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In the Heart of Italy, A Source of Beauty
Umbria Estate location, close to Bevagna and the tiny, picturesque village of Torre del Colle
View of Tenuta Bellafonte Umbria is 3,264 square miles. One of Italy’s tiniest, the approximate equivalent of twice the size of the state of Rhode Island 29.3% of the region is mountains, 70.7% of the region is hills. They call it the heart of Italy becuase it is nestled right at the geographic core of the peninsula in lush, green isolation Percentage of mountains Percentage of hills
Peter & Sabina’s Team: Winemakers: Peter Heilbron & Beppe Caviola Consulting Agronomist: Federico Cortaz World Class team who has been working on the Bellafonte project since its inception, even before the property was purchased in 2007 Sabina & Peter Heilbron Owner: Peter Heilbron, Milanese-born executive from the Food & Beverage sector The Begining: Peter fell in love with Umbria’s calm, tranquil, and peacfull ambiance while he was working for Nestlé. After a few years as CEO of Martini & Rossi, then Heineken Italy, he decided to act on his passion for the unique terroir of Montefalco, in the Perugia province, exclusive home of a powerful new Italian star: Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG.
The Land Total Property: 30 hectares (74 acres) close to Bevagna, in one of the region’s most untouched, pristine landscapes. Under Vine: 7 hectares (17 acres) are under Sagrantino vine, easily recognizable in autumn thanks to the fiery color of the leaves Altitude: 260 to 320 meters (853-1,050 feet) above sea level Soil: Old and new plantings are on tough, sunny and stony soil that alternates the area’s typical clay with marly and arenaceous formations.
23 hectares (57 acres) include woodland, a small orchard, and 2,500 olive trees Olive Trees are of the classic local varieties: moraiolo, frantoio and leccino, yielding superb extra virgin olive oil. Nearby Torre del Colle The castle at Torre del Colle The entire property aims at blending into the landscape, with an underground winery and cellars and minimal impact on the environment. The Bellafonte property
The Winery Energy Independent: The estate makes use of solar panels and a biomass boiler: no damage, no waste; even the clippings from pruning are employed to produce energy. Winery Structure: A stainless steel and stone structure in direct contact with the rocky soil, allowing moisture and natural air to permeate the winery. To combat too much moisture, ideal ventilation is ensured through underground conduits that circulate outside air and ensure naturally cool temperatures. Hot air exits the winery through two large chimneys. The Vineyards • Eco-friendly Viticultural Practices: • Natural Fertilization by means of manure. • No Irrigation • Avoidance of Chemical herbicides • Manual: pruning & canopy management, • Green harvest • Closest neighboring winery is 3km---preventing any land interfernace
Harvest & Vinification Harvest: Only select, healthy grapes are brought into the winery. These are not crushed but simply de-stemmed so as to make vinification as gentle as possible, using pressure on flexible tubing to press grapes. Fermentation in the stainless teel vats occurs with only naturally occuring yeasts. Skin maceration lasts about two weeks. The grapes are harvested and vinified by zone and the final wine is a careful blend of the zones, which are constantly adjusted each year.
Peter Heilbron in the ageing cellar Ageing After a several weeks resting and some decanting, the wine is transferred to the ageing cellars and placed in large Slavonian oak barrels between 30 and 50 hectoliters. Barrel size is part of the Heilbrons’ mission: respecting local tradition and the natural exuberance and power of the Sagrantino variety, which is best fine-tuned in larger wood containers. Malolactic fermentation is entirely natural, solely set off by cellar temperature. Ageing in oak lasts at least 3 years. The wine is subsequently bottled, unfiltered, and undergoes another 10 months’ bottle age previous to release. The barrels and the bottles rest together in the same cellar, maintained at the perfect temperature by the natural flow of air.
ONE WINE TENUTA BELLAFONTE Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG Location of Vineyards: Bevagna, province of Perugia, Umbria Varieties: 100% Sagrantino Age of Vines: 12-15 years Altitude: 853-1,050 feet (260-320 meters) above sea level Training System: Spurred cordon Density of Vines: 5,500 per hectare Soil Type: Clay alternating with marly and arenaceous formations Crop Yield: 4 tons per hectare i.e. 1.6 tons per acre – extremely small Fermentation: Solely natural yeasts, skin maceration for c. 20 days Ageing: 36 months in large Slavonian oak barrels + 10 months’ bottle age. Wine is released in October. Bottling: Unfiltered Alcohol: C. 14% by vol. Total Production: 20,000-25,000 bottles
Tasting Notes: Luminous ruby, the bouquet is ample and intense, showing blackberry and wild berry notes alternating with spicy and mineral sensations that acquire depth and complexity in time. The palate is consistent, silky-textured and powerful while simultaneously fresh and elegant. Tannins are rich yet soft, promising a very long cellar life.
TENUTA BELLAFONTE Vintages & Quantities First Vintage 2008: 3,900 bottles 2009: 5,600 bottles 2010: 10,700 bottles 2011: 17,400 bottles The youngest vineyards will become productive in 2015, adding 40 more hectoliters (5,600 bottles) to the Heilbrons’ Sagrantino production. TENUTA BELLAFONTE What’s in a Name? The inspiration for naming the estate Tenuta (property) Bellafonte (literally «beautiful source») came from the Italian translation of Peter’s originally German surname, heil = beautiful, wholesome + Bron, source. Beautiful Source