About La Villana

About La Villana

At La Villana, we just make wine from grapes. It really is that simple. In the cellar, we don’t filter, fine, or add anything. 

And though we farm using certified organic and biodynamic practices, we don’t consider ourselves purely "organic" or 'biodynamic" but instead we aim to nurture nature, respect our environment, and listen to the natural rhythms of the earth, sun, moon, and stars. 

Pruning shears hanging on a vineyard wire.

To us, the agriculture side isn’t just about growing grapes. It’s about farming and regenerating the land. We are its custodians and it is our job to leave this soil better for future generations. 

We only use a fraction of the permitted doses of copper and sulphur in organic vineyard management and supplement with various biodynamic preparations and practices. 

Our old vineyards are small parcels rescued from retired villani in Gradoli. Most are planted with Greghetto (Sangiovese) and Procanico (Trebbiano) and other local varietals including Malvasia, Moscato, Ciliegiolo, and Montepulciano. 

Our new vineyards will be planted using the "mass selection" method: grafting American rootstock with hand-picked buds from the healthiest autochthonous vines in Gradoli.

The Vigna Lunga

We put a sheep on the label because my husband's sheep are a critical part of the land stewardship. By grazing in our vineyard during the winter, they help to fertilize the soils and close the circle. 

La Villana is proof that il pecoraro and la villana can leave outdated perspectives and practices in the past and work together to create a better future for our son and other generations.