Ever dreamt of owning your own vineyard but got put off by the lack of knowledge and high costs of investment that goes into setting up and making your own wine? We had the same visions and have now turned them into reality, are producing our own wine and working with others to achieve thier dreams!
There are many myths and truths about setting up your own land and facilities for making great wine. Over several years, we have unlocked those myths and have created our own vineyard from scratch. Now we would love to help others turn their dreams into reality.
We think we know a lot about wine. However, each day brings new challenges and learning curves, usually provided by mother nature. These challenges add to the fun of setting up your own vineyard and helps you to gain a greater understanding of the important steps in making wine, that is, how soil, climate and nature ineracts with plant and vine and turn grape juice into wine. Sounds easy, far from it.
To fully understand wine, one must fully understand its origins and the role nature plays in shaping wine on its journey from soil to glass.
Area of expertise would be all practical aspects of setting up an organic vineyard.
After 25 years in gastronomie, I downsized to Italian farming life in 2006. I've extensive experience in new and old world wine.
I spend most of my time working on the land, producing our own food, olive oil, wine and various other products. When I'm not consumed by the land, I am busy in the wine cellar, nurturing our wines along in a very natural way. Our Research and Development Vineyard is currently planted to Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Merlot and Lacrima di Moro D'Alba. As of 2022, we have acquired 2 other vineyards in the immediate area.
Area of expertise would be all technical aspects of making wine.
My interest in wine started when I was growing up in the USA, making family wine with my Italian grandfather. I started my career at Kim Crawford winery in New Zealand, and followed this on with winemaking spells in Tuscany, Le Marche and Piedmonte, finally becoming a full time wine assistant at Tamber Bey Vineyards and Mending Wall Winery in Napa valley. I graduated with my masters degree in viticulture/enology in 2017 from Universita del sacro cuore in Piacenza Italy. Following graduation, I started my own business an Osteria called YOSTERIA in Youngstown, Ohio. Here, I make my own wine and specialize in regional Italian food and wine. I am grateful for the strong Italian heritage in my family that taught me a great deal about wine and way of life, especially my grandfathers Sig. Bucci and Pecora who hail from Abruzzo and Campania.
Area of expertize would be the planting, science and development of vineyards.
Samuele is considered one of the top viticultural experts in Le Marche today. He is directly responsible for planting some of the best vineyards in the region. His expertize covers all areas of vineyard development, from soil anaysis to providing all the materials needed for setting up successful vineyards. Samuele is born and raised in Le Marche with his roots firmly planted in the the province of Jesi, world famous for the production of Verdicchio. Samules great passion is supporting smaller artisan producers who are committed to making wines from indigenous varietals. His company provides all wine products, and vine cuttings from the VCR company, one of the biggest vine nurseries in the world. For larger vineyard projects, machine planting of cuttings with laser guided mechanical systems are also provided.
Our focus is on providing valuable information and service to clients who wish to set up small private organic vineyards in Le Marche Italy.
We are keen to promote and encourage the planting of indigenous varietals and will advise and guide our clients towards the use of organic practices in order to achieve the best possible results.
Some of the areas we cover are:
land evaluation and analysis. Design and position of vineyard. Setting out detailed plans for equipment and workforce. Fertilizer and organic matter treatment and everything you will need from planting and pruning right through to harvesting and drinking that first glass of your wine!
Hiring the right consultant for your vineyard is the most important part of setting up a vineyard and is critical to the overall success of the project. Every consultant has thier own vision of what a wine and vineyard should be. We work with your vision and mix it with our knowledge, creating the perfect blend!
We will help you to fully and clearly undertsand exactly what is involved in the entire process, saving you money on overall costs setting up a vineyard and delivering on what your expectations are.
From our initial on site meeting, we will quickly establish all requirements needed to put together a viable plan. This also includes your vision, expectations, and the type of wine you enjoy and would like to make.
Specific services include:
Initial half day on site meeting.
Comprehensive and certified Soil anaysis.
Land evaluation and mapping.
Vineyard planning and layout
Setting up the vineyard.
Choosing organic - sustainable programmes to manage the vineyard.
Additional support services involve:
Developing the vineyard from year 1 to first fruit.
Setting up a yearly plan for managing the vineyard.
Preparing suitable treatments
Crop and harvest wine consultations
Maturing in oak and bottling
Labeling and registering
Enjoying the first glass of your wine.
DIDIER DAGUENEAU, a one of a kind winemaker from the loire valley. Didier faught against all the odds to create what is arguably some of the finest sauvignon blancs of all. Didier was a risk taker and great experimenter, with a perfectionist attitude to his work, qualities needed when making a declaration that he would make the best sauvignon blanc in the world.
Sean Thackrey is an Americen Art director, collector of rare books and one of the greatest minds on wine history. Sean is an unconventional winemaker, famous for his creatons using Syrah and many other old vine varietals. Always one to go against the grain, and pursue wine making like art, with an open exploratory mind, where the wine speaks for itself.
Fred Scherrer is not only a legend in winemaking, he is the uncrowned prince of hand crafted artisan pinot noir from the Russian river valley and Sonoma coast. His many words of wisdom that we follow here when making our wines are. "Be patient, let the fruit speak, listen, touch lightly, watch closely, listen" Judging by the reviews we get on our wines, It works!
Nicholas Catena Zapata is without doubt, the global master of Argentinian Malbec. In 1996, I drank my first Catena Zapata Malbec and fell in love. Many years later, the road took me to Italy. Little did I know, we were locating near the village where the Catena Zapata family roots are planted, Belforte Del Chienti, in the heart of Le Marche, central Italy.
Marcelle Lalau Leroy was a very early inspiration for our wine journey here in Italy, not only because she is without doubt one of the finest winemakers of all, but she had the courage to walk away from one of the finest wine making institution ever, DRC, and turn to Biodynamics with her new winemaking ventures and reach even greater levels of success. Viva Marcelle!
Olivier Cazenave and his amazing partner Ann have achieved incredible success following the biodynamic route, and all from humble beginnings, like ours, starting from a garage. Oliviers words, style of wine and his philosophy has heavily influenced our direction "be gentle but strong, decide with enthusiasm, fail with tranquility, but above all have time and take detours.
Our 2021 vintage is now complete and in Bottle. 70% Sangovese, 30% Merlot, aged in used french oak for 12 months. We called the wine "Perspective"
Heres what the professionals had to say!
Graham, we couldn't wait, so we cracked 1 bottle open;
If that's your first release, you can be very proud! The wine has a lovely appearance, the nose a lovely mix of old oak, stone fruit and ripe black fruit is very enticing, the same flavours are found in the palate, which is richly textured and velvety, lovely brightness and freshness is there to balance the rich flavours and texture so there is a beautiful drinkability to it. Overall, a wine that is nicely balanced, and that will be right up the street of most wine lovers.
To think the wine is made naturally and show such a sure-footed attitude, straight and clean, is really amazing,
Well done Graham, having tried so many first or second releases from natural wine producers over the years, I didn't know what to expect, but this Le Marche wine is solid, and really enjoyable.
Well done, honestly!
If you would like to know more about what we do and how we can help you make the next step to becoming a winemaker and vineyard owner, then please get in touch and we will make an appointment to come and visit you.
From there, we can discuss your vision in more detail and give you honest opinons on what lies ahead and the next steps to take in making natural wine.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.