The Basile brothers, Domenico and Giovan Battista acquired the estate in 1999 after it had been abandoned for over 30 years. This suited the brothers who wanted to create an organic winery and build a facility with no carbon footprint on the environment. The results from the 2004 vintage were encouraging as the terroir clearly demonstrated its potential. Today the brothers continue to make efforts and improvements in their six hectare vineyard to follow organic viticulture practices and optimize their grapes’ quality potential. No herbicides or synthetic products are tolerated at the estate and only organic materials are used as fertilizers.
The Basile estate is located in the Municipality of Cinigiano in the Tuscan sub-region Maremma. The proximity to the Mediterranean coast ensures a temperate climate that rarely exceeds 30 ° C. The ubiquitous winds allow adequate ventilation of the vines which minimizes the risk of mould and disease. Located in the Montecucco appellation, the Basile vineyard has a very little clay; its soil is mainly composed of limestone from a brittle stone named galestro. This soil composition allows optimum surface drainage and promotes deep water retention, conditions that let the vines develop deep root systems and survive in hot, dry summers.
The Montecucco DOC, located in the southern sub-region Maremma, between the prestigious Brunello Di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano appellations was created in 2010. Many experts agree that it is the new sub-region to watch in Tuscany. The terroir is beautiful and the climate perfect for high quality viticulture. The excellent wines which are being produced here are attracting the attention of a growing number of wine enthusiasts who are looking for exceptional value for their money. As is mostly the case in Tuscany, the wines are mainly composed of Sangiovese, but several estates are also experimenting with international varietals such as Merlot or Cabernet as they adapt well to Maremma’s terroir.
Maremma is one of Italy’s most interesting wine-growing areas. Mainly known for its cattle farms and nature parks, it is now the center of a thriving wine business. The soils are mainly composed of shale and limestone, and the proximity of the ocean helps to temper the hot summers.