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Philosophy

 

The estate’s undisputed protagonist is the local Corvina grape supported by Corvinone, and Rondinella. Although parts of the vineyards are trellis trained, the once so maligned pergola has always been held in high esteem by Valentina. The old vine, low yielding pergolas seem to be able to deal much better with the possible effects of climate change, providing shade to the grapes against the intense summer heat, while the old vines, with their natural low yields, are capable of producing ripe grapes even during very cool growing cycles. The estate does not aim at richly extracted wines, but, instead, wants to bring out freshness, elegance and a sense of origin in the wines, for which these vineyards provide the perfect raw material.

Organic approach

The organic approach began in a vineyard practically in front of the gates of the city of Verona. It was here that organic treatments were trialled, before they were subsequently applied to all other vineyards. These experiments opened the door to omit the classic Bordeaux mixture altogether and use organic preparations, such as citrus oil, instead.
To increase the activity of microorganisms and biodiversity of the soils, the vineyards are planted with cover crops, while special attention is paid to the composting of all the prunings of the vineyard, which are subsequently returned to the vineyards in an effort to not to waste any of the original biomass. The composted prunings also form the basis of vegetative and herbal tisanes, which are used to spray the vines with, resulting in stronger, healthier canopies and thicker skinned berries, with an increased resistance to fungal pressure. All the work in the vineyards focuses on creating a natural recycling without taking anything out or bringing anything foreign in.

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