The Producers

Santa Giustina

The story of Santa Giustina begins 43 years ago, from a love triangle. Antonio and Gloria Bucciarelli, a Milanese couple, lose their heads for an ancient settlement hidden among the luxuriance of the Piacenza hills, once a hunting reserve. They decide to buy the hamlet and give it a new life, bringing it back to its ancient splendor with meticulous restoration. Thirty years later the daughter Gaia is the one managing it, with the help of her brother Nicolò. The two, determined to take advantage of the potential of the place, give life to Santa Giustina, a modern winery.

A company mainly "female" whose landlady, Gaia Bucciarelli, proud woman of wine, expertly maneuver every aspect of the work with active participation at every step, from the vineyard to the cellar. The 22 hectares of vineyards are immersed in a wildlife reserve, leaving no room for the use of chemistry, while the winemaking process, awarded by the young age of the winery, is made of modern technological machinery. Everything is based on the preservation of the natural talent of the Piacenza hills, with generous land and unique aromas, which are well managed and give life to wines of excellence.

Santa Giustina is today much more than a simple winery: between events, a hotel, the farm and uncontaminated nature, it is sell as a complete package in enological tourism, mainly of American and Piacenza origins.

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Wines

19.37

  • Grape variety: Barbera, Croatina, Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Spumante Rosé
  • Color: Rosè
  • Type: Spumante Rosé Brut Charmat Method
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture with calcareous prevalence
  • Harvest: mid-September
Vinification:

the grapes, harvested manually, are selected, de-stemmed and then gently pressed at a low and controlled temperature, to preserve their aromaticity. With the same purpose they use the Martinotti Method which, after a first fermentation in steel tanks with selected yeasts, involves a second fermentation in the autoclave. This process generates a fresh froth and characteristic fruity aromas.


Tasting note:

of a weak cherry red color, characterized by a fine perlage. The floral and fruity notes stand out in the nose, with a delicate hint of almond blossoms and citrus, in particular cedar and bergamot. The mouth is enveloped by the lively effervescence, which, combined with the acidity of the Spumante, makes it a fresh and drinkable wine. Citrus fruits return in the palate for an elegant and pleasantly persistent finish.


Aging potential:

low. The production process doesn’t make it a long-lasting wine.

20.10

  • Grape variety: Chardonnay, Ortrugo
  • Appellation: Spumante Brut Champagne Method
  • Color: White
  • Type: Spumante Brut Charmat Method
  • Country / Region: Italy/
  • Soil: medium mixture with calcareous prevalence
  • Harvest: beginning of September
Vinification:

this wine, called after the birth year of the firstborn son of the owner of the winery, is also made with the Martinotti method in order to preserve the natural aroma of the grapes. After de-stemming and a soft pressing, the must is fermented in steel tanks, then refermented in autoclaves, where it obtains the elegant foam and the aromas that characterize it.


Tasting note:

intense golden yellow, with a fine perlage and a clear and firm froth. On the nose the citrus notes of mandarin and zest are balanced by delicate floral scents of daisy and chamomile. The citrus shows up on the palate as well, with a pleasant sensation of freshness and cleanliness. The good effervescence gives a clean and elegant finish.


Aging potential:

low. Ready-to-drink wine, not suitable for long bottle aging.

Anricus

  • Grape variety: Ortrugo, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Appellation: White wine
  • Color: White
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture with calcareous prevalence
  • Harvest: beginning of September
Vinification:

the vinification process of this fine white wine is entirely designed to preserve and enhance the aromaticity of the vines. In every phase the must and the wine are protected from the possible contact with the oxygen, operating in reduction. After de-stemming and a soft pressing, the must is fermented at low temperature in steel tanks, and then stored in steel at controlled temperature until bottling.


Tasting note:

intense and bright straw yellow colored, the wine is characterized by a fresh scent, with herbaceous, floral and fruity notes, among which wisteria, bergamot and exotic fruit are particularly noticeable. The mouth fills up with the exotic notes of mango and papaya, with a good freshness and elegance. The finish is pleasantly persistent.


Aging potential:

medium-low. Wine not suitable for long bottle aging.

