This 300 hectare estate, created by the Moretti family of Bellavista fame, is situated in Suvereto in the Val di Cornia. When Vittorio Moretti, together with his daughter Francesca, set out in search of a property in the Maremma in 1997, they asked Attilio Scienza, Italy'ss most celebrated viticultural professor and consultant, to help them find the best spot. Scienza came up with Petra (the name is derived from the Latin for stone, or 'pietra' in Italian), which is southeast of Bolgheri and inland from the sea.
Spanning across 300 Hectares, sprawled to the sea with olive groves and woodlands teaming with cinghiale, the 94 Hectares of vines are divided into parcels where the terroir is most suited for each varietal. The winery itself is state of the art.. Designed by famed architect Mario Botta, he incorporates a symbolism here that is tied perfectly with its functionality. The site was hand selected for its optimal terroir to begin their red wine project. The theme here is more in the Supertuscan style, emphasizing their unique placement on hillside lands near the sea. There is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon which is planted closer to the sea on lower altitudes, as well as Sangiovese, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc higher up on the property. There is also a very small patch of old vine white varietals which go into their dessert wine, Angelo di San Lorenzo. All of the vineyards share a common clay D.inant soil that is naturally very rocky and high in minerals. Walking through the vineyards this was very evident. Their 1st vintage was in 1997 from vines that were pre-existing, since then they have expanded to the current 94 Hectares.Production and aging of these wines is a very technical process, overseen by consulting French enologist Pascal Chatonnet, who also consults for Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux and Vega Sicilia in Ribero del Duoro-Spain. Stainless steel is used for the base level wines fermentation, while 100 hectoliter French oak barrels are used for the top tier wines. There are two chai, or barrel rooms, one for the 1st year wines and one for the 2nd year wines-mimicking the Bordeaux style.