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We are receiving our first containers of Amphora for 2021 harvest season. 

We have about 150 of these beautiful amphora in the South African wine industry at the moment, and it seems like the demand is not slowing down. We get a lot of questions about what exactly makes the Manetti Amphora unique.

The entirely hand-made wine Amphoras manufactured in the Manetti Gusmano & Figli furnace are the result of the solid experience of eight generations in the production of Cotto and high-quality handmade terracotta.

Their amphoras are made from 100% Italian Terracotta and are unlined unlike many of the other European amphorae.


The Manetti family has been known since 1968 for the production of great wines in the Chianti region on the Fontodi Estate.

The long-standing experience, combined with their passion for the world of wine, has allowed them to come up with this winemaking project aiming at an outstanding quality by always staying faithful to tradition.

The Wine Amphoras of Manetti Gusmano & Figli are made completely by hand following the rules of an ancient technique called “Based Work”: the Amphora stands still while the artisan goes round and round attaching new clay.

The whole process takes three months including a long drying and a slow firing.


100% Italian Terracotta Amphoras

Moreover, what makes Amphoras even more special, is the uniqueness of the clay; the abundant presence of Galestro in the terroir of Chianti Classico, gives special features to the Amphoras.

Among the natural components of which Terracotta is made, the salts and the calcium carbonates confer the right microporosity, enabling the wine to breathe correctly.

All these features, combined with the antioxidant and antibacterial action and the high thermal insulation capacity make the terracotta Amphora of Manetti Gusmano & Figli, an ideal tool for the production of great natural wines.


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Due to the lead times to make these amphora, and also to ship them I will need orders or an indication of orders by the first week of October to avoid any disappointment of amphora’s not getting here on time.

We understand that the Covid pandemic has affected everyone and especially the wine industry in SA, therefore we have decided together with Manetti not to have any price increase for the 2021 season.


For any inquiries contact Vanessa.

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