The vineyard of about 1ha, the smallest on the estate, is rooted in a soil of red clay with a component of sand and stones that increases when closer to the limestone substrate, ensuring sufficient moisture to the vine. In the late morning hours, the wind blows from the south to the north, reaching peaks of 30 miles/h, due to the attraction, from the cool peaks of the Pollino Mountains, of the mild breeze that rises from the Sea and sweeps away the humidity mitigating summer temperatures and ensuring healthiness to the vineyard.
IN THE VINEYARD
Grapes are produced according to a sustainable approach, such as the use of preventive treatments with zeolite, copper and sulfur, exclusively manual and mechanical in-row weeding, mowing of weeds, no fertilizers and only natural irrigation from rain. Elimination of superfluous shoots during green pruning and thinning of clusters at veraison to restore the optimum load. At harvest time, the clusters are selected one by one by expert hands directly on the vines, and harvested in 33-lb crates in order to bring only healthy, ripe grapes to the winery in small 30-crate loads.
IN THE CELLAR
The grapes are manually selected, placed in small crates, put into the crusher -destemmer and the berries are lightly crushed. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place in 264 lb stainless steel tanks, skin contact with the must
varies from 12 to 15 days, pumping over for the first two days followed by two délestages per day with temperature control. Soft pressing of pomace by hydraulic vertical press with stainless steel cage. After racking, immediate racking into French oak barrels -50% new and 50% second-fill- follows. Daily batonnage until first racking. Natural malolactic fermentation in barriques. After about 12 months of maturation in wood, the wine, without the aid of clarifiers and without tartaric precipitation, is bottled and the bottles, after about 36 months of aging protected in wooden crates, are labeled and are then finally ready to be enjoyed.
THE VINEYARD AND IN THE CELLAR ARE OVERSEEN BY GIANFRANCO FINO
“Under the damp and mild glow of the moon…” Luigi Pirandello
This wine is influenced by the sea and the moon, with intense color reflections and scents that bind it to the territory, making it as memorable as an unforgettable poem.