Prelius Maremma, Tuscany


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Federica Mascheroni Stianti


Prelius is the name given by the Romans to the ancient costal lake of Prile. Already with the Etruscans the land surrounding the lake was a flourishing community dedicated to fishing and to the commerce of salt. The coastal lake used to lay from the Argentario peninsula to Castiglione della Pescaia, separated from the sea by a sandy strip that is now the marvelous pine-wood of Grosseto. In the hilly amphitheater of Tuscany’s Maremma region, above the ancient coastal lake the vineyard organically farmed by the Stianti Mascheroni family flourishes. The vineyard, also called Prelius, is the first venture outside of Chianti Classico for the Stianti Mascheroni family, leaders in Tuscany’s organic viticultural movement. Two wines are produced at the estate, Vermentino, a crisp, refreshing white wine and Cabernet Sauvignon, a smooth wine with a firm structure and fruit filled finish that lingers. The wines are very much influenced by the unique terroir, the microclimate, the training system and the great character of winemaker Federica Mascheroni Stianti.