PODERE SAN CRISTOFORO
World's First Modern Wine Matured Under the Sea in Amphorae
While the idea of ageing wine in glass bottles under water is not new, and making wine in amphora is thousands of years old, the use of a real amphora for ageing wine in the sea is an exclusive prerogative of the Amphora-Maris method. The charm of this idea is linked both to the importance of wine amphorae for the ancient Mediterranean civilizations and to the many archeological findings of wine amphorae in the Tuscan sea, not far from Podere San Cristoforo.
Amphorae ageing in the Mediterranes
Our Vines by the Sea
The sparse bunches of Petit Verdot, 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. Amphora-Maris, 100% Petit Verdot, represents the maximum expression of our philosophy: low yields, meticulous viticulture and natural vinification to enhance our terroir.
Our Unique Method
Our Petit Verdot is picked by hand at night and wine is made with low intervention and no chemicals. The wine is aged in French Oak barrels for 10 months and then racked into handmade terracotta amphorae, with a manual operation of great precision to avoid oxidation. The amphora is manually corked and finished with lacquer wax and seal of authenticity before being placed in the immersion basket.
Deep Deep in the sea
The amphoras remain at a depth of 30 meters, in the dark and at an average temperature of 10 degrees centigrade for 9 months. Here it ages, just as it would have done in Greek-Italic times, taking on more mature notes than it would get in the usual aging, as well as developing a slight mineral and earthy note typical of terracotta aging.
Natural ecosystems include plants, animals, and men which work together with complementary roles. Biodynamics aspires to create the same harmony within the farm seen as a single self-sustaining organism. Animals are therefore fundamental and their well-being determines the health of all the other elements of the ecosystem.
The biodynamic spray and compost preparations bring vines into a “dynamic” relationship with soil, water, air, warmth, and cosmos to help them develop in a healthy and balanced way, access the full spectrum of nutrients they need, and become more resilient to pests, diseases, and extreme climate conditions.
Wines made with the lowest possible chemical or mechanical intervention: it’s a better way to drink. It’s better for the drinker, the maker, and the planet.
Podere San Cristoforo's
Crafted to Perfection
Since the dawn of viniculture, in the late Stone Age, humans have experienced intense relationships with wine and the sea.
Salt water is part of who we are even when oceans claim dreams. And wine stirs the heart or shatters it like terracotta in lost vintages. Yet, both inspire the imagination and bring waves of eternal joy to the depths of our soul.
Half an hour spent in nature with the kids and pets, this tour includes a guided walk through the vineyards and the cellars learning about biodynamic wine directly from the makers: Davide, Lorenzo and Niccolò.
Cost per person 5€.
WINE COUNTRY HOSPITALITY
A tasty snack, the typical farmer’s packed lunch, composed of toasted bread dressed with our own organic olive oil accompanied by the finest local cheese and artisan cured meats.
Cost per person 15€.