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History

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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Vineyards

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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Winemaking

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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Highlights

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 Jamie Goode, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Beaulieu Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1970 / It's a rare treat to be able to try an old Californian classic like this. Sweet open spicy nose with some herby fruit showing a savoury, spicy, earthy/meaty edge. The palate is soft and spicy with some American oak still showing. Tarry and sweet with some evolution in the glass. Very nice, this historical old wine. Very good+ 88/100

7m 23d ago

 Hannu Kytölä, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Italy vs. France -tasting with Mouton, Lafleur, Masseto, Redigaffi, Petrus etc.

3y 7m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Best of Italy vs. Best of France - France won a very narrow margin. The best wines of the evening were Masseto 2009, d' Yquem 2009, Redigaffi 2002 and perhaps surprisingly Château Canon-la-Gaffeliere 2010.

3y 7m ago

 Sue Ai Lee / Sommelier, Sommelier (Singapore)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Château Mouton-Rotschild 2008 / 94 points / Deep ruby red color with purple edges. Complex nose opening towards ripe black fruit such as cassis, balckberry and fig, along with nuts, cinnamon and liquorice notes. Intense creamy attack with black fruit flavors. Long lasting velvety tannins. Intense and elegant finish.

3y 9m ago

 Giulia Luccioli, Wine Producer (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  8 wines 

This Montevetrano 2008 displays smokey notes with soft ripe red & blackberry fruits. Clear garnet. Spicy black-cherry on the nose and palate; full and tart flavor with surprisingly firm tannins lurking behind the fruit. Clean and consistent in a long finish. Delightfully fruity and structured, a delicious wine that almost demands a second glass. 93 points

3y 10m ago

 Laura Monari / Wine Importer, Pro (Italy)  tasted  3 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2013 / 2013 is a benchmark vintage in Toscana, and this ’13 Paleo Rosso is a shining example of the vintage’s beauty. Sweet, pure red and blue fruits are framed with crushed lavender, fresh-cut herbs, warm loam, licorice and espresso in this expressive, sophisticated wine. At once crystalline and sensual, the ’13 Paleo Rosso glides across the palate with a silky mouth-feel, revealing a remarkable texture, polished tannins, and a beguiling oscillation between its sweet inner perfume and its savory, peppery elements. At one time a blend, in 2001 Le Macchiole made its Paleo Rosso a mono-varietal Cabernet Franc, and this wine sees twenty months of aging in barriques, 75% new. You could drink this wine more or less upon release, but if you’ve the patience, give it a few years in the cellar--your self-discipline will amply reward you. 95 Points

3y 10m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  15 wines 

A wonderful Friday evening with friends and DRC Montrachet 2001, Madeira Bual 1792, Heidsieck Gout American 1907, Petrus 2006 etc.


 

4y 1m ago

 Guillermo Cruz, Sommelier (Spain)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Romanée Conti 2009 / This full-bodied, hugely dense, powerful, and highly expressive offering is jam-packed with liquorice, mint, eucalyptus, and cherry syrup. Impeccably balanced, opulent, forward, yet restrained and exceptionally well-structured, this massive, refined wine will provide exceptional drinking over the course of the next 30 years. 99p

4y 5m ago

 Valtteri Malmivirta, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  16 wines 

New Year party with Dom Perignon Rose 2002, Petrus 1972, Yquem 1990 etc.

4y 9m ago

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4y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Tua Rita . In a tasting of  15 wines 

An eclectic choice of excellent wines was presented in a tasting hold at the home of a wine collector in Essen. The occasion was the tasting of the legendary 1727 Rüdesheimer Apostelwein of the Rathskeller Bremen. This deeply impressing wine was framed by a series of excellent growths from Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

4y 11m ago

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