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Ansonica Alberto Motta Maremma Toscana DOC 2018


Ansonica (known as Insolia in Sicily) has been grown for centuries in the southern Maremma, on the Tuscany coast. The vine is probably Greek in origin, and can survive the long, dry summers, light sandy soil and burning sun. Its thick-skinned grapes turn golden yellow in September, in time for the harvest. Ansonica produces elegant wines with great length. “For me, Ansonica means the sea,” says winemaker Alberto Motta.

Area of production: Maremma, Tuscany

Producer: Alberto Motta

Grape varieties: 100% Ansonica

Altitude: 30 m above sea level near the Tuscan coast

Soil type: sandy loam

Harvest period: end of September, by hand, into small boxes

Vinification: grapes cooled to 5˚ C before crushing, maceration on skins for 48 hours; fermentation 70% in stainless steel, 30% in large used barrels.

Maturation: 12 months on the lees (in both tanks and tonneaux), followed by 6 months in concrete tanks after blending the batches.

Alcohol content: 13% abv


Appearance: straw yellow.

Nose: exotic fruits, Mediterranean herbs, balsamic notes

Palate: soft, saline, savoury

Food pairings: fish, sushi and shellfish, vegetable soups.

Serving temperature: 10 - 12°C

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