When Stefano Farkas bought Valle di Lazzaro in 2004, he knew there was huge potential for making great wines -- the Island’s viticulture tradition dates back to the Etruscans after all. As he warmly welcomes you into his home/cellar, he says, “It's a nice place. Not too cold in the winter and one can produce great wines.”
The first thing he did was replant everything. The land was in good condition, but the vines had been abandoned for a long time. After 5 years of renovating his vineyards, he started producing the wine most traditional to the Island, Aleatico, a dessert wine known for it’s lower sugar concentration. He later started producing other varietals like Sangiovese and Vermentino.
The wines of Valle di Lazzaro are a magical representation of what can happen when you combine excellent terroir, healthy vines and an experienced and passionate winemaker.
“I started when I was already an old man. Can you believe that I only have one helper? This is why I don’t want to increase volume, I already have too much work," jokes Stefano. The truth is, he started much earlier, at the age of 23, with his family’s well-known winery in Chianti, Villa Carfagio. The winery was sold in 2004. Stefano bought the land on Elba Island with the intention of making small quantity, great quality wines, while enjoying life. “My new winery is very small and I have to take care of everything myself, but this gives me much greater satisfaction.”
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