Tuscany, tuscany Italy

Created by the Moretti family of Bellavista, this 300 hectare estate is situated in Suvereto in the Val di Cornia. When Vittorio Moretti and his daughter Francesca set out in search of a property in the Maremma in 1997, they asked Attilio Scienza, Italy’s most celebrated viticultural professor and consultant, to help them find the best spot.

Scienza came up with Petra (the name is derived from the Latin for stone, or ‘pietra’ in Italian), which is to the southeast of Bolgheri and inland from, although facing, the sea. The estate now has 94 hectares of vineyard across three separate plots, which surround a splendid modernist winery built by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Newly appointed winemaker Augusto Graziano and consultant winemaker Giuseppe Caviola work to ensure that the quality of fruit arriving in the winery is captured in the finished wines. In the vineyard, they are in the process of organic conversion, while the gravity-fed winery has been designed to ensure as gentle a treatment of the grapes, must and wine as possible.

The flagship wine, ‘Petra’, is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The ripe berry fruit of the Cabernet is given an extra dimension by a touch of ‘macchia’, the spice of the Maremma. On the palate, the wine is big and bold, yet the fruit is nicely buttressed by a lively acidity that lends great length to the finish. ‘Hebo’, a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Sangiovese, is more sinewy, with the Bordeaux varieties giving the wine a rippling texture. The 100% Merlot, ‘Quercegobbe’, is rich and fleshy yet nicely structured.


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