VERSIONE ITALIANA

The company

 

THE DIVINE LANDS OF BALBIA

 

In the heart of the south, exactly in the Medieval village of Altomonte in the province of Cosenza, the ancient Balbia is reborn in the glasses. The wines produced in these ancestral lands were praised in verses by Pliny the Elder. He was enchanted by a nectar named “balbino” that re-invoked the divine in its name.

The past

The dream of Terre di Balbia started in 2001 to challenge the market by two entrepreneurs: Gianni Venica and Silvio Caputo.

Gianni Venica, authentic Friulian, owner of the company Venica&Venica in the wine sector, with the wine in his blood for two generations, and Silvio Caputo, true-born Calabrian, wine importer in the sunny California, with the Southern tastes in the spirit and the American dream lasting seventeen years in the palm of his hand, shook their hands in the late ‘90s betting on Calabria.The Balbium and Serramonte sprung up from the first grape harvest in 2001. Their immediate success was far beyond expectations hoarding prestigious reviews by experts in the sector.

 

 

The present

In 2014 Mr. Giuseppe Chiappetta, an engineer from Cosenza, together with his brother Nicola and his sons Marco and Luca, took over the company and oversaw its development. Having been keen on wine all of his life, Mr. Chiappetta took up the challenge and invested in his passion to produce a quality, local, Calabrian wine.

The meeting with Gianfranco Fino, a passionate viticulturist from Salento, was crucial. Mr. Fino approved the project and leads the modernization of the vineyards, advising on cultivation techniques, the creation of the wine cellar and controls the processes and vinification techniques.

Other important collaborations:

“Preparatori d’uva” by Marco Simonit & Sirch Friulian. Globally renowned school, famous for pruning techniques that guarantees the longevity of the vineyards. Overseeing grapevine pruning and instruction employees in winter and spring pruning.

Worldwide vineyards. Based in France, this world famous company, specializing in grafting and rootstock techniques, has transformed the vineyard to using Magliocco grapes, the most important Calabrian vine variety in the territory of Cosenza.



The project

Under the sky of the most beautiful part of Calabria, there are the fields of “Terre di Balbia”, where the grapes ripen on around 8 hectares of land (magliocco, gaglioppo and merlot) and the olive trees grow on around two hectares, aired out by the breezes coming from the sea that blows on the plain of Sibari and the winds coming from the mountain that carries fresh fragrances from the chain of the Pollino. The modernization of the existent vineyards and the realization of new plantations aim to obtain the best quality of grapes cultivated through biological methods. The existent spurred cordon method has been transformed in the Guyot, whilst the ancient Calabrian traditional method was chosen for the new plantations: the “alberello” (tree), with high density plantations (around 10,000 plants per hectares) by now unfortunately abandoned but that assures an ever higher quality.

The biological production of grapes is guaranteed from cultivation techniques exclusively preventive. All the production in the vineyard are handmade with the help of two little tracked tractors, large only 1.10 m., that limit the constipation of the ground at a minimum level. The wines are produced exclusively with grapes cultivated in the company.

The choice for the related equipments and the natural manufacturing practiced in the wine cellar  aim to obtain an “artisanal and quality” wine, in which the presence and the mental and manual energies of the man can be measured.

 

Every single detail may not seem so relevant., Their combination, though, makes the difference.

 

If enjoying a good glass of wine means sharing and happiness, so it is:

  • FERVORE, a red wine that recalls an intense and emotional state of mind, just like its name and the passion of those who assisted it with zeal in the vineyard and cured it in the wine cellar, giving value to  the most beautiful territory in the world where it was born.

 

  • LIGREZZA, a rosé wine that means “cheerfulness” like the fresh and joyful fragrance that it expresses; its crisp and popping freshness reminds us of the bonfires of broom shrubs  that are burnt to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady on 8th December in our villages.

 

  • BLANDUS, a red wine which aromas, fragrances and tastes make it “inviting and gratifying”, like its prestigious vineyard exalted in this territory.

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    Terre di Balbia

    Viticulturists in Altomonte

    In the heart of the south, exactly in the Medieval village called Altomonte in the province of Cosenza, the ancient Balbia is reborn in the glasses. The wines produced in these ancestral lands were praised in the verses of Pliny the Elder enchanted by a nectar named “balbino” that re-invoked the divine in its name.

In the heart of the south, exactly in the Medieval village of Altomonte in the province of Cosenza, the ancient Balbia is reborn in the glasses. The wines produced in these ancestral lands were praised in verses by Pliny the Elder. He was enchanted by a nectar named “balbino” that re-invoked the divine in its name.