The ‘Fratelli Paese’ farm is located on the hills of Donnici Inferiore, in Calabria, with 15 hectares of vineyards, at the foot of the wooded plateau of Sila, a few miles from the beautiful sea of the Tyrrhenian coast. This area is m 250 above sea level, a lucky corner characterized by Mediterranean microclimate, with an unchanged balance between moisture and dryness. Here valuable wines are produced, recognized at the European level by the DOC guarantee of origin. Passion combined with research and updating for the operators who work in the company do not neglect any of the stages of maturation, grape harvest, and wine preservation. The Tenuta Paese challenge consists in obtaining excellent taste from mostly autochthonous vines, preserving a typically Italian identity, addressing the international markets.
Magliocco, Mantonico, Pecorello, Malvasia Bianca, Greco Nero, and Greco Bianco are the local grapes, but Tenuta Paese also boasts the presence of such Italian wines as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Fiano di Puglia, and Sangiovese, as well as such international vines as Cabernet Sauvignon.
From potatoes to wine
The geographical particularity of Calabria consists in that its territory is mostly constituted by hills and mountains, quickly passing from the sea to the mountains. From the historical point of view, in colonizing this region the Greeks were amazed by its strong vocation for wine growing, so that they called it ‘Oenotria’, that is land of vineyards. From here the ancient Greeks brought the art of fine wine throughout the Mediterranean Sea, also becoming big esteemers of the wines produced in this beautiful region. Some vines which still today are grown in the territories of Donnici dates back to Greeks.
The Tenuta Paese has its roots in the beautiful green lung of Sila, located in the north-centre of Calabria. In the nineteenth century, Francesco Paese was famous for the successful cultivation of potatoes, cattle breeding of the autochthonous Calabrese breed, and above all for the sale of the impressive trunks of Corsican pine which characterize the woods of Sila. These activities were later inherited by his son Antonio, who, going away from Calabria when he was a young man, left the management to the next generation of his family. The Tenuta Paese family boasts a long history of passion for their land and innovation, preserving respect for traditions, environment, and territory. The adventure in the production of high quality wines with a distinct identity began with the new millennium, thanks to the brothers Vincenzo, Ercole, and Aldo.
With the availability of high quality wines and a long history of excellence in agricultural entrepreneurship, their will of asserting the value of a name and a story has been the engine of a big challenge. The attention for natural cycles and environmental impact allows obtaining valuable grapes for the production of wines characterized by strength and elegance, complexity and unique flavours.