Fattoria La Fiorita
La Fiorita was started in 1992 by Roberto Cipresso, and two partners. Their first vineyard was approximately 0.5 hectare and produced only 1000 bottles. Working in the cellar of an 18th century building that was formerly an olive mill in the centre of Castelnuovo dell’ Abate, the first vintage was 1993.
In the years that followed, two vineyards were added – Poggio al Sole (4 ha) and Pian Bossolino (3.1 ha) – increasing production to 25,000 bottles of normale and Riserva. Poggio al Sole is south-facing, at an altitude of 150m, with Tuff-clay soil, while Pian Bossolino is southeast-facing, at an altitude of 350m, with primarily galestro soil. Typically the Riserva wines come from the Pian Bossolino vineyard, and the normale from both vineyards.
In 2011, Natalie Oliveros assumed ownership of the winery and an investment of capital allowing for a new cellar and state of the art winemaking equipment. A new vineyard was added in 2014 on the western side of Montalcino – Podere Giardinello. Natalie also orchestrated the shift towards organic viticulture, and certification was granted in 2019.
Natalie started the construction of a new winemaking and cellaring facility in early 2018 on the original site of the La Fiorita Estate. This two-level gravity-fed Cantina – aesthetically designed – was completed in time for the 2019 harvest. Now the La Fiorita team can preserve the authentic expression of each vineyard’s qualities independently from the others using 16 concrete tanks. Once the wines have aged the proper time in 50hl French and Slavonian oak botte, they can be selected by Natalie to bring the right harmony into the blends of the La Fiorita Brunello.
The philosophy of Natalie and the new La Fiorita team is to produce Brunello that is an expression of the estate’s terroir – starting in the vineyards, with agricultural operations finely tuned to the characteristics of each vineyard and that of the vintage itself, through to the cellar with procedures that respect the specific conditions of the grapes.
“There are no compromises or shortcuts to ensure the purest translation from soil to bottle.”