Santa Giustina

Santa Giustina is located in the heart of the Colli Piacentini, in the most northwestern corner of Emilia Romagna. Picturesque hardly describes the perfect backdrop to what the estate calls their ‘village’ (a few 1000 year old buildings, a church, and their wine-making facilities), sitting at 300 meters above sea level with the famous Po Valley and Alps in the distance over perfect undulating hills. The most natural of surroundings make up the 100 hectare property, comprised of many different crops, forests, vineyards, and a private game reserve. 30 hectares of organically farmed vineyards produce just over 70,000 bottles a year for a wide range of wine from the local varietals. Their viticultural and vinicultural practices are extremely natural in principal, finding it completely unnecessary to intervene too much with the natural magic of the grapes they farm. In addition to their clean and pure winemaking philosophy, and due to the entire family’s allergies to sulfur, they choose to use no SO2 whatsoever in the winery, and will only use trace amounts in the fields if absolutely necessary in extremely wet years. Simple and delicious juice is found in each and every bottle, and all of which are perfect for enjoying at the table.

Wine Appellation
Ortrugo Emilia-Romagna
Il Superiore, 60% Barbera, 40% Croatina Emilia-Romagna
Barbera Emilia-Romagna
Available in: Maine
Grown: Italy
Emilia-Romagna
The wedge-shaped northern Italian province of Emilia-Romagna lies just above Tuscany, and south of Piedmont. The wines of Emilia-Romagna are generally less well-known in export markets. It is a relatively big producing region (actually 4th-biggest in Italy on total volume), with around 75% of wines being red, though less than 10% being DOC or DOCG. Grape varieties include Malvasia, Trebbiano, Albana and Ortrugo for whites, with Barbera, Sangiovese and Bonarda common for reds. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are increasingly planted, and the indigenous reds are being joined by more and more Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in blends and varietal IGT wines.