Literally holy wine, the Vin Santo is a sweet wine deeply rooted in Tuscan tradition. The first references date back to the
Renaissance, which is also when the Avignonesi family first came on the scene. To this date our Vin Santo and Occhio di
Pernice are produced with the madre (yeast) that has been passed on for generations and provides that ethereal taste. This
sweet wine is the result of an exceptionally long ageing process during which over half of this precious liquid evaporates. It has
been calculated that with the same amount of grapes used to produce one of our 375 ml bottle you can produce twenty-four
750 ml bottles of wine.
This caramel colored Vin Santo is characterized by intense aromas of caramel and dark chocolate, softened by notes of acacia
honey, thyme and nutmeg, leading the way for inviting scents of candied orange peel and butter cookies. On the palate,
this sweet wine reveals new and surprising flavours with every sip, including notes of figs, almonds, orange marmalade and
roasted coffee beans. A perfect balance between acidity and sweetness compliments a sensual finish.
Malvasia and Trebbiano.
The soil is a sedimentation from the Pleistocene (3 million - 120,000 years ago) with sandy clay and moderate amounts of lime.
The grapes have been hand-picked from the best vineyard parcels and placed in small, vine leaf-coated bins.
The grapes are laid out for a few months on straw mats in the “appassitoio” (drying room). They are then softly pressed and the must is transferred in “caratelli” (50-liter
oak casks) for a slow, natural fermentation with the aid of an indigenous yeast known as “madre”.
10 years in “caratelli”.
ALCOHOL AND TOTAL PRODUCTION
12.5% - 375 ml bottles: 1,801; 100 ml bottles: 2,202