Estate: Founded by pioneering winemaker Giorgio Tendola, Il Torchio is located in Castelnuovo Magra, in the province of La Spezia, in Liguria, northwestern Italy. Giorgio was one of the first to advance and promote the Colli di Luni appellation. He was also one of the first winemakers in the area to bottle and label Colli di Luni wines. The name ‘Il Torchio’ refers to the traditional olive press historically used in the region; the Tendola family used to run the local, communal press in their village of Castelnuovo Magra.
The 12 hectare, organically farmed estate [9 of which are vineyards] is prominent in the region as it is one contiguous parcel, unlike other vineyards, which are comprised of many small plots. Upon Giorgio’s sudden death in 2011, his grandchildren, Gilda and Edoardo are continuing his work. The striking label art on all of their wines is designed by Francesco Musante, a local artist.
Winemaking: Grapes are from vines in silica/limestone soils. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, “macerates for one week on the skins, aged in large neutral oak”, unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Light amber in colour, with aromas of apricot, nectarine, orange marmalade, wildflowers, honey, a trace of caramel and clove. Mandarin orange, nectarine, apricot, citrus blossom, lemon and honey glide atop light green tea tannins and fresh acidity. Baked pear and a hint of peach linger on the nutty finish. Engaging, with a delicate perspective.
80% Vermentino, 20% Moscato Bianco
Produced and Bottled by Il Torchio di Musetti Gilda