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The Vineyards

THE VINES

Various lava flows have enriched the structure of the Vulture soils

In the lithological study of the areas where our vineyards are located, we always find the presence of the volcanic component, with the presence of tufa banks and clay areas. Drivers of the differentiation of wine characteristics.
“Placed on the top of the most pleasant hill, the situation of Rionero could not be more propitious to the education of the shoot of Bacchus. The volcanic quality of its soils, which are moderately tempered by the calcareous elements, of which all the mountains surrounding the Vulture detect, concurs. Outside the village from east to noon, in the happiest exposure between Rionero, Barile and Ripacandida , the vines are planted and conducted as in well-ordered gardens, the vines are kept low four palms away from each other , and in the pruning there is left only one branch or a second with only two eyes, the vine leaf are supported by three reeds. The vineyards of Rionero shake hands with those of Barile, Rapolla and Melfi, but in the latter two places between the vines are planted olive trees and several other fruit trees”. (Enzo Cervellino, Regio Vulturis)

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THE NOCTURNAL HARVEST

The night the grapes are more fragrant

Why does the harvest take place at night? The reason stands in climate, meaning climatic conditions influence the grape’s characteristics. The harvest of the grapes of the Aglianico del Vulture "Nocte" takes place within the first fifteen days of November, in that period, the area of Vulture is characterized by extraordinary temperature variations that can reach up to 20°. The skin of the grape is naturally subject to a situation of “stress” due to a dilation during the day followed by a contraction in the night due to low temperatures, during the night the plant produces elastic substances which favour the softening of the grape skin. These elastic substances are full of fragrances, richs in aromas and color.

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OUR VINEYARDS

The vines

Calata delle Brecce
Location: Rionero in Vulture
Cultivated vines: Aglianico del Vulture and Pinot Noir
Altitude: 800 mt asl
Planting density: 2220 grapes /ac
Soil: Volcanic

Piano di Carro
Location: Barile
Cultivated vines: Aglianico del Vulture and Aleatico
Altitude: 450 mt asl
Planting density: 2830 grapes /ac
Soil: Tufaceous-Volcanic- Clayey

Le Querce di Annibale – Colignelli
Location: Melfi
Cultivated vines: Aglianico del Vulture
Altitude: 400 mt asl
Planting density: 2830 grapes /ac
Soil: Volcanic, Tufaceous with lapilli

Solagna del Principe
Location: Barile
Cultivated vines: Aglianico del Vulture
Altitude: 450 mt asl
Planting density: 2830 grapes /ac
Soil: Volcanic, Tufaceous with lapilli

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