How Lamole di Lamole is paving the way for organic wine in Chianti Classico
Respect for the land has always been a guiding principle for the Lamole di Lamole estate in Chianti Classico. A strong commitment to working sustainably is just one of the ways this historic estate is leaving its legacy for the future.
Vineyards have played an important role in Lamole since Roman times. In 1350, the Florentine Gherardini family even built a castle to protect the region’s valuable agricultural assets. The vineyards of the Lamole di Lamole estate are particularly unique. Located in the commune of Greve, the most esteemed of the eight Chianti Classico municipalities, they thrive at some of the highest elevations in the region, ranging from 1,148 feet to 2,149 feet above sea level. receive long hours of sunlight, which aids ripening, but the continental climate and large diurnal changes allow crisp acidity to develop. Grown on stone terraces, the rocky material on these orderly ledges absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night, mitigating the potential damage cold nighttime temperatures could cause. Today, Lamole di Lamole focuses on 14 different Sangiovese clones that grow best in galestro and albarese soils, but in vineyards like Vigneto Storico (“Historic Vineyard”), about 30 different types of clones have been identified in total. .
With so much history at our fingertips, it is more important than ever that Lamole di Lamole preserves its heritage. In 2005, the first steps were taken to convert to organic viticulture, and today the vines and wines are certified organic. Chemicals are never used in the vineyards; only minimal amounts of natural compounds such as copper and sulfur are used if necessary. Thanks to the use of infrared photography, only the vines that absolutely need treatment benefit from it. Grass and other cover crops bloom during the growing season, absorbing excess water and competing with vines for soil nutrition. But competition in this case is good because it creates grapes with character and complexity.
By respecting the cyclical nature of agriculture, the remaining cuttings from pruning and harvesting become compost. These are then enriched with aloe, algae, orange oil and propolis. Organic matter strengthens the vine’s immunity against disease.
Biodiversity in the landscape leads to healthier vines and better wines. Extensive water conservation and reforestation efforts are in place to protect the woods that surround the vineyards. The insects and animals that inhabit the earth are also part of a thriving ecosystem. by creating a welcoming environment for them to flourish, these creatures protect the vines from pests and other threats to the vineyards. All wines are vegan, meaning no animal by-products are used during the filtration process; rather, bentonite clay, yeast-derived products, and plant-derived products help with this step of the winemaking process.
When it comes time to bottle the elegant wines of Lamole di Lamole, the job is at hand; the Lamole di Lamole winery is located among the vineyards of the estate, so the transport of the grapes during the harvest is minimal, thus reducing gas emissions. Wine production and bottling take place in the same facility, which also eliminates the need for transportation. The bottles themselves are made from 65% recycled glass. In addition to reducing the carbon footprint, working locally creates a thriving economy in Lamole while preserving the region’s cultural traditions.
By committing to the future now, Lamole di Lamole will preserve the culture of winemaking for generations to come. Click here to discover for yourself the Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico wines.