‘Fiona and I signed the contract for Protero - Rose and Frank Baldasso’s Gumeracha vineyard - in late December 2019, little knowing of the fury of the season that was to follow. We remain in quiet admiration of those who defended it so bravely, and who are responsible for its continued existence.
We were initially attracted by the five clones of Nebbiolo planted in 1999, which we had been working with in 2005. The balance was Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Viognier, which were of little consequence to us. We have since replanted to Gewürztraminer; Pinot Gris; and Riesling, with plans of Barbera, Dolcetto and a lot more Nebbiolo to follow. These are varieties which we love to drink and, we feel, have a better affinity to region and site.
We are moved by the bravery behind the history of this vineyard. Our own small act of courage is to try and invest this special place with a new sense of potential. Ultimately, it will be ‘Protero’ that decides which varieties it most faithfully expresses.’
Stephen and Fiona Pannell