The spirit of wines pure and authentic expression of vines, land and the men who cultivate it
Bio Cantina Orsogna dedicates the Spiritus Terrae brand to native grape varieties, the true wealth of Italian viticulture. Our Belpaese is number one in the world for the quantity of indigenous grape varieties (545 varieties of wine grape vines compared to 1,300 worldwide) from which unique, unrepeatable wines are made, linked to the grape varieties and particular soil and climate conditions of our peninsula. In recent years there has been a strong international focus on indigenous grape varieties as opposed to the standardization of world wine production based on a few grape varieties.
Spiritus Terrae wines remain faithful to the authentic flavors of the grape variety; no technical elaboration covers the varietal scents native to the terroir and the vintage. In a vast wine scene of hundreds of different grape varieties, knowing the characteristics of the wine and its connection to the grape variety is very important. In order to give guarantees on quality and typicality, Spiritus Terrae wines are made from grapes sourced only from organic vineyards, certified for biodiversity, for biodynamics and following the standards of biodynamic spontaneous winemaking (Demeter).
Among the merits of spontaneous winemaking of biodynamic grapes:
– organic and biodynamic grapes not being treated with synthetic pesticides (e.g., antibotritics) contain more yeasts and are richer in microbial biodiversity;
– spontaneous fermentations are conducted by indigenous yeasts from the area’s microbial biodiversity that naturally transfers to the berry;
– sulfites are not added in the fermentation as they weaken the indigenous yeasts on the skins that are the basis of spontaneous fermentation and the wine’s connection to the terroir.
Spiritus Terrae labels are ampelographic tables of the grape varieties that make up the wine line. Ampelography played a role in bearing witness to agricultural culture in the 1800s, and the Spiritus Terrae labels are inspired by the Italian ampelographers of the 1800s who described and illustrated, in accurate and beautiful plates, the overview of fruit varieties (including grapevines) found in Italy in those years.