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This wine is a blend of varieties originating from the Mediterranean Basin– 60% Alicante Nero (aka Grenache), 30% Mourvedre, 8% Carignano, 2% Alicante Bouschet- sourced from vineyards at 200-350 meters above sea level. The fruit was harvested from the 10th to the 25th of Septembe with yields of 60hl/ha.. The varietals were harvested and vinified separately. A small part of the harvest undergoes carbonic maceration, the rest is either done whole berry or crushed. Macerations lasted 5-7 days. Aged 6 months in cement tanks. 60,000 1L bottles produced.
Elisabetta Foradori, one of Italys top superstar winemakers, famous for her work with Teraldego in the Alto Adige has come together with 2 friends, GiovanniPodini and Thomas Widmann, to develop Ampeleia: a completely unique project in the Maremma region of Tuscany, farmed biodynamically, focusing on the synergy between mankind and nature, producing fresh and elegant, silky wines. The estate overlooks the medieval village of Roccatederighi, located on three different levels of altitude varying from 200 to 600 meters above sea level Ampeleia di Sopra (Upper Ampeleia), Ampeleia di Mezzo(Central Ampeleia) and Ampeleia di Sotto (Lower Ampeleia). Ampeleia includes a total of 150 hectares of which only 40 are planted with vines. The property slopes down towards the sea, nestled in a territory made of numerous plots of land, hidden among the lush vegetation, where earlier Etruscan settlers nourished the soil to grow grapes. All vineyards on the estate were planted following an in depth terroir research of each single site. Ampeleia offers three interpretations and expressions of the territory and even though having the same style, they display different characters: Ampeleia is born through a synergic interaction of Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese, mainly grown on higher vineyard sites where the climate is milder (Ampeleia di Sopra and Ampeleia di Mezzo), plus 5 complementary varietals -Grenache, Carignano, Mourvedre, Alicante and Marsellan -grown in the lower and hotter areas of the estate (Ampeleia di Sotto). Ampeleia is a wine with great character and personality, elegant and with intense fruit.