In the first five years, they gradually cleaned up and revived many hectares of olive groves that had been eaten up by weeds. They planted new olive trees and converted all of the estate’s agriculture to organic. In 2002, they decided to make wine for the first time, instead of selling their fruit. From that year on, Thomas took charge of the vineyards. Their first vintage was basically a vin de garage.
In the scorching vintage of 2003, they began work on the cellar. Having a vintage bottled, they new a bit more about what they were looking for.
“As we started working on what would become our cellar, I was hosted by my cousin at Fattoria di Petreto. There I my first vintage “from grapes to wine.” I produced my first 3500 bottles of Tirle.”
In 2004, Thomas completed the cellar, and he’s been devoted to it ever since, as well as organizing and running the farm. 2003 was a hard year to begin due to the extreme climate conditions, but Thomas’ knowledge of the vineyards helped him make a great wine, and his wines have only gotten better since.