From Sangiovese grapes, handpicked in the historic Vigna Godenza, is born a wine, that goes back to the origins of the traditions of this vineyard and the territory of Predappio.
With Sangiovese grapes grown on the sandy slopes of the Rabbi’s valley, we have produced a wine, quick, stinging and easy-going as wines used to be. A tribute to the tradition of our territory.
Trebbiano cultivated on the sloping hills that look out at the Adriatic Sea and vinified with the skins of Pagadebit grapes. A journey into the depths of memory to reminisce.
Year 2016 took off in substantial continuity with fall 2015: mild temperatures, very little rainfall and abundant winds.
The winter’s low rainfall helped us perform winter vineyard management practices, but it also caused seriously decreased water supply levels in both winegrowing areas and high mountain regions due to the lack of snow until February. Under these conditions, the vines never entered full dormancy.
Therefore, we expected early budbreak which, in Central Italy, occurred two weeks ahead of time as compared with the average of the past fifteen years. Early budbreak affected not only vines but all crops and all over Europe. Instead, March reversed the winter trend with abundant and continuous rainfall (even snowfall at times) and dropping temperatures, which continued through May, with solid rainfall alternating with sunny days throughout the month of June.
The early budbreak was negatively affected by the stress caused by the reversal of seasonal trend from hot to cold temperatures and high humidity, bringing the first signs of disease here and there, such as leaf yellowing and even downy mildew.
Luckily, the spring rains pushed water tables back to normal levels. The first ten-day period of July brought hot temperatures, lack of rainfall, high humidity and moderate night-day temperatures swings until August.
The veraison stage was delayed by a few days as compared with the average of the past fifteen years and we were quite worried about the risk of unbalanced vegetative growth (due to the increased water availability and high temperatures); the hot July weather caused major stress in very few cases.
During the month of August, the plants slowly entered the reproductive stage, slowing down the growth of the shoots and completing the veraison process.
August weather was quite favourable, with normal temperatures for the season, large night-day temperature swings, low humidity and a regular rainfall pattern. Harvest was slightly delayed as compared with the average of the past ten years, but accompanied by large night-day temperatures swings and healthy plants.
Grape yield was high, as well as wine production.
We made some good wine, the fruit of an “easy” and well-balanced vintage; aside from a few “scars” caused by the hot summer temperatures and high grape yield.
Our wines feature generous fruity notes, good tannins and steady aromas: the prerequisites for a beautiful evolution over time.
CAMPAIGN FINANCED ACCORDING TO (EC) REGULATION NO. 1308/2013