Graziella and Gianfranco Soldera have worked for 40 years to enhance the land and soil that nourishes their Sangiovese vineyards in Case Basse. More than just a winery, the property has played host to ongoing viticultural research and constant efforts to improve winemaking in the region. They enforce an utmost adherence to nature and terroir, hardly interfering in the vinification process and thereby deferring always to the inherent nuances and splendor of their fruit. Gianfranco Soldera’s natural vinegrowing and winemaking project is based on a fundamental principle: to produce a fine wine it is necessary to look after not only the vines, but also the surrounding environment. The cellar at Case Basse is located 14 m underground and was built using only natural materials and carefully avoiding concrete. It is a place made for wine: “a belly destined to house and protect something precious,” to use Gianfranco Soldera’s own words. Every one of their annual 15,000 resulting bottles is unparalleled.
The aromas were unbelievably exotic and complex. Ripe cherries, cranberries, charcuterie, grilled herbs, ash, tomato vine and sweet tea tingled your nose. The palate was incredibly pure and focused. Again, beautiful ripe cherries, cranberries, and cedar intermixed with bright acidity and sweet silky tannins
Soldera uses 100% natural farming and winemaking methods. All grapes are harvested by hand and meticulously destemmed, sorted, and individually inspected.
Natural fermentation is carried out in Slavonian oak vats. Frequent remontages, tastings, and tests are performed on the wine as it ferments.
Soldera ages five years in large Slavonian oak casks, away from noise, temperature changes and odors.