La Busattina

Location: San Martino Sul Fiora, Tuscany
Year Established: 1990
Size: 4.5 hectares
Varieties: Ansonica, Ciliegiolo, Malvasia, Procanico, Sangiovese, Toscana, Trebbiano
Viticulture: Biodynamic (since 1997)
Vinification: Native yeasts. No additions, no temperature control

Emilio Falcione is a man of few words. One has the impression that he relishes the calm of his hillside vineyard home, which is tucked high up in the mountains in the southern tip of Tuscany. His farm teems with life – geese, bees, donkeys, horses, cows, goats, and one very large dog, all doing their part to maintain balance and biodiversity. The wines have a timeless feel to them, as if they could have been made in much the same way by his Etruscan ancestors. There is no hint of modernity here, just the gentle hand of nature guiding his meticulous work.
San Martino is a light orange wine blended from Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Ansonica. It sits on its skins for seven days, and then rests on its fine lees in stainless steel tanks for six months. The Sangiovese, called Legnotorto, stays in stainless steel tanks for three years, and then an additional year in bottle before it is released. The Ciliegiolo macerates on its skins for thirty to forty days, with pumping over and punch downs. After a year in botti, it spends three years in stainless steel tanks before being bottled, without filtration.