Meet the Maker
Podere San Cristoforo

MEET Lorenzo Zonin

Lorenzo Zonin in Barricaia
Podere San Cristoforo – Artisan Petit Verdot
The Tuscan Coast is one of the rare micro-zones able to produce a 100% Petit Verdot. The few scattered vines, caressed by ocean breezes, are cultivated biodynamically on graphite and iron rich soils. For Lorenzo Zonin biodynamic farming provides maximum vitality, self-balance and harmony to the vineyard.

Introduce us to Podere San Cristoforo:

We are fine wine artisans producing just a few bottles that reflect our special natural environment. We follow a biodynamic approach and we believe in low yields, little use of technology and a great deal of manual labour.  We focus mainly on the soil, remaining sensitive to its characteristics and its symbiotic relationship with the vines, although we find that all the elements that characterize our terroir are important.

What does sustainability mean to you? 

Sometimes we forget that being organic or biodynamic is not enough, and we need to look at our impact on the economy and society. Trying to reduce energy consumption, waste and pollution is our duty towards people and the global economy. We feel responsible for finding new ways to produce and deliver our wines that guarantee and drive the development of sustainable economic growth.

What steps are you taking to be more sustainable at Podere San Cristoforo?

By dry farming, no use of chemicals, recycling, we are safeguarding and promoting biodiversity (our biodynamic farm is a living, self-sufficient organism). We have a state of the art underground winery to reduce energy consumption. We collaborate with restaurants in the area to recycle our wine boxes.

What do you think the biggest challenge or opportunity will be for organic winemakers this decade?

The biggest challenge is to educate the consumers that the cost of farming organic grapes is on average 30% higher than conventional farming, without considering the risk of losing the entire crop in wet seasons. reduction in production volumes and higher labour costs. The good news and the opportunity is that, in the recent years, the demand for organic wines has increased with more consumer awareness.

Describe your winemaking style in one sentence.

A fine wine made with little contribution from technology calls for better vineyard husbandry, leading to higher quality fruit: this gives us a wine whose origin we can recognize at first sip.

How would you pitch your Petit Verdot to a customer at a bar or restaurant?

A lively ruby red color, with intense aromas of violets, currants, raspberries and Tuscan spices. Fresh and balanced on the palate, this biodynamic wine will bring a smile on your face.

What’s the key to a good glass of wine?

Possibly our motto: “happy vines, happy wines”. Bringing joy and laughs to the table. There’s no mystery about a good wine, it’s the first bottle on the table to finish.