Tommaso Turci is like this: apparently awkward, cynical, immensely funny.
He works a lot, he is not afraid to put his hands in the dough, when he has time he writes, poets, drinks and parties. He loves northern Europe, but he lives in Modena, his home since he was born and where he has returned after several years of wine experiences rolling southwards.
At Il Farneto, in Castellarano in the province of Reggio Emilia, there are geese (a bit naughty according to Tommaso) to welcome you and immediately afterwards in a row the traditional concrete tanks.
Here the host is Marco Bertoni, whom we met when we tasted a Frisant Bianco together: he is the one who started the Agrifarneto in the early 1990s in the hills between Canossa and Scandiano. Marco is a hard worker, hardly ever leaving his vats, especially at the busiest times of the year, and according to Tommaso, "to take him out of the cellar for lunch at the osteria is quite a feat.
The secret of Il Farneto is as simple as it is fundamental: to make deeply territorial wines, starting with varieties that are inextricably linked to the land of Emilia, Spergola for the white grapes, Lambrusco, Malbo Gentile and Marzemino for the red ones. In the winery, fermentation is spontaneous, and we hate added sulphites.