Giovanni Dubini begins his story: “2,500 years ago, the Etruscans dug deep into the local “Tufo” and created the first temperature-controlled cellars in the world!” His passion and enthusiasm are remarkable, as are his good-natured and easygoing manner.
Giovanni’s father bought the property in 1968: the family came to the area to vacation, fell in love, and finally planted roots - literally! No vines existed; the winery was conceived and developed completely from scratch. Currently 23 ha of vines cover the estate.
The quality of Dubini’s output is legendary, the white wines being some of the most age-worthy in all of Italy. Giovanni keeps it simple, touching as little as possible during the process of growing and making his wines. In fact, all his wines are organically produced, with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides whatsoever.
Giovanni tells the story: “We started making wine about forty years ago; at that time the wine was made for the family and friends; the masters were the farmers of the farm that were handed down traditions and knowledge from afar. The wine was organic, sustainable, not by choice but by mere custom. Same technique for both the white wine and the red: the “cask”, the fermentation on the skins, the pressing by hand, the chestnut barrels (wood from our forests)."
The hilly portion of the land adjacent to Rocca Ripesena, with its stunning view of Orvieto on its majestic crag, consists of sedimentary soil and clay: 2.5 million years ago there was a seabed which accumulated the finer sediments transported by ancient rivers that crossed the area.
We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to work with Palazonne, which continues to grow and inspire. For in the words of Giovanni: “We have not the acidity of the north, or the sun of the south, so I must produce a classic wine of central Italy”.