Near Suvereto in Tuscany's Maremma lies the Petra winery, which is one of several estates owned by Vittorio Moretti. From afar, the visitor's gaze falls on the circular building, which is characterized by a simple design language and strict geometry. Due to the light reddish stones as well as the location on the slope, it blends harmoniously into the landscape. Red wines such as Ebo Val di Cornia DOC or Zingari Toscana IGT are produced here.
In addition to the Petra estate, which covers a total of 300 hectares with vineyards, olive groves and forests, Vittorio Moretti owns other wineries, including, for example, Bellavista in Franciacorta, L'Albereta and Tenuta La Badiola. Moretti is also known for the production of sparkling wines. With his eponymous group of companies, he is also active not only in the wine industry, but also in the construction sector. In the Petra project, he combines his two interests.
Petra as a symbol of commitment, passion and experience
For his project, Moretti has at his side his daughter Francesca, who is in charge of the experimental facilities, the management of the vineyards and the classic bottle fermentation in the company.
Since 1997 she has been responsible for the Petra project, working on the internal classification and aging of the wines. The Morettis are also supported by other experts: Prof. Attilio Scienza - the expert in site classification and the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Botta has won important international prizes for his projects - ranging from residential buildings to churches and museums. His monumental structure, reminiscent of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, makes the winery an architectural standout. Similar to a temple of an earlier civilization, it reflects elements of Greek, Etruscan and Roman wine culture. Petra is a place of storage, transformation, hospitality and sharing of experiences. The spacious building offers a lot of free space as well as an optimal combination of environmental relationship, working and living conditions and experience orientation. The building also symbolizes commitment and passion.
Moretti's general goal is to protect tradition and highlight beauty. To achieve his goal, he works on measures such as investing in research and supporting cultural projects in the region.
From the winery Petra you can get the following wines:
- Hebo - The name of the wine comes from an Etruscan fortress complex from ancient times, thus recalling the roots of the town of Suvereto. The cuvée contains the grape variety Sangiovese, which is one of the oldest in Tuscany.
- Petra - This wine with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot combines the different qualities of the region: the minerality of Tuscany, the "balsamic" of the sea and the natural acidity of the saline soil.
- Quercegobbe Merlot - The hillsides, facing the sea, are the ideal place for this single varietal wine.
- Zingari - The Zingari is a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Fermented and aged in concrete or steel tanks and in wooden barrels, the wine is fragrant and is also characterized by its lightness and freshness. A short maceration is to preserve the fruity character.
- Alto - As a result of Petra's experimental research, Alto was born, with the native grape variety Sangiovese. Its character is marked by mineral traces and strong tannins.
- Potenti - Potenti (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the company's single-varietal wines. 2007 is the first vintage.
- Angelo di San Lorenzo - This sweet wine ages for seven or eight years, during which time it develops its aroma and complex bouquet, reflecting the sun and scents of Tuscany.
Scenic beauty in the surroundings of Petra
Not only the winery, but also the landscape in central Italy is worth a visit. The area between the coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Maremma hills has a rural character. Maremma refers to the region in central Italy, which more broadly includes southern Tuscany and northern Lazio. The name derives from the terms Maritima Regio and marisma (= marshy coastal land).Here cork oaks, olive trees and other Mediterranean vegetation dominate the landscape.
The region is also rich in traditions and history, as evidenced by archaeological finds, including wine amphorae. Tourism, agriculture and wine production are among the most important economic sectors.
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