Characteristics of the soil
The influence on the wine
The variability of the soils together with the different altitudes and exposition of our vineyards represent an added value that we enhance with consistent work in the vineyard to obtain the best grapes capable of expressing the typicity.
Sands and pebbles
In the valley and lower areas there are alluvial soils of a more recent geological period and are mainly composed of Pliocene sands and silt. The physical structure of these soils is typically loose with pebbles on the surface. These are the ideal soils for obtaining young wines, with a dominance of fruity notes and freshness.
In the vineyards on the slopes there is Galestro, a shale resulting from clays: in winter it shows a leathery appearance but in summer, when it loses moisture, it flakes off and becomes friable. Together with Galestro there are red-brownish soils from blocks of clay that provide depth and structure in our wines.
In the higher sites of the vineyards there are soils with a lighter color derived from the alteration of sedimentary rocks that form the Alberese. These soils give concentration and character to the Sangiovese and therefore are suitable for producing wines of complexity and elegance.
- The 6 hectares of vineyards are located on gentle slopes facing south-east and south-west between 300 and 400 meters above sea level. They are characterized by different soils and microclimates.
- The climate is continental, with cold winters, moderate rainfall in spring and dry summer, the vineyard site benefits from the altitude especially in the summer providing a wide diurnal range (the average difference between day and night temperatures) and during the night in summer it can slow down ripening and be beneficial for the formation of high quality phenols and primary aromas of Sangiovese.
- In the management of the vineyard, Giovanni takes care of the natural ecosystem and biodiversity, thanks to a deep knowledge of the life cycle of his vines, he constantly monitors their state of health in order to prevent potential diseases before they occur, avoiding the use of chemical products and minimizing interventions. The work in the vineyard therefore consists in strengthening the plant in its ecosystem through the application of natural compost which provides a slow release of nutrients to the vine, improving the structure of the soil; the use of natural bio-stimulants and the use of green manure improve the island of biodiversity and increase the resistance to diseases of the vines.
We take care to protect all forms of life (plants, animals, microorganisms) which, living together in a specific environment, create a balance capable of influencing the ability to resist to environmental changes and therefore their resilience.
The presence of wooded vegetation guarantees a high transpiration power during summer, mitigating the effect of high temperatures. It represents a physical isolation barrier for the vineyard and this benefits its microclimate.
The small lake of Podere Terreno is a real oasis that hosts a rich community of species: amphibians, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds. In addition, its particular vegetation acts as a real water purifier, absorbing nutrients, retaining sediments and enriching the water with oxygen.