Caiarossa: The luxury of nature
Caiarossa, nestled in the heart of the picturesque Valle di Cecina near small town of Riparbella, began its existence in 1998. Prior to this, there was just the old manor house and the red, gravelly soil after which the estate has been named.
What exists today has been created from the land, from nature, from the region’s history and the adoption of a philosophy that harmoniously combines the forces of earth, grape and man. What shaped Caiarossa was not everyday logic but vision; the desire to create a true oasis in which to live and to make wine - the Tuscan dream linking not only beauty and simplicity but also simplicity and value.
Since 2004, the winery has belonged to Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutchman who dedicates a large part of his time to wine and who also owns Château Giscours and Château du Tertre in France, two Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé from Margaux.
The vineyards fan out around the winery, sloping gently downwards toward the sea. When the vineyards were created, geological analysis discovered several different soil types and therefore eleven different grape varieties were planted. The vine-mix appeared here is unusual even for Tuscan coast, where the dominant paradigm is usually the Bordeaux grapes plus indigenous Sangiovese.
The winery is run according to biodynamic agricultural principles, certified by Demeter and Ecocert. Biodynamic agriculture is an attempt to control nature using alternative (as well as being ancient) techniques based on natural life processes themselves. This approach has laid the foundations for the production of high-quality wines that are closely linked to their terroir. Winemaker of Caiarossa is a Frenchman Dominique Génot, who also takes part in administration of the estate.