From 29 year old vines planted on 2.6 hectares of clay soils. The grapes are hand-harvested at the end of August and undergoes vineyard sorting. The grapes are not de-stemmed and spends five days on the skins in stainless steel tanks, followed by spontaneous fermentation with ambient yeasts that last 15 days under temperature control. The wine spends six months on the lees with stirring every three days while aging for that time. Unfiltered.
Castello di Stefanago is located in the hills of Oltrepò Pavese, in Lombardia, about 500 meters above sea level. Antonio and Giacomo Baruffaldi have long chosen organic cultivation – in fact, they have been certified organic for over 20 years. They have always practiced minimal intervention in the cellar, and have sought to retain the ancient methods of winemaking.
The castello itself has never been abandoned; it has been continuously occupied since it was built in the 11th century. One feels its energy – rich and lively with the layers of one thousand years of history.