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Pertinello is a vineyard and winemaking enterprise owned by the Mancini family. Founded in 1996, the entire enterprise is spread along part of the Upper Valley of the River Bidente, in close contact with the Romagna side of the Casentinesi Forest National Park, between 300 and 500 metres above sea level, in the arenaceous hills of Galeata and Civitella di Romagna.

The estate covers a total of 55 hectares, 15 of them planted with vines and the rest covered by the woodlands which surround the entire wine-growing area.The interaction between the woods, the high altitudes and the characteristics of the soil is what makes Pertinello a truly unique winemaker in the Romagna area.

This blend of factors endows each grape variety cultivated here with a distinctive and recognisable identity, whether Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Albana and Riesling, giving the wines made from them added elegance, freshness and juiciness, plus an outstanding gastronomic vocation.

Proximity to the highest Apennine peaks of the region, a continuous ventilation and wide diurnal temperature variations during the hottest seasons of the year favour environmentally sustainable grape growing methods, thanks to which the Pertinello vineyard has been certified as “organic” since the 2015 vintage.

The vineyards

The Mancini family property backs onto the National Park of the Casentino forests forming the border between Romagna and Tuscany. The Pertinello vineyards are between 300 and 400 meters above sea level and enjoy an enviable sun exposure and a unique micro-climate within the valley.

The soil is stony, rich in limestone and clay. The vines are exposed to full sun in the south-south east, with constant breezes, a wide temperature range and a low rainfall. This environment results in healthy vines and fruit, without any need for plant protection measures.

A corridor grassy is maintained between the rows of vines. The grass ensures a constant soil humidity. It is periodically cut and left on site, creating a humus ideal for natural fertilization.

The soil, aspect and grapes are fundamental elements of the excellence of the product: the clones selected from the pre-existing plants give low yields (well below 80 quintals per hectare) and high quality.

Tenuta Pertinello currently consists of 55 hectares, of which nearly 12 are vineyards with plans to extend this number.

Much work has been done on the production method in recent years, and the 2015 harvest will see the launch of a certified organic production, an added value for Pertinello.

Wine cellar

Tenuta Pertinello has a vaulted underground cellar of old bricks and stone. stored in large casks and oak barriques from the French Allier forests. The number of bottles is low, but they are made with a heartfelt passion. On average, production hovers between 40,000 and 50,000 bottles a year.

Technology and modernity also have their place in the cellar. Fermentation is automatically temperature-controlled in stainless steel vats for pistons to sink the skins at regular intervals, all controlled from a computerized panel. The grape and wine processing takes place in new, hygienically optimal conditions i accordance with HACCP standards.