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Our firm exclusively produces wines derived from grapes originating in our own vineyards as well as a quantity of grapes from neighboring vintners directly under supervision.
Our first vintage was in 1981 and at present we export 85% of the production to 16 countries, mainly to northern Europe, the United States, and Canada.
We are represented by laudatory reviews in major magazines of the world, and by the most important journalists in the field, who rate us the most significant producer of the area. Our Ciabatta is the only Morellino attaining the award of 3 Glasses from the esteemed Gambero Rosso wine guide.
Our riservi, Ciabatta and Aquilaia, are produced only in the very best years, in proportions of roughly 20% of our total production. The rest is bottled approximately 12 months after the harvest.
From our supply of pressed grapes a small production of Grappa is bottled fresh annually.
Vineyard Area: 22.5 hectares                Age of Vines: 15 to 25 years
Vines per Hectare: 2224 to 2850            Pruning: Single Guyot or high culture
Treatments: 5 or 6 annually, according to weather conditions
Grape Yield: 7000 to 7500 Kg / hectare
Wine Yield: 70% of grapes produced   Altitude: 800 to 1400 feet above sea level
Soil: Fine-grained, poor, acid  Harvest: early October
Cellar: located near Scansano (altitude 1700 feet) on a property of 1 hectare. The cellar is the central point fro processing all the vineyards. It has a temperature-controlled area for ageing the wines in barrel, and a fully computerized bottling system with a capacity of 5000 hl of stainless steel tanks and 500 hl of oak barrels

Ciabatta Rosso Toscana I.G.T.

Grape: 100% Sangiovese

Harvest: began 26th September
Fermentation: 15 days  pH: 3.43

Ageing: for a year in stainless steel vats, followed by barrels and Slovanian oak
barriques. 6 months in bottle.

Total acidity: 5.9
Alcohol: 13.21
dry extract: 29.5 
Volatile acidity: 0.55
pH: 3.43

Aquilaia Rosso Toscana I.G.T.

Grapes: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Grenache
Harvest: began 20 September
Fermentation: 18 days
Ageing: matured in 225 litre barriques of Allier and Nevers, 30% new, during 13  months
Total acidity: 5.66
Alcohol: 13.25
dry extract: 27.8
Volatile acidity: 0.58
pH: 3.40
Evolution: ready six months after botteling, pleasant for several years.

Carato Rosso Toscana I.G.T.

Grapes: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache,
Canaiolo and Malvasia
Harvest: begin 7 September
Fermentation: 10 days
Ageing: matured in 225 litre
carati barriques, which are 80% Slavonian and
20% American oak, 50% new, during seven months
Total acidity: 5.90
Alcohol: 13.20
dry extract: 32.5
Volatile acidity: 0.42
pH: 3.36
Evolution: ready for drinking once it is bottled, can be aged for a further 5-6 years.

Morellino di Scansano D.O.C.

Grapes: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache, Canaiolo and Malvasia
Harvest: began 5th September
Fermentation: 8 days
Ageing: stainless steel for one year
Total acidity: 5.90
Alcohol: 12.65
dry extract: 29
Volatile acidity: 0.43
pH: 3.41
Evolution: maturity two years after harvest, can be aged for a further 5 years

Annosecondo Rosso Toscana I.G.T.

Grapes: 95% Sangiovese grosso,
5% Merlot
Harvest: began 26 September
Fermentation: 14 days, separately by varietal

Ageing: matured in 225 litre MT Allier, Nevers and Tronšais barriques, 100% new,
from June 1999 to September 2000

Total acidity: 5.91
Alcohol: 13.17
dry extract: 30.20
Volatile acidity: 0.52
Evolution: Excellent ripening of the grapes has made the Annosecondo a full-bodied, robust wine. Its best features will be enhanced by further ageing in bottles for another 10 years.