My name is Francesco Mariani, I am chef and vine grower in Montefalco, Umbria. I make wines from biodynamic grapes togethet with my friend and assistant Andrea Mattioli. “Raina” was the nickname of the previous owner of the field where we planted the first of our Sagrantino vines. We chose this name for the cantina to preserve the link between the land and its history. Cantina Raìna was founded in 2002. Our 10 hectares of vineyards, planted between 2002 and 2008, lie between 220 and 300 meters a.s.l. The soil is of medium consistency and rich in texture, with mainly southeasterly exposure. We use spurred cordon to train the red grapes and Guyot for the white grapes, with planting density at about 5,700 vines per hectare. We grow Sagrantino, Sangiovese ,Syrah, Grechetto, Montepulciano, Merlot and Trebbiano Spoletino.