Liano Estate: Vineyards in Bologna Italy | Umberto Cesari Winery


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Podere Liano is a rural property that rises in the hills of Castel San Pietro Terme and yields the grapes that produce Liano. 

Podere Liano’s soils are limestone-clay mix, a factor that combined with its south-southeast exposure and an ideal elevation, gives its red grapes the ability to produce full-bodied, tensely-structured wines, precisely what Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon do in our Liano.   
We decided to plant 15 different clones of Sangiovese on Podere Liano, selecting cultivars that offered better resilience in the face of climate change and at the same time more complexity in the resultant wine.   

In order to lessen the vines’ dependence on water, the cuttings went through a mycorrhizae process and were then planted in zeolite-enriched soils. Utilisation in the vineyard of mycorrhizae and zeolite underscores the attention Umberto Cesari devotes to the overarching theme of sustainability.
Merlese was also planted on this property, a new variety that was the fruit of a lengthy project of crossing and selection carried out at the University of Bologna.

Grape varieties on this podere
Merlese is a red-grape cross between Sangiovese and Merlot, the fruit of more than 40 years of research by Prof. Intrieri of the University of Bologna’s Department of Agrarian Sciences. Its distinctive personality combines the best features of it two parents, and we put both on display in our SOLO.
Sangiovese is the most widely-cultivated grape in Italy, and one of its most favoured habitats is Romagna. Its early presence here is documented by a 1651 document in the State Archives in Faenza, where it is cited as Sanzuvesa. Today, our Resultum represents a Sangiovese di Romagna that is not only deeply traditional but elegant as well.
The wines on this podere


70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
25 Wine club pts
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