Two friends, Andrea di Maio and Stephan Klasmann, on an Italian road trip from Austria stopped in Bolgheri stopped in Bolgehri, recognizing it would be great to retire in Tuscany. There they discovered the dynamic wines of the Maremma! These wines were the highlight of their tour. This inspired research of the region! They found a few small vineyards to lease in 2004 and in 2007 they purchased the 4 ha sites near the Castellina Marittima. In 2010 they grew to 14 ha with the acquisition of the adjacent, original agricultural estate. All wines are made from the estate fruit only and made by the hard work of the owner’s hands. They are focused on clean, natural methods in the vineyard and the winery. Selezioni means in Italian, their mother tongue, selections, my selections.
Kappa is a 14 ha vineyard facing the sea with strong diurnal temperature changes. The varied soils are weathered stone mixed with minerally clays with chalk, full of fossils and shells, and alluvial sands of silex and chalk. Cultivation is by hand with the aid of horses rather tractors. A permaculture of cover crops maintains soil health. The process of organic certification of the vineyard is underway.
They strongly believe that to achieve beautiful wines if you must have beautiful fruit. These wines are an expression of natural philosophy; they express the hard work of people who are totally engaged with their land. Fruit is crushed by foot. Usually, 20% of the stems are included. Fermentation is carried out spontaneously with natural yeasts, without additives and no temperature controls. The extraction process is slow and careful – varying from two to four weeks. The wines are bottled without clarifying, filtering, or stabilizing
(the particular red wavelength of light found in the wine!)
(100% Cabernet Franc)
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