The farm size is 42 hectares of which 25 are vineyards, half of which of property and half in long-term lease; the olive grove is well represented as well as the forest and permanent meadows (vegri) rich in natural flora of great naturalistic interest.
The cellar and the “historical” vineyards overlook the valley of Faedo; our other main holding is in Arquà Petrarca with the sub-areas “Sassonero” and “Girapoggio”. Then we cultivate many scattered plots, each with its ancient name: Belvedere, Sottovenda, Tére Bianche, Peraréto, Monte Cinto, Monte Brècale, Valnogaredo and Val Cengolina.
Their micro-areas with peculiar characteristics of the soil and exposure make territorial diversification important for a rational location of the different varieties, that are therefore allowed to fully express their characteristics.
For Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc – which is actually Carménère) we have chosen the most exposed and leaner positions, in order to reach the maximum concentration in the grapes.
Here, in the steep slopes of Arquà Petrarca, around the ancient home of the poet Vittoria Aganoor, we planted the vineyards at “Girapoggio” to accommodate the natural configuration of the hill.
Perhaps for the subtle magic of the poetic word dissolved into the ground, filtered from the rain clouds, unsettled in red flake, the wine, the same in the name, is always new and deeper at every meeting.
The “Sasso Nero” (Black Stone) is a steep limestone hill located in Arquà Petrarca. In fact the dry, red coloured flake that composes it easily oxidizes in the sun, it is almost burnt from it, veering into a dark gray that people call “nigger”.
It is the warmest, most sunny and Mediterranean environment in the Euganean Hills, and it is here that the vines dispute for the land with dry fallow (vegri) of gorse, rue, smoke tree, orchids.
Passo Roverello Vineyard
In the XIX century our predecessors have gradually prized valuable land out of forest.
This is told by eighteenth-century maps and also by the name of the place: Roverella is the typical Euganena oak.
In fact, the time and the roots have disrupted the rhyolitic rock into sand, gravel and traces of clay.
That meager soil is ideal for the slow growth of a grape with a strong character such as the Chardonnay.
In medieval era Faedo Valley was called “Pedevenda”. Infact, it is located by the southern slope of Monte Venda (“Pede” derives from the latin “pes, pedis”=foot).
Since that time, Pedevenda is one of the most valuable area for cultivation of white grapes, as the “Verdise”, indeed well known as “Pedevenda”.
The deep and varied soil with lava debris and euganean marl is the most suitable for white grapes and so we raise the “Manzoni Bianco” up to 400 meters above sea level. That is the best elevation to embrace this modern and great quality grape, pulling out all of its deep and fine aromas.
We like to think, and it happens for several sites in the Euganean, that the vines living in the most beautiful and scenic places express characters more real in aroma and taste. It was therefore a natural choice to pick up the “Belvedere” for the aromatic Marzemino.
We believe that feeding the vines with the qualities of the ancient limestone hill of red clay, the green of the oaks and chestnuts, red and purple tones of the flowers of the valley, we will end up with a companion with open and alive speech, a wine that declares all his niceness.
Here in Faedo, on the slopes of Monte Venda, Tai Bianco, Garganega and Pinot Bianco have made deep roots among those same stones that, higher, have authoritatively maintained for centuries the presence of the Olivetani Hermitage.
The “Pria”, a local lava stone, marks the time for churches and houses in the valley and enriches the soil of those minerals that these grapes absorb to create the unmistakable aromas.
The Cengolina valley, keeper of the oldest vines of Fior d’Arancio and other Muscats, assumes through these presences the most spectacular morphology of the Euganean viticulture.
The “cengie”, narrow terraces obtained by farmers over centuries of hard and continuous work on the steep slopes of the mountains that surround the valley, still allow to cultivate vineyards where precious minerals and the special lighting conditions let us obtain wines with intense flavors and unique aromas.