Vinification in Terracotta Anphorae

Diadema has been investing on a collection of terracotta amphorae, a natural continuation in the interest of preserving history and tradition.

The italian word “orcio”, in English urn or amphora, is a word used mainly in central Italy and it is used to describe a large tall rounded terracotta pot. Production of these earthenware vessels is done entirely by hand. Throughout the ancient world, terracotta vessels were used as containers to hold liquids, in particular Wine and Olive oil. Generally speaking they were rather large vessels that held considerable volumes, but there were also smaller amphorae commonly used in the kitchen such as pitchers that were also used for wine. Amphorae were essential elements in Etruscan houses and later on, the Romans buried them in the ground to keep their contents cool and to ferment and preserve wine. The Chianti region has been well known for terracotta production since ancient times, the town of Impruneta is particularly famous for their talented craftsmen. The art of terracotta production has been handed down from generation to generation and is referred to as the terracotta civilization. In 1419, Filippo Brunelleschi chose terracotta from Impruneta to build the dome of Florence’s Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore.