Tenuta La Badiola’s wine production
Just a few kilometres from Castiglione della Pescaia, just slightly above the area which was once occupied by Lake Prile, is Tenuta La Badiola, today the property of the Gruppo Terra Moretti. It was the residence of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II who, with great intuition, decided to transform it into an exemplary agricultural area. An ingenious choice which, in the context of mid-1800s Italy, represented a true model of innovative agriculture.
The Estate is currently made up of 500 hectares, which represent the variety and the biodiversity of the Maremma landscape, with plains, slopes and hills occupied by vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and Mediterranean bush.
Acquagiusta, spring and source of life
In this harmonious dialogue between nature and mankind, the Acquagiusta spring has always played a role of prime importance. It is an underwater spring which bubbles up naturally from among the rocks. It is since the times of Leopold II that this “magical” and perpetual spring has brought life and fertility to the lands and the people of the Estate. It has done so to such a point as to lead us to claim that the setting, the richness and the rigorousness of the time have become, over the years, a vision, a kind of stimulus, a virtuous example which animates the current project for Tenuta La Badiola.
A wine-making project inspired by the land
Water, paradoxically, becomes a source of inspiration for an enological project. But, even more, a spring as the ideal, even symbolic reference point for the idea of all of the wines from Tenuta La Badiola. The wines of Acquagiusta, are therefore like the children of a spring and a land, inspired by the spirit of the location, shaped by the wind and the sun, marked by the land and by time.
A wine-making project born from respect for “agricultural knowledge” of the past, with the aim of once again providing an identity to cultures, such as that of the vines, neglected for so long in this magnificent and unique part of Italy.
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The Badiola olive grove is an ancient treasure: its hundred-year-old trees provide visual proof of the historical roots of the place. It was Leopold II who, as he was building the farmhouse, cut the brush to make room for olive trees, grafting several onto wild plants. The soil is poor but skeletal and all the land faces south. The two most numerous olive varieties are Leccino and Moraiolo.
Olives are harvested by hand from October to November. Pressing is performed via mechanical cold pressing.