La Stoppa
Ageno - 2018
8.50 / 10

White Still, Dry
La Stoppa
Italy, Vino (IT)
Malvasia di Candia Aromatica
1012 UAH

This wine is named after the founder of La Stoppa, lawyer Ageno, who was the first to believe and give value the great potential of this area. The only dry white wine of the estate, obtained after a long spontaneous maceration from grapes of this hot and low yielding land. A person responsible for production is Giulio Armani.

  • First Production: 2002
  • Agriculture: Organic, natural green cover between the rows. No fertilizing, weed killers or pesticides
  • Soil Type: Clay Silt
  • Trellis System: Simple Guyot
  • Age of vines: 20 years
  • Density: 6000 plants per hectare
  • Vinification: 4 months maceration on skins in stainless steel and/or cement tanks
  • Fermentation and aging: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, aged in 40 hectolitre wooden tanks and in bottle for a time necessary, no filtration or sulphites added
  • Produced: 23 800 bottles, around 200 arrived to Ukraine.


La Stoppa is a legendary historic estate that was founded in 19th century by a lawyer named Giancarlo Ageno. Initially focused on Bordeaux varieties, nowadays its vineyards are occupied by local Barbera, Bonarda and Malvasia. Elena Pantaleoni, current owner of the estate, works closely with famous enologist Giulio Armani (that has his own side project called Denavolo) to craft wines expressive of place and grape. They are advocates of minimal intervention along with usage of huge Slavonian oak botti and used French barriques. Also they are farming organically since 1990’s and in 2008 they even acquired proper certification.


2022-07-20 - 8.50

Still nervous after the long trip to Ukraine, but already incredible. Top orange wine, charged with potential. Honey, ginger, forgotten apple that oxidized, dried apricot, and dried medicinal herbs. Good acidity, powerful tannin. Definitely, a wine to buy by cases and drink occasionally to witness its development. By the way, this is my first Ageno of even vintage.

2022-07-28 - 8.50

As expected, it’s changing little by little after the trip to Ukraine. In some sense, a benchmark orange wine. As with every other wine of this evening, I served it blind. It was amazing to see how everyone guessed that it was Ageno. And every person notes how skilfully it’s made. Oxidized apple, dried apricot, dried herbs, and VA. Complex, multilayered and tasty.

Wine #5 on Mixed Bag Vol. 2: Orange.

2023-04-27 - 8.50

Some things are anchors in this ever-changing world. Complex, multilayered and delicious. I love how it manages to stay friendly and open.