In the current issue of The SOMM Journal (December-January 2015-16), journalist Lana Bortolot does a deep dive on Cecchi, interviewing the winery’s leadership team of brothers Andrea and Cesare. To download a PDF of the article, click here. Meanwhile, here’s a taste of the discussion:
Q. Do you have a strategy for introducing new grapes to the region?
AC: We have a strategy to produce under the IGT appellations and then after a few years, if everything works well, we can ask together with the other producers if we can make DOC wines. It takes time, but I think it’s very good. Right now, we’re making research about Ciliegiolo – nobody else is because they are thinking about Mourvèdre and Grenache, but Ciliegiolo is a historical grape … but we are thinking about it already and we think it can be successful.
CC: You have to think well [about] what you’re doing. If I create a new DOC, it’s just a starting point … to put together soe rules. You have to think [ahead] ten years. It’s like the property we have in Umbria where we try to make a grape that used to be there many years ago. Will it be great? I don’t know. Interesting? I would say yes.