SOLDERA (CASE BASSE)
Is an estate in the southwest area of Montalcino, where Sangiovese Grosso vines are grown to produce the famous Brunello. It is over 23 hectares in size, and is in an excellent geographical position for wine growing:
- due to the hilly land of eocene origin
- due to the altitude: 320 meters
- due to the exposure: southwest
- due to the dry, sunny climate with no fog
- due to the limpid light
1970’s, the place had been abandoned by share croppers for some time, and the soil was uncultivated, but even in this condition, it was a beautiful land in exceptionally charming surroundings. Gianfranco and Graziella Soldera discovered the enchantment of Case Basse, they immediately decided to devote themselves to that land, utilizing enlightened agriculture to create a Brunello of the highest quality. The ecosystem of Case Basse is a continuously evolving project. At Case Basse, Gianfranco Soldera renovates buildings, restoring the original architecture of Tuscan farmhouses and saving the dry-stone walls where birds, small mammals, insects, and so forth find shelter and a place to reproduce. For the same purpose, he places artificial nests to attract animals in the hope that they become permanent residents, and sets up beehives.He saves the ancient abandoned olive trees and plants other fruit trees. He is developing a plan for a botanical wood. He is building a man-made pond and small lake. The land, the vineyards and the wines are subject to continuous study by the agriculture faculties of various universities. An electronic switchboard constantly monitors climate changes over the course of the year, reporting temperature, humidity and quantity of rain. Daily controls during the wine-making stage are performed by the microbiology department of the University of Florence. The same faculty studies and controls all phases of the production cycle, monitoring the wine’s disposition until the moment of consumption.
The vines are managed respecting traditinal rools. The vineyards are small, to permit manual cultivation and a short grape harvest. The vines are pruned short in the winter, with another green pruning during the growing season. Grape thinning and limited leaf-stripping in the autumn provide more light for the grape clusters and excellent fruit ripening.are planted within a complex ecosystem, an ideal habitat for organic, natural cultivation. Organic substances are used for fertilization. No herbicides are used, and each row of vines is cultivated by hand. Only grapes from the Case Basse Estate are used to make our wine. Natural fermentation is carried out in Slavonian oak vats. There is no temperature control and no artificial yeasts are added. Pumping over and frequent tastings are done. The University of Florence performs regular controls, also microbiological ones. Soldera Brunello can rest for up to five years in large Slavonian oak casks, away from noise, temperature changes and odours in the new cellar, which was purpose-built to ensure optimum ageing conditions, as illustrated in the “Talking Soldera” section of our website which we invite you to visit. Brunello Soldera is matured in the bottle for some months.
In certain vintages, Gianfranco Soldera produced “Intistieti” and "Pegasos" IGT wines from his Sangiovese grapes. For these wines the period of ageing in cask has been shorter than for Brunello. The wine is not filtered either during bottling or at any other time. The beautiful 75 cl Bordeaux bottles have structural features, such as a wider shoulder than base, a deep cavity, and a high neck, that are designed for optimal wine conservation. Their very dark color has a protective function. The especially high quality corks, 26/50 mm in size, are a guarantee of quality. To characterize his extremely high quality production, Gianfranco Soldera wanted very elegant labels. The Soldera Brunello label, distinguished by the symbolic significance of the dolphin, an animal sacred to the god Dionysus, was created by Piero Leddi, a famous contemporary painter.