- Organic certified
- Biodynamic uncertified
- No sulphite
Two brothers Cipriano Barsanti (a biodynamic lecturer at the University of Florence) and Antonio Barsanti (a flute teacher) were born and raised at Macea, and are now its guardians and winemakers. Here, in the mountains of Northern Tuscany, where the sea has no influence and the temperatures can vary by as much as 22 degrees celsius at night, they make extraordinary wines of great finesse, aromatic complexity and depth. The Pinot Nero is a stand out performer – biodynamic wine at its best!
The estate is managed biodynamically, along with another ten out of a possible nineteen in the locale. We think this makes it one of the highest density biodynamic estates anywhere in the world.
Many of the grapes you’ll recognise, but there are a couple that are less familiar. The montanino that forms part of the blend of the Campo Caturesi is a close relation to the sangiovese that’s found in Corsica.
You may notice the remarkable labels that these wines have. All of them are the work of Cipriano and Antonio’s father who was studying fine art when their grandfather was killed in the war, forcing him to find a ‘proper job’ that would support the family. Today his sons remember him by using the paintings and drawings he continued to produce long after he had left his studies behind him.
The direct decent of a wine which 100 years ago, was, along with chestnuts, the main diet when working in fields in this poor part of Tuscany. The wine was then 8% alcohol, 3 liters of it being consumed each day. Rugiagli is rustic, in the most noble way.
Sangiovese & Merlot
Three extinct grapes. Here, they are all co-planted. Savoury, superb texture and grain
Cillegio, Malvasia, Montanina, Bracciola, Tannet, Sangiovese
We generally prefer Pinot Nero when it comes from where it originates: Burgundy, but now and again we come across fabulous examples of it. This is one. Pinot Noir is happy here in altitude, with cold nights and protected from the influence of the sea.
10 days skin contact give this Pinot Grigio body and grapefruit colour. Versatile
Only 700 bottles made, shared between Japan, Denmark and ourselves.
The direct descent of a wine which, 100 years ago, was, along with chestnuts, the main diet when working in fields in this poor part of Tuscany. The wine was then 8% alcohol, 3 litres of it being consumed each day. Rugiagli is unpolished, in the most noble way.
Sangiovese & Merlot