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Tenuta Sette Cieli is dedicated to creating world-class wines that are the purest expression of the terroir.
- The estate overlooks gently sloping hills that enclose the Mediterranean Sea, creating a mild microclimate.
- The cooler climate and Mediterranean breezes known as “Gregale” slow the grapes’ ripening and intensify their flavors.
- The large shift in temperatures from morning to night result in balance and complete maturation of the grapes.
- The estate is at an elevation of 1,300 feet.
- Higher elevations cause Bordeaux varieties to struggle, producing small, tight clusters of tiny, thick-skinned grapes.
- Smaller grapes have a higher skin-to-juice ratio resulting in deeper-colored wines with higher tannins.
- The black slate, granite rock and clay soils of the estate are a contrast to the loamy, sandy soil of Bolgheri.
- Rocky soil stresses the vines to produce robust, concentrated fruit.
- Exceptional drainage
- Favors the ability to make available the exchange of minerals and root-activity vigor
Winemakingdownload Winemaking specs
Walled terraces separate Tenuta Sette Cieli’s 17 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec vineyards. The vines are planted only 16 inches apart to allow natural competition and control vigor.
Fully respecting nature and the cultivated vines, the team at Tenuta Sette Cieli chooses to employ sustainable and organic practices in the vineyard. They do not use commercial pesticides, nor do they allow spraying of any kind. Integrated pest control fosters harmony and balance in the vineyards.
From pruning and general maintenance to the harvesting of the fruit, all operations in the vineyards are done by hand with careful attention to every detail. The journey continues into the cellar with single-variety vinification. Fruit is hand-sorted and only the best grapes are selected for wine production.
Fermentation starts with wild yeasts, found on the skins of the grapes, so the process is completely natural. The barrel-aging regime consists of 40 to 50 percent new French oak, and the wines are neither fined nor filtered prior to bottling.