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White wines are made from white grapes following delicate pressing of the bunches exclusively to produce must without marcs. This is the main characteristic distinguishing white wines from red ones. Pressing is followed by fermentation and maturing, usually in steel containers for wines with a fresher and more delicate personality, or wooden barrels for wines intended for longer ageing to achieve a more distinctive character. White wines range from a more or less intense yellow colour, with greenish, amber or golden reflections depending on the wine. The bouquet is delicate and fruity and taste is fresh and aromatic. Particularly delicate tastes and pale colours depend on the production process.
With the winemaking experience of three generations behind it, the Lunelli family decided to cultivate its passion for viti-vinicultural excellence to the full by adding to its highly successful Ferrari Trentodoc sparkling wines a collection of top-quality still products, the expressions of three wineries in different Regions of Italy: Tenuta Margon in Trentino, Tenuta Podernovo in Tuscany and Tenuta Castelbuono in Umbria.
This project began in the 1980s with the creation of wines in Trentino that capitalized on the experience acquired, in years and years of high-altitude viticulture, with Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. At the beginning of the new millennium, the family’s turned its attention to regions with a consolidated potential for producing great red wines. Won over by the charm of the hills around Pisa, and in particular of the vine-clad knoll on which the historic Casale Podernovo lies, the Lunellis launched their new venture in Tuscany, acquiring forty hectares in the commune of Terricciola.
In 2001, on the other hand, it was the turn of an ancient and mystical land, Umbria, and of a powerful, long-lived wine, Sagrantino: sites were purchased at Bevagna and Montefalco (some of which were already under vine), where - years later – the Carapace, the winery-cum-sculpture designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro, would arise. If any business has to demonstrate that it is socially responsible, this is even more true of a company producing wine, whose rapport with its terroir is profound and permanent. Armed with this conviction, the Lunelli family has made sustainability its creed, with the aim of combining high-quality grapes with the health of its vine-growers and the protection of the environment. The Podernovo Estate in Tuscany was the first in the group to obtain organic certification in 2012, followed by Castelbuono in Umbria in 2014. The vineyards in Trentino, on the other hand, were certified in 2017.
This widespread project based on agriculture and life, quality and beauty, is encapsulated in the Tenute Lunelli (“Lunelli Estates”) brand, which demonstrates the typical characteristics of zones that are particularly suited to winemaking in products that are able to offer a profound interpretation of their terroirs, and whose distinctive features are their elegance and longevity.
Cantine Lunae Bosoni, established 1966, represents nowadays one of the largest wine producer in Liguria (Italy).
The winery, based in Luni (La Spezia), Easternmost corner of Liguria region, close to the “Antica Luni” important archeological site, specializes in the production of red and white quality wines Colli di Luni DOC and Liguria di Levante IGT.
A family company with more than 55 hectars of owned vineyards with modern planting techniques and about 150 selected “Eleveurs” laying between Apuan Alps and Ligurian Sea, an area vocated since the Ancient Roman Age to the winemaking thanks to the gentle climate and generous soil, to grant the maximum control throughout all the production steps.
Cellars are equipped with “state of the art” producing plants and bottling line.
The continuous search for quality is the main concern of Paolo Bosoni, true spirit of the Company and neverending source of creativity.
Important prizes, both Domestic and International, have been severally awarding in the recent years his commitment to winemaking.
CASTELLO DELLA SALA - ANTINORI
Castello della Sala is located in the Umbria region, not far from the Tuscan border, about 18 kilometers from the historic city of Orvieto. The Medieval castle’s property extends over an area of 500 hectares (1.235 acres), 170 hectares (420 acres) of which are planted with vineyards at an altitude that varies between 220 and 470 meters above sea level (722/1.541 feet) on the gently rolling hillsides that characterize the beautiful countryside in this area. Castello della Sala is the perfect place for growing white varieties, with its clay-based soils and vineyards warmed by morning sunrises. Its particular microclimate is characterized by moderately cold winters and hot dry summers. Layers of morning fog are an important factor in cooling the vineyards and allowing the grapes to grow and ripen perfectly. The one exception to the rule is Pinot Noir, the only red variety that has found in this area ideal growing conditions to best express its full potential.
Tommasi - WINERY OF THE YEAR