Santa Giustina is located in the heart of the Colli Piacentini in the far northwestern corner of Emilia-Romagna. A perfect backdrop to what the estate calls their 'village' (a few 1000 year old buildings, a church from 870, and their wine-making facilities) is a series of perfect hills before the distant Alps. A 100 hectare property at 300m above sea level is theirs, comprised of many different crops, forests, vineyards, and a private game reserve. 30 hectares of organically farmed vineyards produce just over 70,000 bottles a year to create a wide range of wine from the local varieties. All viticultural and vinicultural practices are extremely natural in principal, as they find it completely unnecessary to intervene with the natural magic of the grapes they farm. In addition to their clean and pure winemaking philosophy, due to the entire family's allergies to sulfur, they choose to use no SO2 whatsoever in the winery, however they do use sulfites during harvest in the picking bins to prevent early fermentation. Simple and delicious juice is found in each and every bottle, and all are perfect for enjoying at the table.
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santa giustina ortrugo vivace
Santa Giustina’s Ortrugo Vivace is a stunning bottling from the estate, offering a delightful white wine from a very native varietal. The grapes reach optimal ripeness in their organic vineyard before being hand-harvested and immediately brought into the cellar. The entire clusters are gently pressed, and then the grapes and must are left to rest at a low temperature for 18-24 hours together (Pellicular Maceration), before being completely pressed off the skins for fermentation in stainless steel. Finished for 20 days in Charmat tanks, this dazzling white has a lovely light 'vivace' spritz in the glass. A complex nose of sage and roses are backed by tree and citrus fruits, as it leads to the well-balanced palate of bright citrus acidity, round fruit flavors, and a clean persistent finish.
santa giustina gutturnio frizzante
60% barbera, 40% croatina
Santa Giustina’s Gutturnio Frizzante is a delightful and fresh example of this regionally famous blend of Barbera and Croatina. The fruit is hand picked and brought to the cellar for full de-stemming and fermentation with the skins for about 15 days. Once the soft pressing is complete, the wine finishes natural fermentation in autoclave to achieve a perfect spritz when bottled under pressure. In the mouth, the lively bubbles are very fine and focused to accompany the dark fruits and refined tannins, creating a medium to full bodied wine that is elegant, yet exciting and textural.
santa giustina bonarda vivace
Santa Giustina’s Bonarda Vivace is one of the absolute treasures of this unique region of Italy. Although entirely made from Croatina grapes, the local word used for wine from Croatina is known as Bonarda (not to be confused with the actual grape Bonarda Piemontese). The young vines are hand-harvested and brought in immediately for a soft pressing, in order to begin the native yeast fermentation for 20 days with the skins. The wine is finished for 20 days in Charmat tanks, this fresh red has an incredible and light 'vivace' spritz in the glass. Bright and explosive fruits of currant, raspberries, and plums hit the palate while being backed by the persistent and clean effervescence that makes this wine so unique. The overall balance and structure is full yet playful, calling for cured meats, pasta dishes, cheeses, and red meats.
santa giustina 'il superiore'
60% barbera, 40% croatina
From the estate’s 10-year-old vineyards of Barbera and Croatina (locally called Bonarda), comes the Il Superiore blend. The grapes are handpicked at harvest when they have reached their optimal ripeness in the later part of September, softly pressed, and taken to very low temperatures before fermentation to retain the fresh and fruity character of the must. After only time in stainless steel, the wine is bottled and shows a bright freshness through a faint effervescence to accompany its brilliant red color. The delightful aromas show clean red fruits, as well as earthy forest floor, leading to a similar experience on the tongue. Very well balanced between acidity and roundness in the mouth, this wine is incredible with many lighter dishes, such as fish or squash risotto.
santa giustina barbera
Santa Giustina’s Barbera is a fresh yet elegant example of the famous Barbera grape but coming from the Emilia-Romagna region. Younger vines are harvested by hand and brought immediately into the cellar for a gentle pressing. About a 20-day fermentation and maceration on the skins takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel, before a couple months rest prior to bottling. The final result is intense and elegant all at the same time. The nose shows off pretty aromas of violets, red cherries, and fresh blueberries, and is followed by a balanced and full-bodied mouth feel. Fresh and sapid with a consistent bright fruit flavor, and a light almond finish, this tasty red can be enjoyed with rich meat sauce pastas and firm cheeses.