by Francesco Amato July 31, 2018

MOLVINA ESTATE AND THE VINEYARD

The tiny village of Molvina belongs to the municipality of Nuvolera, in the province of Brescia, in the Italian region of Lombardia. It is a very small village with only 6 families living in the area and a total of 17 people. Our grandparents are two of these people and still live in the house that one of the family ancestors purchased in 1911
The little boutique vineyard has been producing wine for over a century ever since our great grand-father Bortolo Torri carried out an early restoration of the surrounding grounds and the vines.

Much of the produced wine at the times was consumed on the spot by workers of the nearby Botticino marble quarries: these workers after work, but before returning home (all on foot, in those times there were not so many cars) stopped to eat bread with salami and cheeses, all accompanied by good quality wine.



The name of the village Molvina could come from the root “mou” (in the local dialect you read “Mulvina”), which means tender and sweet (like a toffee). The word has then changed into “mol” from which sprung the word “molcere” a poetic verb with the meaning of softening or sweetening; in poetry and local dialect, the famous verse “e mi molcea il core” is very well known (“it was melting my heart”).

Really, after the very steep hills climbed up from the nearby town, to a passer-by the place had to be coming across as sweet and pleasant to finally be able to take a breath: also because the rest was all downhill.

The suffix “vina” could come from the Celtic “uigia” = water, given that the place is rich of natural springs which are all still running.
Molvina, therefore, could mean sweet-water.



Obviously, we can only imagine that the original word for water was later transformed into “vina” also due to the excellent wine-growing reputation of the hillside.
Although quarries are still very much active all around the area, nowadays the workers are no longer on foot so the steep road to Molvina is pretty much only used by the few residents and the farmers in the area.

The micro-vineyard received a further refinement in 2007 when it was taken over from us from our grandfather Domenico: thus, the new vineyard was born, with perpendicular rows on steeply sloped grounds, to give maximum sun exposure to the grapes.

Remaining true to the heritage of Molvina as the sweet-water village, the irrigation of our vineyard uses exclusively water from the surrounding natural springs. Together with the optimal sun exposure from dawn to dusk, we believe this water to be one of the most important natural elements distinguishing our wine and giving our grapes their unique tasting notes.



Furthermore, the soils in the Molvina vineyard are composed of “Marna” (Marl), well drained and without stagnant humidity. This type of rock derives from muddy sediments, mainly of marine origin (marine fossils are still today regularly found in the area). The vine does not require fertile soil, but on the contrary, it prefers the rather poor ones that differ according to their composition and texture. The soil is very important as it is a reserve of water and mineral salts. Moreover, the difference in salt concentration between earth and vine is the force that moves solutions towards the plant.

The vine adapts to any type of soil but the same vine does not give the same grapes if grown in soils with different characteristics. The soil consists of a thin cultivable layer that can be influenced by man’s crops, and an underlying part whose characteristics are given by the original geological conformation. It is here that the plant absorbs the nutritional substances that influence the character of the wine. The characteristics of the subsoil are important for the drainage that needs to ensure the plant remains in contact with water just for the right amount of necessary time to absorb the mineral salts contained in it.

Finally, our small vineyard has been set on purposely sloppy grounds in perpendicular uphill alignment, to obtain a very even exposure of the vines to the warm Italian sun: from early morning to sunset, each bunch of grapes receive the same amount of sunlight and warmth, whilst Lombardy’s Alpine foothills in the backdrop, protect the existing microclimate from cold Nordic winds.

Molvina Wine is the result of our father and son partnership and hard work: we share a mutual passion for high-quality wine and for keeping family and Italian artisan traditions alive.

Our ancestors Marco and Bortolo Torri, two brothers, purchased a house, forest and agricultural land in the village of Molvina, in 1911. Bortolo restored the old vines and began to produce wine.
Much of it was consumed on the spot by the workers of the nearby Botticino marble quarries: these workers after work, but before returning home, (all on foot, in those times of cars there were not so many) stopped to eat bread salami cheeses and drink wine.
When Bortolo passed away, he left the land to his two sons. The younger of the two, Domenico Torri (our grandfather), carried on working in the vineyard and continued to produce wine to satisfy the local passer-by demand. However, consumption on site started to fade in modern times, as there were no longer quarrymen on foot who use the Molvina road to go to work: so wine started to be sold also in bottles for offsite consumption.
Our grandfather Domenico (born in 1928) then retired, so in 2007 we took over the family artisan business and after numerous sacrifices and a lot of hard work we gave new life to the old vineyards (with rows perpendicular to the ground to give maximum sun exposure to the grapes) which is when Molvina Ronchi di Brescia Rosso in its current form was born.



Renato Torri
“I was born in Molvina in 1957 where I also grew up. As a child, after school, I played with the animals of our small farm, because at that time, in addition to the cultivation of the fields, we also had a few cows to get milk from my parents would use the milk to make butter and cheese.

Customers from the nearby villages came to buy the renowned Molvina wine. The wine was born from the experience of my father Domenico who, with strength and effort, worked the land without any mechanical support and that with skilful mastery vinified the grapes in the old underground cellar: this is where the wine rested in the barrels all the time necessary to obtain a mature product to be consumed and appreciated.

At the age of 25 I took over a beverage distribution company from my father-in-law, so the idea was born to explore the potential union between the wine producer and the product sales activity. Over the years I have seen an increasing awareness of responsible drinking, so I decided to upgrade the vineyard of my now old father to succeed in obtaining a special high-quality wine and it fills me with pride to know that it is appreciated by enthusiasts and connoisseurs.”

In my spare time I love to go looking for wild mushrooms in the green and luxuriant hills, so dear to me, that have seen me grow and have accompanied me my whole life.”

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Michele Torri (son)
“I was born in 1977, after the second half of October … just when the grapes are ripe!
From an early age, I had a great passion for music, I learned to play the trumpet and I attended the Music Conservatory of Brescia.
After studying I started working with my parents in the family business.
At the age of twenty I started to learn kickboxing techniques, then I started the amateur competitive career that allowed me to participate in international competitions and to win the Italian championship in 2007. I later advanced the competitive spirit and I attended the training courses of the Italian Federation, succeeding in obtaining the third grade of the black belt and the qualification of Federal Master. Another of my great passion is diving, which I practice regularly, in the dark but fascinating waters of Lake Garda.

Our company is small but well-structured and deals with the distribution of a variety of beverages. Always looking for products with high quality, we thought to evolve the vineyard of Molvina enhancing the vines, thus succeeding in perfecting the already prized and appreciated wine. Now our desire is to introduce the product we produce to the greatest number of enthusiasts, trying to improve ourselves more and more, whilst maintaining constant respect for the environment and the health of those who consume Molvina wine. “

Whilst never forgetting our heritage and remaining true to our original traditions, after three generations of wine production traded mostly on a local scale, we now believe that we are ready to share our quality wine with the rest of the world.

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