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: Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in terracotta. Macerates for six months on the skins, aged in terracotta.
Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with layered aromas of bramble, grass, lemon, echinacea, mandarin orange and candied ginger. Lemon, mango, ginger, buttery toast, and an herbaceous nuance glide atop fresh acidity and a trace of green tea tannins. Hay, lemon and honey linger on the silky finish. Vibrant, fun and gluggable.
Produced and Bottled by Il Torchio di Musetti Gilda