Eleuteria Story

Here are some info about my wine, that isn’t not only a product for my family but really much more: a great passion! 
Vineyards is in the same place were we live, a place that rapresents our life, that we chose when I started my new life with my husband.
At the beginning we didn’t have any idea to invest in this… I’m a teacher, I teach Italian litterature and my husband is a lawyer
but, it was as an epiphany!!! The adventure started in 2007.
There would be something other to tell you about the label and the picture we chose but this could be, maybe, too long…

Tenuta del Travale was founded in 1993 when its owners took over a vast abandoned estate, transforming it completely. In 2007, the former antique vineyard, which was almost totally unproductive was completely replaced. Five hectares, situated on two opposite sides, of the same size, were terraced following the natural slopes of the hills and therefore replanted with the present varieties of 80% nerello mascalese, and 20% nerello cappuccio.
All of this is within a framework of olive groves that are centuries old. The estate is situated in an area called Travale di Rovito, just 9 km away from Cosenza, at an altitude which is ideal for winemaking (500 metres above sea level) and in a territory that already in the past was considered very suitable. The small size of the vineyard, just five hectares has imposed a criteria of high quality for production, in line with  its owners’ life philosophy. The cultivating is done all by hand and this is due to the steep slopes of the terraces. This creates the wanted outcome of very low yields per hectare. The vineyard, considering the location, is always exposed to the sunshine throughout the course of the whole day, it is also affected by the great variations of temperature due to the influence of the Sila, which is nearby.

Historically known as a varietal from Sicily, nerello has actually a long history in our territory: as far as we know, it was considered one of the finest wines, and exported to the North of Italy and in France, to enrich the flavours of sangiovese and cabernet. As a result during the 19th century its production went short.

We decided to get back such a distinguished and esteemed product. This reason led us to choose a completely artisanal approach, which we find coherent with our philosophy, allowing us to preserve the rich taste of nerello mascalese under the guidance of the agronomist Antonio Berlincieri and the oenologist Emiliano Falsini.

Label is  full of historical and literary notes. Without considering Greek and Roman domination, but only  the early middle age, my territory has been enlightened by the birth of the Abbot Gioacchino da Fiore (1135-1202), eclectic personality because he was a monk, an abbot, a Theologian, a reformer and a Mystic. A very multifaceted person and we, from Tenuta del Travale, share the entirety of his Thought especially the contemporary flavour,  his long view into the future.

For this reason, the label is a reproduction of Abbot’s picture, something that links us to our wine and territory.

Even Dante quotes Gioacchino in Paradise: PdXII 140 ?lucemi dallato/il calvrese abate Gioacchino/di spirito profetico dotato’…to give witness to the value of his Thought and the historical importance in the modern philosophy.

It’s the picture of a tree, in three section: the root (the past), the centre/life (the present) and the branches, the leaves (the future).

Inside  the centre there’s a picture of a dog biting grapes. It’s a particularity, a symbol of our family coat, of Florentine origin.

Our ancestors in 1300, born in Florence (infact you can notice on the left of the dog three florentine lilies) moved from Toscana to manage a large feud in Cosenza, arriving exactly when Dante celebrated Gioacchino glorifying him in Divina Commedia

Lastly inside the label, every year, we will write a latin inscription that will change, punctually depending on the year.

2014 bottle, on the right there is: ‘assuesce unus esse’, Saint Ambrogio.

2015 bottle, always on the right there is: …sic itur ad astra’ Cicerone ( de natura deorum III)

It is a way to express every time a part of some thoughts (in a more articulated speech behind) on a label of a wine bottle .

Tuscany came back again in our life when we have met our oenologist, Emiliano Falsini, a perfect florentine man!!!