The property is located at the confluence of the Chiascio and Tevere (which flows through Rome) Rivers with the low lying vineyards at 200 meters and two detaches sites just up the hill from the winery at 400 meters. In total they have 35 hectares, many of which are planted to olives, cherries and other fruits which the Lungarotti family took pride in when they owned the property.
In Torgiano you have sandy soils full of minerals and sediment left behind by the ancient lake Tiberinum. The property is broken down into three parcels, the first of which surround the winery in some of the sandiest soils. Here you find some of the oldest vines of Trebbiano, Grechetto, and Riesling.
Many of the vines were planted by the three friends around 2008 which is the case for the two parcels (called Il Baratto and Montestanto) which are planted to Sangiovese Grosso, Sagrantino and on the white side Trebbiano, Grechetto, and Malvasia. Within these parcels the soil can range from these high concentrations of sand to swaths of clay and the guys chose strategically where to plant each vine based on the changing terroir.
Mani di Luna (which literally translates to hands of the moon) has been biodynamic since 2012 when they produced their first wine. They follow Maria Thun’s biodynamic character and follow the cycles of the moon for the work they do both in the vineyard and the cellar. Beyond using the biodynamic compost 500 and 501, Mani di Luna uses herbal teas that they have created to treat their vines.
When it comes to the wines themselves everything is done the old fashion way, with wines foot stomped, fermentations natural and wines bottled on the waning moon. By hand of course! None of the wines are filtered and the wines are bottled “per caduta” meaning as a result of natural separation of liquid and solid. With all this said there is an incredible purity of fruit with these wines that will make a believer out of the anyone skeptical about the natural wine movement!