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Chardonnay Le Cave

Wine name:Chardonnay Le Cave



Vineyard extension (hectares):3

Blend:100% Chardonnay

Vineyard age (year of planting):Chardonnay 2010

Soil Type:Calcarous-clayey, calcareous-sandy


Colour:straw yellow

Nose:Typical of Chardonnay, tropical fruit

Flavour:Fruity with a touch of wood

Serving temperature (°C):12

Match with:Fish dishes, shellfish, fresh cheese

Average no. bottles/year:6,000

Grape yield per hectare tons:7

Vinification and ageing

The free-run must, obtained from perfectly ripe grapes, ferments at a controlled temperature in order to maintain the primary aromas. A small percentage of the wine ferments in wood.

Wine Producer



Address:Via Musone, 4 60026 Numana AN

Owner:Antonio and Georgina Terni

Year of establishment:1882

Total annual production:90000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):15,6

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):2.2ha Chardonnay 1.6ha Merlot 10.8ha Montepulciano 1ha Syrah

Vine training system:
Cordon spur

Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines

Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable

Harvest period:First week of October

Agronomist:Federico Curtaz

Oenologist:Federico Curtaz


Fattoria Le Terrazze belonging to the Terni family, was established in 1882 on the foothills of Monte Conero. The 1980’s marks the turning point in the winery when Antonio and Georgina transformed the winery into one of the most important examples of its kind in the Conero area. In 1995 they decided to plant an experimental vineyard with the idea of producing new clones of the Montepulciano grape variety and between 1999 and 2001 most of the old vineyards were replanted with these new clones. In addition, a few hectares of Merlot and Syrah were also planted and in 2010 the Chardonnay vineyard was also replanted, this time on a north-facing slope.
The farm is perched on a hilltop less than two kilometers from the coast and is composed of a large 18th century building which hosts the bottle warehouse underneath which the barrel-room for aging the wine is located. Another building where fermentation takes place was built in 1982.
The principal grape variety is Montepulciano which extends 10,8 hectares of land. There are also 2,6 hectares of Merlot and Syrah and 2,2 hectares of Chardonnay.
The cellar is designed with the object of allowing the greatest accuracy in winemaking. Great care is taken in the barrel room where the wines are aged and particular attention is paid to the selections which are chosen for aging in barriques of Allier oak.
The winery produces just two wines made entirely from Montepulciano grapes: Fattoria Le Terrazze Rosso Conero DOC, ready for sale after a year’s aging in wooden barrels and the selection Sassi Neri DOCG Riserva aged for 14 months in barriques and then refined in the bottle for at least six months before sale. In good years around 45.000 bottles of Rosso Conero and 15.000 bottles of Sassi Neri are produced. Montepulciano is also the variety used in the unusual Donna Giulia classical method sparkling wine.
Praeludium is a young Rosso Conero DOC (bottled in February of the following year to harvest) in which Montepulciano is blended with 15% Syrah.
The winery also produces an IGT Red: Chaos which is made from a blend of Montepulciano, Merlot and Syrah.
To complete the range: Le Cave, 100% Chardonnay and PinkFluid, a rosé made from Syrah grapes. Winemaker is Federico Curtaz.


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Borgo degli Albizi 10,
50122 - Firenze, Italy

Tel. +39 055 200311
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