Our Handcrafted Small Harvest Wines
Podere Erica is a small biodynamic and organic farm in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. With the tremendous passion and dedication of our winemaker, Marco Giordano, we are committed to producing great-tasting, balanced wines in a manner that preserves the natural characteristics of our grapes and respects our land and environment.
We are certified organic in Italy. Our organic and biodynamic practices start in the vineyard (no chemical fertilizers, no chemical pesticides or herbicides, or synthetic products) and then continue into the wine cellar where there are no added chemicals to our wines and they experience natural fermentation. Of course, we hand-harvest our grapes.
Podere Erica is situated in an ideal wine-growing location within the Toscana IGT - the important geographical denomination from which most of the well-known "Supertuscan" wines come. We are located at an altitude of 1,150 feet with favorable southern exposures, gentle slopes and limestone-clay soil rich in galestro - a soft, clay-like soil that breaks apart easily.
Our wines are named after the native birds found on our property that encompasses our vineyard, olive trees and a small forest.
Our Certifications and Commendations
While we have been practicing organic production for years, we finally have received our organic certification. We have been certified organic by Bioagricert as complying with strict EU regulations.
In accordance with organic principles, we do not use chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides or herbicides, or any synthetic products in our vineyard.
Slow Wine Prizes
We are proud that Podere Erica has once again been selected for the Slow Wine Guide. Our 2016 vintage Il Picchio was awarded the TOP WINE prize for 2021. La Ghiandaia was awarded the SLOW WINE PRIZE in 2019 and 2020.
These prizes are awarded to wines that represent an expression of place, originality, and history. Quality-price ratio is another factor that is considered for this prize.
Slow Wine supports and promotes small-scale Italian winemakers who are using traditional techniques, working with respect for the environment and terroir, and safeguarding the grape varieties that are part of Italy’s heritage.
VinNatur - Natural Wine Association Blind Tasting Award
At the 2018 VinNatur blind tasting event, our 2014 vintage Il Picchio achieved the ranking of #3 Red Wine from amongst all of the participating wineries from Italy.
The VinNatur Association brings together winemakers from around the world who want to defend the integrity of their territory, while respecting the history, culture and art which has been handed down over time. Producing natural wine means respecting the soils, the environment, the natural cycle of life, and eliminating the use of toxic substances, first in the vineyard and then in the cellar.