“Tenuta Belvedere” produces wine in beeswax-lined jars: “We have better control over oxygenation”
2016/06/23 ageeing in amphora / amphora / fermentation / oxygenation / production / Rignano sull'Arno / Terracotta / terracotta jars / tuscan white grape / Tuscany / waxed-jars / white grape varieties / wine / wine estates
Read in our June Newsletter about white wine “Noesis” aged in amphora for 7-8 months before being bottled, as told by Caterina Brettoni Ferroni owner of “Tenuta Belvedere” from Rignano sull’Arno (Tuscany) and how the turning point for the Artenova wine-jar production began with Tenuta Belvedere as one of the first wine estates to become interested in making amphora wine.
“We have always believed in the necessity to search for an alternative way to enhance the Tuscan white grape varieties which are not normally considered of having particularly distinctive aromatic traits – explains Caterina Ferroni. However at the end of the process of fermentation and ageing in amphora, the resulting wine is very expressive and vital, according to the owner of Tenuta Belvedere and with many unusual characteristics making it a very interesting white.
The process of aging in amphora at the Belvedere Estate is done in terracotta-jars coated inside with beeswax. The estate makes a red Sangiovese wine, which like their white “Noesis”, is refined in a 500 litre beeswax-lined Terracotta jar. The waxed-jars, according to Caterina Ferroni, make it possible to limit and control the oxygenation of the wine, especially white wine.
Read more in our Newsletter – June 2016