Background: The idea of Via l’Inverno started in 2005 when Inger (female) and Jyrki (male) Talvitie, a Danish–Finnish couple, were discussing on a cold winter night in Moscow what to do for the rest of their lives after living and working for several years in Moscow. They chose Italy, having enjoyed happy summer holidays there. In 2008 they planted the Talvitie flag at Poggio a Rofani near Radda in Chianti in Tuscany. They acquired vines and started making wine.
After running another winery in Tuscany for 2 years and growing up on a dairy farm in Denmark, Inger is in charge of wine making, taking an active hand in the vineyards throughout the year as well as performing all the work in the cellar. Jyrki is in charge of marketing and sales and plays an active part in the blending of the wines and final decisions regarding branding and quality control.
Via l’Inverno, the name of the wines stems from the couple’s last name in Italian, which translates into Winter Road or Away with Winter. The decision was to focus on the latter and the labels are designed around the theme of winter giving way to spring witnessed by the arrival of the swallows, of which there are several families returning to Poggio a Rofani every spring.
The wine is made in the heart of Chianti but labelled IGT (Indicazione Geografico Tipico) to allow maximum flexibility. The wines are purely from the Sangiovese grape.
Organic certification: Yes.
Vineyards: 5 hectares of vineyards under management. The Poggio a Rofani vineyard covers just over one hectare of 100% Sangiovese planted in 1988. The vineyard is between 500 and 550 meters in altitude and is south west facing benefitting from the sun all day. The vineyard has about 1,700 plants per hectare. In 2014, another four hectares were added from Lo Spicchio which is a property just north of Radda. The Sangiovese vineyards were planted in 2006 and have more than 3,000 plants per hectare. Most of the vineyards have been fenced in to protect the vines and grapes from the many deer and wild boar in the area. All vineyards are treated with organic products only – and are home to many bird nests during the summer months.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Via l’Inverno
Localita’ Poggio A Rofani
I-53017 Radda in Chianti (SI), Italy