Fattoria Le Pupille | Estate near Grosseto on the edge of Morellino di Scansano DOCG in south west coastal Tuscany. The estate comprises 420ha and was once Elisabetta Geppetti’s grandparents’ holiday home. It produces wines under the Maremma Toscana DOC as well as Morellino di Scansano DOCG. Other land is given to olives, grain, cork oaks and pasture.
Owner | Founder Elisabetta Geppetti (her husband: Stefano Rizzi) is handing over to her daughter, Clara.
Staff | Christian Le Sommer has consulted.
Vineyards | 2005 60 ha in production. Poggio Valente, a single cru. With grapes are in a plot just up the road from Mantellassi. Saffredi is the old vineyard where the old winery was. More vineyards by the new winery. | 2018 80ha of vines.
Winery | 2001 New cellars were built, near the elegant villa. Arched rooms for the barrels. An underground cellar is not possible as the water table is too high as they are so close to the Ombrone.
Maremma Toscana Bianco, Poggio Argento
Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Fattoria Le Pupille | Sangiovese and Alicante, plus some Malvasia Nera instead of Ciliegiolo (which is too delicate). | 2004 Primary carbonic style (Argiano, March 2005).
Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Poggio Valente | Now a 100% Sangiovese but previously it was a single vineyard wine made instead of a riserva, from at least 40 yo Sangiovese and Alicante (Grenache Noir). | 2009 Sangiovese, Merlot.
Il Pupille | Now 100% Syrah.
Saffredi | A SuperTuscan. | 1987 Toscana Rosso Debut. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante, from a vineyard called Saffredi. The idea had been to use Cabernet Sauvignon in a blend to improve their Sangiovese but as the Cabernet Sauvignon was so good they made a new wine for it. | 2009 Maremma Toscana Rosso 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Syrah. £60+. Rich smoky cedar, broad and intense and weighty, clear flavours, well weighted (Silver, 2013).
Sweet white wines
Maremma Toscana Bianco DOC, Solalto | Dried-grape (‘passito) sweet white. Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Fermented in steel not oak.
Fattoria Le Pupille
Loc. Piagge del Maiano 92/A
I-58040 Istia d’Ombrone (GR = Grosseto), Italy