Our lands, derived from the three ancient farms, Salanetti, Panatta, and Al Dotto, extend on an area of 62 acres situated on slight hills which contained the banks of a lake of the Paleozoic era at a height of 150 meters (490 feet) above sea level.
Other than wine, also produced are olives and corn, and in the lowest area, the famous cannellini beans.
The vineyards are situated on gentle slopes which surround the center of the farm, with a spectacular South-Southwest exposure.
The close proximity of the Serchio river, the influence of winds known as Scirocco, arriving from Livorno (South), and the summer Maestrale (NorthWest) winds, form a particular micro climate which guarantees a good maturation of the grapes taking advantage of the sensory characteristics of the wine.
In the selection of the vines we wanted to maintain the ancient family wine tradition guaranteeing the presence of Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo, and Tuscan White Trebbiano, mixing them with other various grapes such as Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Souvignon for the reds along with Semillion and Vermentino for the whites.
The low production of grapes per acre, a scrupulous attention in the various phases of production, a selective harvest, and a controlled aging process in French oak barrels allows us to obtain structured and elegant wines.
I had the fortune to have grown up on this farm belonging to the Del Dotto family for generations.
My maternal grandfather, Renato Del Dotto, together with his brother Bruno, taught me from an early age to appreciate the healthy values of rural life, an idyllic world of escapism, a sort of lost paradise to retreat to, abandoning yourself in dreams.
My passion for the countryside, the vineyards and good wine has be reenforced going forward in time, especially by my father Vittorio Bertuccelli, otherwise known as “the architect” of the Fattoria Al Dotto who continues even now to push me to always make better products.
Today, after a while, producing good wines is my way of saying “thank you” to these people.