Sedimentary Wines: Organic Farming in the Hills of Abruzzo
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Agricola Cirelli is an organic farm certified by IMC (doc. n.3194 RV.01), surrounded by 23 hectares of land. All of its production is designed to respect the natural cycles of the olive trees, vineyards, horticultural crops and the animal breeding. The rotation of the crops, which allows the land to rest, the fertilization process and the grazing of the free range animals represent some of the most important phases in the production process of olive oil, wine, vegetables, fruit and meats of supreme quality.
The farm grows and produces in total respect of the organic agriculture. Nature sets the rules and it represents the core of every activity. The animal's interaction with the land guarantees a natural grazing and fertilization of the land, which means they do not have to use harmful chemical substances.
Francesco purchased the land in 2003 right after his graduation in economics in one of the most prestigious European university. Before that he was a student of the Italian Navy College. He decided to dedicate himself to the organic agriculture because of the extreme good values of working the land (“right after God the farmer comes” he once heard). He is now helped out by his wife Michela.
"The favorite is the amphora-fermented wines. They are the more artisanal containers. Those are the containers where you are obliged to intervene manually and you can use nothing except for your body. If you have to clean, you have to go inside with your swimming suit and clean the vessel. You cannot use anything else. This makes for a more emotional process. It’s the one that requires more effort. It’s you and the clay vessel, that is all." - Francesco Cirelli