It is called the "Cipressa Vineyard2 and is a marvel for the eyes and a source of pride for those who know a little about grapes and wine. Part of the planting dating back to 2005 sees the presence of Pugnitello, an ancient native variety, long forgotten and then rediscovered and valorised in 1987 by the University of Florence. Only a few companies boast the presence of this vine and for Pieve di Campoli it is a satisfaction to have planted it Pugnitello is so called because it is characterised by small bunches that can be contained in the fist of one hand. . Like Sangiovese, it can capture the specificity of the terroir, its minerality and soil and climate peculiarities. A label dedicated to Pugnitello will be released very soon, and this is another step towards the growth of Pieve di Campoli.
In agriculture, there is no achievement without sacrifice, without years of quiet work. And the achievement of the Cipressa Vineyard is a bit of proof of this universal rule. Once upon a time, the area where Pugnitello now stands was abandoned to itself. It comprised some seven or eight hectares of land whose potential unleashed conflicting thoughts in the farmers and workers of Pieve di Campoli. On the one hand, the desire to intervene to cultivate that space and give a boost to production, which was beginning to come to terms with the decline of some of the inherited vineyards. On the other hand, the fear of seeing one's efforts unfulfilled, of investing without the certainty of a positive return. After several evaluations, it was decided to take the risk because the opportunity was unrepeatable, representing the possibility of partially making up for the fragmentary nature of the land that made up the company. In fact, the new facilities would have been close to Cortine, where the cellar and cooperage are still located.
In 2004, work began on the hillside, and it was immediately clear that it was not going to be a walk in the park. The soil proved to be ungenerous with cubic metres of stone material scattered everywhere. Stone, stone and more stone forced slow work, a daily frustration that at times even resulted in peaks of despair where the only sensible solution seemed to be to give up. But it did not turn out that way. Work continued, and those were days of courageous and almost heroic farming, with the tractor drivers busy clearing the land metre by metre. It was a very hard time," recounts Fabio Serotti, head of Real Estate and Agricultural Land at the Diocesan Institute for the Support of the Clergy, who supervised the work at the time, "everyday doubts and problems arose, and the work seemed to take forever. However, the intuition turned out to be right, and in the end the laborious work was repaid with the presence of 8 hectares of planting located close to the cellar and the cooperage, a proximity that in an economic and productive logic represents a great strategic advantage for the farm".