There is the flavor of the sea in wines of Petra, the architecturally impressive winery of Terra Moretti Group in Suvereto, Val di Cornia, Livorno, 158 km from Florence. The cellar, designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta, is considered the first among the seven wonders in Italy.

The building looks like an Andean Cathedral, with the long flight of steps set in a round and oblique altar. But, to remain closer, here in the heart of Maremma, you can really find the Greek and Etruscan memories. The wines, obtained by a so called “fall vinification” from vines as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah, witness the soil richness in minerals, such as iron.

Petra Igt Toscana Red

Tasting notes: burgundy reflexed ruby red; rich and complex smell, strong hints of berry, black cherry jam, rosemary, burnt wood, tobacco, mint, cinnamon and pepper; sumptuous, elegant, structured, powerful and persistent taste.

Grapes varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Food pairings: cured meat, Livornese cod (fried with tomato sauce).

Alto

Tasting notes: bright ruby red; underbrush, humus, cherries and violets, hints of berry, raspberries, blueberries, iron in the background; fresh, sapid, fruity, mineral and persistent taste, elegant structure.

Grapes varieties: Sangiovese 100%

Food pairings: panzanella (Tuscan bread salad), Livornese mullet (with tomato sauce).

Colle al Fico

Tasting notes: intense ruby red; voluptuous notes, strong smell, hints of spices, underbrush and vanilla; sec, large, structured, mineral and fresh taste.

Grapes varieties: Syrah

Food pairings: Livornese cacciucco (fish and tomato Tuscan soup), red meat dishes.

The entrepreneur Vittorio Moretti (Florence, 1941) was elected in 2005 Georgofili Academic for protection and development of activities linked with the rural world, for his contribution to the science progress and applications in agriculture and environment. Moretti is the creator of the wine brands Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi in Franciacorta too; his interests are in building, wine and tourism sectors.

 

 

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