Pakravan-Papi vineyards and winery is located in Tuscany, in the northern Maremma region, in the town of Riparbella, district of Pisa.
Starting from the year 2000, Amineh Pakravan and her husband Enzo Papi decided to revitalise the ancient wine making tradition of the region and boost it with the help of new technologies. The first step was the establishment of a new vineyard and a new cellar.
Our region, traditional home of vineyards and wine makers, has the ideal characteristics for wine production:
- Mediterranean micro climate, with plenty of sunshine and sea breeze
- A diverse and complex soil structure rich in mineral components.
- Sunny rolling hills
The Pakravan-Papi estate is located on the first hills that bound northern Maremma, a place where the marine climate balances the cool winds from nearby Padana Valley which make it through the Appennini mountains. The landscape is dominated by the Mediterranean bush, pristine in many cases, with oak and holm oak trees, and an undergrowth of aromatic shrubs such as juniper, stops and strawberry tree. Since the Etruscan time, vineyards have been a natural part of this region, but only from the Sixties discovered its “Bordelaise vocation” with the first Cabernet being planted in Bolgherese.
The influence of marine climate and breeze is significant in our vineyards. Pakravan-Papi estate features two main soil types:
- In the northern valley, soil is mainly clay of ancient lake origin, mixed with “palombini” (Alberese limestone). Here Sangiovese is grown.
- In the central part of the estate, the soil has volcanic origin. Here we have the Bordelaise vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
The cellar building reminds the old churches of Tuscany farmlands. Grapes from each vineyard are harvested and fermented separately, even when from the same variety. It is then blended at a later stage, after refinement in barrique, to develop the best vintage quality.
Harvesting is completely manual. Wine making is assisted by modern technology, but fully in line with traditional processes.