The Ampeleia estate began life in the 1960’s when abandoned land was bought by a Swiss couple, Erica and Peter Max Suter. Turning it in to an agricultural estate, the couple bred sheep and pigeons and planted the first vines, including the introduction of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
In 2002 the estate was taken over by Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann and Giovanni Podini, who wanted to demonstrate the diversity and potential of Maremma, particularly in the Colline Metallifere mountains. In 2009 the team began converting their largest area of land from organic to biodynamic farming and have been gradually extending that practice to the rest of their estate.
Although they own around 120 hectares of land, only 35 hectares are currently under vine, such is the team’s dedication to maintaining the landscape and its biodiversity. This land is spread over 3 distinct altitudes, each with different soils and used to grow different grape varieties, reflecting the local tradition of planting multiple varieties in each plot.
The plots are:
Ampeleia di Sopra: 15 hectares of vineyards placed between 450 and 600 metres above sea level, and mainly planted with Cabernet Franc. With different exposures, various soil-types and a climate marked by sea breezes meeting the land, these are unique sites. Ampeleia di Sopra includes the “Lo Sbocco” vineyard where the Merlot vines used for Empatia is grown.
Ampeleia di Mezzo: 10 hectares of vineyards, divided into small plots from 250 to 350 metres above sea level. The vineyards, surrounded by cork oak woods and Mediterranean scrubland, are planted with Sangiovese, Carignan, Grenache and Alicante Bouschet.
Ampeleia di Sotto: 10 hectares of vineyards including the plots closest to the sea and most similar to the deeply Mediterranean character of this region. The vineyards, found around 200 metres above sea level, are planted with traditional Mediterranean grape varieties, mainly Grenache.
Marco Tait has been responsible for the winemaking since the beginning of the project, and continues to do so with minimal intervention, aiming to preserve the essence of the fruit and the expression of the land.
|IGT Costa Toscana “Bianco di Ampeleia”||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2019|
|IGT Costa Toscana “Rosato di Ampeleia”||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2019|
|IGT Costa Toscana “Unlitro di Ampeleia”||Login||Liter (1L)||2019|
|IGT Costa Toscana “Kepos”||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2018|
|IGT Costa Toscana “Alicante”||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2018|
|IGT Costa Toscana “Carignano”||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2018|
|IGT Costa Toscana “Cabernet Franc”||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2018|
|IGT Costa Toscana “Ampeleia”||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2016|