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Ampeleia is born from the synergistic blend of different grape varieties sourced in vineyards found on the hillsides dominated by the town of Roccatederighi, in the heart of Maremma., It embodies this land from the chestnut woods on higher ground, through the Mediterranean scrubland, to the lower fields with cork-oak woods. Six grape varieties are blended in this wine aspiring to represent the Mediterranean tradition of cultivating diversity.
Ampeleia – Elisabetta Foradori, one of Italy’s top “superstar” winemakers, famous for her work with Teraldego in the Alto Adige has come together with 2 friends, Giovanni Podini 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 trough 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.
Kepos is the result of a careful and meticulous grape selection from vineyard parcels located in lower and central Ampeleia of Grenache, Carignano, Mourvedre, Alicante and Marsellan. A wine for immediate drinking pleasure, displaying aromas of Mediterranean maquis with hints of spices, flowers and fruit, delicate and immediate fragrant.
Geologically, the estate boasts a broad range of soil types – loamy, sandy soils with fragments of shale rock and marl enriched by light ferrous veins. The latter explain the name of our local hills, i.e. “Colline Metallifere” (Metal Hills) boasting an ancient mining tradition. Other soils include volcanic rock, clay pebbles and a wide range of minerals which form a gravelly surface layer providing excellent water drainage.
Climatically, the entire area, and in particular the higher slopes, are exposed to frequent winds. Here is where the sea breeze meets and interacts with the mountain breeze. Unique climatic conditions of Ampeleia di Sopra, allow harvesting the Cabernet Franc by the end of September taking advantage of cool late summer nights during the crucial phase of the fruit ripening process. The climate of Ampeleia di Mezzo and Ampeleia di Sotto is typical maritime Mediterranean.
The grapes for Ampeleia are fermented in truncate cone shaped oak tanks and in 50-60 hl concrete vats. The average maceration time is 10-20 days and is temperature controled between 28°and 30°C. Final blending is done in several stages starting from the spring following harvest. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 15 to 16 months.
The grapes for Kepos are fermented in 70-80 hl concrete and stainless steel tanks for 7-8 days at controlled temperature between 25°-27°C. Then the single batches are aged in truncate cone-shaped oak tanks and in 50-60 hl concrete vats. The blending of the wine batches is done in the spring and the summer following harvest.
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