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From the sincerity of the land comes an authentic wine made of experience and passion.
Since 1870, the Margaritelli family has linked its name, history, and the nature that makes this a unique land: a region of great environmental and artistic heritage, backed by a rich tradition of mysticism and sacredness. From the desire to create the wine as a product of the earth's design, the passion for cultivation, and imagination that for decades inspires and distinguishes the Margaritelli men formed a deeply authentic brand: Terre Margaritelli.
The history of this business is one that is born in Umbria in the second half of the nineteenth century, it follows four generations of a single family who follow the steps of their predecessor. Their values roots are deeply implanted in the soil of tradition. On the one hand, an upward momentum and on the other an indomitable spirit of innovation. Deep respect for the laws of nature and the value of time, combine with energy and brilliant vitality, are the salient features of the growth cycle of a vineyard, as well as of an oak forest and both have much in common with the history of the Margaritelli family.
It seems obvious that he is our engine but it actually is, always present, feet firmly on the ground with the desire and pride to see the company founded by his Grandfather grow and consolidate. He runs all the gears in sync, after all his passion for bringing old engines back to life and obtaining maximum efficiency from them is well known to all.
Born and raised in the midst of tractors, is a great man of the land. Through his growth in the field and the knoweldge gained as an agronomist of the books he has added a unique experience to the vinyard. As one who prefers to talk to the vine rather than to those who "have time to spare," he following the course of the sun, greating it every early morning, but has never lost sight of his goal: bringing a great grape to the cellar and our company.
On a summer evening in 2005 he meets the Margaritelli family at the center of the Rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Here, at 1.00 AM, in front of a good wine and fresh ricotta, the basis of project Terre Margaritelli are created, an organic winery that sink their roots in the most authentic values of the Natural Italian Genius: art, beauty, balance and being.
It is precisely due to his extraordinary acrobatic skills that he quickly becomes the indispensable right-hand man of all at the company. Always present on the ground, is the man of the machines: with one touch of of his hands all problems are solved and everthing runs perfectly. But really, he loves to talk about the wine and the vineyard.
His passion and past experience is that of the bartender, those of the cocktails, who stay behind the counter until late and who solve all your problems with a smile and a joke. This is the role of the Vinista, seeing is believing.
He loves to travel and discover new worlds. Curious and sanguine, his winery, his wines, his colleagues are his family, to be protected with swordplay. He would always like to travel and go abroad but without leaving his home, Umbria. Eugubino DOC.
Citizen of the world, the world of wine. Everyone knows him and he knows everyone. For us he is like un uncle, the funny one. Tha one that is always present, who helps you when you need it and who always brings you a smile ... in addition to pastries!
The company was founded in 1950 by Fernando Margaritelli. At the age of 60, Fernando Margaritelli started this operation as a retirement business to fulfil his enjoyment of cultivating and to produce wine for himself and his family. The purpous of is activity was to serve only the family and express the Margaritelli family passion for the land.
In 2000 Mr. Giuseppe Margaritelli, son of Fernando, in honor his father's passion, decided to expand the property and give life to project Terre Margaritelli winery. This began by replanting the vineyard, the early production, and the transition to a organic vinyard. Today, the company is totally organic and provides for the direct production of all the wine that is marketed under the Terre Margaritelli name.
In 1962 the Margaritelli family, in order to control the entire chain production chain of railway ties, built a sawmill in France to be able to procure oak directly from the rich French forests. The headquarters of the sawmill, which are still a very important element for Margaritelli family, especially for the production of parquet, are located in Fontaine, 25 km from Beaune in the heart of Burgundy which is rich in forests. From there came the possibility of creating a unique, one of a kind research in collaboration with several French organizations including the National Institute of Vine and Wine and the National Institute for Forest Management, the Cooperage Union and other minor institutions in order to determine whether the influence of oak on wine would change depending on the origin of the oak forest.
Margaritelli France supported the project by providing the wood from each of the different forests selected, in such a way that from each forest there was wood from different plants, 24 trees from each forest to have a standard reproduction of the forest itself. Oak barrels were made from single forests and inside of them was put the 2002 Pinot Noir from Domaine Michel Juillot, aged until December 2003 before being bottled without filtering or other operations. In early 2004 a blind tasting was organized to which only professional sommeliers were invited. They were asked to fill out a score sheet which then in practice would become the flavor profile of each individual oak forest.
Based on this research, we decided to use oak exclusively from the Bertrange forest in Burgundy. The oak is characterized by having a very delicate profile with fresh balsamic notes and never covering the fruit.
At the moment, all of he barrels are produced by the cooperage Toutant, also in Burgundy, who are both customers and friends of the Margaritelli family and are always checking and controlling the directly the origin of the wood. A final note, in 2016 Margaritelli France has been awarded the largest batch of trees to be cut of the Bertrange forest in the national auction.