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Making wine is a small natural alchemy between earth, man, time and sky ...


In 2010 my father suggested that I buy an abandoned vineyard, with vines more than forty years old, a few kilometers from our house.

Initially the idea scared me, but then I convinced myself and he was right: it's nice to take care of a piece of the Tuscan countryside!


In 2017 the real adventure began: with the precious help of Peter (Shilling) our winemaker who knew how to guide us wisely, me (Clio) and Antonio my husband, we launched into our first vinification.

We both came from different work experiences and for us making wine was a completely new thing but Peter never left us alone and the 2017 vintage (very difficult year, with spring frost and drought in summer, alas!) As well as the basics of profession has taught us how wine is the fruit of his land, but above all of the will of heaven: it is always a surprise!


What I personally love about this job is its simplicity, producing something you know all the stages of, a job that leads to total completion, in the virtual age, a concrete job that is done with the hands, that is done as once, a job capable of reconnecting you with what for my generation and the following ones is not at all obvious.

But, as I have always been a "control freak", what fascinated me above all is the relationship with the power and unpredictability of time and nature, on which you can trust, you can put your hopes in them, but in the end you have to surrender to what is bigger than you.


The vineyard, of about 10ha, is located in Valdambra, between Arezzo, Siena and Florence. The microclimate of the valley, with winds coming from the sea, has great potential for mineral, elegant and long-lived wines: this is why - going against the trend - we have chosen for our wines to use the Rhenish bottle instead of the classic Bordeaux with the which traditionally identify Tuscan wines.

For us the shape of the bottle is the symbol of the potential that our area and our terroir can achieve in elegance, minerality and aging: like the wines of northern Europe that we like so much.


Making wine is a real art form: in the cellar I often have the same creative feeling as when I write my songs or when I try to draw. This is how our first two wines found their name: while checking the temperatures of the musts, two songs in particular came to mind, born a few months earlier.


I immediately wrote the two titles above the fermenting vats. I remember that Peter passed by a little later to check how the work was going, took a look and exclaimed: "they would be really nice names for our bottles!" and thus "Saturn" and "Pandora" were born.


"SATURNO" is our 100% Sangiovese while "PANDORA" is 100% Cabernet Franc.

They are both wines with the denomination VALD’ARNO DI SOPRA DOC, a young doc from Tuscan organic producers.

We like to make monovarietal wines, in 2018, in addition to Saturn and Pandora, "ASSIRO" (100% Merlot) and "ACLIPE" (Cabernet Franc IGT TOSCANA) were also born. We are also currently working on a 100% PETIT VERDOT and a MERLOT PASSITO.


We use organic as a method of agriculture: it was a natural choice, it would not have been conceivable to do otherwise since respecting the land, the people who live and work it is fundamental for us.

In the cellar, in addition to respecting the organic specification, we maintain extremely low levels of sulfur dioxide, we do not filter and let the must express itself in its most seductive naturalness.


Our wine can be purchased a few steps from the cellar, in the bio shop owned by my family where, in addition to organic food and flour from ancient Tuscan grains ground in the adjacent mill, you will find a corner dedicated to our wines.


Information and services

  • ADDRESS: Via Aretina, 611, Levane, AR, Italy
  • OPENING HOURS: Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri 09-13 15.30-19.30 / Wed-Sat 09-13
  • SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Italian, English, French, German.
  • DISABLED ACCESS: yes
  • PAYMENTS WITH CARDS: yes (at the shop)
  • PETS ALLOWED: yes (in the vineyard and in the shop)
  • BUS PARKING: yes (shop)
  • WI FI: yes (shop)
  • DIRECT WINE SALES: yes


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Region

Valdambra (or Val d'Ambra) is the valley that follows the course of the Ambra Torrent, from the source (Monteluco TV at about 850 m asl in the province of Siena) to the mouth (Levanella where Amber flows into the Arno in from Arezzo). The most important inhabited center of the valley is Bucine, the capital of the homonymous municipality, with a population of approximately 3,500 residents while the population of the entire valley is just over 10,000 residents. The valley includes the entire municipal area of ​​Bucine (mostly) and a small part also includes a portion of the municipalities of Pergine Valdarno and Civitella in Valdichiana.

The valley is crossed by the "ex" state road 540 of Valdambra now like many other Italian roads downgraded to "sp 540", which connects the Valdarno to the Sienese territory. Other villages and smaller towns in the valley are: Levane, Montebenichi, Rapale, Pietraviva, Badia a Ruoti, Capannole, Badia Agnano, Duddova, Pogi, Ambra, San Martino, Cennina, Solata, Sogna, San Leolino and San Pancrazio which are part of the Municipality of Bucine, Montozzi, Migliari, Pieve a Presciano and Poggio Bagnoli which are hamlets of Pergine Valdarno and the part of the territory of Civitella in Valdichiana where the Trove stream flows (tributary of the Amber) near the border with the territory of Bucine.


Valdambra is a hilly and wooded area of ​​hilly origin, it is also rich in crops from cereals to tobacco, from sunflowers to vines and olive trees. In fact, the primary sector concerning agriculture and animal husbandry is highly developed in this area. The tourism sector has also evolved considerably, presenting various accommodation facilities such as b & b, farmhouses, holiday homes, hotels and camping sites.

The Valdambrian territory starts from its lowest point at about 150 meters above sea level in Levane, then begins to climb towards Bucine (250 meters above sea level) and beyond (high Valdambra) touching the peak in Poggio Ascensione near the hamlet di Solata at a height of 655 meters above sea level.

It borders to the north with the Valdarno (which in some cases is considered to include the Valdambra), to the south with the province of Siena, to the west with the Chianti mountains and to the east with the Valdichiana.


In Valdambra there are many historical traces of various eras, from prehistory (various finds come from this area and are kept in the paleontological museum of the Bucine school) to the Etruscan period (village of Rapale) or to the Roman period (Pogi bridge) to move on to the Lombard period (Montebenichi) and the medieval period (Cennina castle and Galatrona tower), until more recent times but which represent great works (large railway viaduct - Bucine bridge) and unfortunately also tragic events such as the Nazi massacre at the time of the second world war in the small village of San Pancrazio. Historical religious sites are represented for example to name a few from the abbey complex of Badia a Ruoti or from the parish churches of Capannole, Petrolo and Sant'Apollinare in Bucine.

Accomodation

Agriturismo Podere Luisa

Indirizzo: Via di Rendola 152, 52025 Montervarchi (AR)

Tel: +39055 9707334

Sito web: http://www.podereluisa.it/agriturismo.html

Distance from the winery: 4 Km

Restaurants

Ristorante L'altroieri

Address: Via Poggio San Marco 132 52025 - Montevarchi (AR) Italy

Tel: +39 371 3677005

Website: https://www.laltroieri.com/

Distance from the winery: 8 Km

La Bottega di Duddova - Enoteca/Osteria

Address: Piave 17, 52021 Duddova Italy

Tel: +39 055 991 7112

Website: https://urly.it/36h-5

Distance from the winery: 9 Km