NEW FACES AT MARC DE GRAZIA SELECTIONS
There are many new faces now in the Marc de Grazia Selections portfolio!
AZIENDA VITIVINICOLA PAOLO CONTERNO
The 10 hectares belonging to this estate are located in the best position of Ginestra a historical and steep vineyard (the gradient here is 38%!): calcareous-clayey soil, at the optimal altitude of 300-350 meters above sea level, mainly south exposure and a part facing south-east, the microclimate here is ideal for the perfect ripening of the clusters. The azienda is not only unique because of this extraordinary vineyard, but also because it has belonged to the Conterno family for four generations (since 1886) and because to produce the perfect Barolo has always been the aim of the family members.
The estate is managed by Paolo and Caterina together with their son and daughter Giorgio and Marisa.
Tradition is followed in the ageing cellar, still the original one, where the wines rest in large French oak casks (35 hectolitres). Very modern equipment, instead, is found in the vinification cellar where special vertical vessels are used: the extraction of colour and of aromatics is very efficient and the great character of the Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto grown at the estate is maintained. Sustainable viticulture is followed. The range of wine consists of two Baroli, a Barolo Riserva, two versions of Barbera, a Dolcetto d’Alba and two different Langhe Nebbiolo.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA ALESSANDRO VEGLIO
Alessandro Veglio is a young oenological technician and a great friend of Renato Corino. In fact, after he finished his studies, he started helping Renato and testing the potential of his family’s vineyards in La Morra by making a small quantity of wine. The potential was certainly there so that Alessandro built a cellar in 2007 (up to 2005 the grapes were sold) where the total grape production was vinified starting with the 2008 harvest. The equipment is modern and essential: vertical vinification tanks with temperature control and French oak barriques (fine grained, medium toast).
The estate is tiny, just 4.5 hectares, Barolo (made from 40-45 year old vines of the Lampia biotype of Nebbiolo in two versions, single vineyard from the Gattera cru and base) and Barbera stem from vineyards in La Morra, while vineyards in Canale, in the Roero, yield a Langhe Nebbiolo and vineyards in Roddino a Dolcetto d’Alba.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA GIACOMELLI
Roberto Petacchi established the estate in 1993 when he started managing the vineyards of his grandfather Pietro Giacomelli. The 11 hectares of vineyards stand in the area of Castelnuovo Magra, the southern zone of Liguria on the border with Tuscany, in the heart of the Colli di Luni appellation. The climate here is mild, due to the proximity of the Tyrreanean sea, and this combined with the soil rich in minerals, results in wines with a distinctive and special character. Viticulture is strictly integrated and sustainable. Roberto makes two single vineyard Colli di Luni Vermentino DOC, two Liguria di Levante Rosso IGT and a Liguria di Levante Bianco IGT.
These wines are made from different vineyards and with different blends, but they all show Roberto’s passion for this unique terroir.
AZIENDA AGRARIA LE CHIUSE DI SOTTO – GIANNI BRUNELLI
Gianni Brunelli, a man of many interests, established "Osteria Le Logge" in Siena (which has become one of the top restaurants of the city). In 1987 Gianni returned to Montalcino and purchased Le Chiuse di Sotto, an estate that had belonged to his father Dino, with two hectares of vineyards standing at 200 meters above sea level in the northern part of the area. In 1989 Sangiovese, for the production of Brunello and of Rosso, started being grown again. The vines of a small plot are still the original ones planted by Dino in 1947. The "Podernovone" estate was subsequently purchased. The property has a magnificent view on Monte Amiata and is endowed with 4.5 hectares standing at 350 meters above sea level, mainly Sangiovese with a small percentage of Merlot (that goes into the blend of the IGT/proprietary wine "Amor Costante"). The different climate of the two properties (fresh and airy at Le Chiuse di Sotto with a lot of rain in the summer and warmer and ventilated at Podernovone) results in complex and elegant wines, as they are made from the vineyards of both estates.
After Gianni passed away in 2008, his wife Laura takes care of the production and of the marketing of the wines. Paolo Vagaggini, one of the major experts of Sangiovese, is the winemaker. Sustainable viticulture is pursued. The Brunello and the Brunello Riserva are classic and traditional, the Rosso is fresh with a well preserved fruit. Only 2,000 bottles of the IGT/proprietary wine “Amor Costante”, a blend of 20% Merlot and 80% Sangiovese, are released each year. The estate also produces an excellent olive oil.
