PAKRAVAN - PAPI
The Azienda Agricola Pakravan-Papi is located on the site of an old farm which, in a distant and nearly forgotten past, used to be wine territory. Over time, the land turned into wilderness as the Mediterranean scrubland took over.
For the owners, Amineh Pakravan and Enzo Papi, it was a challenge to recover the original vocation of this territory reviving it with the help of new technologies, while fully respecting old traditions. The pre-conditions for cultivating grapes were there: the micro-climate dominated by sunshine and a breeze from the Mediterranean, diverse and complex ground soil packed with minerals and finally, gentle and well exposed slopes.
In the year 2000, the vineyards were planted and the winery was built.
Innovation meets tradition: Sangiovese
Clones of Sangiovese piccolo were obtained on the estate from the ancient rows of vines running along the edge of the olive groves. They were implanted on a soil of clay and “palombini” cobbles. Sangiovese piccolo ruled the vineyards of Chianti. It probably reached this area with the farmers who first settled here in the 18th century. Today , Sangiovese grosso has replaced Sangiovese piccolo in the Montalcino region, for it is smoother and more sapid. But we chose to “respect” the past of our own territory , to confirm the complex aromas and elegance of Sangiovese piccolo. Because of the micro-climate in this area , Sangiovese piccolo acquires a significant body which enhances sapidity and insures long-term aging.
A true vocation for Bordeaux strains : The Supertuscans
Implanting Bordeaux varieties soon appeared a crucial choice, confirmed by their success in nearby Bolgheri. Cabernet and Merlot clones were embedded on south-facing plots, with soils formed by the gradual disintegration of igneous rock of high mineral content, allowing for limited yields. This result confers a structure and aroma to the wines that are typically Mediterranean and quite distinct from their Bolgheri siblings.
A new challenge with the Whites: Bourgnogne, Alsace, Tuscany
The decision to implant white varieties under the Tuscan sun was the real challenge.
Once the right soils where located, rich in clay and calcium, with a northern exposure for a milder sunshine, we embedded the Chardonnay vineyard.
A small plot of land on the rim of the Cecina valley presented a soil of marine origine, clay mixed with fossil shells, very similar to those in Alsace. In this spot, which also benefits from the cool breeze coming in through the Cecina, Riesling was the natural choice for the vineyard we planned.