2019 Ampeleia Kepos IGT Costa Toscana (750ml)15 1 0 0
Ampeleia is a winey in the Upper Maremma region of Tuscany, located in Roccatederighi, a medieval town in the province of Grosseto (at the heart of the Colline Metallifere National Geopark/UNESCO heritage). It was started in 2002 as a collaboration between Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini not only to develop an agricultural project but also to fulfill a common vision. They wanted to represent the inherent diversity and huge potential of this particular area of Maremma, the "Colline Metallifere," which are not the coastal lowlands one usually associates with the Maremma, but mineral-rich hills that have been mined since Etruscan times.
Their vineyards are made up of different plots of land, located far apart and on different altitude levels, with the precise aim of creating a great variability in altitude, soil type and microclimatic conditions; each vineyard has a distinctive identity that is enhanced by the uniqueness of the surrounding environment. The grape varieties that have been planted are common in Mediterranean farmlands.The estate focuses on Cabernet Franc and Alicante Nero, a distinctly Tuscan biotype of Grenache. They cultivate the land in the most natural way possible (biodynamic farming) and produce their wines in a similar manner and in very small quantities.
Kepos or "garden" in Greek is a mix of different Mediterranean grape varieties— 50% Alicante Nero (aka Grenache), 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignano sourced from vineyards that sit at 200-350 meters above sea level. The three varieties come from three different vineyards, which are harvested the same day and then fermented together. Through co-fermentation, the different degrees of ripeness of the grapes complement one another, producing a wine with surprising harmony and balance. Only about 17,500 bottles are produced.