Sfera Macerato 2020

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Winemaker: Sfera

Appellation: Acquaviva delle Fonti, Puglia, Italy

Grape Varieties: Verdeca

REGION: Puglia GROWING AREA: Acquaviva delle Fonti FARMING: Certified-organic by ICEA # PB2097 VINEYARD: 1.8 Ha ALTITUDE: 350 m / 1,148 ft SOILS: clayey silt VARIETIES: Verdeca (100%) VINE AGE: 12 years old VINE TRAINING: Cordon trained HARVEST DATE: September 15th YEASTS: Native FERMENTATION: 14 days on the skins in stainless steel. No clarification or filtration MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: No SULPHUR: 30 mg/L total added at the end of the fermentation and 30 mg/L at bottling ALCOHOL: 12% ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 1,000 cases

From the Alps to the Mediterranean, SFERA is a collaboration with small certified-organic farmers to bottle Liters in limited runs. 

Sfera’s at once terroir-driven, but also an interesting take on liters, and bottling wine in general. As Sfera says on their quirky site: Cosmic Verve in a Grounded Italian Liter…From the Alps to the Mediterranean.  Sfera collaborates with multiple small certified-organic farmers to bottle liters in limited runs, and are keen to give the producer credit by clearly putting the winery’s name and providence on the back label.  So,  Sfera Litro Rosso bottled with Barbera grapes from Monferrato, could become Sfera Litro Rosso with Nero d’Avola from Noto from a specific certified organic producer. The front label of Sfera Rosso / Rosato / Macerato / Bianco all stays the same, but the back label with the producer and providence change. What doesn’t change is that the wines are naturally made, and fall into certain guidelines that lab tested before and after bottling.

These are not only great introduction to natural wines, they are also great introduction to Italian grape varieties and growing areas.