Highlighting Metodo Corino During Earth Month

Metodo Corino and the Wines and Olive Oil of Fattoria La Maloisa

April is Earth Month, a time to raise environmental awareness and reflect on our relationship with our planet, learning how to conserve our resources and regenerate agricultural lands and soils through organic, biodynamic, permaculture, regenerative viticulture, and sustainability. During Earth Month, I discovered a new practice, Metodo Corino, an innovative agronomic process for producing wine grapes. One winery practicing this method is Fattoria La Maliosa in Tuscany, Italy.

Metodo Corino

Metodo Corino is a registered patent, trademarked in 2019 by its founder, Lorenzo Corino, and Antonella Manuli, the owner of Fattoria La Maliosa. Essentially, it is a vegan biodynamic system in which the farm transforms into a complete ecosystem through regenerative organic agriculture, contributing significantly to environmental conservation.

“The method focuses on the vitality of the soil and the health of the environment, producers, and consumers.” These activities contribute to the production of grapes and wine and include the culture, lifestyle, landscape patrimony, longevity of the vineyard, asset value of the land, and profit margin for producers.

Metode Corino’s ultimate goal is to preserve the value of places and landscapes by making specific choices regarding environmental conditions, vines, and vineyard cultivation techniques.

Fermentation must occur naturally with yeast and indigenous bacteria. The process must be free of additives, invasive technology, or chemical or physical intervention that can modify the wine’s natural evolution.

The program employs the following:

  • The environment must be suitable for vinifera grapes
  • Soils must contain biodiversity for flowers, grasses, and microorganisms
  • Utilizes no irrigation, retains water through the use of mulch
  • Covers soil with hay grown on the farm
  • Works with minimal mechanization and intervention
  • Utilizes grape varieties adapted to terroir
  • Maintains woodlands around the farm
  • Carbon footprint must be measured to prove environmental sustainability

The winemaking process uses minimal intervention and native yeasts. Chemicals are a no-no, except in circumstances where a small amount of copper or sulfur is used. Metode Corino incorporates organic, biodynamic, and permaculture practices and follows the moon’s phases.

The complexity of life above the ground is like a mirror and reflects on the life below the ground.

Lorenzo Corino

Lorenzo Corino’s impact may not have been well known outside of Italy, but its effects on Italian wine, culture, and slow wine movement are impressive. From agronomist to the creator of Metodo Corino, his take on natural and regenerative farming and winemaking lives on in the raw and natural world of wine.

Fattoria La Maliosa

Antonella Manuli purchased the 170-hectare property with a small vineyard in 2009. The property, which lies in the Maremma region of Tuscany, consists of 9.5 hectares planted with vines and 15 planted with olive trees.

She named the winery La Maliosa, which means the sorceress in English because it refers to the magical beauty she found in southern Tuscany when she moved to the area in the 1990s to manage the spa and golf course of Terme di Saturnia.

Antonella Manuli with Fattoria La Maloisa Wines
Antonella Manuli with Fattoria La Maloisa Wines

La Maliosa olive oils have won many awards over the years.

In 2012, Manuli met Lorenzo Corino. Although Lorenzo Corino passed away in November of 2021, Antonella continues his legacy of Metode Corino daily in her vineyard, in the production of her olive oil and her La Maliosa Wines.

The grapes grown on the property include Procanico and Ansonica for white wines and Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, and Gray Cannonau (also known as Grenache) in the reds. They also grow some Trbbiano Toscano.

La Maliosa olive oils have won many awards over the years. I recently sampled the Fattoria La Maliosa wines and olive oil at a tasting.

Fattoria La Maliosa Wines

2020 Saturnalia Bianco IGT: Created as an orange wine, this blend of Trebbiano Toscana and Procanico undergoes 20 days of skin contact and 90 days of fermentation in stainless steel. Vinepair, in 2023, named this vintage one of the best orange wines.

Saturnalia Bianco - A Glass of Orange Wine
Saturnalia Bianco – A Glass of Orange Wine

2019 Saturnia Rosso IGT: This wine combines Ciliegiolo, Sangiovese, and Grey Cannonau into a rustic light wine.

2019 Sangiovese Tarconte: Named after an Etruscan king, this Sangiovese comes from volcanic soils. The wine ages 18 months in oak.

2021 Toscano Rosso: The wine consists of 100% Ciliegiolo and aged 12 months in oak.

Fattoria La Maliosa Wine and Olive Oil
Fattoria La Maliosa Wine and Olive Oil

Earth Month and Winery Practices

Learning how wineries like Fattoria La Maliose work to better our universe shows the ever-changing trends in winemaking and grape growing with a bent toward improving the environment practices like Metodo Corino. Recognizing Earth Month in the wine business is another way to alert the public of these changes.

Note: Common to the wine industry, this writer received a hosted winetasting. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure.