Danila Pisano works from less than a hectare of vines, a figure that seems tiny (and it is) until you look at the steepness of the hill that her terraced vineyard is set upon. With just one or two rows of old vines per terrace, it is a monumental task to take care of the site, but Danila and her boyfriend Tino manage it mostly on their own. The vines here vary in age, as they’ve been re-planted piecemeal over the years, but the oldest date to the early 1930s. Danila has worked organically since founding the estate in 1990, it was certified in 1996.
Danila Pisano Rossese di Dolceacqua
Danila Pisano Rossese di Dolceacqua Vigneto Savoia
Enoteca Bisson was born in 1978 when Pierluigi Lugano fell in love with the wines of the Ligurian coastline. Lugano is a serious student of oenology and is an expert on the local grape varieties. His passion extends to the preservation of local traditions and this is reflected in the distinctive character and personality of his large range of wines from the Cinque Terre region. It takes a heroic effort to cultivate vines on the steep slopes of the Ligurian coastline high above the Mediterranean Sea. Mechanization of vineyard tasks is out of the question and everything must be done by hand. Only truly passionate winegrowers are willing to carry on the traditions that have come down through the generations since the ancient Greeks first planted vines on the steep, stony slopes here. The small but very well equipped cellar is designed so that each lot of grapes can be vinified individually. With the exception of an occasional experiment with barrel aging, Lugano vinifies his entire range of wines in stainless steel to preserve the essential fruit of each vineyard site and each grape type.
Bisson Glera (Prosecco) Vino Frizzante Trevigiana
Bisson Cimixia “L`Antico” Portofino Bianco
Bisson Vermentino “Vignaerta” Portofino
Bisson “Marea” Cinque Terre Bianco
Vini Aurora began with five young friends working together to start a small organic co-op in Marche, near the Adriatic coast. Only one actually had a background in agriculture, but everyone learned along the way, and forty years later they make some of the most distinctive wines in the region. Starting with just 2 hectares of vines, Aurora now cultivates 20, focusing on Passerina, Trebbiano, Pecorino, Timorasso, Sangiovese, and Montepulciano. The property also produces olive oil and field crops, all of which are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals.
Aurora Rosso Piceno
Fattoria san Lorenzo is a family operation dedicated to the production of organic and biodynamic wines in the farm that Natalino Crognaletti inherited from his father Gino, whom in his turn had inherited it from his father Enrico. Natalino, together with his mother, Vera Biondini, manages the vineyards which are situated in Montecarotto where Natalino was born and raised, and in the nearby communes Ostra, Ostra Venere e Corinaldo. Natalino lives on the estate with his wife, son, mother and the numerous farm animals for which he names his wines. All the vineyards are organically and biodynamically farmed, and all the agricultural operations are made by human hand in order to preserve the plants, the soil, and the environment. Natalino is also in charge of the soil management and of the wine-making operations.
San Lorenzo Marche Bianco “Il Casolare”
San Lorenzo Marche Rosso “Il Casolare”
San Lorenzo Verdicchio Classico “Vigna di Gino”
San Lorenzo Rosso Piceno “di Gino”
San Lorenzo Verdicchio Classico Superiore “Le Oche”
Maria Ernesta Berucci’s family has raised vines in Piglio for generations. Most of those vineyards are used in a project of her father’s, but 2.5 hectares of the oldest vines belong to Maria. Together with her brother and fiancé, Maria has converted the sites to organic and agro-homeopathic viticulture, to being out the best in the rocky limestone soil, and shepherd the Passerina and Cesanese vines to bring out their depths of flavor and character.
Berucci Bianco Passerina del Frusinate
Berucci Cesanese del Piglio “L`Onda”
Antonio Pulcini’s estate was known for its wines at the time of the Roman Empire. He has quietly championed the ancient Malvasia Puntinata (aka Malvasia del Lazio) and Grechetto – varieties almost lost to the onslaught of Trebbiano and Malvasia di Candia. Pulcini prunes his vines to produce tiny crops – typically around 20hl/ha – to develop the concentrated fruit he believes is necessary for truly ageworthy wines. His top white, from the Colle Gaio vineyard, is allowed to slumber in the villa’s underground caves until Antonio deems it ready for his loyal customers.
Colli di Catone Frascati Superiore
Colli di Catone Colle Gaio
Originally an accountant by trade, Alberto Giacobbe left his job in Rome and returned full time to his family’s estate in Paliano in Frosinone. For generations the family had sold grapes to the local co-op, but Alberto believed there was much greater potential, especially if yields were lowered and an organic regimen was introduced. Sure enough, the wines from these old vines have proved to be stunning.
Set on volcanic terroir, the Passerina and Cesanese vines yield wines of vibrance and intensity, with weight and depth that’s lifted and cut through by keenly honed acidty.
Giacobbe Passerina del Frusinate “Duchessa”
Giacobbe Passerina del Frusinate “Maddalena”
Giacobbe Cesanese di Olevano Romano