A few years ago in 2018 a dear friend and colleague of mine brought me some samples from the Vignaioli Indipendenti tasting in Piacenza. She was beaming about this producer she had met Antonio Camillo. We popped them that evening, and even without meeting this charming producer she had spoken at length with, was moved by his 1L Tutti Giorni Wines. Finding value and quality like that isn’t easy… and me being the green solider I am I’m always about larger format when possible. Then we opened his Procanico… wow. Fast forward to 2020, and another friend sends me a box of samples… and low and behold, there they are again - those delicious wines from Mr. Camillo. Clearly it was a sign I needed to go meet this person and see what he was doing down in Maremma. This spring of 2021 I drove down with my mother and spent the day with him and the women that help him in the cellar. When it’s right, it feels like you’ve never not known these people or their wines - and that is exactly how it went...
“For over twenty-five years I have worked in vineyards and wine; I worked at important wine estates in the Maremma wine scene, contributing to the production of wines of reference for our territory (Maremma Toscana).
In 2006 I started my own production of wines, dedicating myself exclusively to native grapes; I have spent many years walking the rows of Maremma vineyards, selecting the best vines for exposure, soil and age. I work mainly with old vineyards, aged between 40 and 50 years, which I have rented for long periods (12 years).
I cultivate the vines according to traditional methods, intervening as little as possible with mechanical processing and green pruning, so as not to stress the plant. In my vineyards I use only natural products (copper and sulfur).
In the cellar I use almost exclusively concrete containers, in addition to large wood for the aging of superior wine. I try to intervene as little as possible with technical operations, accompanying the evolution of the wine without forcing it.”
Antonio has a dedicated love for a native Tuscan varieties; in particular, Ciliegiolo, a variety that today represents the flagship of Antonio’s small annual production and the wine he is potentially most known for.
Antonio farms a total of approximately 9 hectares, which are all located not far from Capalbio. The vineyards are mainly planted with old vines, aged between 40 and 50 years. The varieties that are grown are Ciliegiolo, flanked by a small percentage of Vermentino and Sangiovese.