Elisabetta Foradori, a top producer from the Trentino region in northeastern Italy and the maker of the cult red Granato, has acquired a 112-acre estate in Maremma, Tuscany's up-and-coming coastal region east of Grosseto.
Foradori paid $2.4 million in March for the property, known as Meleta, which is located in a high, rocky zone in the Roccastrada district. According to Foradori, the estate is already capable of producing wine, with a usable winery and 32 acres of Merlot planted.
She intends to plant another 35 acres next year -- including red varieties such as Sangiovese, Alicante, Malvasia Nera, Cabernet Franc and Merlot -- and expects to release her first Maremma wine in 2003. The estate will eventually produce two blends, under the Foradori label.
Foradori is best known for her pioneering work with the Teroldego grape, a variety native to the Trentino region; her unique, single-varietal red, Granato, brought Teroldego to the attention of lovers of serious Italian wine.
"This is why I want to express myself using material other than Teroldego," she said. "I will continue working with Teroldego, of course, but I feel that the experimental work has been done; now the wines can just improve."
Foradori joins an ever-growing list of established Italian producers who have invested in property in Tuscany's coastal region, either in Maremma or farther north in Suverto and Bolgheri, which is the origin of wines such as Ornellaia and Sassicaia.
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