The origins of the project Vini d'Altura
The transhumance of wine, or the magic of aging in the mountains.
Pure air, snow-capped peaks and extreme climatic conditions. These are some of the elements that push us to go to the mountains; to love them especially in winter, when the landscape is colored with an intense white and a majestic inaccessibility.
It is the framework in which the original bottle aging technique of the wines that we have developed takes place.
Inspired by an ancient pastoral tradition, driven by passion and thanks to some technical solutions perfected over time, we were able to make our dream come true.
Wine, as we know, is a living matter and interacts with the environment in which it lives. Since 2016, within the framework of an agreement that we stipulate with the producers, we select the wines with our partner companies and in the autumn we bring them to 2000 meters above sea level, in the heart of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. We store the bottles in suitable mobile cellars designed by us for the whole winter, under the snow.
Up there, the microclimatic parameters, the purity of the air and the interaction with the very particular mineral substrate trigger specific chemical-physical processes that give our wines the unmistakable balsamic and mineral notes, accentuated freshness and an amazing persistence, in short, they have become wines of ‘Height.
At the summer thaw, when extensive blooms color the prairies, we bring them back to the valley: the wine is transformed, invigorated by the experience at high altitude.
The main stages, year by year.
The key moments in our history.
The first tastings in the refuges of the Gran Sasso.
Three events open to the public, with the participation of manufacturing companies. Only 36 bottles… but from the first tastings, the transformation of the wines became evident. It was in those days, thanks also to the encouragement of many, that we began to strongly believe in the project.
Vini d’Altura becomes a trademark.
We also produce the well-known packaging that makes us unmistakable among the tens of thousands of other wines. The collaboration with four wineries of our region begins and production grew up from 36 to 600 bottles.
First participation in Vinitaly.
The first Vini d’Altura are sold.
The requests increase. There are those who compare us to those who refine their wines under the sea, in the mines, in the amphorae… but the characteristics of the Vini d’Altura are unmistakable. The partnership with the Biagi Winery is consolidated and the first events in Italy and abroad are held.
The pandemic does not discourage us, quite the contrary.
2020 is the year of courageous choices: the range of experiments and collaborations extends to the whole italian territory from north to south and new business ideas take shape. 1200 bottles for sale are refined and a further 70 wines from 20 companies are successfully tested.
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