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The estate with a view of the sea is located deeply hidden amidst the Maremma region, Southern Tuscany. Surrounded by a wonderful forested and hilly landscape, nature manifests itself in a confession of love called Terra Nera.

A perfect location for first-class wine production, which the old Etruscans already knew over 3000 years ago.

The exceptional slate soil makes this spot on earth so precious as this quality can only be found in the Maremma. In conjunction with the concentration of rare animal and plant species and the proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea, Terra Nera creates an exceptional micro-climate which is unique in the world.

The TERRA NERA – AURONERA – 2015 and the TERRA NERA – SCORPUS – 2016 mark the start of the success story. With every drop, the local treasures can be felt impressively between palate and tongue.


The purest embodiment of Tuscan natural spirits

The Terra Nera grapes alone are an optical reflection of their homeland’s characteristics. They are smaller and darker than commercial grapes. Their taste is smokier, extremely digestible and, thanks to their high polyphenol content they are also extremely healthy.

Terra Nera red wines are characterised by their deep, complex and persistent body which dances delicately and gracefully on the tongue while a natural firework of aromas ignites in the nose and palate, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

It is only through the rediscovery and integration of this unique Terra Nera area that makes the recreation of wines in the style of the Super-Tuscans possible.

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Mystery from the depths

Top-class grapes only grow on vines whose roots are nourished with high quality, organic soil fauna. Vital subsoil ensures a perfect balance of minerals which later spread into the wine’s aroma.

This knowledge was long known to the ancient Etruscans, a people who had a decisive influence on Roman culture and settled the area around Terra Nera many centuries ago. Their knowledge of viticulture is legendary. Terra Nera is also referred to as an “island of rarities” in medieval texts because of its numerous distinctive features.

The preparation and planting of Terra Nera was the responsibility of agronomist Dr. Adriano Bottazzo with the support of the world famous Cavaliere Ezio Rivella.

Cavaliere Ezio Rivella, Christian
Christian, Dr. Adriano Bottazzo

Terra Nera (black earth) owes its name to the black-grey shale in which the vines are planted. This type of cultivation achieves a grape quality rich in finesse. The vines develop stronger roots and extract inorganic salts as well as iron and potassium from the depths of Maremma’s soil. Due to shale’s excellent water retention properties, additional minerals are released from the rock, providing the plants with a unique cocktail of nutrients. The cooler air produced by the mixed forest and the boggy soil give the vines additional irrigation in the form of morning dew. The pleasant wind blowing on Terra Nera provides an important additional cooling, especially in the hot months.

Due to the presence of four natural streams, the geographical location in the heart of the Maremma, the proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea, the composition of the soil and the concentration of rare animal and plant species in the midst of unspoiled nature, a microclimate is created that enables low-humus ecological farming and a symbiosis that is globally unique.

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