“My first vintage was a mixture of recklessness and major problems. Many of them were mechanical: first the tractor broke down, then the sulphur pump. My second year was a lot better. Everything went well. Who taught me how to make wine? Who knows? It must be inside of me.”
Stefania’s old enologist told her that no one has to be taught to make wine, the wine already knows how to make itself. For example all the enologists she’s worked with fear letting white wine go through malo-lactic fermentation because they’ve been taught that it’s not supposed to. Stefania let’s her wine go through malo, and the results are exceptional Gavi.
Stefania happilly consults enolgists and other experts but she does so for advice, not rules. Ultimately she is the one in the vineyard putting in the work and making the decisions and she will do whatever she thinks is best for her grapes. She knows that those working closest to the vines know best they are the ones actually connected to the product. Although advice and feedback is always welcome.