Michelini i Mufatto
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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Bierzo, Spain
People: Andres Mufatto, Gerardo Michelini, & Manuel Michelini Mufatto, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
|Michelini i Mufatto 2020 'A Merced' Mencia, Bierzo||Login||—||In Stock|
|Michelini i Mufatto 2021 'En el Camino' Mencia, Bierzo||Login||—||In Stock|
Michelini i Mufatto is the family enterprise of Andrea Mufatto, Gerardo Michelini and their son, Manuel Michelini. The three share a common vision aimed at making wines guided by an approach based on respect, purity and accuracy, implemented into three terroirs: the Uco Valley (Argentina), Bierzo (Spain) and Maldonado (Uruguay). Mother, father and son share a way to interpret a natural environment and its fruits, involving the thorough quest for the essence of each terrain’s character.
Andrea Mufatto and Gerardo Michelini fell in love with the region of Bierzo, and specifically with some forgotten areas of Ponferrada, such as Valdecañada and Ozuela. They found old vineyards of great potential there, and in 2015 they began making wines that shortly afterwards captivated wine lovers and critics around the world.
Michelini and Mufatto make their Bierzo wines based on the characteristic regional varieties (Mencía, Godello, Palomino, Merenzao, Brancellao, Garnacha Tintorera and Doña Blanca), relying on goblet-pruned vineyards older than 80 years, planted on soils composed of slate stone and clay in the area’s cold climate (which is due to the fact that vineyards are planted on the northern side of the mountains). All vineyards are organic and focus on biodynamics, for the purposes of achieving the best plant expression.
In the cellar, they employ traditional winemaking methods, usually involving the use of whole clusters and native yeast fermentation in clay amphorae before aging in 228-litre used Burgundy barrels and wooden foudres. This results in limited edition wines that reflect the essence of this traditional Spanish region.