The most important asset of the Valentina Cubi estate are its hillside vineyards located in several important Valpolicella crus. On an altitude of 290 and 350msl and with a south to southeast exposure, the terraced vineyards are literally a stone’s throw away from Lake Garda. Cooling breezes from the Lake create ongoing ventilation in the vineyards, keeping fungal pressure low, while differences between day and
night temperatures allow the grapes to retain their freshness while achieving full ripeness. The soils on these terraces contain a high rock content dispersed with clay, which has a water retaining capacity. Because of this an irrigation system is completely absent.
Casterna - – the vineyard, 1ha and replanted in 1997, forms the back garden of the winery. At 170m it is the lowest part of the estate, and planted with Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone all guyot trained. It was one of Valentina Cubi’s first vineyards in which experiments with organic preparations were trialled. The space between the rows are permanently planted with cover crops to improve the soil’s aeration, stimulate the growth of bio organisms and attract insects which are the natural predators of most common vine diseases. The soils are of ancient, alluvial origin and with a high calcareous clay content interspersed with gravel and sand, resulting in perfumed, fruit driven wines.
Monte Tenda - this Cru is situated on top of a hill and benefiting from the cool breezes coming from lake Garda, which is only 4 km away. The oldest part of the vineyard was planted in the 1973s with Rondinella, while Corvina was planted some 20 years ago. Both are pergola trained, once considered unsuitable for quality grape growing. However, since the advent of climate change it has proved to cope much better with the irregular and hot weather pattern than guyot trained vines and it is capable of producing high quality grapes. The soils of Monte Tenda are exceptionally rich in limestone and with a high rock content interspersed with sand. This soil type produces wines typified by freshness and elegance with minerally notes and a fine tannic core.
Gallery Monte Tenda
Monte Crosetta - this Cru’s soil structure is very similar to that of Monte Tenda. Situated at 260m, its soils consist of a high rock and limestone content. Planted about 20 years ago to Corvina it was one of the last vineyards with vines trained on pergola before this system was outlawed for new plantings. But pergola, in combination with low yielding old vines, can to cope much better with the possible effects of climate change, and is much more adaptable to the vine’s needs than wire trained vineyards The horizontal canopy offers shade, while the free hanging bunches are continuously ventilated by the breezes coming from Lake Garda.
Gallery Monte Crosetta
Rasso - the vineyard is situated at 290m, an altitude which guarantees permanent air movement. The first Corvina vines were planted 28 years ago to pergola, while later plantings were trained to guyot. The Rasso vineyard’s soils are high in limestone and with a very stony skeleton appearing at the surface.