DUEMANI is a Biodynamic estate on Tuscany’s Mediterranean coast. It was planted as Biodynamic from 2000 by Elena Celli who was born in Lucca, Tuscany, studied marketing and worked in the fashion industry, and Luca D’Attoma, who was born near Florence, Tuscany whose oenological consultancy company is called Wine Evolution Consulting.
THE NAME Duemani means ‘two hands’, in this case the owners’ two pairs of hands.
VINEYARDS The project began in 2000 with the purchase of an uncultivated piece of land in Ortacavoli, on the outskirts of Riparbella at approximately 200 meters above sea level in a west-facing amphitheatre overlooking Tuscany’s Etruscan coast. The highest altitude vineyard was planted with Cabernet Franc, and has the richest soil. Lower down there is more Cabernet Franc and then Merlot. Where the soil becomes more arid and stony Syrah was planted (as bush vines or alberello). In June 2005 another hectare was planted, bringing the total to more than 7 hectares (17.3 acres). In 2014 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of Cabernet Franc were added, bringing the estate’s total vineyard to 10 hectares (24.7 acres). The vines were planted at 8,400 vines per hectare (3,400 vines per acre).
CERTIFICATION 2000 Demeter certified Biodynamic from planting. 2018 Still Demeter-certified Biodynamic.
COSTA TOSCANA ROSATO, SI / 2017 100% Syrah. 4,500 bottles.
COSTA TOSCANA ROSSO, ALTROVINO / 2015 50% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Cement vats. 12,000 bottles. Lovely tannin at the International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 6-7th May 2018.
COSTA TOSCANA ROSSO, CIFRA / 2016 100% Cabernet Franc. Cement tanks. Juicy, primary, wild fruit, v nice at the Demeter Austria tasting, Vienna 26th February 2018.
COSTA TOSCANA ROSSO, DUEMANI / 2015 100% Cabernet Franc. Fermentation in large oak casks and maturation in french oak barrels for 12 months. 5,000 bottles. Lovely concentration at the International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 6-7th May 2018.
COSTA TOSCANA ROSSO, SUISASSI 100% Syrah from stony soils (‘su i sassi‘).
Azienda Vitivinicola Duemani, Località Ortacavoli, I-56046 Riparbella (PI = Pisa), Italy / Tel+39 0583.975048 / www.duemani.eu
International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 6-7th May 2018.