Our Sant’ Elia balsamic vinegars are produced in Modena, Italy, by the traditional process strictly controlled by the Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico di Modena.
The Balsamic Process
Traditional balsamic vinegar is made from pressed Trebbiano grapes (grape ‘must’) which is cooked at 80oC for many hours, reducing the volume by about one third. This concentrated ‘must’ is then aged over a number of years in a battery of barrels made of different woods such as oak, chestnut, cherry, mulberry and juniper.
Balsamico di Modena
Balsamico di Modena, or Traditional Balsamic, is made purely from grape ‘must’. There are no additives such as vinegar, caramel etc. Colour and flavours arise from the different woods used in the making of the barrels in the ageing process. Typically, Sant’ Elia Traditional Balsamic has been aged for six years.
Bianco Balsamico, or White Balsamic, starts life in the same way as the traditional balsamic, but instead of ageing in wooden barrels, which would give colour, the Bianco is aged in stainless steel. In order to give Bianco its unique characteristics, wine vinegar, also made from Trebbiano grapes, is blended with the ‘must’.
Rose & Red Wine
Sant Elia lies between the Conero and Verdicchio wine growing areas in central Le Marche. In 2006 the family, with the help of an experienced agronomist, planted a new vineyard, with vines of Montepulciano and Verdicchio grapes. According to the agronomist, Sant Elia was one of the best sites he had ever planted!!
The first wine from the new vineyard was produced in 2009, and with much trepidation family and friends had the tasting the following summer. All agreed that the wine surpassed expectations. The vintage is just getting better every year.
The next step is an investment in larger scale wine making equipment with the further intent of marketing the wine to a wider audience.
Personal styling simplifies getting dressed every morning.
If you are tired of racing out of the house not feeling 'put together', feeling like you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear, or simply at a loss with which styles suit you - I can help you!
“Style is very personal, it has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over very quickly. Style is forever.” Ralph Lauren
I offer personal styling for both women and men.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Style identification
What is your personal style?
- Proportional dressing
Which styles and garments are most flattering to your body type?
- Colour analysis
Identification of your most complimentary colours and how to wear them.
- Personal shopping
Working to fill the gaps in your wardrobe.
I will help you build a wardrobe which works well for you and your lifestyle. By making good style and colour choices, you will look and feel fabulous every day.
- Body Shape and Styling
By using proportional dressing techniques to help you determine your body shape, I can advise you on optimal clothing styles, shapes, necklines, detailing and accessories for your unique characteristics. This includes followup notes and recommendations for your future reference.
- Wardrobe Detox
I'll come to your house and go through your wardrobe with you, taking out items that you are struggling to wear - perhaps due to color or style. If these are items that you want to hold onto we will find ways to make them more wearable for you. The end result is a more organised, wearable wardrobe!
*We are based in both Malvern and Alresford, a mileage charge will be applied if outside a 10 mile radius.
"Having a Wardrobe Detox is life changing. When you try on your clothes and are given honest feedback about what really suits you, you end up with clothes that you know are the right color and style for you. I feel more confident in putting outfits together, and It has made shopping much more enjoyable."
The Avis family bought Sant’ Elia in 2004, a derelict farmhouse close to Filottrano in the Marche region of Italy. A farmhouse, approximately 100 years old, unoccupied for thirty years. The property has just over four hectares, or nine acres, of land currently planted with corn.
The property is south facing and boasts vast grounds and the family planned to completely renovate the property. plant 200 olive trees along with several rows of vines.
The house needed considerable attention. The walls were sound but the roof needed restoring and interiors needed a total ‘make over’.
The house is large; with three floors, and comes complete with its own pigsty, stable and grain silo, to be transformed into garage and storage (for tractors), lounge and swimming pool changing room and utility area.
Where is Sant Elia?
Sant Elia is in Marche. Marche is a region in central Italy enclosed between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea, it is a land rich in poetry, art and history, with a stunningly beautiful landscape.
The Marche province stretches some 120km from Pesaro in the north to Ascoli Pisceno in the south. Inland it stretches about 60km to Umbria and the Apennine Mountains. Within a 90 minutes drive of Sant’ Elia, there are the Sibillini Mountains where it is possible to ski in the winter.
The Marche is generally undeveloped, and this with its rolling hills, its many old fortified towns such as Urbino and Macerata, give it the name of “Tuscany without the tourists”.
Filottrano is roughly in the centre of the Marche region, some 30 minutes from Ancona Airport and the Adriatic beaches and about two and half hours from Bologna in the north and Rome in the south.
Filottrano is a small fortified hill town overlooking the River Musone. It has a long history dating back to the Bronze Age. It was first settled by the Gauls, and then by the Etruscans in 295 BC. There are still remains of a ‘Gaulish necropolis’, or cemetery, together with Bronze Age settlements.
In recent history there was a ‘Battle of Filottrano’ in 1943, when a parachute division of the Italian Liberation Corps seized the town from Germans.
Filottrano is best known for its world renowned Two Wheel Cart Museum; but it also features on the cultural circuit. In 2003 it was on the Italian tour by the University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra.