The estate's agricultural activity takes place on the hills where vineyards and olive trees grow, while the valleys and flat stretches are cultivated in arable land, part of which are irrigated using the water from the two large lakes of the estate.
The vineyards are located at an altitude ranging from 250 to 300m above sea level and extend over an area of 50 hectares, mainly cultivated with Sangiovese grape variety but also with Merlot-Syrah -Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Alicante, Petit Verdot varieties.
The soil ranges from medium-mixture to clay, planting densities are more than 5,000 plants/Ha, and the forms of rearing are the simple and bilateral spurred cordon and the upside-down.
The collection, mainly manual, is carried out from September to October based on preventive controls of maturation in the field and analytical laboratory tests.
Villa S.Andrea has two ancient cellars, probably built around 1000 AD, with stones obtained from the surrounding countryside. They are ideal for the aging of wines which takes place in French oak barrels of 35 hectoliters and in barriques, also of French oak.
The winery was built more recently and consists of 24 cement tanks for a total capacity of 5,000 hectoliters.
After the grapes have been transferred to destemmer-pressing machines, the must vinification is in red, with medium-long macerations. The racking follows the execution of the cuts or blends between the different varieties, with the subsequent transfer to wood barrels for aging.
Production can reach up to 260,000 bottles, which is approximately 2,000 hectoliters.
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