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When in 1984 Rita and Virgilio purchased the property that was to become Tua Rita, the land and the buildings on it were only to be the setting for a life together lived in contact with nature, farming nature’s bounty. It was their overwhelming passion for making wine that changed those plans.


The couple tended the original two hectares of vineyard with such scrupulous care that Tua Rita became one of Italy’s first successful producers of vins de garage. In barely a decade, the hectares under vine had risen to nine, at the start of the new millennium there were twenty and today Tua Rita farms some thirty hectares planted to vine.



Growth has been driven by Rita and Virgilio’s enduring enthusiasm and an ever-deepening awareness of the potential of this estate nestling in the area, between the Tirrenian Sea and the Colline Metallifere, known as Val di Cornia.


Estate and cellar went from strength to strength, driven by Rita and Virgilio’s commitment. Meanwhile the winery’s image was flourishing under the skilful hand of Stefano Frascolla, husband of the owners’ daughter Simena, who herself became involved in managing the enterprise following the death of her father in 2010. The estate’s name is a simple inversion of Rita Tua’s given name and surname.

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Inevitably, Tua Rita’s uncompromising commitment to quality begins with the management of the estate’s vineyards. Our vine stock is trained to either single or double cordon spur and planting densities vary from 5,000 to 9,000 vines per hectare.

Vine protection methods are those adopted for organic grape farming but the underlying objective is to assist the plants to defend themselves by ensuring the health of soil and environment and abandoning plant protection products.

Tua Rita’s rows stand on low, gently sloping hillsides where the soil has a substantial fraction of pebbles and stones as well as clay, silt, sand and – crucially – a generous helping of mineral trace elements.


Tua Rita’s vineyards are in fact in the area of Upper Maremma known as the Colline Metallifere, or Metalliferous Hills. This happy accident of nature leaves its distinctive mark on Tua Rita’s wines, imparting unique iron-like nuances to the aromatics and lending the palate a delicious hint of saltiness.

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From 2000 to 2002, the winemaking area was extended and redesigned for the production of high-profile wines. Today, output is around 220,000 bottles. Everything in the cellar is geared to the business of making wine, in the spirit of Italy’s great craft working tradition. Winemaking interventions are as few, and as non-invasive, as possible.


The fruit arrives at the cellar in small cases, having been picked by hand and selected on special sorting tables. After soft crushing, must from the grapes is transferred to tapered wooden vats for fermentation. Depending on the vintage, maceration lasts twenty-five to thirty days, with carefully regulated pumpovers and/or punching down.


Following fermentation, the wine is transferred by gravity flow into the small oak containers located underneath the winemaking area. It is here that the wine, having completed malolactic fermentation, will mature in oak for at least eighteen months.

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 Hiroshi Ishida / Wine Blogger, Pro (Japan)  tasted  5 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Today, Bolgheri is among Italy’s famed wine producing regions, but this seemed far from a possibility in 1983, the year Le Macchiole was founded and a time when the area was known simply for a close proximity to the sea and having abundant fruit and grain agriculture. Yet, two native Bolgheresi, Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli, were devoted to the idea of vine growing in their home even when it was not considered a viable way to start a living. “My husband Eugenio and I started off with very limited, if almost no, resources,” Cinzia recalls. “We gave up working his parents’ retail and restaurant business and bought a few hectares of land planted to wheat.

We decided to plant vineyards starting with many varieties - sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and vermentino - so that we might see what grew best on our little property. That is how our life project began and, for me, our learning is still in progress. I believe that Bolgheri is in the early stage of development. It has just become aware of its potential and understanding of which grape varieties give their best to each part of the different soils; much is still yet to be accomplished here.”

7m 22d ago

 Chris May / Wine Dealer, Pro (Netherlands)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  33 wines 

“Some of the greates wines I have tasted during 2016.”

