The Mottura estate, consists of some 130 hectares and nestles on the border of Northern Lazio and Umbria,100 km from Rome and 160 km from Florence.
The estate has been in the Mottura family since 1933 who have been actively involved in the conservation of the area. In the 1960's the Mottura's began modernising their farming methods on the estate: they switched from share-cropping to direct cultivation and began researching the best use to be made of the soil. On the gentle slopes of the hillsides vines have found their natural habitat and prosper in the volcanic soil. Records in the archives of Orvieto prove that these hills were particularly suited to the cultivation of vines as far back as in 1929 in so much as some of the best Orvieto wine was even then produced here. As in many other areas the old vineyards, planted generation ago, "married" the vines to trees that would support them, according to the method massed down from the Etruscans.These have gradually been replaced by specialised vineyards, which now extend to 40 hectares and every year new ones are planted to ensure that the quality of the wines will remain as high in the future. In chosing the varieties an important place has always been reserved for the local indigenous vines and clones have been selected on the basis of bearing fruits with all the best qualities essential to wine making; extensive cultivation in the same area over many years has brought about a natural selection of those more resistant to disease, simplifying the respect of the requirements of EC Reg. 2092/91 (organic growing).
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