Ampeleia Unlitro Rosso (Litre) 2018
Ampeleia was created in 2002 from a collaboration and friendship between one of Italy’s “superstar” winemakers – Elisabetta Foradori – famous for her work with Teraldego in the Alto Adige – in collaboration with two friends, Giovanni Podini and Thomas Widmann. They saw Ampeleia as a place where they could not only develop an agricultural project but also fulfil a common vision relating to shared values and experiences. Together they have developed a unique project in the Maremma region of Tuscany, farming biodynamically (although not certified) to produce fresh, elegant and silky wines.200-350m above sea level on slopes of hills which initially gently climb to 400 metres then rises sharply to 600 metres. The vines are planted in a loamy and sandy soil containing a rocky and gravelly sheet, of varying mineral origins which are excellent for water drainage, such as rocks of shale and marl, as well as volcanic rocks there are zones, as well, that contain clay and pebbles and ferrous veins.
Ampeleia has by now achieved a deep awareness of how its actions are in harmony with the land of Roccatederighi and the Colline Metallifere (Metalliferous Hills): “Our experience, the perfect understanding of our vineyards, learning how to stop and listen and the constant exchange of ideas within our team – all this has given birth to new insights that have been integrated into the original vision behind Ampeleia. In 2009, we began our conversion to biodynamic farming in the vineyards of Ampeleia di Sopra and will gradually extend the method to the vineyards of Ampeleia di Mezzo and Ampeleia di Sotto, both farmed organically for the time being. In the cellar, we strive to preserve the essence of the fruit in the grapes. By respecting the natural transformation processes in winemaking, we ensure the birth of a wine that is the true expression of its land of origin”. Ampeleia wines seek to bring into your glass the simple and honest taste of Roccatederighi’s inherent diversity by observing, becoming aware and understanding its profound character.
The vines are planted in a vineyard within the Ampeleia estate, called ‘Ampelia di Sotto’ that benefits not only from suitably hot Mediterranean temperatures but also from abundant cooling sea breezes. The Ampelaia Unlitro Rosso is an intense ruby red, the nose has aromas of cherries, raspberries and aromatic herbs. The palate is fresh and fruity with light sweetness, good acidity and fine light tannins. The Unlitro Rosso matches perfectly with hearty Tuscan Lamb, white meats or medium-aged cheese.