11m 14d ago

 Tess Murray / Sommelier, Pro (Australia)  tasted  3 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  28 wines 

“1990 Barolo Cannubi Boschis by Luciano Sandrone. The vintage 1990 marks the beginning of a new era in Italian wine production. Modernisation and new innovative producers made their final breakthrough in this outstanding vintage. Hot and dry summer with cool night time temperature created wines of high quality and perfect phenolic ripeness. The third good vintage in a row in Piedmont!
Luciano Sandrone is one of the heroes of the Italian wine renaissance having contributed significantly to the modernization of Piedmont wines. Sandrone bought his first vineyard from the Cannubi hill in 1978. It was tiny in size - less than a hectare - but large enough to start lifting Sandrone on to the Piedmont wine map. 1990 was a successful vintage for the single vineyard Barolo Cannubi Boschis.
Developed, glossy medium-deep browning colour. The nose is lifted and nicely maturing; great expression of tar and roses, roasted and earthy notes. The mouth-feel is silky and smooth, firmed attractively by ripe tannin and refreshing acidity. This wine is harmonious and evolved today but no doubt will keep and improve for another decade.

1y 2m ago

 Gagan Sharma / Sommelier, Sommelier (India)  tasted  2 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  23 wines 

“Masseto is a pure Merlot wine produced by Tenuta dell’Ornellaia since 1986. It is often referred as the “Pétrus of Italy”. In 2011 After a very late-developing 2010 growing season, 2011 was characterised by warm, dry weather and a harvest much earlier than the average.
A rainy winter was followed by a warmer-than average spring that brought forward the start of vine growth by a full 10 days. Budbreak was particularly rapid and uniform, always a good indicator of a fine growing year. Then cooler weather in June and July slowed vine development. The expected rains arrived on schedule after flowering and during veraison, encouraging optimal cluster growth, aromatic intensification, and, even more important, exceptionally-generous accumulation of polyphenols. A heat spell at the end of August further quickened ripening, bringing us the earliest harvest ever in the history of Masseto. The grapes arriving in the cellar were perfectly sound and healthy, well balanced, and with no sign of over-ripeness.

Deep ruby-purple colour. Powerful and intense nose with loads of blackcurrants, toasty oak, fresh herbs, smoke, green capsicum and dark chocolate. Full-bodied structure with intense ripe dark fruit with refined firm tannins and opulence. Good potential for further ageing and investing.

1y 3m ago

 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Istvan Szepsy is considered as a king of sweet Tokaji makers due to the reputation gained from his extra ordinary sweet concentrated wines. This Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos was only made around 8000 bottles.
This clear, intense and golden coloured wine has incredibly intense spicy nose with apricot marmalade and botrytis. As 1999 vintage is known from big acidic structure in Tokajis, it makes no difference in this wine. Crisp acidity cuts delicately oily lusciously sweet velvety texture. Honeyed overtones with touch of jasmine and ginger. Very intense fruitiness and rich botrytis flavours combined with moderate level of alcohol are all adding an extra dimension to this immortal wine. 96 points

1y 7m ago

 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  22 wines 

“Alkon uutuudet tarjosivat pitkästä aikaan muutamia mainioita viinejä. Parhaana vakiovalikoiman uutuutena pidin Espanjan Bierzosta tulevaa Dominio de Taresin Cepas Viejas Menciaa (90p). Erittäin nautinnollinen viini jo nyt, mutta paranee vielä noin viiden vuoden varastoinnin myötä. Tommasin puolikkaassa pullossa Alkoon tullut mehevä Amarone Tommasilta (89p) istuu tuhtien punaviinin ystävien suuhun täydellisesti. Positiivisia tuttavuuksia olivat myöskin mausteinen portugalilainen Tyto Alba (87p), hienon luonteikas saksalainen Nett Sauvignon Blanc Pfalzista (87p) ja Martinezin pähkinäisen makea Marsala Riserva (88p).

Tilausvalikoimasta löytyi kuitenkin tastingin parhaat viinit - Louis Roedererin elegantti ja pienten tuotantomäärien Rosé Brut 2009 (90p), Chilen ykkös-syrah-viini Montes Folly vuosikerrallaan 2010 (91p) ja viinimaailman Midasin, viinintekijä Michel Rollandin, Le Défi de Fontenil 2009 (92p) Bordeaux'sta. Tämä viini hurmaa kenet tahansa! ”

2y 6m ago

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