The first cellar was built one thousand years ago by monks from the Cathedral of Siena. It remained intact through the centuries, a testimony to the continued importance of wine at the Canonica a Cerreto. Very few changes were made by the Bishops who owned and resided at the Canonica (Rectory) for three centuries.
In 2003 we decided to build an entirely new cellar in order to provide us with the best conditions for winemaking and aging. Though it is true that the quality of the wine is born in the vineyard, it is also true that nowadays the benefits of a modern cellar, maximizing hygienic and working conditions, are essential if the wine is to express the soil and vines from which it comes. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, and aging in small oak barrels which are normally used for just three years.
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