On the ‘Terra di Seta’ label there are the geographic coordinates of our vineyards. Why? Only there, there is a combination of features that make our wine and production special.
Typical of the Chianti Classico area, in the central part of Tuscany in which wine has been produced for
centuries, our vineyards are on a hill at about 1,574 feet above sea level, in a natural south-facing
amphitheater: a sunny and windy place, with warm days and cool summer nights, perfect for the ripening of Sangiovese grapes, the most important variety of Tuscany, the grape of our tradition.
The ground is rocky and dry, letting the roots of the vine go deep and find water rich in minerals: it is these last ones that give strength and elegance to the wine.
The Chianti Classico wine history.
This is a land of ancient traditions that was civilized in remote periods first by the Etruscans, who left many traces of their activity in the wine sector, and then by the Romans.
The first document in which the name Chianti appeared in reference to the wine produced in the zone dates to 1398. In 1716 Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany issued an edict with the norms for the production of this wine, the first time in history that someone had promulgated a law about wine! The term “Classico” means, therefore, “the first”, “the original.” Now this wine is strictly regulated by the Chianti Classico Consortium.
The Jewish law.
Our grape wine is produced according to Jewish religious laws, i.e. the suitability of a food for a Jew,
according to the dietary laws established in the Torah. Since 1935, the OK Kosher Certification is one of the world’s most respected symbols of kosher approval. Only Sabbath-observant Jews supervisors from the OK, who are also wine experts are involved in the entire Terra di Seta winemaking process.
Terra di Seta winery is completely kosher (the only one in Italy!) because the aim of the winery is to
produce kosher wines that are, in terms of quality, exactly at the same level of non-kosher ones. For this reason all our wine bottles are kosher certified and we don’t need of two separate productions, so all lovers of good wine may decide to taste our products.
While the Della Setas come from an ancient Jewish family settled in Rome since 2000 years, the Pellegrinis are an old Tuscan family (from Pitigliano and Capalbio villages) with three generations of strong tradition and experience in wine production.
Since the 2001, our family started this adventure by purchasing the winery and adopting organic agriculture methods. In the 2008, we decided to dedicate the whole grape production (around 37 acres of vineyards) to kosher wine: we built a new cellar with advanced technologies, especially conceived to facilitate some
traditional kosher procedures without compromising the high quality level of the wine, so typical of the Chianti Region. With the same strong combination of care, tradition and technology, we produce extravirgin olive oil and honey. We also organize a farm holiday accommodation, kosher wine tasting tours (with
more than 800 visitors this Summer) and every year we try to carry out new projects.
Our oenologist is called Enrico Paternoster. In addition to being a friend, he has the professional
experience that led him to the top of Italian enology. Enrico is in charge of wine cellars at the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all’Adige (IASMA, Trento), the most important Italian wine school and wine
research center, very well known all over the world. Enrico has received many awards, especially for its
ability to create refined and elegant wines, particularly characteristic of the production area.
In conclusion, the characteristics of a territory, the history of a wine and the Jewish rules meet the spirit of our family and the skills of a great winemaker.
In Italian Terra means both soil, land and earth, and Seta means silk, while it is also part of the family name.
This brand represents therefore the core of our family's philosophy ad goal, which is to obtain traditional,
excellent, and refined products from our unique land property.