Barbaro

  • Grape variety: Barbera
  • Appellation: Val Tidone IGT
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture
  • Harvest: first decade of September
Vinification:

his wine is focused on being the maximum expression of Barbera grapes, with a process that emphasizes its qualities. After de-stemming and a soft crushing, the must remains in maceration for a long period of about 20-25 days, in which the use of frequent pumping over bring body and complexity. The wine is then aged in tonneaux for at least 12 months and refined in bottles for another 6 months.


Tasting note:

intense ruby red in color, with light garnet reflections, it is an eclectic and extremely complex wine. The nose is full of spicy hints like cinnamon and nutmeg, combined with the comforting aroma of red fruits. On the palate there’s a continuity of the spice in a soft and velvety mouthfeel, with a clean and elegant finish.


Aging potential:

medium-high. Wine with a noble structure, which brings longevity and pleasure.

Barbera ferma

  • Grape variety: Barbera
  • Appellation: Colli Piacentini DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture
  • Harvest: first decade of September
Vinification:

this version of Barbera, with less body and complexity than the Barbaro, is focused on aromaticity and elegance. After destemming and crushing it undergoes an average maceration of 10-15 days in steel tanks at low temperature. The pumping is frequent and the refinement brief, entirely in steel and followed by bottling.


Tasting note:

of an intense ruby red in color, with a winning combination of fruity and floral notes in the nose, with a predominance of violet, cherry and rose petals. The sip is soft and fruity, with a good balance that ends in a pleasantly tannic and astringent finish, slightly acidic.


Aging potential:

medium-low. Wine that requires to be drunk young in order to maintain the finesse and the quality of its perfumes.

Bonarda ferma

  • Grape variety: Barbera
  • Appellation: Colli Piacentini DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture
  • Harvest: first decade of September
Vinification:

a rare firm version of Croatina, aimed at expressing its aromatic characteristics. After de-stemming and soft pressing the must is fermented in steel in contact with the skins. The whole aging takes place in stainless steel, from which it is then bottled and quickly sold.


Tasting note:

purple red with violet reflections, this wine immediately portraits fruity scents of small red fruits such as blackberry and blackcurrant, hiding delicate notes of violet and rosemary flowers. On the palate it is full and equally fruity, with a rich and complex flavor.


Aging potential:

low. Wine not suitable for long bottle aging.

Gutturnio Frizzante

  • Grape variety: Barbera, Croatina
  • Appellation: Gutturnio DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture
  • Harvest: first decade of September, manual
Vinification:

after an exclusively manual harvest, the grapes are de-stemmed and softly crushed. The first fermentation takes place in steel tanks with a maceration of 10-15 days, at the end of which the wine is decanted in autoclaves where, thanks to a natural re-fermentation, the frothing takes place.


Tasting note:

the color is of a deep purple red, with ruby shades. The nose is pleasantly fruity, with a good degree of complexity, and it opens in immediate aromas of plum and black cherry, but also notes of leather, black pepper and licorice. The sip is filled with fine and lively effervescence, after which aromas of sugary fruits and liquorice return.


Aging potential:

low. Very drinkable wine, that gives its best when young.

I Muri - Gutturnio Superiore

  • Grape variety: Barbera, Croatina
  • Appellation: Gutturnio Superiore DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture
  • Harvest: mid-September, manual
Vinification:

the winemaking process of this Gutturnio is aimed at making it an intense and complex wine. The grapes are de-stemmed and softly crushed and left to ferment in steel in contact with the skins for a period of about 25 days, in which the frequent pumpovers extract character and tannin. The wine is then placed in tonneaux, where it matures for a period of 12 months, followed by a further 6 in bottles before being placed on the market.


Tasting note:

intense ruby red with reflections tending towards garnet, with a spicy and intense nose with hints of nettle and lavender balanced in sweetness by hints of red fruit and apple. On the palate the fruit turns into jam, but doesn’t lose the spicy notes that make it a complex but balanced wine, with a soft and velvety mouthfeel.


Aging potential:

medium-high. Soft and round wine, which lends itself well to a few years of aging in the cellar.

Il Superiore

  • Grape variety: Barbera, Croatina
  • Appellation: Gutturnio Superiore DOC
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/
  • Soil: medium mixture
  • Harvest: mid-September, manual
Vinification:

this wine is a true hymn to the qualities of Gutturnio that Santa Giustina chooses to fully express. After the manual harvest, the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed gently, and left to ferment and macerate in large stainless steel tanks for a medium-long period of about 25 days, during which several replacements take place. Aging takes place in steel, in which the wine matures and rests until the following April.


