Loam rich in clay, with shale, marl and sandstones. Altitude 300 m asl. South-eastern exposure. Placed on the south-eastern borders of the Chianti Hills, in the DOC Val d’Arno di Sopra. Clay helps keeping moisture in the soil, of which merlot has higher needs in the hot, dry, Tuscan summers. The combination of stones, shale and clay is among the elements that allow Galatrona to produce an elegant and full bodied wine even in what are considered minor vintages.
Val d’Arno di sopra DOC, Pietraviva – Estate produced and bottled
First year of production
80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Torrione is made mainly from the Sangiovese grapes coming from the historical vines of the 70’s and from more recent vineyards. The recent ones were planted following extremely rigorous guidelines based both on the number of vines per ha and on meticulous zoning which enabled us to identify the best root-stocks to use. The yield per plant is very limited (max 500 g per vine plant) allowing the concentration of all the noble components of the grape fundamental to the great structure, elegance and balance wanted for this wine.
The maceration of the skin lasts more than 14 days. The pumping overs are done with considerable care to allow the complete extraction of anthocyanins and polyphenols from the skins. Usually the malolactic fermentation takes place regularly, partly in French oak barriques of first, second and third year, partly in 40 Hl oak barrels and partly in enamelled cement vats . By the first days of December the wine begins its aging period.
The wine rests in French oak barriques and tonneaux, of first, second and third year and in 40 Hl oak barrels of around 10 years, for approximately 15 months. During this phase the wine is left for the first 6 months on the fine lees, paying particular attention to its development. This process allows to achieve greater complexity. After bottling, the wine begins its usual refinement period of about 6 months.
The company’s historic vineyard, planted in 1947 by Gastone Bazzocchi, father and grandfather of the current owners. The vineyard has always been the backbone and heart of Torrione, from 2006 the central rows are selected for the production of the Bòggina wine, the Sangiovese cru of Petrolo. The vineyard has been gradually replanted with a massale selection to keep the original old clone variety.
One of the Sangiovese vineyards of Petrolo planted in early 90’s, producing for Torrione. Casariccio extends for 2 ha.
One of the oldest vineyard of the winery with over 45 years of history. Some of its plants could well be from the pre-philloxera period. Lecceta is only planted with Sangiovese for Torrione.
This vineyard also produces for Torrione, extends for 2 ha and is planted with Sangiovese and Colorino.
This lovely vineyard of 1 ha is surrounded by woodland, planted close to the Tower of Galatrona. It’s Sangiovese producing for the Torrione.