He then decided to move his attention to the township of Suvereto, where a series of small houses demonstrated with their first releases that the Cornia river valley could produce wines that were easily competitive with the more famous zones just to the north.
“Think big”* was not a slogan that Moretti needed to be reminded of: his property in the Franciacorta area now covers 320 hectares, and Petra was planned to be anything but a boutique winery. The original planting in the 1990’s has now grown to some 235 acres.
The grapes are fermented and their wines then aged in a striking facility designed by internationally famous architect Mario Botta and the winery’s inauguration drew hordes of curious and admiring visitors.
The wines have grown in quality and complexity as well and the current efforts, now under the supervision of distinguished winemaker Beppe Caviola, are simply the finest to date. And not only demonstrate that the Val di Cornia can make fine Cabernet and Merlot, but impressive Sangiovese as well.