The terroir itself contributes a great deal to our wine. The job we give ourselves is to extract from such land that harmony between elegance and power for our wines, in other words, to find that wonder which happens when the aromas and tastes love each other and come into perfect union in the wine.
But the terroir by itself is not enough. For us, such wine is made by paying utmost attention to details both in the vineyards and in the winery. Because each varietal, each clone in each parcel of the vineyards is cared for in function of his own needs, and the grapes are harvested at the right moment of maturation, then are fermented and aged separately as naturally and gently as possible until the wines are ready to be assembled and bottled as a blend or single varietal/vineyard wine. This means thousands of small gestures, some simple and some others complex, but all of them require a certain know-how. This means that, by necessity (given that we are a small artisanal estate), but most of all, by our own volition, every member of our Team must know, and in fact, can do everything in addition to his own specialization/s. To contribute to the quality of Batzella wines therefore, every one of the Team must want, and know how to combine passion with competence, insights with discipline/dedication, indeed he must work with his hands, his head and his heart: he must be an artist.
To promote the above spirit, we have continuous training to help deepen and update our knowledge and sensibilities toward the wine we make. For example, all team members participate in seminars that compare-taste wines made with low sulfure dioxyde, wines made in terracotta vats (like in antique times), that teach how to identify early symptoms of wine defects and illnesses, including courses for proper hygiene and safety procedures at the workplace.
Who works with his hands is a worker
Who works with his hands and his head is an artisan
Who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist