Cantina Sergio Mottura wine producer

Cantina Sergio Mottura
After Sergio Mottura’s estate turned to organic grapegrowing in the early 1990s, it became overrun with the rare and protected crested porcupine.  These animals are remarkably sensitive to pollution and pesticides and found Mottura’s clean, organically-managed vineyards the perfect haven.  Ever since, the creature has been the winery’s mascot and can be found on every Mottura wine label.
 
Mottura is widely believed to be one of Lazio’s greatest wine producers and is especially successful with Grechetto, the grape that traditionally was the backbone of the blend for the famous white Orvieto.  He has funded many university studies aimed at characterizing and studying the variety, which have helped him to select the best clones to plant.  This partly explains why Mottura’s wines are so different from those of neighbouring Umbria (the Mottura estate is located in Civitella d’Agliano, on the border between Lazio and Umbria).
 
Sergio was 21 when he came to the winery, and has never left.  His family acquired the 400 hectare estate in 1933 and dedicated 38 hectares to vinegrowing in 1963, planting Procanico (Trebbiano) and Montepulciano.  Grechetto was first planted in 1968 and, after much research and experimentation, the Mottura family discovered that it provided the best expression of their terroir.  Grechetto’s thick skins and consequent resistance to disease also lent itself to organic cultivation.
 
Today, Mottura’s top wines, both 100% Grechetto, are regarded as the best whites in Lazio: the minerally, unoaked Poggio della Costa and richer, oaked, rather Burgundian Latour a Civitella. The latter was named in honour of Sergio’s friend Fabrice Latour of Maison Louis Latour.  Fabrice acted as a mentor when Sergio decided to create a premium oaked Grechetto, suggesting different oak for the barrel fermentation and even lending Sergio his oenologists to help develop the wine.
 
Latour a Civitella was the first white wine from Lazio to win the Tre Bicchieri award, in 2004.  More recently, Gambero Rosso rewarded Sergio Mottura’s efforts and achievements over the years by naming him “Winemaker of the Year” in 2013.

Decanting Club wines made by: Cantina Sergio Mottura

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