy is to continue on this thread of Culture and Tradition, cultivating indigenous grape varieties, suc as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, ColorinoS. Colombana, and Vermentino ,  instead of more international grapes. Fattoria di Fibbiano extends over an area of about 20 hectares of vineyards, 5 hectares of olive groves, 12 hectares of woodland and the rest is arable land. Some vineyards (around 2.5 hectares) are over 100 years old and 17.5 hectares are up to 20 years old. This  mixture of Old Vines and New Vines  keeps the vineyard alive, with red grapes planted on the top of the hill, and white grapes on the lower parts.  Due to Fibbiano‘s proximity to the Mediterranean and Ligurian seas, the soil originates from the sea and is rich in fossil shells from the Pliocene epoch, and medium-textured corals .  In terms of climate, this part of Tuscany has warm sea breezes during the day and cooler nights, which helps the grapes to retain acidity and develop flavor. This particular terroir provides to complex Wines with a certain minerality,  and aging capability.  I appreciated a lot of things, above all that Fattoria di Fibbiano is certified organic. Their Practices, Farming and Wine-Growing Methods are truly natural. They even use  their own wood for central heating. Further, this Sustainable Winery uses a solar plant to conserve energy and produce fresh water. They are always ready  to face new challenges, not least of which  exporting 80% of their Wine to the following countries: United States, Canada, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Lebanon, Mexico. 

 

Fibbiano’s Wines 

The best part of this incredible Life Experience was my Top Wine Tasting. I was led to a lovely Wine Bar with a large wooden table full with  Fibbiano  Best Wines and platters of Tuscan salami, pecorino and bread.  I sampled 6 different Wines, guided by Matteo who talked me through what I was enjoying, from the colour/appearance, the bouquet/smell and then the flavor. Each Wine was different, but wonderful in its own way.  I tried Red and White Wines, but the majority of the ones I  tried were Red. Most of them are  made from the Sangiovese grapes and some are mixed with other grapes to produce  new fantastic blends. 

White and Rosé:

Red Wines:

  • Le Pianette IGT Toscana : This is a 70% Sangiovese and 30% Colorino Wine;  It  is aged for 6 months in barrels of Slavonian oak and 3 months in bottle;
  • Casalini Chianti Superiore DOCG : This is an 80% Sangiovese and 20% Ciliegiolo Wine. It is aged for 8 months in barrels of Slavonian oak and 3 months in bottle. It has the typical notes of cherry . It is  a well-structured Wine with smooth tannins;
  • L’Aspetto IGT Toscana :  This is a 50% Sangiovese and 50% Canaiolo Wine. It is aged for 12 months in tonneaux, 6 months in cement tanks, and 6 months in bottle. This is an intense ruby Red Wwine with notes of mature red fruit and spices; 
  • Ceppatella IGT Toscana : This is a 100% Sangiovese Wine, which is made with grapes selected from the oldest vineyard of the estate – it’s a 120 years old vineyard . It is a wine aged for 6 months in tonneaux , 14 months in barrels of Slavonian oak, and 5 months in bottle. It has notes of marmalade, spices, tobacco, and cacao and a long persistence. 

Matteo entertained me happily and answered all my questions  by sharing  the secrets of their Quality Wines: “Sun, soil and patience”! 

Pisa Hills Wines 

Fattoria di Fibbiano offers up a bunch of very Tasty Wines for Wine Lovers and Experts to experience.

Fattoria di Fibbiano is situated predominantly in the Wine Trail of the Pisa Hills, an itinerary through the Tuscan countryside, which highlights many small towns that boast great traditions. It’s an area between Pisa and Volterra, and it  extends in the vicinity of the Arno, Egola and Elsa rivers. It embraces  stunning landscapes and places, such as  Casciana Terme, Capannoli, Chianni, Crespina, Lari, Palaia, Ponsacco, Terricciola, Cascina, Collesalvetti, Fauglia, Laiatico, Lorenzana, Montopoli Valdarno, Peccioli, Pontedera, Santa Luce, San Miniato and Collesalvetti .

The rolling Hills of Pisa  gives birth to Top Red & White Wines:

Like other talented Wine Producers within  this zone , Fattoria Fibbiano is an example  of Pisa’s Great Winemaking Potential, that is  only to be revealed in all its splendour.  I am feeling optimistic that this area is set to receive long overdue attention. Matteo was an Excellent Guide and Wine Educator. It was so natural for him to explain all that concerned his farm and how Wine is made from Grapes to Wine. His Passionate Wine Tasting remains for a long time among my memory . I am eager  to learn much more about the Super Wines of Pisa, that’s why another visit to Fattoria di Fibbiano will be a must!

I can just  imagine myself relaxing and sipping a Glass of Your fabulous Wines under a grape vine trellis with a  view of green cypresses marking the contours of the  gentle Tuscan hills! 

Grazie mille Matteo! 

 

 

Enjoy it! 

Stefania