La Stoppa

La Stoppa

La Stoppa is an historic estate in the province of Piacenza in the Emilia region of Italy. There are 32 hectares of vines, along with almost as much forest, plus the ruins of a medieval tower. The property was founded and planted first in the late 19th century by a lawyer named Giancarlo Ageno, whose main interest was Bordeaux varieties. In 1973, current owner Elena Pantaleoni's printer father, with no winegrowing experience, purchased the property; Elena joined him to work at the winery full-time in 1991. By 1996, a decision was made to let the non-native varietals like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Tokay, Pinot Gris, Grechetto and Pinot Noir go, as they were not suited for the warm climate and clay soils of the area. They were replaced with local grapes Barbera, Bonarda and Malvasia (with Bordeaux varieties remaining until 2005, when those too were replaced).

The farming has been organic since the early 1990's; certification came in 2008.  Elena Pantaleoni, a dedicated, intelligent and passionate grower, works closely with her enologist Giulio Armani to craft wines expressive of place and grape. Work in the cellar is minimal. Fermentation is entirely with native yeasts; maceration with skins is lengthy; little to no sulfur is used; wines are aged in a range of  Slavonian oak botti and used French barriques; reds are not filtered before bottling; and bottle aging is extended. Elena eschews any DOC classifications, choosing the IGT path instead; she feels that the DOC regulations are too broad in terms of permitted varieties, geographical bounds and production techniques, and not conducive to thoughtul, artisanal winegrowing and winemaking, the priority at the La Stoppa estate.

Visit La Stoppa's website here and importer Louis/Dressner's here.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB0930-16
Organic
Trebbiolo IGT Emilia Rosso
2016
Barbera
60% Barbera/40% Bonarda (aka Croatina, not the same Bonarda found in Argentina). Trebbiolo is made from the youngest, most productive vines... Read More
Italy Emilia-Romagna

DB0939-14
Organic
Ageno IGT Emilia Bianco
2014
Malvasia
90% Malvasia/10% Ortrugo & Trebbiano Toscano. The varieties are co-planted and the vines average 30 years in age. The fruit is co-... Read More
Italy Emilia-Romagna

DB9965-11
Organic
Macchiona (Barbera/Bonarda)
2011
Barbera
50% Barbera/50% Bonarda (aka Croatina). Named for an old farmhouse in the midst of the vineyard, Macchiona is La Stoppa's flagship red. It... Read More
Italy Emilia-Romagna

DB9965-06
Organic
Macchiona (Barbera/Bonarda)
2006
Barbera
50% Barbera/50% Bonarda (aka Croatina). Named for an old farmhouse in the midst of the vineyard, Macchiona is La Stoppa's flagship red. It... Read More
Italy Emilia-Romagna

DB9965-02
Organic
Macchiona (Barbera/Bonarda)
2002
Barbera
50% Barbera/50% Bonarda (aka Croatina). Named for an old farmhouse in the midst of the vineyard, Macchiona is La Stoppa's flagship red. It... Read More
Italy Emilia-Romagna

DB0940-09
Organic
Barbera della Stoppa
2009
Barbera
100% Barbera. From 25-45-year-old estate vines on a slope on stony clay-limestone soils. The fruit is organically farmed and harvested by... Read More
Italy Emilia-Romagna