Updated: Jan 16, 2021
Le Mortelle estate is in the heart of Maremma in Tuscany, near the town of Castiglione della Pescaia set in an extraordinary and fascinating position both for the territory’s unparalleled natural beauty and its historical heritage and culture. Since 1999, when the property was acquired by the Antinori family (one of the most important families in the italian wine sector: Masseto, Solaia, Guado al Tasso are just some of the brands), the family has dedicated their efforts to improving the vineyards and building the new winery with the firm belief that this area, slowly emerging on the Italian viticultural horizon, has great potential for the production of high quality wines. Varieties grown in this area can fully express their own characteristics as well as the exceptional qualities of the terroir. The property extends over an area of 270 hectares (667 acres) 170 of which (420 acres) are planted with vineyards.
The 170 hectares (420 acres) are planted with vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and other more recently planted vineyards with white grape varieties such as Vermentino, Ansonica, Viognier and a small parcel of Carménère.
The winery, a masterpiece of modern architecture, is on top of a hillside that overlooks the entire estate and was built largely underground to minimize its environmental impact. All natural building materials were used to maximize sustainability and the underground bedrock foundation provides completely natural temperature and humidity control.
Among the wines made at Le Mortelle, I recommend Botrosecco, made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, an intriguing, decisive wine with great balance expressing the unique characteristics of the Maremma territory.