Carmine Estate is situated in a beautiful valley with a long tradition of producing fine wine. In 1974, the authoritative American wine journalist, Burton Anderson wrote in the US Wine Spectator about a white wine of impressive quality from land that now falls within the Carmine Estate. We are excited to be making wine from such acclaimed territory. We are assisted in this by one of Italy’s finest oenologists, Giovanni Dubini, who this year is being awarded the coveted ‘Premio Cangrande’ at Vinitaly for producers who are leaders in their field.
After initially making wine exclusively for our guests and a select group of local properties, we are now expanding our operations to discerning drinkers. Presently we have 5.7 hectares of south westerly facing, close planted vines. This is composed of 1.2 hectares of Sangiovese, 1 hectare of both Sagrantino and Merlot, less than half a hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.2 hectares of Trebbiano Spoletino.
Our work in the vineyard is uncompromising and respectful of nature and our wines are made simply and traditionally. Organic farming guidelines are followed in producing them. We have low-cropped vineyards and no irrigation to concentrate the flavours of the fruit as they take advantage of the plentiful sunlight and rich, rocky soils in one of Italy’s most beautiful grape growing environments. It is this work and land which produce the complexity and natural minerality we are so proud of in our wines.
The 2017 vintage was one of our most challenging to date and in spite of low yields due to frost and hail damage, the quality is still remarkable. As our vines mature, our wines are growing in complexity and structure. We are confident that the sustainable practices in both the vineyards and the winery have played a significant factor in producing wines that are already receiving critical acclaim and are now being enjoyed all over the world.