Tasting note:

in the glass it is of an intense ruby red, with garnet reflections. In the nose, fruits and spices are combined in an intense and complex aroma, with a predominance of kirsch, strawberry and vanilla. The first sip fills the mouth with an unexpected softness and complexity, which is then made interesting by a slightly tannic finish and persistent aromas of bread crust and toasted hazelnut.


Aging potential:

medium. Wine whose complexity allows a few years of ripening, despite the drink is pleasing right away.

Malvasia ferma

  • Grape variety: Candia aromatic Malvasia
  • Appellation: Colli Piacentini DOC
  • Color: White
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture with calcareous prevalence
  • Harvest: mid-September, manual
Vinification:

after manual harvesting, the grapes are subjected to pressing and a short maceration of 4 hours at a low temperature, in order to extract the characteristic varietal aromas. This passage takes place in reduction. The fermentation is carried out in steel tanks at a controlled temperature, with the choice of indigenous yeasts to maintain the original character of the territory to which it belongs.


Tasting note:

intense straw yellow in color, this wine has recognizable notes of flowers and fruits, such as elder, daisy, peach and apricot. In the mouth it is a pleasant and balanced wine, with a good softness and sweetness. With a good persistence, it is harmonious and well-balanced thanks to its irresistible mineral character, which gives verticality and lightness.


Aging potential:

low. Wine not suitable for a long aging in bottle.

Ortrugo Frizzante

  • Grape variety: Ortrugo
  • Appellation: Colli Piacentini DOC
  • Color: White
  • Type: Sparkling
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: loamy-calcareous
  • Harvest: early September, manual
Vinification:

the grapes are harvested manually once the optimum ripeness has been reached. They are then immediately cooled by using dry ice, in order to best preserve the aromatic characteristics. The first fermentation takes place in steel tanks at a controlled temperature and with selected indigenous yeasts, after which the wine is moved to autoclaves where a refermentation occurs.


Tasting note:

the wine is of a warm straw yellow color with light green reflections, and it has an intense aroma with hints of lavender, green pepper and raw almond. On the palate the golden apple is perceptible, and its acidity and freshness is emphasized by a lively effervescence. The finish is clean and pleasantly persistent.


Aging potential:

low. Wine that must be drunk while young and fresh.

Rosa d'Inverno

  • Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Appellation: Red still wine
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: clayey / loamy with sandy marl
  • Harvest: end of September
Vinification:

this wine is the jewel of Santa Giustina, an elegant and successful meeting between three of the main vines of international wine making. The winemaking process is entirely focused on the expression of the potential of each of the three grapes. After de-stemming and a soft pressing the grapes undergo a medium-long maceration of about 20 days, with fermentation in steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels, where the 12 months of aging give complexity and roundness. After bottling, there is a further period of rest in bottles of about 6 months before the wine comes out on the market.


Tasting note:

of a concentrated ruby red with garnet reflections. The bouquet is elegant, with notes of dried roses, jam of dark fruits, leather and spices. In the mouth it is a silky, round wine with a pleasant astringency and an excellent balance. The finish is long, clean, of excellent taste-olfactory correspondence. The acidity participates in a key way to balance.


Aging potential:

high. Wine to wait for a few years, with great longevity.

Stellato

  • Grape variety: Candia aromatic Malvasia
  • Appellation: Passito
  • Color: White
  • Country / Region: Italy/Emilia Romagna
  • Soil: medium mixture
  • Harvest: end of September/beginning of October
Vinification:

the grapes are harvested manually once they have gone through a short phase of drying on the plant. They are then taken to the cellar where they continue to dry on special racks, in conditions of good natural ventilation, at controlled temperature and humidity. In December, once the right degree of drying is reached, the grapes are crushed and the must is placed in barriques to ferment. Here the wine remains to age for 8 months, followed by another 6 months of resting in the bottle.


Tasting note:

of an intense and bright golden yellow, this wine has a sweet aroma of raisins, with hints of zest and candied ginger, honey and syrup peach. In the mouth it is sweet but balanced, maintaining cleanness and elegance from the first impact to the final one, with notes of dehydrated apricot and honey.


Aging potential:

medium. Wine ready to drink but which can be stored in the cellar for several years.