LUNARIA ORSOGNA, brand name created by the Olearia Vinicola Orsogna co-operative in the Abruzzo region on Italy’s Adriatic coast specifically for its wines made from Demeter-certified organic grapes. Lunaria might very loosely translate a ‘moon air’.

BIODYNAMIC CERTIFICATION | 2007 First vintage with Demeter Biodynamic certification. | 2012 At Millésime Bio in January 2012 someone on the Olearia Vinicola Orsogna stand told me they had 600 members with 1,200 hectares (2,965 acres) of vines of which 110 hectares (272 acres) was Demeter certified Biodynamic and 75% of the rest was certified organic. | 2017 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres) of certified (organic and Biodynamic) vines (Source: Millesime Bio 2017). In December 2017 Giovanni Legitimo of Demeter Italia told me 6 wine grape growers at the Orsogna co-op were Demeter-certified Biodynamic. | 2018 In October 2018 Giovanni Legitimo of Demeter Italia told me Cantina Orsogna had 207.07 hectares (511 acres) of Demeter-certified Biodynamic vineyards, making it the biggest Biodynamic vineyard in Italy.

SPARKLING WINES

CIVITAS PECORINO SPUMANTE BRUT | White sparkling wine. 100% Pecorino. Pergola abruzzese. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. 

LA BELLE SPUMANTE EXTRA DRY | White sparkling wine. 100% Malvasia Aromatica. Pergola abruzzese. Calcareous soils. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. Charmat method. White sparkling wine.

LA PIRALE SPUMANTE, MOSCATO TERRE DI CHIETI | White sparkling wine. Demeter-certified Biodynamic Moscato Bianco grapes. 100% stainless steel.

RAMORO PINOT GRIGIO SPUMANTE | Pink sparkling wine. 100% Pinot gris. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. Pergola abruzzese. Limestone soils.

WHITE WINES

BUCEFALO BIANCO | 85% Malvasia Aromatica, 15% other white grapes. Appassimento style. Fermented and aged 100% in stainless steel, Bottled after three months.

CHARISMA, TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO DOC | Trebbiano d’Abruzzese. Guyot. / 2014 Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes.

CIVITAS, TERRE DI CHIETI DOC BIANCO | Unoaked. 2010 Demeter Biodynamic. Pecorino (85% min). Guyot. 5,000 bottles. Nice broad peach skin flavours, rich, very good at Millésime Bio Jan 2012. | 2018 13.1% alc. WBP. Cool fermented in steel for 30 days. 

LA BELLE, TERRE DI CHIETI BIANCO IGP MALVASIA | 85-100% Malvasia Aromatica, 15% other authorised varieties. Part VSP (guyot), part pergola. 450 metres (984-1,476 feet). Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. | 2018 100% Malvasia Aromatica. 13.5% alc. Brief cold maceration. Soft pressing. Cool ferment for 30 days at 12-14 centigrade on lees. 

LA PIRALE, TERRE DI CHIETI BIANCO IGP MOSCATO | 100% Moscato (not sure exactly which member of the Moscato family this is actually from). Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. 450 metres (1,476 feet). Calcareous soils. 100% Stainless steel.

RAMORO, TERRE DI CHIETI IGP BIANCO PINOT GRIGIO | 2017 85% Pinot Grigio, 15% other authorised grapes. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. 450-500 metres (1,476-1,640 feet). 30 days on skins. 8,800 cases. Plumptious fruit and texture at the Demeter USA International Biodynamic Wine Conference 2018.

ROSÉ WINES

CERASUOLO D’ABRUZZO DOP, PETTIROSCE | 100% Montepulciano. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. Pergola abruzzese and guyot. 450 metres (1,476 feet). Calcareous, stony soils.

RED WINES

BUCEFALO ROSSO | 100% Montepulciano. Pergola abruzzese and guyot. 300-450 metres (984-1,476 feet). Appassimento style. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes.

COSTE DI MORO, MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO DOC | 100% Montepulciano. Pergola abruzzese and guyot. 300-450 metres (984-1,476 feet). | 2009 Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. Nice and wild, soft and chewy, very good for a co-op at Millésime Bio Jan 2012. | 2013 1,100 cases. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. Good chunky fruit at the Demeter USA International Biodynamic Wine Conference 2018. 2015 Mix of steel and oak. 14%.

RUMINAT, TERRE DI CHIETI IGP ROSSO | 2017 100% Primitivo. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. Bush vines. 100-150 metres (328-492 feet). Stainless steel. Unoaked. Nice weight, wild, slightly Bretty at the Demeter USA International Biodynamic Wine Conference 2018.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

International Biodynamic Wine Conference, 07 May 2018, San Francisco, Demeter USA.

CONTACT

Olearia Vinicola Orsogna

Via Ortonese, 29

I-66036 Orsogna Chieti (CH = Chieti), Italy

Tel+39 0871.86241 | www.lunariabio.it