The Phiculle was born in 2009 by a long research focused on the evolution of the varieties grown in the highest vineyards of the estate, conducted by Fabio Maravalle - geologist and agriculturist - in collaboration with his friend winemaker Riccardo Cotarella. The passionate work in the vineyard and in the cellar has enabled the creation of a wine that reflects the elegance and power of its Nature.
Terra di Confine, the name by which our family ancestors called the estate wine they produced in the Etruscan cave that became a cellar in the 19th century, indicating the peculiar characteristic of the Ficulle area, where in addition to the geographical location on the border of Umbria with Tuscany, once the heart of Eastern Etruria, the calcareous-clayey soil of sedimentary origin marks the difference with the volcanic soil of the Orvieto area.
The Maravalle Franciosini 1897 is the fruit of meticulous work and careful selection in the vineyards, as if to identify the specific vines that will give life to this wine, which harmoniously hold all the varieties grown in Vitalonga. The winemaking involves the blending of the varieties previously selected and the evolution in new French oak barrels for 12 months.
Vitalonga is a borderland, protecting the mystery of the ancient Etruscan civilization that is tied to the history of wine.
A tradition witnessed in the estate by the ancient caves near the winery and by the vine graftings, a unique connection to the etruscans viticulture history.
Walking between the vineyards you can find prehistoric shells, in the vegetable gardens you can discover ancient plant varieties, while the forests you can uncover truffles.
Vitalonga is the first “park of viticulture” (Etrurian wine park): to discover wine you have to understand its roots, its eco-system and people. Biodiversity becomes a tale between past and future. a pathway starting in the vineyard culminating in the tasting of the wines and the authentic flavors of Vitalonga Inn.