Podere San Cristoforo is characterized by the constant presence of breezes that blow in from the sea, keeping the grapes healthy and moderating the high summer temperatures. This "wind", then, is a fundamental factor in the optimum ripening of the grapes and in the complete development of their aromatic substances. The soil is also of vital importance: it is made up of Aeolian deposits of medium texture, originating from the foliation of the mineral-bearing hills of Gavorrano, giving a stony terrain with a highish clay content.
The property stretches out over 45 hectares (110 acres), of which 15 hectares (37 acres) are planted with vines, 2 hectares (5 acres) with olive trees and 20 hectares (50 acres) with cereal crops and sunflowers.
The varieties are Sangiovese (10 hectares), Petit Verdot (2 hectares), Syrah (1 hectare), Vermentino and Trebbiano (2 hectares).
Diligent viticulture is essential here, with low yields, little use of technology and a great deal of manual labor. Management of the soil and of the leaf canopy, exposing the fruit to sunlight and to the wind; decisions regarding vineyard sites, plant density, clonal selection, treatments for the grapes and not to filter the wines: all of this lies behind the wine of Podere San Cristoforo. A fine wine made with little contribution from technology calls for better vineyard husbandry, leading to higher quality fruit. This gives us a wine whose origin we can recognize at first sip: a wine that may not always be as perfect technically or as constant year in, year out, as those to which we may have become accustomed, but which undoubtedly displays more marked character.
Podere San Cristoforo stands in an isolated location in the countryside of the Maremma. The estate encapsulates the whole world of tastes and traditions of an area lying between the sea and gentle hillsides, in a mosaic of market gardens and wide expanses made up of cereal crops, vines, olive trees and pasture.
It enjoys a central position with regard to the most important tourist resorts of the Maremma, such as Cala Violina (just 5 mins away), Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia, the Argentario and the Baths of Saturnia.
PODERE SAN CRISTOFORO
Via Forni - Fraz. Bagno
58023 Gavorrano (GR) - ITALIA
Fax 0566 844 697
GPS coordinates: 42°56'23 N 10°52'04 E
Directions by road: enter "Podere San Cristoforo" in Google Maps.
Davide Elisei (vineyard manager)
Cel. +39 333 54 11 712
Lorenzo Zonin (owner and winemaker)
Cel. +39 335 82 12 413
Michele Celembrini (vineyard and winery)
Cel. +39 333 38 29 044
Marianna Pisani (orders and logistics)
Tel. +39 0577 907 136
At Podere San Cristoforo we believe it's important to seek the best agronomic practices in order to assure the highest quality grapes. The biodynamic method offers very simple tools that have been used for a long time in agriculture to make the earth more fertile and to make the vine more resistant. We are convinced that the quality of our wines comes from the respect of our soils and the care of our vineyards.
The biodynamic approach uses organic composts that increase soil life through the development of microorganisms that furnish new elements to the vine. The air, just as the earth, is a system from which the plant nourishes itself. The biodynamic method considers fundamental not only the sunlight, but also the gravitational and magnetic strengths, those energies influence all living organisms, most importantly the development and life cycle of vegetables. In the struggle against vineyard diseases, the biodynamic method uses a preventive approach that equilibrates the entire ecosystem to strengthen the vine's natural defenses.
This wine comes from the oldest vineyard of Podere San Cristoforo, a small plot containing vines of various origins, some are at risk of disappear, that are over thirty years old. These are mainly Vermentino, a variety that thrives under the influence of the wind and the sea. This wine’s great appeal lies in its subtle mineral nuances that are a result of the positive interaction between the roots and the soil.
Amaranth is a shade of red, similar to that of this wine, which takes its name from a scarlet plant that the Ancient Greeks called 'amarantos' ('which doesn't fade'). It therefore represented all those genuine, sacred and timeless qualities that still permeate our land and our vines.
Environment-friendly viticulture, with low yields and a great deal of manual labour, forms the basis for this wine. All the vineyard and cellar operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar, and the grapes are left to ferment spontaneously with indigenous yeasts. Carandelle is a 100% Sangiovese wine from a vineyard of the same name, aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.
We are in one of the rare zones capable of producing a substantial 100% varietal Petit Verdot. The sparse bunches, constantly caressed by sea breezes, grow on the ochre-coloured gravel soils of Podere San Cristoforo, in the midst of olive trees and hundred year-old cork oaks. These elements yield a wine with rich fruit redolent of brushwood, whose straightforward vinification brings out all the characteristics of its terroir.