Our vineyards extend over 28 hectares in Valpantena, spanning the townlands of Poiano, Nesente and Sezano. A replanting programme began in 1998 and the vineyards now adhere to the strictest COR and NOP organic farming protocols. Conventional chemical fertilizers, weed killers and anti-parasite products have been replaced by non-invasive natural methods and techniques such as integrated pest management, disruption of the reproductive cycles of parasites and mechanical removal of weeds, with total respect for the environment.
This farming policy, together with our short production chain and high standards of quality, enables us to produce extraordinarily refined, well-balanced, organic wines.
Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta: three native varieties with diverse characteristics but which all thrive on the lime-rich, gravelly soils of Valpantena, where the microclimate is dry and well ventilated. The roots of these grapes absorb the history of the valley - they were used in ancient times to produce the renowned Rhaetic wine cited by various Roman sources. The names of the three grapes all derive from the names of birds found in the vineyards. The story goes that the Corvina grape was given its name because its deep colour is reminiscent of the black feathers of the crow (corvo in Italian), while the blue hints in the Rondinella grape echo the blue feathers on the swallows (rondini) that zip and dive over the vines in springtime. Oseleta, taken from the local word for ‘little bird’, is said to be the grape favoured by many birds, who have always gorged on its tightly packed bunches.
This unique heritage gives the wines a perfect balance of alcohol and acidity, as well as soft, delicate tannins; our decision to use organic farming methods to ensure the long-term health of our vineyards enhances these qualities.