Veni, vidi, bibit. Located on a hilltop near the city of Bordighera (Liguria, Italy), the vineyards of Tenuta Selvadolce oversee the coastline of the Riviera dei Fiori with breathtaking views and as far as Monaco.
While this spectacular piece of land could have been easily sold at a high price, Aris Blancardi decided to keep his family estate and to use this land to cultivate a dream.
As has been common in many parts of Liguria, the Blancardi family had specialized in the production of flowers for the European market. For decades chemicals had been heavily applied and the land became virtually sterile. In 2004 the challenge was taken on by Aris to transform the former flower farm into a biodynamic agricultural estate.
At Tenuta Selvadolce, soil is understood as a living organism, able to absorb and metabolize the elements present in nature. The application of biodynamic preparations helps the soil-microorganisms in these processes and supports the development of the vines. Tenuta Selvadolce can be seen as convincing example that biodynamic practices are an efficient method to recreate natural fertility on land destroyed by pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
In the vineyards, weeding is done only manually or mechanically and the care for detail becomes especially evident during harvest time; each vineyard is harvested several times to ensure the perfect maturity of each grape at the moment of picking.
This concern for perfection continues in the wine cellar. All Selvadolce wines are fermented exclusively with spontaneous yeasts, thus yeasts that live naturally in the environment. The combination of autochthonous vine varieties, spontaneous yeasts and the invigoration of nature itself in the vineyard make Selvadolce wines a pure expression of territorial character.
But Selvadolce´s success is not only a product of great winemaking. As Aris emphasized, it is thanks to all the people that work around him that he´s been able to pin Selvadolce on the map of great new Italian wines.
Tenuta Selvadolce wines are difficult to get a hold of, so we hardly recommend: if you find one, buy it!
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