'...Our winery is small but we do everything here... we have our vineyards that we care every day. My motto is to make less but make better... I want typicality. Fermentations are spontaneous. We use stainless then for some wines we age them in chestnut casks as tradition requires.'..Lucia Monti
La Pietra is an historical Ischia island winery that ceased to operate when Tommaso Monti aka Tommasone died in the 80's. Antonio, Tommaso's son at the time was in Germany running a small hotel and restaurant. In 2000 he decided that was time to spend his efforts on the land and vines he inherited; La Pietra was back in business as Tommasone. Lucia, Antonio's daughter, took over the operation in the vineyards and in the winery since 2009. Born in Germany, she studied winemaking and practiced working in the Mosel and in Friuli. Passionate about the land of her family she won the respect and admiration of the locals. The vines (total extension is 17 acres for a production of almost 60 thousand bottles) are mostly trained with a single Guyot trellis system with a maximum of 5 buds per vine. That ensures to get the best quality bunches from the vines. Some older vines are alberello "bush trees". The altitude (over 600ft), the soil - the typical "tufo verde" green tufa - a siliceous calcareous and friable rock rich of phosphorus and potassium, coming from volcanic eruptions, plus clay sediments on the top. The constant presence of some breeze and - of course given the position - of the sun, are all indication of high potential wines. Grapes grown are Biancolella, Forestera, Fiano and with latest acquisition Falanghina for the whites; Piedirosso, Aglianico and Montepulciano for red wines.
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