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Soil

There’s a rhythm underground — listen.

Cold soil in the hot Tuscan sun: the vineyard breathes. The moon inhales, a song on the horizon. Everything in its right place, taking root. Exhale: all is interconnected. The beat of nature’s drum, a geological hum. Dissolving into wine, into silence.

Many years ago agriculture here was biodynamic by definition. The soil was slowly tilled with a small plough, "coltrina", dragged by a pair of oxen. Olive trees, wheat and barley were grown on the land for men; hay and vetch for oxen and rabbits.

Galestro, calcite, clay, sand, iron and quartz: San Giuseppe's has 12 different soil types that radiate around the cellar. This is the reason why the single grape variety, Sangiovese, expresses itself in so many different ways, the wine changes with the variation of the genius loci. The specificity of the soil gives a unique character to each vineyard.

Our wines come from nine vineyards covering 7 hectares

  • a1Created with Sketch. a1 – soils deriving from the alteration of the underlying lithotypes
  • SILCreated with Sketch. SIL – Santa Fiora formations (cretaceous high-palaeocene)
  • PTFbCreated with Sketch. PTfb – pelitic-arenaceous lithofacies (sandstone formations – high-cretaceous)

Carta dell'esposizione dei verstanti

  • vigne Vigne Stella di Campalto
  • pianeggiante Pianeggiante
  • sud-est Sud-est
  • sud Sud
  • sud-ovest Sud-ovest
  • Ovest Ovest
  • nord-ovest Nord-ovest
Leccio
  • Vineyard area: 1.8 ha
  • Year of planting: 1998
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 420A
  • Growing System: 2.5 x 0.8
  • Soil Texture: FL-FA
  • Average altitude: 290 m
  • Slope: 5°
  • Exposure: South
Curva
  • Vineyard area: 1.6 ha
  • Year of planting: 1998
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 420A
  • Growing System: 2.5 x 0.8
  • Soil Texture: F-FA
  • Average altitude: 260 m
  • Slope: 7°
  • Exposure: South
Sasso
  • Vineyard area: 0.4 ha
  • Year of planting: 1998
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 420A
  • Growing System: 2.5 x 0.8
  • Soil Texture: FA
  • Average altitude: 245 m
  • Slope: 8°
  • Exposure: South
Bassa
  • Vineyard area: 1 ha
  • Year of planting: 1998
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 1103P
  • Growing System: 2.5 x 0.8
  • Soil Texture: SLA
  • Average altitude: 225 m
  • Slope: 5°
  • Exposure: South West - South South West
Bosco
  • Vineyard area: 0.4 ha
  • Year of planting: 2003
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 1103P
  • Growing System: 2.5 x 0.8
  • Soil Texture: FA
  • Average altitude: 210 m
  • Slope: 4°
  • Exposure: South
Ulivo
  • Vineyard area: 1.3 ha
  • Year of planting: 2003
  • Variety: Sangiovese 0.9, allochthonous vines 0.4
  • Rootstock: 1103P
  • Growing System: 2.4 x 0.8
  • Soil Texture: AL-FA
  • Average altitude: 230 m
  • Slope: 3°
  • Exposure: South - South West
San Giuseppe
  • Vineyard area: 0.7 ha
  • Year of planting: 1992
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 1103P
  • Growing System: 3.0 x 1.0
  • Soil Texture: AL-FA
  • Average altitude: 250 m
  • Slope: 7°
  • Exposure: South - South West
Tondino
  • Vineyard area: 0.21 ha
  • Year of planting: 2019
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 1103P
  • Growing System: 2.7 x 0.9
  • Soil Texture: S-SL
  • Average altitude: 270 m
  • Slope: 2°
  • Exposure: West
Quercia
  • Vineyard area: 0.75 ha
  • Year of planting: 2019
  • Variety: Sangiovese
  • Rootstock: 1103P
  • Growing System: 2.7 x 0.9
  • Soil Texture: S-SL
  • Average altitude: 275 m
  • Slope: 5°
  • Esposizione: Sud Est

Physical analytical results in biodynamic soils

You can download the results here.

A common feature of the landscape is the cold temperature of its soils. A paradox, given the eastern exposure at midday and the altitude of 350 metres above sea level.

We are commited to act transparently and respect the relation between soil, vineyard and wine

Manifesto

What can we do to preserve our productive spirit? Over the centuries, this area and its people have been able to create, grow and preserve a unique wine knowledge.

However, the frantic pursuit of the market moods in recent years, risks distorting the peculiarities of the territory and its wisdom, achieved above all thanks to a deep knowledge and respect for its own nature.

We believe that the vineyard zoning can define new criteria and new values than the designation.

Enhancing the peculiarities of the soil, climate and biodiversity of each wine-productions reality and how these characteristics form the nature of the wine, each year different, allows us to outline the character and style of each producer in a new, clear and more intrinsically wa

The purpose of our idea for wine is genius loci, a concept close to what the French call terroir. Which is reflected in the desire to bring into the glass, without mediation and in a transparent way, the character of the soil, the vintage and the work in the vineyard.

This approach represents a new sense of identity of the territory and it gives us the impulse to overcome a vision of the oenological reality that the market wants to flatten.

Together with all the natural elements that contribute to nourishing the vines and forming their peculiar character, we are the architects of our wines.

Our ambition is to build a new wine identity that contributes to creating, cultivating and keeping this cultural landscape alive.