The Nistri vineyards cover 21 hectares along the Pesa River near the town of Panzano. The region earned its name (the Conca d’Oro, or the “golden bowl”) for the outstanding quality of the wines produced here. Vines grow on hillsides exposed to the south-east and south-west at 300 metres above sea level. Hand-picked Estate-grown fruit was fermented by plot and varietal in concrete vats, where it macerated on skins for 15 days. The Sangiovese spends 12 months in traditional large oak casks, whereas the Merlot sees 12 months in oak barrels. After blending, the wine lies in cellars set into the surrounding hillside for a full year prior to release.