Tenuta di Trinoro | Val d'Orcia, Italy
Tenuta di Trinoro lies in southern Tuscany in the Val d'Orcia; this is an amazing property, the brainchild of Andrea Franchetti who created Trinoro from scratch, and against all odds, it produces trail-blazing wines which have turned heads from the outset.
Tenuta di Trinoro lies between 500 and 700 metres above sea level, facing west-south-west and is protected by two mountains, Cetona and Amiata, which flank the ten mile wide valley. The climate is continental, with very hot days but cool autumnal nights; perfect for the prolonged ripening of the classic Bordeaux grapes planted here.
Planting at 10,000 vines per hectare and pruning back to five clusters per vine greatly restricts yield and concentrates the grapes so that the wines exhibit astonishing richness and complexity. The grapes are picked bunch by bunch, with several passages through the vines to ensure optimum ripeness. No herbicides or pesticides are used and the only fertiliser is from vine cuttings.