Walking through our vineyards, as we have the pleasure of doing often, you easily identify the changing soil types and the varying density of the vines. We have in fact vineyards planted in 2007 alongside very old ones planted back in 1970.
Our vineyards are on the top of a hill, at a height of about 300 mt above sea level, in an area called “ I Poggi di Baschi,” well known for producing great wines.
The soil can be clayey , marly or tufaceous, sometimes with small pebbles ; surprisingly enough, is also rich in fossils , generating a high mineral content ideal for obtaining a consistent acidity in the white wines. The vineyards cover slopes exposed to the south east and south west .
Climbing down from the lowest part of our vineyards, you come across the huge rocky basament on which our hill rests. Believe us when this rocky wall colors yellow with broom, it is a rare sight !
Only the experience of many harvests enable you to decide the correct intervention in your vineyards ( pruning, deleafing, thinning, treatments ..) and every year the bond with your land becomes stronger and stronger.
The breeding system is single or double Guyot for the white and spurred cordon for the red vines.
It is important to emphasize that any chemical weeding is banned from our estate and anticriptogamic treatments are brought down to a minimum.
At Podere Barbi we are surrounded by vines. From a specific spot you look over the small Corbara lake surrounded by green hills and from our farmhouse the view of the city of Orvieto resting on its rocky, thousand year old platform is gorgeous.
White Wine Making
As for the red wines, we tend to keep to the grape growing and wine making traditions which made Orvieto wines renowned, but with the assistance of improved modern techniques aimed at the highest quality level.
But once again passion alone can allow you to turn great grapes into great wines!.
Primarily we use autoctonous varietals but wisely increasing the ones that we believe to be the “noblest” such as Grechetto or special clones of Procanico. We greatly value Vermentino too.
International varietals are used to a very limited extent.
The grapes are picked by hand, during the coolest hours with the usual care in selecting the best ones to better preserve their aromatic potential.
The musts are cooled rapidly in stainless steel tanks and sediment is removed with the exception of the Archè which is partially fermented in wood.
The clear musts start fermenting with the aid of selected yeasts, at controlled temperature.
It is common practice to refine our wines in the bottle before their release.
Red Wine Making
At Podere Barbi we continue the traditions of winemaking in the Orvieto region but modern technology is essential to us to enhance them.
Our main pecularity stays in the choice of producing our wines from varietals which are 95% indigenous. Sangiovese is the predominant varietal , followed in gradual succession by the Montepulciano, Canaiolo & Ciliegiolo. From the very beginning we believed in all these varietals which are the essence of our production reality, which disassociates us from the consistent use of international varietals, which is very fashionable in the area.
But passion alone allows you to turn great grapes into great wine.
Our grapes are picked by hand because this is the only way to select the best fruit and they are pressed within the next hour thanks to the proximity of the vineyards to our cellars
The stalks are removed from the red grapes which are pressed and pumped peristatically into open vats for fermentation. The cap is plunged three times a day by hand. A constant control of the temperature is key to retain at the utmost the varietal character of the grapes.
We only partially mature our red wines in small oak barrels, housed in undeground caves where the malolactic process takes place. We believe that other red wines do not need wood and are therefore stored in stainless steel.
Naturally our red wines are peacefully refined in bottle for a few months.
Our Olive Grove
Our olive grove consists of 800 plants and the main varietals are Leccino, Frantoio, Moraiolo and Tondino. The olive tree is from time immemorial part of Umbrian history and culture.
Olives that have reached the right degree of ripeness are harvested from the tree by hand, to ensure their integrity.
Within a few hours the olives are taken to the mill, separated from impurities and leaves and washed.
OLIO "i Poggi"
THE WHITE WINES
THE RED WINES
TYPE OF WINE : young white
THE GRAPES: 40% Grechetto, 30% Procanico, 20% Sauvignon & Malvasia, 10% Vermentino
VINIFICATION: in stainless steel vats, at low temperature
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 13 % by vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6 ‰
COLOUR: light straw yellow
BOUQUET: fresh, delicate, and flavoury
TASTE: dry and fruity, with a light aftertaste of bitter almond.
COMBINATIONS: excellent as an aperitif, it goes well with light hors-d’oeuvres, most first courses, crustacea and fish.
CONSUMPTION: best when fresh, within 2 years
POURING TEMPERATURE:10°-12° C
FORMAT : 375 ml, 750 ml, 1500 ml
Orvieto Classico 2016
TYPE OF WINE: structured white wine , fermented in Allier barrels
Grechetto 70%, Sauvignon 20%, Chardonnay 10%
REFINING: in steel, then in bottles
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 13,5 % by volume
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.70 ‰
COLOUR: straw yellow
BOUQUET: ample, delicate ripe fruits with a slightly spicy scent
TASTE: elegant, harmonious, fruity, balanced with an intense and complex aftertaste
COMBINATIONS: light hors-d’oeuvres, first courses, crustacea and fish
CONSUMPTION: if stored properly, can age well
POURING TEMPERATURE: 12 °C
FORMAT: 750 ml
Archè is a modern version of Orvieto, partly fermented in barriques and notable for its startling depth.
TYPE OF WINE: dessert wine
THE GRAPES: 40% Grechetto, 35% Malvasia, 25% Procanico & Sauvignon
DRYING: the grapes, harvested late in the year, have undergone a 60 day drying period on grates placed in airy positions and at a temperature of 20° C
REFINING: in stainless steel, finally in bottles for 6 months, stored at controlled temperature, before shipping
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 13.5 % by volume
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.20 ‰
COLOUR: vivid straw yellow, turning to gold & amber with ageing
BOUQUET: elegant, delicate, with a subtle hint of almond & vanilla.
