Founded in 1870 by Tommaso Rondelli on the hills of Val Nervia, Terre Bianche is a family estate perched high above the small medieval town of Dolceacqua in Liguria. The 10 ha estate, now managed by Filippo Rondelli, is spread over a wide variety of soils including blue marl and white and red clay.
The vineyards are sheer, rocky and are grown in terraces: this is extreme organic viticulture! The focus is on indigenous varieties, the aromatic and charming red Rossese di Dolceacqua (Tibouren in France), the indigenous white Pigato and also its more widely-known cousin, Vermentino. The wines are all fermented and aged in steel tank, bar the single vineyard wines which are aged in barrels with the aim being to minimize as much as possible the influence of oak on the taste of the wine. Of mountain and sea, these are unique, tangy wines of great character. Up there with some of the most authentic, lively and refined wines in Italy.
Read Michaela Morris’ article for Quench Magazine