Macea is an organic winery in the valley of the Serchio river (Val di Serchio) of northern Tuscany, Italy. Wines are made under the Colline Lucchesi DOC.

Owners: Two brothers, Antonio Barsanti, a classically trained flute player and Cipriano, a professional winemaker. 

Estate vineyards: 3ha in Colline Lucchesi at 150 and 300 metres. The youngest vines were planted in 1999 by the Barsanti brothers: Sangiovese, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. Other (rented) vines which are much older (1960s) include Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera, Montanina, Bracciola, Tannet, and Barghigiana for the Campo Caturesi red; plus Malvasia Bianca, Colombana, and Trebbiano. Also Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc. Mainly spontaneous grassing.

Organic certification: 2011 3ha (First vintage with full organic certification).

Biodynamics: Biodynamic practices since 2003. Horn silica 501 and Prepared horn manure 500, 502-507 (purchased from from Ag Vivente).

Wine labels: The artwork on the labels are reproductions of paintings made by the brothers’ father, made with natural dyes.

White wines

Toscana Bianco DOC, Pinot Grigio2011 One night on the skins has produced a pinkish yellow wine, fermented dry but with an impression of sweetness in what tastes like a good home-made wine with vague cider character (at La Fabbrica di San Martino, 14 Oct 2013).

Sauvignon Blanc2013 Very grassy nose, nice texture but oxidised (RAW 2015).

Toscana Bianco AOC, Vermentino2010 2 days on skins. Steel. 1,000 bottles. Straw and herb, a bit bitter in flavour by softly texture (Real Wine Fair 2012).

Red wines

Pinot Nero2007 Vines planted in 2002. Some Pinot varietal character, touch of sweetness (Natural Wine Fair: 2011. | 2009 2,000 bottles. Alcohol a bit hot for the fruit (Real Wine Fair:  2012. | 2010 2,000 bottles. Nice and fresh entry then with an oxidised (low sulfur) finish at La Fabbrica di San Martino, Monday 14th Oct 2013. | 2012 30 mg/l total sulphites (RAW 2015).

Toscana Rosso AOC, Campo CaturesiFrom old varieties traditional to this part of the Serchio Valley: Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Montanina, Bracciola, Tané, Malvasia Nera. The label is a reproduction of their father’s painting made with natural dyes. 2008 Aged in old wood. Nice fruit, softness, decent modern style at the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011. 2009 Nice and crisp, I guess as a result of a terroir with big day-night temperature swings at La Fabbrica di San Martino, Monday 14th Oct 2013. 2011 Oxidised and a bit thin and hot with 20 mg/l total sulphites (Source: catalogue for RAW, London 17/18 May 2015).

Toscana Rosso AOC, Rugliagli2010 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot 4,000 bottles. Nice and wild but bitter (Real Wine Fair: 2012). | Nice crisp fresh black and red fruit with mint (at La Fabbrica di San Martino 2013). | 2011 The blend will change radically to 90% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese. 20 mg/l total sulphites (Source: catalogue for RAW 2015).



Loc. Macea, I-55023 Borgo a Mozzano (LU = Lucca), Italy

Tel+39 0583.88100