The hidden vineyard
The real personality of Tenuta Santa Caterina goes down to its roots. The soils in all the different vineyards were carefully analyzed. Finding the marine substrate was fascinating: the shells as proof of a sea landscape where today there is the man’s work. The clones chosen for the cultivars were selected depending on the physical and chemical characteristics of the soil itself.
The winning nature
The toughest challenge was choosing the hardest path, but it was the right decision. The challenge of eco-sustainability, the sacrifice of easy chemical protection, in order to create a strategic alliance with nature. In the guyot-trained and cordon-trained systems, a symbiosis between rootstocks and biology was created to set the right balance between soil and vegetation. The absolute respect for nature and healthiness of the grapes were the inspiring starting point of all the work in the vineyards to be transferred to the wine-making process and finally to the cellar.
The metamorphosis of the grapes
While the hills change their colour and become an impressionist landscape, grapes are moved to the place where their processing will happen. Autumn in Monferrato is a time for magic: turgid grapes are ready to be harvested. They are hand harvested in small crates when there is a perfect balance and the ripening process is reached. Before that, for long months, day by day, each bunch was looked after with constancy, patience and care.
The baton is passed to the enologist, who has been looking for long months at the evolution of the bunches and will now have to give them personality and new life. The processed grapes are transformed into the wine that represents Tenuta Santa Caterina, its philosophy and everlasting search for quality. The choice is for last generation’s steel tanks for vinification and tonneaux and traditional big barrels for fining and aging.
Cru in bottle
Each vineyard has a name, each vineyard has a vine variety, the most suitable for the soil. These wines come from single vineyards, keeping different cultivars and vines separate: typical reds, the charming white wines and any future challenge. The cycle is fulfilled: from spring and the first tear of the vine to the last squeezing. Then comes winter and the flow of time. Because wine is timeless.