In the heart of Maremma
Fattoria Le Mortelle is located in the heart of the southern Maremma, in the province of Grosseto, near Castiglione della Pescaia. A cellar dedicated to the production of quality wines expresses the characteristics of the land and varieties of grapes.
Mortella is the name of wild myrtle, a shrub that grows on the coastal areas of Maremma and which has become the symbol of the farm. The estate of the Fattoria Le Mortelle was part of a larger complex called La Badiola, already identified on geographic maps by Leopold II in the mid 1800s and subsequently reclaimed by the Habsburg Lorraine family.
The property extends over 270 hectares, of which 166 are planted with vineyards, where wines are produced with in connection to this strong and elegant territory. The farm also includes 5 hectares of organic farming orchards, a cork plantation of about 10,000 plants and two lakes. All around lies a landscape made of low hills covered with forests and olive groves.
The new Le Mortelle winery is located on the top of the hill overlooking the estate and is largely inundated with a view to minimizing environmental impact. It was built using natural materials, exploiting the thermo-regulation of the rocks deep underground. The hypogeum cylindrical structure is made up of three levels: within it all the various stages of the wine production cycle, from the reception of the grapes, to the wine making, to the storage until the aging in barrels in the basement.
This particular architectural form of the Fattoria Le Mortelle allows the owners to exploit the best wine-making technologies: the whole production cycle is in fact “gravitational” and follows the path from the top to the bottom, from the arrival of the grapes in the raised part, then continuing with the wine-making processes in the middle until the refinement process begins in the deepest area.