Badia di Morrona | Winery in the township (‘comune’) of Terricciola in Pisa province on the Tuscan coast. It produces wine under the Chianti Colline Pisane DOCG plus Chianti DOCG, Bianco Pisano di San Torpè DOC, and Colli dell’Etruria Centrale DOC.

Owner | Filippo Gaslini Alberti and the Gaslini family (have an estate in Piemonte; main business is insurance).

Background | The estate has C11th origins. The extensive buildings were originally an abbey, then a bishop’s palace, and are now a farm-vineyard. From 1990 under the Gaslini family and Corrado dal Piaz (from Trentino) a new winery, with pneumatic presses, was created. The C12th barrel cellar is a little drive away from the main (new) cellar.

Staff | Oen: Giorgio Marone Depaoli. Viti: Arrigo De Paoli. Sales: Giandomenico (“Giando”) Zedde (sales@badiadimorrona.it or 335.7781704). From Sardinia, lived in London for seven years in Clapham and then Brixton; married to Claire; two kids; worked for Italian Wine Co and Australian Wine Co trading bulk wines; likes soccer.

Vineyards | 1990 Around 45 ha, one of the larger Pisane estates at that time. Vineyards have been acquired and replanted at 5,000 and 6,000 vines/ha. Sangiovese dominates; sandstone; should have some SB vines planted in the early 1990s. Vines on a range of sites. Also heavy clay, plus sand and shells; mix of sites too around the commune of Terricciola. Says this is a young region, developing, anything is possible; oldest vines ‘Vigna Alta’ which is Sangiovese, old pruning system; 240 metres.

Other crops | Olives for olive oil. Acquavitae.

Agritourism | The estate has a hunting reserve.

White wines

Bianco Piscano di San Torpè DOC | This was made under Corrado dal Piaz.

Toscana Bianco, La Suvera | 2003 70% Chardonnay, 30% Trebbiano. Oaked. Rich and oaky but good quality, nice and fresh and well-balanced for the year when tasted at the winery in early 2005. 4,500 bottles. Around €10. Sold to restaurants in Italy.

Red wines

Colli dell’Etruria Centrale Rosso, Vigna Alta | 2001 Nice old vine Sangiovese fruit and a bare hint of CS when tasted at the winery in early 2005. 5,000 bottles. Old vines, 2,500 vines/ha

Toscana Rosso, N’Antia | 2001 20% Merlot, 40% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. 12,000 bottles. International style with nice wood, technically a good wine when tasted at the estate in early 2005. They know their market. Sold to local restaurants and to Japan. | 2009 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot. Ripe roasted plum aromas, concentrated and broad with nice evolution, cedar starting to develop, sweet tannins firmed up by oak, dense if perhaps not elegant with it. 17 Points. Bronze at DWWA 29th April 2013.

Chianti DOCG, I Sodi del Paretai | Fantasy name: ‘i sodi’ means hard as ‘sodi’ are big bits of hard ground (or sods I suppose) and ‘parete’ are walls. | 2003 100,000 bottles; bit of a stinky nose; light easy style, but crisp and well made from 90% Sangivese, 10% CS, 10% Merlot; could be a bit Piemontese; easy, nice crisp style; and well made again when tasted at the estate in early 2005.

Bibliography

Visit on 14th March 2005.

Contact

Badia di Morrona

Via di Badia 8, I-56030 Terricciola (PI = Pisa), Italy

Tel+39 0587.658505 | www.badiadimorrona.it