Tracing the 43rd parallel from the far edge of Europe is a journey through history. Far east your route will cross Georgia, the original home of the grapevine. Further to the west, centers of culture and energy such as Santiago de Compostela appear. But in Italy, the grapevine is culture, and the 43rd parallel is where the best of both appear.
After more than twenty years of research, starting with the creation of the first edition of "La Quadratura del Cerchio" in 1995, we identified a coherent but diffused terroir: a set of extraordinary vineyards which wind along an imaginary thread placed on the 43rd parallel in Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche.
The 43rd parallel in Italy is not so distant from the home of all vines in Georgia, and here native vines of great depth grow in ancient vineyards: Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Verdicchio, Vermentino and Sagrantino. The vines have evolved within terroirs of great character, ranging from the southernmost area of Chianti to Montalcino, from the green and round profiles of the Marche soil to the Crete Senesi. This region is bounded by two different seas and adds an even richer complexity in the grapes that grow here.
The "La Quadratura del Cerchio" or "Squaring of the Circle" is our offering of the perfect wine from this perfect place, using Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes. This super-tuscan breaks the rules that have been laid down about how great wine should be made, producing something old which is new again - an expression of two grapes which have grown side by side for centuries but which were not allowed to be co-fermented under most strict appellation rules of traditional winemaking regions.