VERSILIA, TERROIR, QUALITY
Giardini Ripadiversilia born to be an idea, a dream, a challenge: make good wines in a land with great potential: High Versilia, the once between the sea and the mountains.
The owner Renza Maria Gilda Iacopi, with her husband Giovanni Svetlich, since 1980 planted several varieties, some native Tuscan other international. The plants are in the fields adjacent to their villa on Mount Ripa, in Seravezza (Lucca).
OUR NEW ERA
After more than fifteen years with small production of about 2000 bottles obtained by only two wines, one white and one red, no names or labels (easily understandable that the production was only for family and friends), in 2002 began a process of a radical change.
Winery Gardens Ripadiversilia was finally born.
Building on the existing vineyards, about 1.5 hectares, the first choice was to focus on a white wine: “Colli e Mare“, 90% Vermentino, 10% Candia Malvasia, suddenly winner of the prestigious contest “Selezione dei Vini di Toscana”. Later, was the turn of a red wine, “Vis Vitae“, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Production reached 4,000 bottles.
VINEYARDS, HARVEST AND CELLARS
In respect of our tradition and the last developments of the wine markets, we have developed a modus operandi to obtaining quality following day after day, seasonafter season, our plants, our fields. Today the wine range is completed by the “Passito N.N.“, from Vermentino, Malvasia and Traminer grapes.
The path to the cellar is provided by tools such as tanks and barrels in line with the continuous search for quality. We use Allier Tronçais barriques only.
EXTRAVERGIN OLIVE OIL
Not just wine. Giardini Ripadiversilia also counts 1,000 ancient olive trees, called “Quercetano”, native to the area and dating back to Roman times, from which is obtained the extra virgin olive oil “Terre di Chiara“, in honor of the founder’s mother who first began the olive harvest.
Day by day, the first awards arrived: in addition to the increasing importance and acquired knowledge of versilian wines, the products have been placed with the top rates in the Gold Guide “I Veronelli”, in the “TOP 100 of Paul Massobrio”, La Stampa and Enogea magazine.
Colli e Mare and Vis Vitae were selected by the board of the Merano Wine Festival, the most important of italian wine competition.
Terre di Chiara was included in the Slow Food guide.
A great work of expansion is just beginning. The company has just bought new fields. The property will reach the size of 3 hectares that will be fully operative in2017, bringing production to about 8000 bottles.
New fields, a project of enhancement and expansion of the entire production, new plants such as Merlot and Syrah and, at least, new Vermentino clones.
Management is carried out directly by the owner and his son Lorenzo with Dott. Maurizio Saettini, oenologist. The commercial area is followed by another son of the owner, Paolo.