The Massa Vecchia farm is located in the upper Maremma in Tuscany, at the foot of the Metalliferous Hills, in the town of Massa Marittima. The farm was founded in 1985 by Fabrizio Niccolaini, who ran it with his wife Patrizia Bartolini until 2009. It is currently run by Francesca Sfrondrini, Patrizia’s daughter, and her partners, Daniel and Ines Wattenhofer, Thomas Frischknecht and Rocco Delli Colli.
This visit at Massa Vecchia took place in November, 2011.
Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Alex Finberg.
IGT Bianco di Maremma Toscana "Bianco"
Soils: shale clay and palombino clay; chalky marl and chalky marble in alternate strata.
Grapes: Vermentino, Trementino and Malvasia Bianca di Candia. Blend changes every year.
Vinification: Fermented in oak, then aged one year in oak. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfur.