Terre Antiche

Piemonte, piemonte Italy

This estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi. Originally, this land was part of a Benedictine convent which was bought by the Giustiniani family, a military from the Republic of Genoa, in 1625. Wine was already produced from the then 40 hectares of vineyards, since the Benedictine monks cultivated the first vines planted here. Today the winery is managed by Magda Pedrini and the production is focussed on showing the potential of Gavi di Gavi from the two single vineyards of the estate: Lugarara and Montessora. The two vineyards sit side by side at 300 metres above sea level, but they have very different soils and express two very different expressions of the Cortese grape.

The 'Lugarara' has marl soils with sandy layers and it is always the more open and forward of the two wines. The wine's aromas of stone fruit and lime peel are immediately beguiling, making this one of our most popular wines. The 'Montessora', with its alluvial and clay soils, is more mineral driven, has greater intensity and needs longer to show off its best. It will age easily for up to a decade or more.

Terre Antiche

Terre Antiche is made using some of the wine that doesn’t make it into the blend for La Giustiniana’s ‘Lugarara’. Initially, it had to be declassified to ‘Gavi’, but it is now considered worthy of the ‘Gavi di Gavi’ appellation. Sealed under screwcap to maintain maximum freshness, the wine is scented and delicate, with hints of lime zest on the nose and a lovely zip on the palate.

 

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