Tenuta La Parrina: organic paradise of South Maremma
La Parrina is a 450 hectare estate stretching over foothills along the Tyrrhenian coast in the Southern part of Maremma. It is characterized by Mediterranean scrubland with an abundance of intensely perfumed herbs and berries. The estate took shape at the beginning of the nineteenth century following the marriage of a daughter of the Strozzi family to a noble man of Giuntini’s. It has remained in the hands of the Giuntini family ever since, with the Marquess Franca Spinola as the current owner.
The name Parrina is derived from the Castilian word parra, meaning vine or pergola. The area was first called by that name in the 17th century by a group of pirates of Spanish origin, who settled in the district. That etymology has been contested, however, by those who argue that the name of the area is derived from that of a group of friars, Parrini, who established their monastery in the territory around the 12th century.
Nowadays Parrina estate is also called ancient farm, and it is considered to be historical estate with great experience respecting old agricultural traditions of South Maremma. In this land, a natural oasis, people of Parrina produce not only wine grapes, but also various fruits and vegetables of high quality preserving the environment and using driven and integrated fight. Thanks to these types of cultivation Parrina products have received the Certification of Organic Agriculture as well as some important awards, which helped a lot for welcome receipt on the market. Today Parrina is also famous for its olive oil and cheeses.
The climate, characterized by sea winds, with hot summers and rainy autumns and spring weather trends, is ideal for perfect ripening and the conservation of the fruit until harvest time in early autumn. The traditional red wine species is Sangiovese and for the white wines: Trebbiano, Vermentino and Ansonica. The introduction of innovative wine species came from a passion for research into the potential of this marvelous small area and its unique characteristics, a source of wines of ever-increasing quality.
Recognition of the DOC Parrina dates to 1971. Tenuta La Parrina is amongst few estates in entire Italy, which solely represents its DOC appellation.
Despite her honorable age Marquess Franca Spinola is still very deeply involved in different activities on the estate, especially during harvest and vinification processes. From vintage to vintage she leads her professional team in a quest for “organic perfection”.