Take a drive just beyond Rome, through the northern end of Lazio. Peel west off the A1, far from the madding crowds of Tuscany and Umbria. A sharp turn left, gravel clicks a slower pace. The narrow, winding lane etched into the Tuscia hillside ascends Vaiano, lush farmland neatly unfurled in green and gold.
Verdant bluffs give way to a dramatic limestone canvas, sheared away by time to reveal broad strokes of matted clay, glinting peperino and coppery tufo streaks rendered by an eons-old volcanic artist that created this masterpiece: The Calanchi. It is here among the Calanchi’s deep mineral cliffs and calciferous valleys where Paolo and Noemia d’Amico combine worldly sophistication with world-class wine. The Calanchi is one of the richest limestone and tufa outcroppings in the world, and is a UNESCO protected geological site reminiscent of the Kimmeridgian.
A graceful blend of old world tradition and new breed techniques meet inside the d’Amico estate’s tufa-carved cellars. Winemaker Guillaume Gelly oversees both growth and production of the 90-hectare estate, with 21 hectares planted primarily across the Calanchi and into the gentle, rolling hills of Umbria, Lazio and Southern Tuscany.
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