From the Alps to the Mediterranean, SFERA is a collaboration with small certified-organic farmers to bottle Liters in limited runs.
REGION: *Abruzzo *GROWING AREA: *Colline Teramane *FARMING: *Certified organic, Suole e Salute # 35740
*VINEYARD: *1.5 Ha *ALTITUDE: *260 m / 853 ft
*SOILS: Silty clay, with a high percentage of rock fragments
VARIETIES: *100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo *VINE AGE: *12 years old *VINE TRAINING: *guyot
*HARVEST DATE: *September 20th *YEASTS: *Native
*FERMENTATION & ÉLEVAGE
: Direct press and then fermenting for 15 days in stainless steel tanks. Élevage for 6 months in stainless steel tanks. MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: **
Yes, this is completed at the end of the alcoholic fermentation.
*SULPHUR: *45 mg/L total SO2
*ALCOHOL: *12.5% *ANNUAL PRODUCTION: *600 cases
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A slightly chilled down liter bottle with a crown cap is just the thing for an apertivo or an impromptu dinner. We’ve been searching for the right PortoVino producer for Italian liters for a while: we knew we wanted something glou-glou, something **with buckets of low alcohol deliciousness, yet not in that international glou-glou style where the soil, grape, and terroir gets washed out.
Sfera’s at once terroir-driven, but also an interesting take on liters, and bottling wine in general. As Sfera says on their quirky site: Cosmic Verve in a Grounded Italian Liter…From the Alps to the Mediterranean. _Sfera collaborates with multiple small certified-organic farmers to bottle liters in limited runs, _and are keen to give the producer credit by clearly putting the winery’s name and providence on the back label. So, Sfera Litro Rosso bottled with Barbera grapes from Monferrato, could become Sfera Litro Rosso with Nero d’Avola from Noto from a specific certified organic producer. The front label of Sfera Rosso / Rosato / Macerato / Bianco all stays the same, but the back label with the producer and providence change. What doesn’t change is that the wines are naturally made, and fall into certain guidelines that lab tested before and after bottling.
These are not only great introduction to natural wines, they are also great introduction to Italian grape varieties and growing areas. Check out Sfera Litro’ site for a catalog of all their bottlings, including the future ones on deck.