Since the 1100s, the Mattioli family has lived in the tiny settlement the Romans deemed Collecapretta or “hill of the goats”. For generations, the Mattiolis have cultivated the rugged hillsides of this Umbrian village located just outside of Spoleto. Today, the farm is barely 8 hectares in total but boasts a dynamic mix of local olives trees, farro and other ancient grain plantings and about four hectare of indigenous old vines.
Vittorio Mattioli lives together with 3 generations of his family inside the tiny village that overlooks the valley below with the high Apennine Mountains and Gran Sasso in the background. At 500+ meters up, a unique mixture of calcium and iron rich clay with outcroppings of tufo and travertine limestone make up this elevated terroir.
The total production of Collecapretta is only about 8000 bottles during a good year, yet the family vinifies many different cuvées to show the various expression their land is capable of. All of the cuvées go through natural fermentation in open-top cement containers without temperature control or sulfur additions. The wines then age according to the waning lunar cycle in glass-lined cement vats or resin tanks. No sulfur is used at any point in the winemaking process and all farming in the vineyards is completely natural, with only compost being made exclusively from their own animals.