When Barolo legend Elio Altare visited the Cinque Terre region on the Ligurian Coast of Italy, he was blown away by the old vines clinging to impossibly steep slops over the Mediterranean Sea. He quickly purchased some of the oldest and most gnarled land therein. Elio knew that the volcanic rock, ample sunshine, maritime climate and incredibly old, indigenous varieties could provide something unique, something moving. 

It took Elio two years to reshaping the old vineyard by hand to his specifications. Today we are presented with a wine like no other - the Campogrande is made from Bosco and Albarola, two local varitals almost lost to antiquity. The land is so steep that the grapes need to be transported down by funicular,  a sort of mini cable-car used on only the steepest slopes. The yields are so low naturally that Elio can get barely more than a pound of grapes per vine. At a time when what little wine from Cinque Terre remains is usually the high-yielding but plain Trebbiano, Elio has chosen to approach this challenge in the only way he knows how - the very best way.

DOMAINE de l'HORTUS 2014 GRAND CUVEE  ROUGE
60% Syrah | 35% Grenache | 5% Mourvedre

BERGERIE de l'HORTUS 2015 CLASSIQUE  ROUGE
60% Syrah | 35% Grenache | 5% Mourvedre

LE LOUP DANS LE BERGERIE 2015 ROUGE

80% Grenache | 20% Syrah

LOUP Y ES-TU? 2015 BLANC

80% Muscat | 10% Chardonnay | 10% Viognier

The wine is fermented in stainless steel and offers a unique mix of ripe grapefruit, subtle herbs and spices, and a salty, saline note that speaks of the Mediterranean far below. There is nothing else like it. 

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