Santa Cristina Bianco
Umbria IGT (Typical Geographical Indication )
The 2020 growing season began with dry conditions in winter and spring accompanied by higher-than-average temperatures. Bud break, flowering, vine growth and development occurred right on schedule. June through mid-August brought sunny, dry weather but temperatures were relatively cool. A summer storm at the end of August alleviated vine stress of the late ripening varieties, such as Grechetto and Procanico, caused by drought conditions and allowed them to achieve optimal ripening while preserving freshness and aromas.
Fermentation and Aging
Grapes harvested to produce Santa Cristina Bianco were fermented separately based on the ripeness of each individual grape variety. The grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. The must was chilled to a controlled temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) to favor a natural settling of the impurities. The wine was then transferred into stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation occurred at a temperature that did not exceed 17 °C (63 °F). The wine was kept at a constant temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) up until bottling which began in January 2021.
12° by Vol.
High on a Tuscan hillside, not far from Siena and Perugia, sits the historic town of Cortona. A vast plain extends on one side and on the other, the hill and village. This is the captivating panorama surrounding the Santa Cristina winery, established in 2006 to strengthen and renew the tradition of crafting its eponymous wine, more than 70 years after its first vintage. Over time, Santa Cristina has become a reference point for winemaking experts as well as wine enthusiasts due to our commitment to achieving quality. The diligent care taken in vineyards and cellar management have always been our incentive to continue with innovation and research in exploring indigenous as well as international grape varieties. The resulting family of wines are different yet highly distinguishable for their unmistakable artisanal style, proof of the enduring connection between vineyards, terroir and man’s dedication to the land. Santa Cristina Bianco originates from vineyards in Umbria, a region historically acclaimed for the production of fine white wines and is remarkable for its soft and pleasant palate with excellent freshness.
Santa Cristina Bianco is straw yellow in color. Its nose is intense with aromas of pineapple, melon and orange blossoms. Its palate is well-balanced, savory, fresh and supple. Its fruity finish brings back initial aromas perceived on the nose.