Ampeleia - Italy
Ampeleia, the other estate of Elisabetta Foradori.
Ampeleia has by now achieved a deep awareness of how its actions are in harmony with the land of Roccatederighi and the Colline Metallifere (Metalliferous Hills): our experience, the perfect understanding of our vineyards, learning how to stop and listen and the constant exchange of ideas within our team – all this has given birth to new insights that have been integrated into the original vision behind Ampeleia.
In the 60’s, Erica and Peter Max Suter, a Swiss couple, bought the abandoned farm and turned it into a rural estate with woods and pastures, breeding sheep and pigeons as well as planting a vineyard; soon the Meleta winery (in Italian, 'Meleto' is an apple orchard and the winery was named after the orchard on its land) was known for its wine and products. It was at that time that Cabernet Franc and Merlot were introduced to Roccatederighi.
Ampeleia di Sopra: Ampeleia di Sopra:70 hectares, of which 15 hectares of vineyards – Ampeleia di Sopra is the largest land unit of the estate. Placed between 450 and 600 metres above sea level, it is mainly planted with Cabernet Franc. The different exposures, the various soil-types and the climate marked by sea breezes meeting the land’s energy - these are the elements that determine the uniqueness of these sites, dominated by chestnut woods. Ampeleia di Sopra includes the “Lo Sbocco” vineyard where the Merlot vines used for Empatia plunge their roots.
Originating from the Near East, the grape varieties that have been brought together in Ampeleia are often found in Mediterranean farmlands and contribute to assert their varied identity, rich in subtleties. In past times, vineyards were not planted with just one grape variety but many types of grapes were present and they were all harvested at the same time.
Ampeleia was born in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann and Giovanni Podini. They saw in Ampeleia a place where they could not only develop an agricultural project but also fulfil a common vision relating to shared values and experiences. Since 2009, Thomas's intense political commitment in his homeland has compelled him to forsake his involvement in Ampeleia.