Tenuta di Valgiano

Tuscany / Italy

At A Glance

Winemaker(s)

Saverio Petrilli

Appellation

Colline Lucchesi DOC

Varieties

Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Vermentino, Trebbiano

Farming

Biodynamic

Quote

They are the liquid expression of our landscapes: smooth, gentle, silky and elegant.

Their Story

“We were introduced to this biodynamic estate by a friend who spent time working harvest with Laura di Collobiano. We never planned to begin importing Italian wine ... this decision was made for us after tasting the wines of Tenuta di Valgiano. ” — David McCarus

The Tenuta di Valgiano estate is located near Lucca in the northern part of Tuscany. The farm consists of 16 hectares of vineyards lying on a terrace of pebbles and clay alberese rocks. By preference, the Sangiovese is grown along the edge of the alberese soil, that allows it to maintain its aromatic properties and at the same time achieve good structure. The clayey soil is where the Merlot is cultivated and it is able to maintain its fineness and elegance, despite the heaviness of the soil. On the sandstone pebbles, it is only the Syrah that can achieve structure as well as perfume. The vines are between 6 and 50 years old and there are 5700 plants per hectare. Organic and biodynamic farming have been adopted: careful management of the soil through seeding leguminous, gramineae and aromatic plants, sensitive use of tillage, clay, copper and sulphur treatments only, biological action against parasites, and sensitive management of the leaf canopy. Analyses are carried out on the deep layers of soil in order to gain a better understanding of the natural vine-climate-soil balance and therefore ensure that this balance is maintained.

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The estate is located near Lucca in the northern part of Tuscany and consists of 16 hectares planted to grape vines and olive trees.

The estate is more of a farm than a vineyard as Laura farms bees, 3000 olive trees, and plants which they use to instill their biodynamic practices. Tenuta di Valgiano is certified by ICEA (organic) and by Demeter (biodynamic). Along with wine, Tenuta di Valigiano also bottles honey and olive oil.

Interview with Laura di Collobiano, Proprietor of Tenuta di Valgiano

Where were you born and raised? I was born in Torino, in Northern Italy. I grew up there until 13 years old then went to a boarding school in Dorset, in the UK. If you could briefly describe your approach in the vineyard what would it be? My wish has always been to live in the country. I love nature and appreciate it in most of its expressions. Managing the vineyard here in Valgiano is a wonderful task and it is done thinking of the vineyard as part of the landscape in which it is growing. Living in a place should invite us to enhance its welcoming beauty , to take care of it as a duty in order to return it in an even better shape; it should help us contemplate passion for harmony and for the the establishment of an ideal perspective. What excites you most about your vineyards? Once we have done all that can be done to manage the vineyard respectfully and sustainably, we can start getting exited about some profit. If you could say one thing to the sommeliers who are introducing people to your wines for the first time, what would it be? The wines from Valgiano have a specific character, given not only by the soil where the roots of the vines sow and dig to find minerals, water, and air, but , predominantly, by the light captured by the leaf canopy which changes every year because the weather is different from one year to another. There is not a winemaker giving a style or doing tricks in the cellar , or adding artificial aromas that will change their character. They are the liquid expression of our landscapes: smooth, gentle, silky and elegant. What is your favorite type of music? Blues, soul and funk, sometimes a piano concert ( D Symphony Beethoven) or cello concert (JS Bach) If you could have any superhero power, what would you choose? If only dogs could speak .. Visit Tenuta di Valgiano Website