AZIENDA AGRICOLA FATTORIA LA VIALLA is a mixed Biodynamic farm and estate vineyard in Tuscany’s Arezzo province.

OWNERS The Lo Franco family: Brothers Bandino, Gianni and Antonio. Their father is called Pietro.

VINEYARDS The La Vialla estate comprises a total of 1,350 hectares (3,334 acres). There are 190 hectares (469 acres) of vineyards, 14,000 olive trees, 1,250 sheep, 800 chickens of the Valdernese species and about 10 horses. There are also over 200 hectares (494 acres) of arable land and pastures. The remaining 730 hectares (1,803 acres) of land is woodland: turkey oak, oak, chestnut and pine trees. The forest provides firewood and stakes (poles) for the enterprise’s needs.

TERROIR The soils are quite varied: they range from level land with a prevalence of loamy sand and with a little clay structure, to those on the hillside with a greater structural and largely mineral presence, dedicated to vines and olive trees (galestro, with some hills are also very rich in minerals such as manganese, soils with good “scheletro” structure).

BIODYNAMICS 2010 IN 2010 La Vialla said “it uses biodynamic methods across its entire estate. La Vialla has no cows. Caw manure for compost and for the Horn Manure 500 field spray preparation is sourced from neighbouring organic farms with whom La Vialla has close collaborative arrangements. La Vialla buries about 600 horns got Horn Manure 500 every year using. The Horn Silica 501 preparation is purchased. There are five independent spray units aallowing the whole estate to be sprayed in a working week.”

CERTIFICATION 1983-1992 Member of CTPB (the Tuscan Organic Producers Association). 1993 Certified organic by AIAB-ICEA. 2006 Fully certified organic and with part of the estate certified biodynamic by Demeter for the first time. 2011 490 hectares (1,210 acres) of Demeter certified Biodynamic crops: 115 hectares (284 acres) of olive trees, 190 hectares (469 acres) of vines, and 185 hectares (457 acres) of arable land and pasture.

PRODUCT RANGE Wine (still white, red, and rosé wines, plus Vin Santo, and sparkling wines), Vin Santo, olives for oil (have their own mill), pecorino cheese, flour, biscuits, preserves, sauces, jams and honey. Everything taking place directly in its own laboratories or in third party laboratories. Furthermore, it produces pasta made from organically grown durum wheat and spelt, with a surface area consistently invested in grains which vary annually based on crop rotation.

CONTACT Alejandro Solis, Azienda Agricola Fattoria La Vialla, via di Meliciano 26, I-52029 Castiglion Fibocchi (AR = Arezzo), Italy / Tel+39 (0)575.430020 / www.lavialla.it

SPARKLING WINES

VALDICHIANA BRUT, LE CHIASSAIE 2012 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Verdicchio. Well made sparkling wine tasted blind at Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 29th April 2013.

WHITE WINES

VALDICHIANA BIANCO 2011 70% Trebbiano, 20% Malvasia, 10% Chardonnay. Unoaked. Upto £7.99. Clean citrus, good typicity, nice pear drops, citric palate-cleanser. Commended at DWWA 2nd May 2013.

TOSCANA BIANCO, TORBOLINO 2012 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% each Trebbiano & Chardonnay. Up to £7.99. Points. Bronze at DWWA 29th April 2013.

RED WINES

CHIANTI DOCG RISERVA, CASA CONFORTO 2010 80% Sangiovese, 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon & Canaiolo. £8-14.99. Clean blackcurrant nose, youthful tannin, nice raspberry fruit on palate. Bronze at DWWA 2nd May 2013. 2012 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Trebbiano. Oaked. Ripe, roasted berries, quite openknit. Commended at DWWA 2nd May 2013.

TOSCANA ROSSO DOC, BARRICCATO 2010 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. £8-14.99. Rich, ripe fruit plus oak nose, with some menthol. Rich palate, elegant finish. Silver at DWWA 1st May 2013.

TOSCANA ROSSO DOC, CASAL DURO 2009 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. £8-14.99. Attractive flat red fruit aromas, lots of extract on the palate but the fruit has plenty of lift, but rather youthful still so plenty still to give. Silver at DWWA 1st May 2013.

VIN SANTO

VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI DOC OCCHIO DI PERNICE 2008 80% Sangiovese, 20% Trebbiano. 190g/l residual sugar. Mahogany colour. Flattish nose like an oloroso or and aged amontillado, very sweet crowdpleasing palate. Bronze at DWWA 2nd May 2013.