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Zanchi 'Carmino’ Ciliegiolo

Certified organic, hand harvested, low yields, de-stemmed and pressed, with maceration on skins for 7–8 days in accordance with local tradition. Fermentation occurs naturally at controlled temperatures in glass-lined concrete vats. Matured for 16 months and 3 months in bottle prior to release. Minimal SO2.

Azienda Agricola Zanchi, is a 30 hectare organically farmed estate dedicated to the principals of low impact viticulture that aims to preserve biodiversity and the ancient clones that exist on their land. It all started in 1970 when Licurgo Zanchi purchased an old farmhouse in the Amelia hills in Umbria. In the fields that surrounded the house, untended for years, a few rows of ancient vines survived, along with centuries old olive trees. With great patience and attention, he brought them back into production. Over the years, his son Leonardo and his wife Anna Maria transformed Licurgo’s sentimental project into a commercial operation. With their background as pioneer winegrowers in the hills of Amelia, the Zanchi family have now reached the third generation, with daughters Flores and Flaviana and son-in-law Mario all directly involved in the day to day. Over the years they have naturally crafted wines that are most representative of their local area and its traditions.

Winemaker: Licurgo, Anna Maria, and Leonardo Zanchi
Country: Italy
Region: Amelia, Umbria
Type: Red
Variety: Ciliegiolo
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 1970s
Production: 14,000 bottles
Soil: Sand and clay with traces of Pleistocene-Marine lignite