Della Staffa - 2023 Case Sparse Bianco

2023 Case Sparse Bianco

Variety
Grechetto
Region
Umbria, Italy
Volume
750ml

These Umbrian wines have a rich pedigree dating back to a unification of two noble families in the 1700s. Historically, Conestabile Della Staffa produced some of the finest wines in the region, but facing a depleted farming workforce after two world wars, the estate ceased production in the 1950s, selling their grapes over the subsequent decades. This all changed with the arrival of Danilo Marcucci, however. A passionate wine lover, he grew up in Umbria, and learned the art of natural winemak...Read More...

These Umbrian wines have a rich pedigree dating back to a unification of two noble families in the 1700s. Historically, Conestabile Della Staffa produced some of the finest wines in the region, but facing a depleted farming workforce after two world wars, the estate ceased production in the 1950s, selling their grapes over the subsequent decades. This all changed with the arrival of Danilo Marcucci, however. A passionate wine lover, he grew up in Umbria, and learned the art of natural winemaking from the likes of Vittorio Mattioli. Danilo turned his attention to reviving the 12 hectares of vines, and by 2015 he was able to release the estate’s first vintage in 60 years. Varietals are made by spontaneous fermentation, with wild yeast, no temperature control and no added sulphur. Ageing occurs in either cement, stainless or fibreglass, or vintage barrels (some over 100 years old), with pure juice with no filtration or fining. Danilo is a leading light in the natural wine movement in Italy, particularly in the central regions. He has pioneered the movement, helping many neighbouring winemakers make the transition from organic grape growers to ‘hands off’ producers of pure wine. Danilo summarises his approach as: ‘No chemistry in the vineyard, no technology in the cellar, natural wine.’ Grechetto here that spends 2 days on skin and fermented in fibreglass. - Matty Fox, Importer.

 

 

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