Ampeleia began in 2002 through a friendship between Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini. They shared an appreciation for the inherent diversity and potential of a particular area of Maremma - the Colline Metallifere. This is not the coastal lowland one usually associates with the region, but mineral-rich slopes that have been mined since Etruscan times. This 2016 is 100% Alicante Nero, a common Mediterranean variety also known as Grenache in France, Cannonau inSardinia and Garnacha in Spain. Vinification is partially carbonic withsome destemmed fruit, and the result is a charming and vibrant red that’s easy to dive into with its moderate alcohol and fresh acidity.