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The first tests of the field blend date back to the 1973 harvest, and the first vintage put on sale under this name and label was the 1975 harvest.
For this particular grape blend, a selection is made of the best grapes which are gathered late, around two weeks after the normal harvest, on a surface of around 16 hectares of vineyard cultivated on Ronco del Fortino. The training system forms used are guyot-cappuccina, with 6000-7000 vines per hectare and with a yield of 40–60 quintals.
The name, Tunina, refers to the old owner of the land on which the original vineyard is located and it is dedicated to Casanova’s poorest lover, who was a governess in Venice and who was also known by the diminutive “Tunina” (Antonia).
As early as 1976 Luigi Veronelli called it “the Mennea of Italian wines” (Pietro Mennea was an athlete who competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal), and then it won wine of the year (1997 vintage) from Gambero Rosso and the Wine Oscar for the 1998 vintage from the A.I.S. (Associazione Italiana Sommelier). With Vintage 2015, Vintage Tunina celebrates its first 40 years.
Grapes: Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia, Picolit.
Soil: predominantly marlstone and sandstone belonging to the Flysch formation from the Eocene era, characteristic of the Collio area.
Exposition: southwest and northwest.
Training system: guyot-cappuccina
Plant density: 6000-7000 vines/ha
Yield per hectare: 40 – 60 quintals/ha
Vinification and ageing: slightly late harvesting of grapes and vinification involving malolactic fermentation and ageing that does not require the use of barriques but a passage in barrels of 80-60 hl for part of the wine.
Colour: brilliant straw-yellow colour with golden highlights.
Bouquet: intense, full, with enormous elegance and persistence, and with hints of honey and wild flowers.
Taste: dry, velvety, and very well-orchestrated, with an exceptional persistence due to its particularly full body.