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No noble ancestors, no old family vineyards, no investment properties to enhance. It all began many years ago, with a big house in the country full of kids and animals, used over the years as a refuge from the city.  Many families have one.And, deep down, a long-standing desire to “make” wine, cultivated over the years as best we could: lots of reading, a number of courses and many friends working in the field.

Then, one day, right next to the big house, an excellent vantage point for observing  the dynamics of the neighbourhood, they put “the land” up for sale – a few hectares, perfect for growing wine. Since then, a number of events, one after another, like an unstoppable domino effect, scary and fascinating at the same time.A hectare and a half  planted in 2003, another two in 2008, a house and a cellar built on the hill, intentionally in stone, to make it look as though it had always been there.  So many unforeseen developments, so many difficult moments, especially when you consider that, back in Rome, we had other jobs, another life.At last, it's 2011, and Santoiolo wants to make your acquaintance: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, three of the greatest names in winegrowing, their grapes meticulously cultivated, turned into wine in stainless steel vats, refined in barrels of French oak, then blended together to age in the bottle.  And Pratalia is waiting to make your acquaintance too, young, white and aromatic and pure, born from the Vermentino grape.

The wine cellar is in the country, near the mediaeval city of Narni.  It borders on the town of Otricoli.  It’s in the southern of Umbria, a countryside full of rolling hills, with an ancient look to it, like something out the middle ages. They say the land “speaks” here. Three stone arches guard the big portico, where wine-tastings take place in the summer.  At grape-harvest time, it’s a beehive of activity.  It’s the antechamber to the wine cellar proper, dug into the earth, and protected by it.  It’s the womb where our wine is born and nurtured. To make technology and aesthetics co-exist was the challenge we set for ourselves.