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History

My farming company was founded officially in 1997, when I decided to take-over, as a hobby, the small-scale activity started by my grandfather, Isidoro; it produced unbottled wine and grapes for third parties. Following a few years’ experience in an important eno-chemical analysis laboratory, I acquired the basic skills that allowed me to transform my hobby into a full-time job. With the support and experience of my family, over the years I gradually purchased small pieces of land cultivated as vineyard to add to my grandfather’s property.

The restructuring of the winery in 2009 and the purchase of the equipment necessary for the operations allowed me to

autonomously perform and supervise the activities associated with all phases of the production cycle. Thanks to the ongoing commitment and support from my family and my own personal efforts, since 2004, I have been managing three hectares of vineyard, located between Sizzano and Ghemme, producing the grape varieties: Nebbiolo, (the local name is Spanna); Vespolina (also known as  Ughetta), an autoctone vine of the Novara area (Piedmont), producing red berries;  Uva Rara (a grape also called Bonarda Novarese), also an autoctone vine producing red berries. The wines, like my name, were inspired by the Gods and the Heroes of Ancient Greece. They all have unmistakeable personalities and their lives and experiences entwine to form a common root.

Productions

A part of the ‘old’ vineyard is characterized by a low density of stakes. The vines, despite their age, have reached production equilibrium that, thanks to a well-developed root apparatus, exalt the intrinsic features of the territory and produce excellent grapes. The density of the ‘new’ vines exceeds 4000 plants per hectare and were lovingly planted on pieces of land that were historically dedicated and designed to best exploit the sunlight. All of the operations on the vines, from the pruning of the green shoots and again in winter, are performed manually to avoid ‘stressing’ the plants. The wine-production facility has a capacity to produce 100 hl; it is equipped with stainless steel vats, two of which

fitted with temperature control devices. Following the restructuring, the old stable was transformed into a department for bottling and storing the most prestigious maturing wine in wooden barrels of capacity 225 and 500 litres at a constant temperature. At the time of writing, the total annual production is approximately 10,000 bottles, with a mean yield per hectare of 6,000 kg; the wine is produced in accordance with the wine-making techniques governed by the production regulations for Sizzano DOC, for the Colline Novaresi DOC and European regulations for the integrated struggle to protect the environment. Agronomist, Michele Vigasio, and Enologist, Maurizio Forgia, provide me with the technical assistance necessary to manage the vineyards and the vines, in full respect of the natural cycles and processes.

wines

  • sizzano

    SIZZANO

    Sizzano DOC  wine was recognized with the DPR (Decree from the President of the Italian Republic) dated July, 18th 1969, for production with the following grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Uva Rara and Vespolina; it must be aged for three years with at least 24 months in wooden barrels. The wine is has a ruby red color with hints of garnet red. The fragrance is fine and harmonious; the taste is dry and full-bodied, with an almond aftertaste. It is an important and cellarable wine: its qualities continue to evolve and mature even after several years.

  • ghemme

    GHEMME

    Ghemme DOCG wine obtained from Nebbiolo grapes cultivated in the town of the same name. The first evidence of Ghemme dates back to the Temples of Tiberius in Roman times. This wine is produced according to the regulations and evolves for a minimum of 18 months in wooden vats (in French oak wood barrels of capacity 5 Hl) with a further 6 months of ageing in glass. It has a fine intense cherry fragrance with floral notes of violet and rose. Thanks to its well-balanced, dry intense taste, it is the excellent accompaniment for roast meats, braised meats and game.

  • afrodite

    AFRODITE

    Afrodite an autoctone wine that expresses all of its personality only with separate vinification. It is delicate yet decisive, it is fresh and fruity and exalts the contrast with the fragrances and spicy flavors. This wine epitomizes the goddess Aphrodite, who was forthright and tenacious; she married Hephaistos despite being in love with Ares, the Warrior God. By the order of Zeus, she was taken to Mount Ida with Hera and Athenas. Here Paris was called to judge the three women and select the most beautiful; he chose Aphrodite who promised him the hand of Helen responsible for the War of the Trojans.

  • briseide

    BRISEIDE

    Briseide was the daughter of a priest in the city of Lirnesso; she was kidnapped by Achilles, and to console her, Patroklos promised that Achilles would marry her. Briseide became the favourite slave, loved tenderly by the hero. Traditionally, Briseide is depicted as a tall, dark woman with a piercing expression. This wine – D.O.C. “Colline Novaresi” Uva Rara, produced with separate vinification – has been dedicated to her; it is an elegant yet simple wine that accompanies all of the specialties of Novara’s traditional cuisine.

  • eros

    EROS

    Erost the god of Love. Tradition suggests that Eros was the son of Ares and Aphrodite. He is depicted as a child, often with wings, who delights in causing havoc in lovers’  hearts, sometimes inflaming them and sometimes wounding them. This rosé wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes has been dedicated to Eros. During the fermentation process, the must  has only brief contact with the skins, and this allows the extraction of the best fruit fragrances that contribute to the production of this tempting wine that is excellent as an aperitif.

  • athena

    ATHENA

    Athena in Greek mythology, she was the Goddess of knowledge, wisdom and the more noble aspects of war. The knowledge represented by Athena includes the technical skills used in farming, and more generally in all of the various artisan skills. The white wine produced from Erbaluce grapes has an intense bright straw-yellow color. It has a strong lingering fragrance with notes of wild flowers, aromatic herbs and hay. On the palate, it is decisive with sharp yet well-balanced acidity and a persistent aftertaste of exotic fruits.

  • hera

    HERA

    Hera is one of the most important divinities, the goddess of marriage and birth. She was considered to be the ruler of Olympus. It was said that, during the Trojan war, Hera was an ally of the Greeks because of the hate she harboured for Paris and for Aphrodite. I have dedicated this wine to her. It has been produced with dried Erbaluce grapes and has a straw-yellow color with strong amber notes. The fragrance is complex and persistent with notes of candied fruit, sultanas, raisins and  aromatic herbs. On the palate, it is full-bodied and mouth-filling; it is sweet and well-balanced with acidity and hints of its mineral content. There is a lingering aftertaste of nuts.

countryside

The Colline Novaresi is a hilly area that sits between two rivers in the north of the Italian Piedmont region: the River Sesia that flows down from the Monte Rose Massif, and the River Ticino that originates in the Gottardo  Mountain range; the latter giving rise to Italy’s world famous Lake Maggiore, continuing to join the River Po. Twenty-five towns in the area produce white wines from the Erbaluce grapes and important cellarable full-bodied red wines, produced using autoctone grapes, particularly  Nebbiolo, Uva Rara and Vespolina. The favourable microclimate and the terrain of morainal origin, consisting of clay, sand and river rocks, make it particularly suitable for vine cultivation. The historical production areas are the towns that give their names to DOC wines such as Boca, Fara, Sizzano and  Ghemme DOCG.

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