Petra, like “pietra” (stone) in Latin. Like the solidity of work, which both Francesca and Vittorio Moretti (father and daughter) have based their project upon. Like the historic fragments found out in these lands, giving evidence of a far away past , leading from the Old Greek civilization to Etruria ( ancient name for Tuscany) and up to France. Like the holy stone of the “genius loci” ( the spirit of the place), which here has been investigated, lived and finally told through the experience of senses applied to the result, four wines: EBO, Petra, Quercegobbe, and Zingari as well as a premium virgin olive oil. Surely an ambitious project, claiming to interpret the territory, understand its inner features, making it a unique vineyard area.
To come up with this, Vittorio Moretti entrusted Prof. Attilio Scienza, a true authority in the field, with the agronomy survey, whereas facilities have been designed by Mario Botta who has given to the winery the status of an ideal frame for work and hospitality. Petra has been designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta, who for the first time challenged himself to find a constructive solution, able to cover a winery’s needs as much as possible. His project features a strong plastic cylinder image, made of stone and divided by an oblique plan which parallels the hill, together with two built-in arcades sideways. “The project – Mario Botta says – wants to be a new version of the old houses in the countryside in Tuscany, where the farming layout, namely the vineyards, was an important part of the whole architectural drawing.” The stone cylinder of the central body is in fact surrounded by a green vegetation area creating changeable chromatic effects, depending on seasons. Basically, the construction appears as a “big flower” spreading along the hill in its whole, reshaping the own landscape. For its building, Mario Botta availed himself of technical team back up at Gruppo Moretti building department, which cared for and performed the whole project. At Petra, Vittorio Moretti searched for the ideal balance between pragmatic features of a tailor-made productive facilities and aesthetic qualities of something born as a territory genuine expression and discovery, namely its identity. An exciting path that in one only project saw the coherent fusion of both Vittorio Moretti’s building management expertise and his wine business great sensitivity.
Petra is located in Suvereto, inside the Tuscany Maremma area, in San Lorenzo Alto. The estate spreads over 300 hectares and has vineyards, woods and olive-groves growing on it, suggesting a magic landscape almost fading away against the shining surfaces of Tirreno Sea. A territory rich in history and traditions, run across by a sort of path, the Greek culture exploring Mediterranean sea, the evidence of which is clearly tangible with the findings of ancient wine jars. The same path of most valued wines produced in Maremma and sold all over Europe together with iron and other products. The agronomy survey has been put under the care of Attilio Scienza, professor at Milan University – Istituto di Coltivazione Arboree (Plant Growth Department). After an accurate survey upon different grounds, aimed to identify the chemical-physical features of grounds, the Scienza team has found out and classified three main types of soil. The first, at the top of, from tectonic origin (originated by extrusion deeply), characterized by stony grounds, sometimes calcareous with not thick earth layers, very poor, hardly clayish. The second, originated from a series of alluvial events, the result of both a further material carriage from the bottom of metal-producing mountains and erosive and heap events. More interesting soils because rich in manganese and metals. The last, corresponding to the left over area as alluvial; it’s the lowest part with very deep grounds, full of slime, where a variety of vine cultivations has been made, to let the wine have a melt of elegance and bouquet, rather than body and strength, as in the higher part. The agronomy interpretation of Petra has been put under the care of Franco Farimbella: he’s been entrusted with the rather hard task to respect this choice, taking into due consideration the changeability of daily events.