In 2000, we found land in Riparbella where we could establish our project: an extreme and modest place, mainly clayish and with many stones, uncultivated for many years and surrounded by Mediterranean shrubs. This is a hill that smells of the sea and forest. It faces the coast at an altitude of 820 feet. There is sun, light and a continuous breeze that guarantees temperature range, fundamental for bouquet and slow maturation, the promise of perfect balance.
The shape of the slope looks like an amphitheater, where we have planted three vineyards: Cabernet Franc on the top, Merlot towards the bottom, and a small goblet-shaped vineyard of Syrah in the middle, the heart of our estate, over a very rocky and dry soil. In 2014 we will plant three more hectares of Cabernet Franc at 1150 ft. altitude, situated in the fantastic hollow around our winery, so that the total extension of the vineyards will be more than 10 hectares.
The idea behind establishing our winery on the Coast of Tuscany was to produce wines from our favorite grapes: Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. Here both climate and soil are ideal for these grape varieties, which grow to reach the perfect balance, full maturation and expression of fruit and terroir. We decided from the beginning to cultivate the land following biodynamic agriculture, in order to respect and preserve this immaculate environment, where vineyards are surrounded by Mediterranean shrubs, miles from any modern development, on a pure and lively surface.
The viticulture is accurate and done primarily by manual labor; our high density vineyards are managed with small tractors for working the soil and the distribution of biodynamic preparations which increase the energy of the soil and plants. In this way, we have grapes that give wines full of aromas, flavors and originality. Our primary and binding determination is to produce wines that are fine, clean, direct and delicious with unique and recognizable character. Unforgettable wines that have to be appreciated with happiness.
DueMani are Two People: Elena Celli and Luca D'Attoma. Two different lives and experiences that happened upon each other, becoming, in fact, both creators and heartbeats of this microcosm. Elena was born and lives in Lucca. She studied marketing at Polimoda in Florence and worked in the fashion industry for many years. However after the meeting Luca, she understood that wine would now be her future.