The Ca’ delle Vallade vineyard

This land, bought between 1987 and 1989, has an overall area of around 5 hectares, half of which is planted with vines. It is south-east facing and gets a lot of sun, but is situated in the coldest area of the Collio due to it being lashed by cold northeasterly winds. The hill itself is set back from the first line of hillsides that rise up from the plain, and which run from the Colle di San Giorgio to Monte Quarin and follow a line south-east until they reach Gorizia. The poor, acidic soils mean that the upper levels are not really fit for cultivation. When the land was acquired, there were a number of vines still hanging in there. Acting on information gathered over the years, it was decided to turn the land exclusively over to Chardonnay, and the other vines were ripped out. Things are going well with the replanting which was done in the light of what was learned by observing how the new plantings performed. Almost all of the Chardonnay is produced from this vineyard and we’re planning to extend the area under cultivation.