Picture yourself walking through Tuscany. Narrow lanes transport you past box hedges, olive trees and cypresses. And amongst it all are the vineyards. It is a picture of exceptional beauty.
Nestled in the midst of this idyll, just a short walk from the ADLER Spa Resort Thermae, is the Tenuta Sanoner winery. Today, it covers an area of 30 hectares, of which twelve are suitable for wine growing, and five of these are already planted with vines. Added to this there are somewhere in the region of 500 olive trees. At the centre of the estate, commanding a breathtaking view of the Val d’Orcia, lies the winery itself. The panoramic terrace affords magnificent views of the Val d’Orcia, making it the perfect place to sample a glass of wine.
In 2007, the Sanoner family was offered a small piece of land above the ADLER Spa Resort Thermae. Three hectares were suitable for agriculture and the remainder was woodland. The first wines were planted in 2009. Anyone who visits Tenuta Sanoner today enters a highly professional operation. The cellars are managed by Giuseppe Basta, a man 26 years young who was born and raised in the heart of Tuscany. Basta did not have to look very far to find a professional role
model, since his father is working for 30 years for one of the leading Brunello producers.
Supporting Basta in his work is agronomist Alessandro Fonseca. The Fonsecas have produced outstanding agronomists and oenologists for centuries, and Alessandro Fonseca has devoted himself to biodynamic cultivation. He believes that "when water, light, wind and soil are in perfect balance, the vines and olive trees will find their own equilibrium. This is why we should be extremely restrained in the work that we do". It is therefore fitting that Tenuta Sanoner’s external oenologist, Matteo Giustiniani, also works for two world-famous Tuscan wineries that employ organic and biodynamic cultivation techniques. Biodynamic cultivation adheres to the guiding principle of minimising interventions in natural growth processes.
Just a few years ago we succeeded in producing outstanding wines, including the Aetos Sangiovese DOC, aged in oak barrels, the Aetos Rosé and the Aetos Sparkling Rosé. The technical equipment in the cellar has a major impact on the quality of the Aetos wines. Anyone joining Giuseppe Basta on a tour learns how a sophisticated system is used to regulate room temperature and air humidity — in each room, individually. A ventilation system prevents mould from forming and also extracts carbon dioxide. Even temperatures in the concrete and stainless-steel vats can be altered to ensure consistent fermentation.
The visitors are welcomed by Barbara Coppi for a wine tasting in the visitor area; besides being a qualified sommelier, she is also responsible for tours, tastings, cookery courses and sales as well as for accounting and ensuring that the winery complies with
all legal stipulations. Andreas Sanoner says that ‘when it comes to wine, we men like to dream, but Barbara always brings us back down to earth’. That is a good thing. Nevertheless, in a place as fascinating as Tenuta Sanoner, dreaming is definitely allowed.