Ambreo di Grifoglietto
Wine name:Ambreo di Grifoglietto
Appellation:VINO DA UVE STRAMATURE PASSITO
Zone:District of Montalfoglio and Grifoleto (province pf Pesaro and Urbino)
Vineyard extension (hectares):1
Blend:90% Biancame 10% Moscato bianco
Vineyard age (year of planting):Biancame 1966 Moscato bianco 2005
Soil Type:Grifoleto: tending to clayey. Montalfoglio district: medium texture, tending to clayey.
Exposure:South/East. Altitude: Grifoleto 350 metres above sea level (Biancame) ; Montalfoglio District: 395 metres above sea level (Moscato)
Colour:Bright amber yellow with golden reflections.
Nose:Complex, ethereal, candied orange peel, dates, jujube, sultanas and dried figs, dried fruit and torrone notes at the end
Flavour:Sweet, supple, balanced by freshness and a slight astringency, the finish is slightly bitter with medicinal herb notes.
Serving temperature (°C):14-16
Match with:Blue cheese, dry pastry
Average no. bottles/year:2,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:5
The bottles are half-bottles (0,500 ml). Vinsanto has always been produced in the city of Pergola.
Vinification and ageing
The clusters are harvested when slightly overripe. The grapes are dried till January-February depending on the vintage. Pressing and fermentation in 50-100 litre oak barrels and in large glass demi-johns for two months. The wine matures in the same barrels and demijohns for 48 months. During this period of time, delicate batonnages are performed every two months. The wine is then blended. Bottling and finishing in the bottle for 6 months.
Address:Via Zoccolanti 25/A 61045 Pergola (PU)
Year of establishment:1985
Total annual production:50000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):25
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1ha Barbera 3ha Biancame 1ha Cabernet sauvignon 1ha Chardonnay 1ha Merlot 4ha Montepulciano 0.5ha Moscato bianco 1ha Riesling 4ha Sangiovese 0.5ha Sauvignon Blanc 2ha Verdicchio 6ha Vernaccia rossa di Pergola (Aleatico clone)
Vine training system:
double/single Tuscan arch
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:in the conversion phase to be certified organic
Harvest period:mid August/mid September
Oenologist:Stefano Tonelli and Marco Gozzi
The Tonelli family have been vignerons for three generations. In 1985 Francesco, an agronomist and a sommelier, decided to leave his job as a teacher and to dedicate himself completely to viticulture and wine making: he searched for rare and old vines of Vernaccia Rossa and had them reproduced by specialised nurseries. He also helped to establish the tiny "Pergola" appellation (of a total vineyard extension of barely 45 hectares and made up of just 3 producers). Francesco is supported by his son Stefano, an oenologist, who, after having worked for a few wineries in Australia, is now helping his father with passion and dedication.