Tenuta Ghiaccio Forte
Castello Romitorio’s second estate is Ghiaccio Forte, acquired in 1999 and situated in Scansano, Grosseto. The estate takes its name from the ancient Etruscan settlement of Ghiaccio Forte, the ruins of which are located a short distance from the winery. The Scansano area, with its bare hills and unspoiled nature, stands about 150 meters above sea level, only 25 kilometers from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Altitude, a southwesterly exposure, and volcanic soil create a unique microclimate that produces refined, elegant wines.
The Estate’s vineyards are located on the slopes of Monte Aquilaia and along the banks of the Albegna River in southern Scansano, with two distinct soil types; mostly Pliocene gravel on the mountain slopes and silty red earth in the river valley. Vines were planted in two phases; first with local clones of Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, and Syrah, with a small parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon, between 1999 & 2001, and second with Petit Verdot, Syrah, and new clones of Sangiovese in 2006. The Estate currently has nearly 20 hectares under vine, with approximately 12 Hectares in Morellino di Scansano, and is located next to the remains of the Etruscan fortified city Ghiaccio Forte, a National Park from which the winery takes its name. As of 2020, the vineyards are farmed organically.