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De Fermo, Concrete Rosso, 2019

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Farming

Biodynamic

Producer

De Fermo

Grape

Montepulciano

Wine Type

Red

Country

Italy

Region

Vino Rosso, Abruzzo

Vintage

2019

Alcohol

13%

Size

75cl

 

100% Montepulciano. From certified-biodynamic estate vines of around 25 years old. The fruit is harvested manually, the grapes are destemmed but not crushed; they are fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control in concrete tanks. Maceration is about 4 days.  The wine is also aged in concrete (hence the name of the wine) for 10-11 months and bottled without fining, filtration or sulphur.

Notes on the Producer

The story of De Fermo, a relatively new estate founded in 2010 by Stefano Papetti Ceroni and his wife Eloisa de Fermo, is an unconventional one. Originally from Bologna, Stefano does not come from an agricultural background but nonetheless took interest in wine at a very young age. He began a tasting group with his friends in high school and started visiting wineries as soon as he was old enough to do so. By Stefano's early 20's, wine had become his passion. While studying law in Bologna, he met his future wife Eloisa. In their early years together, weekend trips to wineries became the norm. In 2007, seven years after the couple had met, Eloisa proposed they visit her family farm in Abruzzo; it that had been in the de Fermo family for generations but she had no real connection to it.  Not expecting much, Stefano was shocked to discover a sprawling, ancient property with a rich history:

Stefano fell hard for the De Fermo farm. In the winter of 2007, he began spending every weekend in Abruzzo, learning from the contadini hired by Eloisa's family to run the property. 

In 2009, Stefano asked the old man managing the property to see what was in the old farm house that had been abandoned since 1940's. Unbeknownst to Eloisa, he discovered an underground cantina in the basement. After testing it for temperature and humidity, a small restoration was done on the old concrete tanks, two barrels were purchased and 32 hectoliters of wine were produced in 2010, roughly 4000 bottles. Production increased each year, and by 2013 Stefano was managing all 16 hectares of vines, keeping the best grapes for the De Fermo estate and selling off the rest.

Today, almost all of the grapes go into the estate's independent production. For vines, 11 hectares of Montepulciano are planted along with 2.5 hectares of Pecorino, 2.5 hectares of Chardonnay and and 0.5 hectares of experimental white grapes including Trebbiano and other white varieties.

Stefano and Eloisa have now fully reclaimed the property and are working the olive trees, wheat fields, vegetable gardens and raising animals in addition to tending the vines. This push for biodiversity very much stems from their dedicated, thoughtful approach to biodynamic farming, a philosophy that resonates in every aspect of their lives.

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