the calling of the land: a heeded voice that becomes a project
Petra is a heeded voice that became a vision, a project, a promise. Realisation, with a philosophy established by Vittorio and followed by his daughter Francesca. She observed, analysed and studied these lands together with Professor Attilio Scienza,
an authority on zoning, known across the world for his studieson the suitability of viticultural lands.
The wine had to be in harmony with those ancient and mysterious voices (and presences); with
those powers of the unforgiving land. Mysterious. And it had to
be harmonious with the passion of Vittorio and Francesca and, uniting the land and the sky, be an expressive wine that stirred
the emotions and left its magical traces in our memories.
Attilio Scienza measures the land
and studies it. A land that was a crossroads where men, goods and wares, techniques, tastes and fashions converged, bearing the fine wines of the Chios amphorae and the iron of the metal-bearing hills that the Etruscans extracted. A valley, that of the Val di Cornia, which would develop a monopoly on wine and iron. The precise zoning study by Attilio Scienza identified three main soil types. One, the top layer of soil, has tectonic origins: stony, sometimes calcareous, with a layer of earth that is not very steep, barren, dry, not very clayey; another is the result of alluvial, erosive and accumulation phenomena, rich in manganese and metals; and the third, the deepest part, with soils rich
in lime, which unlocks all the elegance and aroma of the wine.