Viticulture and production philosophy
Tenuta Prima Pietra’s vineyard is located in a natural and unspoiled environment. A wild landscape with strong character, surrounded by Mediterranean bush and with excellent soil and climate conditions.
The vines are trained to Guyot, vineyard interventions are minimal and respectful of the soils, and green manures and self-produced compost naturally provide for the nutritional needs of the soil. The vineyard’s high and windy location and its natural isolation from other crops make the need for pest defense minimal.
The approach to natural viticulture adopted at Prima Pietra began in small steps several years ago, then, from 2014, the path to organic certification began, which was obtained in 2016. Tillage is manual and is aimed at preserving and enhancing each plant, following each plot with ad hoc interventions.
In line with the team’s philosophy of respecting the environment and minimising the footprint of its viticultural practice, Tenuta Prima Pietra’s cellar was constructed within a centuries-old farmhouse located on the land. The building’s interior was renovated into a state-of-the-art cellar in 2017, and a tasting room constructed to host the estate’s first guests in 2019.
Believing that great wines are made first and foremost in the vineyard, the winemaker Cecilia Leoneschi and her team tend to each vine, each bunch of grapes, and each individual piece of fruit with painstaking attention. This meticulous care and selection continues in the cellar in order to respect the fruit and its unique expression of place. The varieties are fermented separately at a controlled temperature, which allows the grapes to maintain their aromas and the native yeasts used in fermentation.
As a result of her diligent practice, Cecilia’s wines can be defined as consistent and honest – proud ambassadors of the vintage’s growing season, the terroir of the estate, and the personality of each single variety.
At the helm of the winery is Cecilia Leoneschi, a winemaker with great personality and few compromises. He firmly believes that great wines are made in the vineyard, so every single vine, every cluster, every grape is cared for and handled with the utmost care and attention.
“Our goal is to produce the exceptional quality that the vocation of our soils allows, with great wine recognition and integrity.”