Two hectares of our vineyards are on the southwest-facing, beautiful hillsides of Bardolino. The remaining 9 hectares are 4 km away, on a windy plateau in the hills above Affi. Here we grow 9 varieties of grapes, both local and French varieties.
Our methods in our fieldwork are not aimed at producing high yields. At least a third of our crops are cut out in the summer to allow concentrated and broadened flavours and aromas in the fruit. Our goal is to produce the best possible fruit, since that is the basis of making a good wine.
We work hard to create ideal conditions by:
- Growing cover-crops – to encourage beneficial organisms, to improve soil structure and drainage, and to add nutrients to the soil.
- Preventing compaction of the earth – by using the lightest-weight equipment that can be found, and growing cover-crops in every other row, so that for an entire growing season, only half of the rows will be driven on by our miniature tractor.
- Planting hedges around our new fields – that act as green oases and provide a refuge for beneficial insects (that combat those that attack our plants), birds and other fauna.
- Planting vines that are disease-resistant, not genetically modified, and particularly suited to or even developed for this region.
Planting vines that are disease-resistant, not genetically modified, and particularly suited to or even developed for this region.