There are dreams and dreams in the lives of individuals, among the most loved there is that of the American dream of freedom, then that of living in an exotic island and then there is one entirely Italian, indeed Tuscan, that of owning a farm the birth of the L’Orcio winery in Ca ‘Di Pesa is based on the mythical Chianti hills, and it is precisely on a dream come true.
Jonathan Auerbach and Jessika Hegewisch (he’s American and she’s German) purchased this small farm in 1999, L’Orcio at Ca ‘Di Pesa, after falling in love with it on their honeymoon in 1998. The estate is located in the province of Florence, in Panzano in Chianti, in fact, a hamlet in the municipality of Greve in Chianti.
The building that today forms Ca ‘di Pesa, has developed and modified over the centuries, as early as the 11th century. sources show that it was part of the ancient castle of Roffiano, a story that deserves to be deepened, but this is not the place, even if full of charm, so much as to invite the reader to do research or consult the website of the company. But it was in 2009, when the spouses decided to start a project of production of the highest quality wine starting from scratch and with such determination, in collaboration with the winemaker Diego Ciurletti and the agricultural expert Alessandro Gemini.
Currently the company owns just over 4.2 hectares, of which 1.29 are planted with vines and 2.2 hectares of olive trees, located towards the Conca d’Oro in Panzano. We specify that the valley of the Conca d’Oro is the part of Panzano overlooking and that slopes down to the wide valley of the Pesa stream and exposed to the sun. A typical landscape of the Chianti area where woods, vineyards and olive groves draw in perfect harmony as far as the eye can see. The company vineyards are within the denomination of Chianti Classico Docg, considered the gold of Chianti. The wine produced by L’Orcio at Ca ‘Di Pesa is vinified in the cellar obtained from the former lemon house, with grapes of: Sangiovese, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, placed on soils with perfect composition with a good supply of clay and rich in skeleton, especially in pietraforte in Panzano.
The company philosophy is to produce high quality wines without compromise. Current production ranges from 8000 to 12000 bottles, according to the vintage. Only the best grapes arrive in the cellar, thanks to a careful choice in the vineyard during the harvest strictly by hand in boxes.
The line offered is minimalist and presents a “Tramonto” Ca ‘di Pesa Rosé Igt, of great freshness, flavor and drinkability, the Chianti Classico Docg Riserva, produced from a careful selection of Sangiovese grapes, fermented in two amphora jars and aged for two years and a half in new French oak barrels.
It is a vigorous wine, engaging and of great territorial character, but of great interest also in the more immediate basic version Chianti Classico Docg Ca ‘di Pesa. However, the highlight is the exciting and imaginative supertuscan blend made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘La Lucertola’ Igt Ca ‘di Pesa, vinified in cement and aged 4 years in 2 new French oak barriques, an elegant and elegant wine whimsical. The Auerbach family recently decided to sell this wine only for guests in the villa, and for wine clubs in Massachussets and Singapore.
This company in its small way manages to produce a fine wine, which reflects nature and the spectacular fruits of the Conca D’oro territory. We also point out that the company produces an excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil and offers the possibility of staying overnight in the splendid Villa Ca ‘Di Pesa.