Le Potazzine

Region: Toscana
Winemaker(s): Giuseppe Gorelli

Winery Info

“Le Potazzine” (meaning “chickadee” in the local dialect, small very lively birds with colored plumage) is the nickname given by the mother of Gigliola Gorelli (who owns the estate together with her husband Giuseppe who is an oenologist) to her two granddaughters, Viola and Sofia. The estate was established in 1993, the year when Viola was born. The vineyards extend for 5 hectares, all registered for the production of Brunello, and only Sangiovese is grown: 3.50 hectares are close to the newly built cellars and homestead and 1.50 hectares are nearby in the area of S. Angelo in Colle. The area is high and airy so that there is little disease contamination and consequently sustainable agricultural practices are pursued. The vineyards are worked entirely by hand; the harvest is manual. Giuseppe believes in traditional and natural vinification: fermentation and maceration with the skins is long (approximately 1 month) with indigenous yeasts and without temperature control. The wines rest in traditional Slavonian oak casks of a capacity of 30-50 hectoliters. All this results in wines that are extremely pleasant to drink, with a great structure, supple and elegant tannins and a perfect balance.

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