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Fattoria di Vaira is one of the largest biodynamic farms in Italy, with more than 500 hectares, 40 of which are planted to vines. Here in Petacciato (Campobasso), they cultivate vegetables, grains and cereals, and produce fresh cheeses, olive oil and honey. Grape varieties include Falanghina, Trebbiano, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. After several years of applying biodynamic practices, professional analysis, carried out by independent laboratories, shows that the nature of the soil has been restored, reaching a degree of purity similar to wild soil. This is a wonderful, very clean environment, with animals, fruit plans, cereals. Shepherds, farmers, cheese makers, vignerons all work in harmony on the farm.
Soils are rich in sand and clay, and the climate is purely Mediterranean; a beautiful hillside estate in the Molise, with a view directly towards the Adriatic Sea, and the southern Apennine Mountains just behind. The farm uses green manure and cover crops, and compost from their own herd of cattle, as well as BD preps 500 & 501. All the grapes are harvested by hand in small boxes."
Nose of Tabasco, freshly chopped red bell pepper, deep purple fruit, a little funky, good representation of Molise terroir, barnyard, a bolder red for cooler months. Medium bodied with great balance, just enough tannin to be very versatile with dinner.
varietal: 50% Montepulciano with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon & 25% Merlot
farming/cellar: Certified organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic. Fermented with native yeasts, 25% whole bunch, vinified in steel, unfiltered & unfined, minimal sulfur.
region: Campobasso, Molise, Italy
pairing: lamb ragu, pepperoni pizza