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Bolgheri,Tenuta La Pineta,Italy.
Maria Fittipaldi Menarini discovered Bolgheri in the ’90. She fell in love immediately with the place, so much that she decided to buy a propriety here: Tenuta La Pineta, along the Via Bolgherese. At the beginning Maria didn’t mean to become a wine producer, but the mood and the vitality of the territory brought her to start this new path in 2004, when the first vines were planted.
Today, after 15 years, she runs this estate with her 4 daughters: Carlotta, Giulia, Serena, Valentina, the “Donne Fittipaldi”.
Production of Bolgheri DOC wines is permitted within the appellation’s territory that coincides with the political boundaries of the Municipality of Castagneto Carducci in the province of Livorno, with the exception of the stretch of coastline west of Via Aurelia.
The area is a natural theater with the Colline Metalifere (hills with a rich variety of metallic mineral resources) to the east that gradually slope downwards towards the coastline. Thick forests cover the surrounding hillsides maintaining and protecting the rich and complex ecosystem. The tiered hillsides slowly descend towards the central arena; an area of flat terrain where most of the vineyards grow. Bolgheri faces center stage: the Tyrrhenian sea dominated by the Tuscan archipelago with Corsica visible on the horizon.
The “Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini DOC Bolgheri e DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia” is the officially recognized consortium by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry Policies and Tourism’s for the promotion, protection and management of Bolgheri DOC and Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC wine appellations.
The Consortium was founded in January 1995 shortly after the issuance of regulations governing the production of red wine in 1994.
In 2014, the Consortium received the Ministry’s highest level of recognition that authorized it to operate Erga omnes, or on behalf of all producers.
Consortium producers: 70
Representativeness of the Consortium: 99.1%
Vineyard area: 1,370 hectares, of which 1,190 DOC and 180 IGT
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