Gergovie Wines
Castelnuovo Berardenga – Tuscany

Fossil-rich limestone & clay

Il Secondo - 2012

Giovanna selling wine at Chassignolles Fete du Vin 2012

Pacina, a hamlet just outside of Castelnuovo Berardenga, is named after the Etruscan god Pacne – the god that became Bacchus the Roman god of wine and revelry. Fittingly Giovanna and Stefano make wine here and work an estate that has existed since 900 AD. The estate was previously a convent that was renowned for its olive oil, wine, cereals and fruits and vegetables.

Giovanna's grandparents bought the estate and she and Stefano continue the traditions established 1000 years before. They work their vines organically encouraging a vibrant ecosystem and make wine in a very traditional way with long macerations and minimal intervention. The vines are planted on fossil-rich limestone – the area was a sea many years ago. This soil contributes to the mineral backbone and vibrant acidity of their wines.