FATTORIA CASA SOLA
The estate, which has been owned by the Counts Gambaro for three generations, was completely renovated when Giuseppe, father of Matteo who now manages the estate, decided to fully dedicate himself, together with his wife Claudia, to the property in 1985. The vineyards were replanted and machinery and equipment were renovated.
The setting of Casa Sola, one of the most ancient names of the area, is lovely: right in the centre of the Chianti Classico in the midst of vineyards, woodland and olive groves.
The vineyard extension is approximately 30 hectares at an altitude of 330 meters above sea level, the soil is medium textured tending to clayey, vineyard density varies from 3,500 vines/hectare to 6,000 vines/hectare. As parts of the vineyards are replanted each year, the age of the vines varies between 1 and 40 years. Each hectare of vineyard is meticulously cared for, natural/sustainable viticulture is pursued.
Very modern equipment is used in the vinification cellar which is placed next to the ancient ageing cellar.
38 hectares of olive groves are also part of the property, no chemical products are used in order to produce an excellent and healthy olive oil.
The estate offers a Chianti Classico, a Chianti Classico Riserva and two IGT/ proprietary wines.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA MONTEROTONDO
The estate is located within the heart of the Chianti country, in Gaiole, and the homestead dates back to 1056.
Monterotondo was established in 1959 by the grandfather of the present owner, Saverio Basagni, after which it became a hobby for Saverio’s father. Since 1994 Saverio and his wife Fabiana manage the property as their principal activity. All the vineyards were replanted and now the vineyard extension is 3.5 hectares (all within the Chianti Classico appellation), 3 hectares of which are planted with Sangiovese and 0.5 hectares planted with Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera and Colorino. The altitude is 530-570 meters above sea level.
The Chianti Classico “base” and the Chianti Classico Riserva are named respectively after the slope facing south, “Poggio Vaggiolata”, and after the slope facing west, “Poggio Seretina”.
The cellar has been completely renovated over the years and it is equipped with stainless steel vats and a bottling plant. The wines rest for a period of 12 months in oak casks of a capacity of 5, 7.5 and 10 Hectolitres.
The philosophy of the estate is to make excellent wine without the use of chemicals, in fact Monterotondo is certified organic since 2003. Saverio also produces a fresh and fruity Rosato, 100% Sangiovese.
The members of the Iovine family have been viticulturists and have produced wine for four generations since 1890. They own approximately 15 hectares of vineyards in the Sorrento Peninsula, in Irpinia and in the zone of Benevento, but they also supervise the vineyards of growers with whom they have worked for many years.
The vineyards of the Sorrento Peninsula are unique: the soil is volcanic (made up of deposits of ashes and pyroclastic material from millennia of volcanic eruptions), the vineyards are steep with a gradient that reaches 45%, they can only be worked by hand and at best with rotary hoes. The harvest is carried out with mules. Another unique feature is that the vines (the varietals here are Piedirosso, Aglianico and Sciascinoso also known as Olivella due to the olive shape of the berries – the average age of the plants is 50 years old) are ungrafted and therefore exclusively Vitis Vinifera Europea, as phylloxera does not survive in these soils. The wines are Penisola Sorrentina DOC (four versions of which three are sparkling) and made in the Gragnano and Lettere subzones, which have a very particular microclimate. Our selection also offers the wines from the Irpinia and Benevento areas.
ISTITUTO AGRARIO “P. CUPPARI” (San Placido FARO DOC)
The agricultural institute “P. Cuppari” of Messina has its headquarters in a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 1500s. It stands on a hill from which there is a breathtaking view of the whole strait of Messina. Wine was produced throughout the whole history of the monastery, but high quality wines were made starting from the 1900s when the “Royal School of Agriculture” was established. The “Faro” DOC appellation was established in 1976 and the Institute took part in the drawing up of the production regulation. In 1978 the first vineyard for the production of “Faro” wine was planted on the Institute’s land. In 2005 the vineyards were replanted and the vineyard extension was increased to 4.5 hectares. A cellar with modern equipment was built within the ancient warehouses of the monastery. The “San Placido” Faro DOC wine was bottled starting with the 2010 vintage with the consultancy of the oenologist Nicola Centonze (who owns Centonze Srl – part of our portfolio – together with his family). The students of the Institute work in the vineyards and in the cellar, with the supervision of their teachers, during all the phases of the production of this wine.
For more detailed information please visit the sections of our website dedicated to each producer.