Ampeleia - 'Un Litro' - Red Blend - Costa Toscana, IT - 2021 - 1000ml
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Putting a one-liter fiasco bottle on the table is an ancient habit and tradition, a symbol of conviviality. Hence the name ‘Unlitro’ and a bottle that in its forms and in measure recalls the joy and carefreeness of being together.
Unlitro is born in the youngest vineyards close to the sea, from a blend of Alicante, Carignano, Mourvèdre, Sangiovese and Alicante Bouschet grapes. It testifies to our desire to express the territory in a lighter and more immediate way, without losing its character.
Unlitro expresses intense aromas and an immediate and harmonious drink that is characterized by the explosion of fruit accompanied by gentle balsamic and spicy notes.
Unlitro is our lightest, most dynamic and immediate proposal. Starting with the name. And to drink in company.
Name: IGT Toscana Rosso
Vines: predominantly Alicante nero, Carignano, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Alicante Bouschet
Breeding system: Spured cord, guyot
Alcohol content: 12% vol.
Altitude: 200 to 350 m/slm
Harvesting time: end of August/1st week of September
Yield/ha: 65 hl
Aging: 6 months in concrete tanks
Vinification notes: 2-3 day maceration on the peels
First year: 2011
Bottles produced: 150,000
Ampeleia was established in 2002, the year in which Marco Tait, young and impulsive at the time, answered the call of the current owners, Elisabetta Foradori and Giovanni Podini, to take charge of the first harvest, without being fully aware of what he was getting involved in. Marco, fresh out of oenology and viticulture school, had been enchanted by the call of the Maremma and he and Elisabetta had known each other for a while.
However, Ampeleia had been conceived by three friends two years earlier, at an altitude of 2153 metres in the Comici mountain refuge in the Dolomites. It was during the winter of 2000 that Elisabetta, Giovanni and Thomas had the idea for creating Ampeleia. They wanted to farm in a place that was beautiful but out of the ordinary, away from the stereotypes around which the world of wine revolves.
For the following two years they travelled far and wide throughout Italy lin search of that ideal place, which they came across one spring day in Roccatederighi. An exhilarating discovery, a place to take your breath away, with vineyards and a terroir with incredible potential. This is it, Ampeleia will be born here. However, as we all know, saying is one thing, doing is another, and in this case the "doing" was hectares of land to be tilled, vines to be planted, grapes to be harvested.
They started straight away because the land cannot wait. Marco was persuaded by their dream at a stand at Vinitaly and travelled to the Upper Maremma, convinced he would only be there for a few weeks during the grape harvest but instead he began to put down roots in Roccatederighi.
With the impulsiveness and courage of his twenty years, he took over the management of the vineyards and cellar, starting with a few concrete tanks and the six hectares inherited from the former owner planted with different red grape varieties. His instinct led him immediately to focus on Cabernet Franc and he started to impulsively plant it, but without exaggerating, as Ampeleia's goal has always been excellence.
These were years of discoveries, such as the decision to focus on biodynamics, or to find friends of Cabernet Franc, even better if they were local. This was the start of the return to the Mediterranean variety par excellence, the other native of the Upper Maremma, Alicante Nero.
Ampeleia, conceived in the mountains, like a rolling snowball has grown over the years. New vineyards, the arrival of animals and young people from different corners of Italy, to dream together with Marco.
Today Ampeleia covers over 120 hectares of land, 35 of which are vineyards. The rest is woodland, arable land and our olive grove. We also have a small vegetable garden and our animals have reared their families here.