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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vino Rosso “Passatella”
50% Montepulciano, 35% Aglianico, 15% Tintilia Planted in 2016 Clay, limestone 12 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Vineyards sit at 300-350 meters elevation and mostly face west
• Farming is organic, without chemical treatments
• Natural cover crop and fertilizer from their own grape pomace and farm animals
• Vines are trained high in the traditional pergola molisana system
• Fruit is hand-harvested
• Grapes are fully de-stemmed
• Spontaneous fermentations with native yeasts and no temperature control for 8-10 days
• Tiny doses of sulfur following fermentation and before bottling
• Wines are bottled unfiltered

Vino Rosso “Passatella”
• No green harvest to avoid excessive concentration and high alcohol
• Fermented in open-top wood casks
• Ages about 6 months in large neutral oak casks
• Bottles are 1L size and feature a Stelvin closure
• “Passatella” refers to a card game from the 17th century that is still played in Casacalenda; the wine’s easy-drinking nature makes it a perfect pairing for this game

MISCELLANEA

Molise is Italy’s second-smallest region by both population and area, after Valle d’Aosta. It ranks sixteenth out of twenty in output by volume and seventeenth in vineyard area planted.

The name Steiger-Kalena is a combination of Giulio and Margarita’s surname with the old name for Casacalenda, Kalena.

General Information

Country
Italy
Region
Molise
Appellation(s)
Vino Rosso
Producer
Giulio Steiger
Founded
2015
Annual Production
3,000 cases
Farming
Organic (certified)
Website
https://www.steigerkalena.com
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