Estate: Dating back to 1700, the Conestabile della Staffa estate is the result of a marriage between 2 ancient, noble families; the Conestabile family of Orvieto and the Della Staffa family from Perugia. The estate prospered over the years, by the 1800’s there were over 700 hectares given to mixed agricultural use, including 100 hectares of vineyards. The end of WWII brought the estate to a standstill, the last vintage was produced in 1956, grapes were sold to local cooperatives until 2015.
The estate is now being revitalized by “master natural wine-whisperer, eno-artisan” Danilo Marcucci. From the US importer, SelectioNaturel “La Staffa is of his wife’s family ancestry, this is made clear every time Danilo speaks of the property…he is merely a guest, married to the vines and his wife Alessandra’s noble lineage.” Danilo has revived 12 hectares of native vines that were planted in the 1970’s. In its long history the land remained untouched by chemicals. Danilo farms using low intervention, organic methods, with “no yeast, no chemical corrections, no sulfur. No technology”.
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation with 5 days skin contact, aged in fiberglass. Zero sulfur, unfiltered, unfined.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour, with aromas of sour cherry, black cherry, bramble, Brothers Johnson funk and a trace of baking spice. All the cherries [red, black, sour], cranberry, a shake of white pepper, and a trace of thyme are framed by fresh acidity and good tannins. Earth, red current and cherry linger on the lengthy finish. Clean, vibrant, rustic and very gluggable.
Umbria Rosso IGT
Produced & Bottled by Azienda Agraria della Staffa