Profile of Petra Winery
It's the dream of every wine lover who has allowed themselves to be seduced by the rolling vineyards, forests, and olive groves of Tuscany to find a little corner to call your own and to join in the age-old tradition of coaxing luscious wines out of the soil. For Vittorio Moretti and his daughter, Francesca, who discovered this beautiful seaside estate while on vacation nearby, the dream came true. In 1997 the pair founded this small boutique winery in Maremma Toscana in Suvereto, where the hills of Val di Cornia rise toward the Colline Metallifere.
Three hundred hectares make up the peaceful estate, although only a third is planted with vineyards. Sitting on the edge of the Tirreno Sea, they're constantly caressed by the breezes blowing in off the Follonica Gulf. The soil of the steep slopes here (which form part of the Colline Metallifere, or "Metal-Yielding Hills") is particularly mineral-rich and ruddy colored, leading to strong-willed, complex wines. The vineyards' layout, which is a patchwork of different varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc) seemingly strewn about randomly, is no coincidence. The arrangement is based on long and careful studies of the soil, wind, sun and climate conditions in each area of the estate. Only the vines most suited to a particular area were planted there.
Deep consideration went into the creation of the spectacularly designed winery as well. A stunning contemporary structure designed by the famed Swiss architect Mario Botta (who also designed the San Francisco Museum of ModernArt), it uses sweeping lines and a ruddy, earth-toned color scheme to complement its environment. The building digs 500 feet deep to create a state-of-the-art cellar, while above ground it is a poetic addition to this land of groves and vineyards. The four high-end wines made here -- Ebo, Petra, Quercegobbe and Zingari -- are known for being expressive, aromatic wines with a fresh modern style.
D.O.C.Val di Cornia, Northen Maremma, Tuscany
The 100 hectares are all planted near the Tirreno sea, on the Follonica Gulf. They are divided into three main allotments. The first and the biggest, near the winery itself, is located 6km from the shore at 120m above see level. The second one is much closer to the see at 80m above sea level. Like a balcony on the gulf, with some of the steepest slopes of the property, it faces southwest and catches all the light reflected on the water. The third one is located 350m. above sea level, 15 km from the shore. These hills are part of the Colline Metallifere, with soil particularly red in color, rich in minerals with a much cooler climate. Temperatures are very high during the day and drop at night, suited condition for varietals like Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.