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Vinitaly 2017: Fattoria La Maliosa’s Procanico selected for the “rare wines tasting”, led by Ian D’Agata

Now in its sixth year at Vinitaly. Italy’s most important wine fair, Fattoria La Maliosa’s constant commitment to the preservation of the Tuscan Maremma’s historical native and rare vine varieties has been rewarded. At 3pm on April 9 at Verona Fiere, Ian D’Agata, one of the world’s leading experts of Italian indigenous grape varieties and the author of Native Wine Grapes of Italy, the only book written by an Italian to have won the Louis Roederer International Wine Awards’ Book of the Year, will lead a tasting of just 18 wines and one grappa. The selection criteria was based on rarity and representation of the entire national territory. A choice that unites varieties with very different oenological potential, but with the same necessity to be safeguarded safeguards in within Italian germplasm conservation.

To be awarded is the work of the Associazione Nazionale Donne del Vino, which has stood out for its defence of the heritage of rare Italian varieties as an element of diversity useful in shaping the oenological identity and bringing more attractiveness for wine tourism and wine territories. “It is one of the greatest tasting of its kind ever carried out” – explains President Cinelli Colombini – and will have an extraordinary audience that includes Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, buyers and journalists from around the world, led by one of the world’s leading experts of indigenous Italian grapes: Ian D’Agata. It’s a memorable event that’s never before been realized. It represents a milestone in the rediscovery of lesser known and endangered Italian grape varieties”. Continue reading…

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EXOTIC CARPACCIO FOR CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

Last year, we made a classic and luscious gingerbread with our wildflower honey to munch on during the holidays. Two years ago, we presented a dish from our New Year’s menu and this time we want the star of the Christmas Eve dinner to be the precious Maremman green gold that we carefully produce each year. Healthy, genuine and authentic, it allowed us to create a truly delicious appetizer with an exotic flavour that you should definitely try. Caramote prawns, avocado, mango and a generous drizzle of organic olive oil pressed in the Maremma! Continue reading…

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Happy New Year from Fattoria La Maliosa!

Dear Friends of La Maliosa,
we have come to the conclusion of an intense year, which brought us a lot of satisfaction and many achievements.
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WE MUST CHOOSE HEALTH

The entire wine sector has greatly progressed in the implementation of the environmental values of the territory and of consolidated expertise in the cellar. All you have to do is travel the peninsula to observe the numerous projects that in various degrees produce very special landscapes. Continue reading…

Filare vigneto e fiori di campo
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A YEAR FOR THE ROOTS

Wine, especially “natural” wine, must also be interpreted as an organic ‘gauge’ of climate trends because it collects and variously exhibits the consequences of water availability, temperature, thermal excursions and light. These phenomena allow us to reconstruct the climate in addition to simply talking about the taste: it’s beautiful and fascinating to taste a wine from 1947 and remember the hot year or a wine from 1977, a cool and rainy year, or from 1997, 2003 and so on. Tree growth is recorded by the distance between the concentric rings of the stem that allow us to read climate succession. Wine, which doesn’t live as long, enables us to retrace a certain period in the past and also enjoy, at a distance, the memories and emotions connected to it. A vintage is always an expectation and surprise that has fueled, in the past, an important and extensive list of popular sayings that have combined climate stages with the promise of crops. These ‘forecasts’ derived from long experience and tests passed down the generations have certainly not lost their validity and we continue to experience them (e.g. ‘a year without winter will be without summer’, ‘a difficult year for grain will be difficult for grapes’…). But above all, undertaking agriculture means choosing the road of foresight, prudence, timeliness and patience.
The vineyard, with its woody plants for several decades of fruiting, should be considered by its growing seasons, i.e. periods of a few years that even from a climatic point of view can be highly variable and therefore require different commitments. In general, while summers are mostly favourable for important and durable red wines (although the vines suffer the heat), cooler and wet years increase the vegetation and thus the roots as they grow.
The year 2014 will certainly be remembered in the North and all the way to the Maremma Tuscany for the greenery spread everywhere. It’s quite a sight to see the trees, hedgerows, meadows and wooded areas in their vegetative luxuriance while the water tables overflow. We’ve also experienced high rain intensity (let’s not call them bombs!) and their consequences, which must also give pause to our activities, agricultural and otherwise. For the vineyard, the reduced solar energy in July was notable: in 20 years on average the bioclimatic Winkler scale has been 465, this year it was about 38% less; and even in August it was not so hot. The classic diseases have kept wine growers busy and sometimes there have been failures. But above all, once again we received confirmation of the territorial ‘suitability’ for vineyards and good use of heritage varietals.

Basically we tend to enjoy a good climate and a periodic climate variability that is constant. In 2014, summer was swift and then never arrived in terms of regularity and effectiveness. Rainfall (in July there were on average 21 days in rain) is another rare and very favourable aspect for roots. Thus it has been a great year for the roots, which are ready to explore the terrain and prepare new butches and tastes. Fortunately, the weather thinks about the roots because some of us only ever think of the fruit of the tree, ‘forgetting’ that the plant has basic needs unless it is to succumb prematurely. Continue reading…

L’ANNATA PER LE RADICI_00
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2016 at La Maliosa Farm

In 2016, the WEATHER, despite being hot, dry and somewhat “normal”, provided challenges and food for thought in terms of future management, concluding a three-year period in which each vintage has presented peculiarities that brought both confirmations and new lessons. Continue reading…

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Olive Oil Ice Cream

What does olive oil gelato taste like? You’d think strange, but it’s actually really smooth and earthy. The flavour is similar to tart peaches. It’s not too savoury even with a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Continue reading…

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2015 A YEAR TO REMEMBER FOR…

The precious fruits of the new and historical olive groves on the Farm have created real Maremman “green gold”. Two oils were produced this year, offspring of the territory and of the native cultivars that make them so typically Tuscan. Their production, bound by the dictates of organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming, was a challenge as we went to great lengths to ensure the consumer taste, quality and wholesomeness, the latter confirmed by the high presence of polyphenols and antioxidants and very low acidity. Continue reading…

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La Maliosa: precious products from ancient sites and preserved nature

After three intense years at La Maliosa, I’ve had, thanks to the goals shared with Antonella Manuli, the opportunity of a stimulating reinterpretation of my knowledge and scientific agronomic experience that I never thought I could still undertake.

After the usual initial approach based on my training and prolonged experience, I slowly matured, on-site, an application that I would not have expected to be so multifaceted. Upon arriving, I was struck by an environmental landscape “from the past”: the woods, the presence of wild animals, limited cultivated spaces and special situations, such as land arising from an agriculture that dates back to Roman times and even prior, to the Etruscans. It’s clear that against this background, the farm choice could only be to respect, protect and promote the extraordinary ancient heritage of the area, a rare example of farming and viticultural archaeology. We also felt it was a homage to the history while facing a viticulture that these days is conceived and realised more and more like any other large agro-industrial cultivation. The locations of La Maliosa, however, required us to produce “preciousness”. Continue reading…

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2015 at La Maliosa

In keeping with tradition, I wanted to share with you, who support us with your attention, reading and sharing, the most important moments of the year that is coming to an end. Continue reading…

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