The vines for this exquisite Toscana IGT “Oreno” Tenuta Sette Ponti are kept under close supervision, with each stalk allowed to produce only one or two clusters of grapes to ensure the highest quality of grapes. After the grape clusters have been expertly selected in May, and the unneeded clusters removed, the grape clusters have been expertly selected in May, and the unneeded clusters removed, the berries are allowed to grow and mature, before they are picked by hand when at their ripest. After being hand-sorted and destemmed, the skins are broken rather than crushed. This is fermented for 25 days and macerated before malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in new French Allier oak barriques for 14-18 months, and the wines are blended twice – when the wines are put into the barriques, and again after the first racking – resulting in a 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot blend of international varietals.
Oreno, which takes its name from the river that crosses the estate and the hamlet where the Farmhouse is found, is the estate’s flagship wine. The blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot gives good structure and elegance, and expresses best the potential of the territory and the Moretti Cuseri family’s idea of wine. Grapes are grown in a calcareous, clay-rich soil abundant in the stony galestro limestone that is special to Tuscany.
Tenuta Sette Ponti is the vision of one man, Dr. Antonio Moretti, who after taking over the estate from his father in the late 1990’s decided to produce estate-bottled wines. Recognising the estate’s exceptional terroir, Dr. Moretti, alongside celebrated winemaker, Giuseppe Ca Viola, has transformed Sette Ponti into one of Tuscany’s most celebrated estates. “Sette Ponti has made serious wines for a while now, but over the last few years, proprietor, Antonio Moretti, and consulting oenologist, Giuseppe Ca Viola, have taken things to another level.” — Antonio Galloni. Recent accolades include Gambero Rosso’s Winery of the Year in 2015, multiple 99 point scores and numerous Top 10 Wines in the World by various publications from around the world. It’s name, Tenuta Sette Ponti, is taken from the number of bridges over the Arno River between the two Tuscan cities of Florence and Arezzo. The estate itself, extending over 330 hectares in Valdarno in the heart of Tuscany, covers an area at the foot of the mountain where the vineyards can be found. Vines occupy 50 hectares, ranging in altitude from 200-300 metres, with the oldest vines (mostly Sangiovese) dating back to 1935. The soil is a classic Tuscan mix of sand, clay, limestone and schist-based galestro.