Significant investments were immediately made to further improve the quality of the wines produced on the new property, which belongs to the Fontana family.
The property extends over 40 hectares, 26 of which are employed in the production of red and white grapes. With a three-year program of planting on the vacant land, which began in the spring of 2009 and ended in the spring of 2011, the total wine growing area has reached a total of 38 hectares.
During this time frame, a number of the older and less productive vineyards were replaced with new plantations of higher density per hectare. The new grapevines are exclusively derived from noble strains, including white grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Vermentino and Viogner, and red grape varieties such as Sangiovese Syrah and Canaiolo. An experimental vineyard of the Canaiolo Rosa and Buonamico varieties has been created in order to monitor the development of the vines over time and to maintain a heritage of these two types of grape varieties, which has almost entirely disappeared on a national level, with the ultimate goal of using them for the Estate’s rosé wine.
The latest development in the cellar, on the other hand, is the presence of winemaker Alberto Antonini, with whom a multi-year development program is shared, aimed at improving the quality of the wines already present, while keeping a keen eye on the trends expected from the market.
The estate’s new look is being coordinated by architect Paolo Riani, who is following the entire process of its restructuring.
In addition to a brand new wine-tasting room for hosting the increasing number of visitors interested in finding out more about the wines produced upon the estate, the charming and historic wine cellar known as “l’inferno” has also been renovated, where guests can enjoy our winery’s rich history of winemaking, from the first bottle dating back to 1964, to the latest vintage. For those who are interested in discovering the place behind this intriguing name, the wine cellar is even equipped with a number of interesting vertical display cases.
In order to be able to accommodate all the grapes that will be grown using the new plantations, with the new plantations and the old re-planted terrains reaching a total of nearly 12 hectares, the winery’s production facilities will undergo a significant structural expansion of 500 square meters, while leaving the current layout, surrounded by lush greenery, unaltered.
What’s more, the winery will also be equipped with the best winemaking, bottling and storage equipment.
Since the volume of the reserves will also increase over the years, the “barriccia” will also be expanded and will be built in an ad hoc environment, where the wines can rest undisturbed, save for the occasional visitors.
An area has even been dedicated to the aging of the reserve wines, with a special temperature-controlled and thoroughly dehumidified environment.
With the investments that have already been made and those which are foreseen for the near future, the company’s objective is to quickly obtain wines of the utmost quality, with maximum respect for the land and with an open mind to any new developments in wine-making techniques.