Fattoria Nicodemi is in Notaresco, in the heart of the Colline Teramane zone.
The hilly estate covers a single plot of 38 hectares, of which 30 are under vine.
Fattoria Nicodemi is in Notaresco, in the heart of the Colline Teramane hill district. The estate covers a single plot of 38 hectares, of which 30 are under vine. The land is found at about 300 metres in altitude, aspected to the south east, with Mount Gran Sasso watching its back, and the sea about 10 kilometres away, ruffling the air with cool breezes in summer. The vines here grow in lush clay and limestone soils that give the wines the character Nicodemi seeks, benefiting from day–night temperature ranges, and ventilation for the health of ripening fruit.
For the same reasons we apply an organic system to avoid use of chemical herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers on our vines, preferring permanent spontaneous grassing in the rows. In this perspective, new vineyards are planted with a mass selection taken from our heirloom vines.
DECIDED IN THE VINES
Our estate is not just about the land: it’s also climate, distance of the vines from the sea. Unique to Nicodemi. Nature is fragile yet feisty and demands to be heard. And we know we’re country folk, so we’ve learned to respect the land. We abide by all the rules that organic farming applies, leaving wild plants to flourish around the rows, oxygenating and enriching the soil.
We believe in biodiversity and even our new vines are selected from our heirloom cultivars, because something that was good in the past can play a role in the future. Respect for the environment means not being greedy with its resources, so we opt for renewable energy and today’s winery runs on solar power.
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, OUR JOB MEANS WE’RE NEVER SATISFIED. SO EVERY YEAR WE SEEK THE PERFECT VINTAGE, LIKE SURFERS WANT THE PERFECT WAVES.
But the perfect wine will always be next time around and every year we repeat a timeless cycle that is never the same: expectations that grow as the first leaves appear, when the clusters ripen, when we taste the wine from the barrel, hoping it will be what we had in mind. The great ideal that accompanies us, the most magical and fascinating aspect of making wine: relishing the contrast between the quality sought and that perceived.