Holy Wine is a sweet, amber coloured wine belonging to the family of dessert wines, the result of an ancient Italian tradition, being used for centuries by priests for celebrating Mass, hence the name “Vin- Santo: Holy wine”.
Holy Wine is made by drying grapes, usually Trebbiano and Malvasia, on cane mats for three or four months before crushing, after which the juice obtained is transferred into wooden casks out of which, the previous production of Holy Wine has just been removed. The casks are fairly small, of a capacity between 20 and 50 litres. The cask is then sealed and the Holy Wine aged for a period ranging from three to five years.
The use of the deposits left by the previous batch of wine is crucial to the success of Holy Wine, the Italians call these dregs “The Mother.”
Artenova decided to create a viable alternative to the traditional wooden cask by putting into production terracotta amphorae specifically for Holy Wine. In addition to a great aesthetic impact, the amphorae, hand-made using the fine clay of Impruneta, guarantee optimal oxygenation, a decisive factor for obtaining a good Holy Wine.