From raw clay to terracotta: the Orci project
Montelupo Fiorentino is the Tuscan city known for its ceramics, with a longstanding tradition of crafting terracotta amphoras known as “orci” in Italian. Fattoria di Petrognano showcases this unique regional craft with a special wine that is made in the characteristic terracotta amphoras. Baptised the “Orci” line of wines, there are two versions produced: Orci Sangiovese and Orci Trebbiano. This experience has yielded extremely pure, balanced wines where extended contact with the grape skins further emphasises the qualities of the soil. Clay soil also guarantees excellent technical results and an original flavour, as it gives the grapes a high polyphenol content. The particular and highly manual method used to produce this wine makes Orci wines rare, as no more than several thousand bottles are produced every year.