In 2002, my sister Marina and I joined forces with Massimo Maggio to take over the ancient Santa Tresa estate. We have all worked all our lives in wine production and on discovering the wonderful vineyards at Santa Tresa, we set about restoring the estate to its former glory – something we have worked on tirelessly ever since. Our fundamental ethos is to work in harmony with the natural environment at Santa Tresa and this is the lifeblood of the estate – the cornerstone of everything that we do.
We have built on the foundations of the seventeenth century estate, maintaining its traditions and respecting the indigenous flora and fauna. We immediately found the conditions for growing grapes were so perfect that we could cultivate our vines in the most natural, non-interventionist way possible, which ultimately culminated in the estate becoming certified organic with the 2009 vintage. We believe that by working hand in hand with nature, we will not only leave a long-standing legacy of a fully sustainable wine-growing estate, but the quality and character of our wines benefits greatly as a result – a win-win situation!
The people behind Santa Tresa:
Stefano worked for the family firm, Casa Girelli for over 30 years, and is a very well-respected figure in the Italian and international wine trade. Now managing director of both The Wine People and Feudo di Santa Tresa, Stefano has a busy life!
Massimo was born and raised in Vittoria and has worked in the wine business there all his working life, following in his father’s footsteps.
Marina worked with Stefano in the family firm and continues the family tradition working together at Santa Tresa.
Stefano Chioccioli – Winemaker
Stefano Chioccioli is one of Italy’s leading consultant wine-makers, making and over-seeing the winemaking at top estates in Tuscany and around the country.
Laura handles the day to day management, administration and the commercial side of the estate, from processing orders, to receiving customers and organizing tastings.
Angelo Marangio – Vineyard Manager
Angelo looks after the estate on a day-to-day basis and is the guardian of the organic nature of Santa Tresa. Anything that grows is managed by him – from the beautifully-tended vines, to the Sicilian gardens, to the favino – special beans grown for composting. Angelo is also the bee-keeper on the estate!
The Feudo (or estate) of Santa Tresa dates back to 1697 – since that time, wine has always been made here. We found some archive photos taken at the end of the nineteenth century at Santa Tresa. We’ve had a lot of fun re-creating those photos -taken at exactly the same locations on the estate […]
The soil on the estate has ideal characteristics: a 40-100 centimetre surface layer of light red sandy loam on a well-drained limestone base, which helps to guarantee a constant supply of vital water. Today, the Feudo di Santa Tresa estate has around 50 hectares of vineyards. The minute selection of the clones and rootstocks and […]
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