La Stoppa was found at the end of the 19th century by a lawyer from Genova named Gian Carlo Ageno. He was the first to give value to this land by planting vineyards.
In 1973, Elena Pantaleoni’s father who worked his entire life as a printer purchased the estate. During the war, he was based in the countryside and would pass by the vineyards on his bicycle daily. It was his dream to buy La Stoppa, and when he was finally able to afford it, he made it come true. Elena started working at La Stoppa in 1991 and in 1996, they began using organic agriculture, and La Stoppa was certified organic in 2008. In the cellar too they took a natural approach – using indigenous yeasts, long macerations on the skins, only a tiny amount of sulfites at bottling and no filtration. La Stoppa is the stalwart in the production of natural wines in Italy.
Elena underlines that choices have consequences saying: “Every time we do something or buy something, we express our cultural values…what we believe in. When it comes to food and agricultural products, we can start a revolution as individuals, one by one, with the choices we make.” – Elena Pantaleoni
Dark, stewed fruit, anise, plum, graphite, cedar and minerals. Full bodied yet acidic and balanced. A serious wine! Drink now through 2025. Pairs well with veal, pork, game (deer, venison) and matured cheese. Serving tip – allow the wine to open up in the bottle for 30 mins before serving.