The family of Villa Sant'Andrea announces the newly formed agricultural business, Societa' Azienda Agricola Sant'Andrea a Bacialla, s.r.l., in the Commune of Cortona, Region of Tuscany, Italy of which Lindsay C. Wesley has been named Farm Administrator. Ms. Wesley is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she earned her B. A. degree in Environmental Studies. Ms. Wesley is currently studying law in Atlanta, GA. The company will focus primarily on viticulture, producing Toscana I.G.T. red wine of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
The project at hand is based on the family owned and operated farm, Societa' Azienda Agricola Sant'Andrea a Bacialla, s.r.l., that has acquired 5.23 hectares of agricultural land, July 31, 2009 of which approximately 2 hectares are currently planted and producing Cortona D.O.C. red wine with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and the remaining 3. 2 hectares are to be developed with Toscana I.G.T., a combination of Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc red wine producing grapes. The first two vintages of the newly formed "azienda" are in the developing stages, and is overseen by Renato Vicario, family member and partner of the company as well as Enologist PierLuca Caramia, who formerly produced wine for Casisano-Colombaio in Montalcino.
The Italian company, Societa' Azienda Agricola Sant'Andrea a Bacialla, s.r.l., rents another 1.5 hectares of olive groves, currently producing between 70-120 liters of Olio Spremuta, or extra fine first press olive oil, that is not yet for sale, but has the ability to develop a full line of products besides the olive oil, from the various fruit trees and herbs also growing on the rented portion of land.
Renato Vicario, a partial owner of the company plans to develop a line of liqueurs based on traditional recipes and from his own research using the fruit trees and herbs located on the farm. Renato's book, Italian Liqueurs or "Liquori Salutari" has been published in both English and Italian by the Herbal Museum, Aboca in Sansepolcro.
As Administrator of Societa' Azienda Agricola Sant'Andrea a Bacialla, s.r.l., Lindsay C. Wesley aspires to produce biologically sound, economically responsible products, including but not limited to Cortona D.O.C. red wine from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, in a manner that infuses the traditional artisan hand with innovative technological monitoring and management aids such as GIS mapping and remote sensing. Future plans are to develop a product line from the other fruits, nuts and herbs which are growing on the rented land and presently are unused.
Lindsay C. Wesley explores the new fields which will be planted in vineyards.
Societa' Azienda Agricola Sant'Andrea a Bacialla, s.r.l., is a separate company from Sant'Andrea a Bacialla, Inc.
March and April-The Vineyards were pruned to a maximum of three spurs each in order to maximize quality and minimize quantity.
All grass and other vegetation is removed by hoeing carefully around the base of the vine in order to decrease the possibility for fungus on the developing grapes.
August-We arrive to reports that the weather is the worst this year for the vineyard.
We absolve to defoliate the vines to allow for more sun on the grapes, and take out all defected grasps.
September, always watching every row.
October 2, we buy our first big tanks, and stand in awe that we were able to get them off the truck without injury.
Enrico, our dear friend saves the day and we enter our first "Cantina" carina in Metalliano, just under the tower of the Palazzone in Cortona, at his family's country home. We move the two big tanks in to the "Sala del Pranzo" a built by Enrico's father Camillo, who's portrait graces the walls. Thanks also to the help of our "muratore" Sergio, who helped with his truck.
Cleaning the tanks, Reid enters the mouth of the beast, and fulfills the saying
"Nell'bocca del Lupo!"