TASTE: reminding mature fruit, sweet, rich, velvety & lively at the same time.
COMBINATIONS: it can be drunk alone; best with strong cheese & tarts
CONSUMPTION: At its best starting from its second year. If stored properly, It ages well
POURING TEMPERATURE: 8-10°C.
FORMAT: 375 ml.
Il Ruspo Sangiovese Umbria IGT 2017
TYPE OF WINE: structured red wine for medium to long ageing
THE GRAPES: Sangiovese 100%
VINIFICATION: fermentation in stainless steel vats The maceration on the skins lasted about 12 days.
REFINING: in underground cellars, first in stainless steel vats, then in American oak barrels for 6 months, lastly in bottle.
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 13,5 % by vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5,8 ‰
COLOUR: deep ruby red
BOUQUET: intense, complex, reminding underwood.
TASTE: spicy, rich and full body.
COMBINATIONS: strong and savoury dishes such as roasts and game, red meat and hard cheeses.
CONSUMPTION: best from its second year.
POURING TEMPERATURE: 18° C.
FORMAT: 750 ml
Lago di Corbara DOC 2015
TYPE OF WINE: robust red wine for long aging
THE GRAPES: 70% Sangiovese, 20% Montepulciano, 10% Canaiolo
VINIFICATION: fermentation in stainless steel. The maceration on the skins lasted about 15 days
REFINING: it takes place in underground cellars, first in stainless steel vats, then in Never and Vosges barrels for 8 months and finally in bottle
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 13,5 % by volume
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5,7 ‰
COLOUR: deep ruby red with reflections of garnet
BOUQUET: ample and persistent
TASTE: generous, rich and full body
COMBINATIONS: best with strong and savoury dishes like roasts and game, red meat, hard solid cheese.
CONSUMPTION: At its best during its third year. If stored properly, it can be aged at length.
POURING TEMPERATURE: 18°C.
FORMAT: 750 ml, 1500 ml
The Lago di Corbara is a Doc which just encompasses the municipalities of Baschi, where we are located, and part of Orvieto.
Il Colombaccio 2015
TYPE OF WINE: Long aging red wine of great polyphenolic richness
THE GRAPES: 50% Sangiovese, 40% Ciliegiolo, 10% Canaiolo
VINIFICATION: fermentation in stainless steel. The maceration on the skins lasted 16 days.
REFINING: in stainless steel vats kept in a under-ground cave for 9 months, then in bottle for 3 months.
It underwent a very light filtration.
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 14 % by volume
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5,90 ‰
COLOUR: deep ruby red with reflections of violet
BOUQUET: ample and persistent reminding cherries and underwood.
TASTE: of great complexity, suitably tannic.
COMBINATIONS: st with game, red meat and seasoned cheese
CONSUMPTION: At its best starting from its second year. If stored properly, it can be aged at length.
POURING TEMPERATURE: 18°C.
FORMAT: 750 ml.
OLIO EXTRAVERGINE D’OLIVA
“I POGGI 2018”
TYPE OF OLIVES :
50% Moraiolo , 25% Leccino, 20% Frantoio, 5% Tondino
HEIGHT : 300 mt asl
HARVEST PERIOD : second week of October
HARVEST METHOD : manual combing
EXTRACTION METHOD : natural cold dripping (25-30°C) within six hours of picking
COLOUR : green with golden reflections
BOUQUET : wholly of green olives
TASTE : fruity, intense, bitter and sharp with a hint of artichoke
ACIDITY : expressed in oleic acid 0.20%
COMBINATIONS : naturally, on vegetable soups, red meat, game, wild mushrooms and brochette
TYPE OF WINE: fruity red wine with an elegant tannin for medium to long aging
THE GRAPES: Ciliegiolo 100%
VINIFICATION: the fermentation develops spontaneously in stainless steel vats, with no yeasts added, the maceration on the skins lasted about 14 days.
REFINING: in underground cellars at a controlled temperature, in stainless steel vats at first and then in French oak barrels for 6 months, lastly in bottle for 2 months.
ALCOHOLIC CONTENT: 13 % vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6,2%
COLOR: ruby red
BOUQUET: intense, pleasant and fruity characterized by a strong cherry scent and a fragrant bouquet of red fruit.
TASTE: round, rich and soft
COMBINATIONS: it goes very well with cold cuts, first courses with meat sauces and roasted white meat dishes.
CONSUMPTION: at its best starting from its second year
POURING TEMPERATURE: 18° C.
FORMAT: 750 m
Orvieto Classico Dry
Lago di Corbara DOC
The Barbi-Ferrari family is enthusiastically involved in the production of wines which make a difference, in the Orvieto territory. Their aim is a constant commitment to improve, both in the vineyards and in the cellars.
They firmly believe in their choice of varietals and clones, and are proud to work side by side with their importers and their teams to make their wines well known and appreciated in more than 25 countries worldwide.
The estate of Baschi can be reached: (it is preferable to fix an appointment)
Motorway (A1) Firenze-Roma exit Orvieto
Dual Carriageway Perugia-Todi and S.S. 448 Todi-Orvieto
Perugia Airport / Rome Airport
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