Tenuta Grillo / Il Tufiello

Monferrato, Piedmont 

Tenuta Grillo Estate is run directly by the owners, Guido and Igiea, and it spreads over 32 hectares of which 17 are dedicated to the vineyard. The production is based on low yields, and usually only 6 h. are harvested, in order to select only the best grapes, suitable for long macerations. The winery is located just outside Mombaruzzo, 350 meters over the sea, focusing on scrupulous selection of the grapes, respect for nature and traditions.
Guido Zampaglione, born in Naples, moved to Piedmont and established his Estate here, however maintaining a bond with the South, managing together with Igea and Michele, another Estate: Il Tufiello.

Alta Irpinia, Campania 

Il Tufiello is an historic cereal farm in Campania, South of Italy. Organic since 1990, is currently 3.5 hectares of vineyards of Fiano, cultivated on high hills at 750-800 meters on poor soils. 

Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wine. What’s the difference?

To understand this concept and its various ramifications, it is necessary to keep something clear in mind: before the 20th century and the spreading of affordable synthetic fertilisers, all farming was organic. When the shift to the use of synthetics and pesticides happened, it became necessary to diversify traditional organic farming from the new modern farming. 


Simply put, organic farming forbids the use of synthetic fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms. The basic requirements are generally specific and engage the farmers not to use any chemical fertilisers and other synthetic products in the vineyard. It does not prevent the vintner from using the conventional winemaking process after harvesting. 


Let’s take organic farming one step further: Biodynamic. The creator of this agricultural system is the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who developed the principles of biodynamics in a series of lectures given in 1924 in Germany. Here lies the foundation of true organic wines, with a strict limit in the use of additives, stringent requirements and at the end obtaining a biodynamic certification.


The previous definitions are usually, and rightfully, associated with it, because most natural wine is also organic and/or biodynamic. But not vice versa!

Natural wine is wine in its purest form, simply described as nothing added, nothing taken away, just grapes fermented. No manipulation whatsoever, minimal intervention both in the vineyards and in the winery. Healthy grapes, natural yeast and natural fermentation, with no filtration nor fining. Sounds easy, right? However, making natural wine is unforgiving and it requires a bigger amount of work than conventional wine. To this day, natural wine has no certification yet.