TIAMO   Chianti And Veneto  -  ITALY

Tiamo is a line of wines, made with organic grapes, that represent top quality wines from the best growers in their respective regions.

The Valdobbiadene region is ideally suited for the Prosecco grape, here the particular composition of the hilly soil, the exposition to sun, the frequent rains and the constantly mild temperature between April and October combine to provide the best conditions. Grapes for the Tiamo Prosecco DOC come from certified organic vineyards in and around Valdobbiadene. The average age of the vines is 10 - 25 years, planted in high densities and hand-harvested with low yields.

The broader Veneto region is also ideally suited for the Pinot Grigio grape. The Tiamo Pinot Grigio is produced from a 12 hectare, certified organic vineyard in this region, near the town of San Polo di Pave, in the heart of the fertile Treviso countryside. The vines are densely planted in the Guyot method at 4,500-5,000 vines per hectare with an average age of 20 years that yield about 11 tons per hectare (4.4 tons per acre).

The grapes for the 2008 Tiamo Sangiovese come from the area of Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region in the eastern coastal portion of north-central Italy. The 20 hectare certified organic vineyard lies on sandy clay soils on hillsides that face south-east. Here, the exposition to sun, the frequent rains and the constantly mild temperature between April and October combine to provide the best conditions.

For the 2009 vintage, we discovered an organic producer in the Chianti DOCG. His 18 hectare certified organic vineyards sit in the heart of Chianti, 800 feet up in the Montespertoli hills near Florence. This wine is composed of 90% Sangiovese with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and reflects the modern Chianti DOCG style.

All of the Tiamo wines come from small growers and cooperatives and are blended by the owners of Tiamo, Melvyn and Jane Master and the Sager family.