La Distesa 'Meticcio' IGT 2019
Producer: La Distesa
Varietal: Verdicchio, Trebbiano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Montepulciano
Notes: The idea for this wine was born from a trip to Alsace when Corrado visited Marcel Deiss. Marcel was working on the idea of expressing terroir and season not through a “single variety” wine but by mixing different grape varieties from the same soil (field blend). Of course he was doing this only with white varieties but the idea was very powerful to Corrado. It resonated further in that, in his region, the idea vinifying a single grape is very recent, it comes from and from a marketing angle. In Italy (as well as the United States) it’s easier to sell a particular variety. However, the tradition until mid 90's had always been to mix different grapes.
Here at La Distesa, we have chosen to produce wine using natural methods, without added chemicals that are conventionally used in most mass wine productions. As a small producer, we carefully follow the entire production process of our wines from the soil to the wine you see in your glass today.
The vineyard of San Michele, where La Distesa's cellar is located has been in the Dottori family for three generations. When we began cultivating grapes naturally, we created a fully biodiverse surrounding for the vines to grow. Fava beans, peas, and alfalfa help cultivate natural nutrients for the vines. This biodiversity allows other plants to inhabit the vineyard such as wild mint and tulips.
We do not fertilize our plants with conventional chemicals, instead once or twice a year we sprinkle a biodynamic solution created with natural plants on the farm that help protect and enrich the grapes. While we specialize in Verdicchio grapes, we also grow Montepulciano, Sangiovese, and Trebbiano grapes. We follow each row of grapes and carefully select when to harvest them. After the natural yeasts take its course, we carefully monitor the levels of sulfur dioxide before blending the wine together to create a final product.