A Family tradition
Alessandro, grandson, inherited passion and dedication where the power of nature, seasonal mutation and climate aspects are analysed to create a wine cellar as his first purpose. The Sandonna winemaker is located in a flourishing vineyards which name is related to its geographic area. The building was inaugurated on 2006, which architecture fits whit the features of the landscape and with the family philosophy: humility and authenticity. Thanks to the proximity to the wineyards, the crushing is rapid maintaining the product’s completeness. Moreover, the efficiency of refrigeration allows the control of temperature, preserving aromatic and varietal structure of must.
Sandonna wine cellar prohibits invasive enological processes, on the other hand it adopts traditional method such as spontaneous fermentation, pouring gravity, bottling almost without filtration. This building presents specific area: receiving grapes, vinification (high structure of iron system and cement vat) and finally the real hearth of the company that is the barrel cellar. From here, all wines that need a longer improving process ripen in durmast vat.
We are in a land where grape and olive follow inhabitants’ history for millennium. The selection and the installation of new vineyards safeguard all local variety. Ciliegiolo and Grechetto symbolize the key point of the wine variety. These two wines represent the geological and climate power of Sandonna upland. The agriculture is completely respectful on the tradition and on the environment thanks to:
the system with classic method Guyot, prevalent manual pruning, selection of shoot and bunch until vine’s manual digging. The use of herbicide is banned since the characteristic of this land is the absence of chemical manuring. In other words, Sandonna is managed under biological method.
Protecting this local ciliegiolo wine were born new vineyards with this diversity. The windy weather, the clay land, the presence of organic substance are important elements for our Merlot. On the contrary, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is classified like the icon of the company for its resolved personality, without compromised.
Colli Amerini is a land of arts, medieval history, culture, related to the nature where farming is still the main sector of the economy. The landscape is characterized by vineyards, olives and plantation with traditional methods. From ancient ages passengers and visitors admired Giove as the following article of 1790 reports: “abundant land of goods of nature for salubrity of air, for multiplicity of good streets, for its fertility, and finally for its amenity surrounded in a certain distance by mountains”.
Our vineyards located on the East side of the village are in a particular position; the climate influence of the river valley combine with the far Appennini mountains giving to Sandonna’s terrain a microclimate considerably windy and cool, suitable for wine production as Roman finds shows (e.g. amphora, millstone)