Under Arnaldo Pomodoro’s shell, nature, art and architecture interact with each other.
In the 1980s, after more than a hundred years’ experience gained in the production of their legendary Ferrari Trentodoc Sparkling Wines, the Lunelli family decided to link their own name to a range of hand-crafted still wines produced from grapes grown in the family’s estate vineyards on the slopes of the mountains surrounding Trento. The Tenute Lunelli range includes three wineries in three different regions of Italy: Tenuta Margon in Trentino, Tenuta Podernovo in Tuscany and Tenuta Castelbuono in Umbria. All three Tenuta Lunelli estates have a shared philosophy founded upon: respect for the diversity, identity and origin of each territory, a holistic approach to Sustainable & Organic environmental protocols, and Patience practiced as a virtue.
Seduced by the allure of the ancient and mystic region of Umbria, the Lunelli family chose the rolling hills of the Tenuta Castelbuono estate as the ideal setting for the winery-cum-sculpture that now represents its image: the Carapace designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro, one of the great masters of contemporary art, and the architect Giorgio Pedrotti. The huge dome patinaed in copper, is textured with a hieroglyphic like pattern of grooves and cracks, inspired by the carapace of an ancient tortoise’s shell. An accompanying sculptural element in the shape of a towering red arrow (called the Lampante) pierces the earth to highlight the winery structure, and pay homage to land that was once an Etrus.
At Castelbuono, heirloom vines are preserved and new vines are cultivated through a structured clonal selection protocol aptly named the “Patriarchs Project.” The wines of Tenuta Castelbuono have been certified organic since 2014.
The Lunelli family has decided to cultivate wholeheartedly its passion for excellence, associating the Ferrari Trentodoc with a collection of top-quality products from three estates in outstanding wine zones: Margon in Trentino, Podernovo in Tuscany and Castelbuono in Umbria. That of the Tenute Lunelli is therefore a far-reaching project which encompasses agriculture and life, quality and beauty, and that expresses itself in elegant, long-lived wines. These interpret their areas of origin with profound respect, partly expressed through the decision to use organic techniques.
As “artisans of time,” whose experience has taught them to wait patiently for years for wines to mature in the dark of the cellar, the Tenute Lunelli produce wines of extraordinary appeal that also stand out thanks to their ability to meet the challenge of time.