Federico Orsi/Vigneto San Vito Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto "Vigna del Grotto"

Regular price $25.00

Winemaker: Federico Orsi

Appellation: Colli Bolognesi Classico Pignoletto DOCG, Emilia-Romagna

Grape Varieties: Pignoletto

Vigna del Grotto is a single vineyard planted on a rather steep slope of hard limestone. 

The grapes undergo a brief maceration, then sponteneous fermentation and aging in botti for nine months. S02 use depends highly on the sanitary state of the grapes. Some years none will be added, others other a couple grams per hectoliter will be added on the harvest, other times at bottling. 

Federico Orsi was born in Bologna, but grew up in Brazil. After returning to Italy in his late teens to study business, he began working as a consultant while planning to earn his MBA. Though poised for the corporate life, the sale of a local Bolognese winery would forever change the course of his life.  In 2005, the Azienda Agricola San Vito was put up for sale. Having heard the news, Federico, who'd developed a passion for wine in his early 20's, jokingly proposed buying it to his family. Much to his surprise, they were overwhelmingly supportive! Skeptical at first, Federico eventually agreed to purchase the estate on the condition that it would be resold if he could not make it work financially after five years.

With no knowledge of viticulture or winemaking, Federico hit the books and eventually came across the philosophy of biodynamic farming. This holistic approach deeply inspired him, and with the knowledge acquired through numerous meetings with biodynamic farmers, the estate was convertedfrom its first year under new ownership. Minimal intervention winemaking soon followed, and by 2009 the wines were all vinified with native yeasts, un-fined, unfiltered and only lightly sulfured at bottling.  The estate, located 30 minutes from Bologna in the town of Monteveglio, consists of 9.5 hectares of land, with an additional 5.5 hectares rented. Seven of those are planted in the indigenous white grape Pignoletto, which mostly produce "Sui Lieviti", a traditional bottle refermented sparkler. 1.6 hectaresof old vine Pignoletto planted on a steep slope produce the single vineyard bottling "Vigna del Grotto", an elegant, age-worthy white fermented in large Slavonian botti.