LUNARIA ORSOGNA, brand name created by the Olearia Vinicola Orsogna co-operative in the Abruzzo region on Italy’s Adriatic coast 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 (International Biodynamic Wine Conference, San Francisco 07 May 2018, Demeter USA). / 2012 At Millésime Bio in January 2012 I was told by someone on the Orsogna co-op’s stand that 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 In January 2017 the Millesime Bio website listed the Orsogna co-op as having 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres) of certified (organic and Biodynamic) vines producing 120,000 hl of wine. 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 Terre di Chieti. 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 members of the Moscato family). 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. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. Pergola abruzzese and guyot. 300-450 metres (984-1,476 feet). Appassimento style.

COSTE DI MORO, MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO DOC | 100% Montepulciano. Demeter-certified Biodynamic grapes. 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. Good chunky fruit at the Demeter USA International Biodynamic Wine Conference 2018.

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.

CONTACT

Olearia Vinicola Orsogna, Via Ortonese, 29 / I-66036 Orsogna Chieti (CH = Chieti), Italy / Tel+39 0871.86241 / www.lunariabio.it

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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