Meet Alessandro Vignali, the orange virtuoso
Buongiorno orange wine lovers,
We know (especially Simon) that this period of the year can be depressing. In order to prolonge the Summer or to make the Autumn less painful, let us introduce you to Allessandro's Vermentino wines.
From fighting crime to making wine
Alessandro is not what you can commonly call a "born and raised" farmer. Indeed, he served for twenty years as a Carabinieri marshal, investigating the international drug trade. After two decades of fighting crime, Alessandro laid down his weapon and switched to a pair of pruning shears to launch his wine project. And so, La Terra della Luna was born in 2006, at the junction of the hills of Tuscany and Liguria.
But what is so special about Liguria?
You have probably already heard of the region because of Cinque Terre, the famous series of villages on the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera, where colourful houses and vineyards intermingle. These steep vineyard terraces are the very place where Alessandro grows and produces his wine. Liguria is the second smallest wine-producing region in Italy, where the majority of the wines produced are white and made by small artisanal wineries. Ligurian wines are difficult to obtain, simply because the steep slopes of the Ligurian coast are challenging to manage (some can only be reached by boat), therefore only limited viticulture is possible. Amusingly, viticulture has become crucial to the area, as vines play an important part in preventing soil erosion and landslides.