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Vineyards

After purchasing the estate in the 1970s, Ivo Nuti quickly realised that he could – and must – expect more from the vines. Starting in 1997, the old vines – which had become unproductive – were systematically replaced with the best and most suitable varieties for the specific soil and climate conditions at Fattoria Montecchio: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante.

Studies were undertaken into the best growing style for each area, with spurred cordon alternating with guyot, a technique used mainly for the more recently planted vines and only with the Sangiovese variety.

We also employ green harvesting, which is done a few months before the harvest itself to ensure quality. This has been a fundamental part of rebalancing the production potential of the plants..

As is so often the case at large wineries, our vines aren’t one big organism, but a collection of different vineyards. All are located around Fattoria Montecchio, and each one has its own identity and characteristics which change based on exposure, the height of the vines, microclimate and the geological make-up of the land.

 

 

Year of planting1997
SizeApprox. four hectares
Plants per hectare6,250
Growing systemSpurred cordon
VarietiesSangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Orientation and exposure of vines335° with north-west exposure
AltitudeBetween 375 and 415 meters above sea level
Type of terrain
  • Monteverdi Marittimo formation
  • Flysch from underwater plain from the Cretaceous age
  • layers of limy, marly earth or arenaceous/silty earth
  • clusters of over one meter in size present
Standard agronomic practices
  • management of the land without mechanical processes and with spontaneous grassing
  • manuring using organic substances only
  • manual pruning in the winter
  • selection of buds prior to flowering
  • early leaf-stripping when flowering
Type of harvestInitial hand-selection harvest followed by mechanical harvest
Year of planting2001-2002
SizeApprox. 5 hectares
Plants per hectare6,250
Growing systemSpurred cordon
VarietiesCabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet
Orientation and exposure of vines115° with south-east exposure
Altitudebetween 370 and 405 meters above sea level
Type of terrain
  • Monteverdi Marittimo formation
  • predominance of white limestone with conchoidal fracture from the Eocene age
Standard agronomic practices
  • management of the land without mechanical processes and with spontaneous grassing
  • manuring using organic substances only
  • manual pruning in the winter
  • selection of buds prior to flowering
  • early leaf-stripping when flowering
Type of harvestInitial hand-selection harvest followed by mechanical harvest
Year of planting1998
SizeApprox. 9.5 hectares
Plants per hectare6,250
Growing systemSpurred cordon and Guyot
VarietiesSangiovese, Merlot
Orientation and exposure of vines135° with south-east exposure
Altitudebetween 300 and 350 meters above sea level
Type of terrain
  • Monteverdi Marittimo formation
  • predominance of white limestone with conchoidal fracture from the Eocene age in contact with Sillano formation
  • clay-like substances with greenish marly limestone and solid sandstone
  • dating back to between the Upper Cretaceous and Lower Eocene
Standard agronomic practices
  • management of the land without mechanical processes and with spontaneous grassing
  • manuring using organic substances only
  • manual pruning in the winter
  • selection of buds prior to flowering
  • early leaf-stripping when flowering
Type of harvestInitial hand-selection harvest followed by mechanical harvest
Year of planting2001-2002
SizeApprox. 5 hectares
Plants per hectare6,250
Growing systemSpurred cordon
VarietiesCabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet
Orientation and exposure of vines115° with south-east exposure
Altitudebetween 370 and 405 meters above sea level
Type of terrain
  • Monteverdi Marittimo formation
  • predominance of white limestone with conchoidal fracture from the Eocene age
Standard agronomic practices
  • management of the land without mechanical processes and with spontaneous grassing
  • manuring using organic substances only
  • manual pruning in the winter
  • selection of buds prior to flowering
  • early leaf-stripping when flowering
Type of harvestInitial hand-selection harvest followed by mechanical harvest
Year of planting2010
SizeApprox. 5.5 hectares
Plants per hectare6,250
Growing systemSpurred cordon
VarietiesSangiovese
Orientation and exposure of vines215° with south-west exposure
Altitudebetween 395 and 415 meters above sea level
Type of terrain
  • Monteverdi Marittimo formation
  • Flysch from underwater plain from the Cretaceous age
  • layers of limy, marly earth or arenaceous/silty earth
  • clusters of over one meter in size present
Standard agronomic practices
  • management of the land with superficial treatments to promote root growth
  • manuring using organic substances only
  • manual pruning in the winter
  • selection of buds prior to flowering
  • early leaf-stripping when flowering
Type of harvestInitial hand-selection harvest followed by mechanical harvest
Year of planting2017
SizeApprox. 1.5 hectares
Plants per hectare5,435
Growing systemGuyot
VarietiesSangiovese
Orientation and exposure of vines240° with north-east exposure
Altitudebetween 405 and 425 meters above sea level
Type of terrain
  • Monteverdi Marittimo formation
  • Flysch from underwater plain from the Cretaceous age
  • layers of limy, marly earth or arenaceous/silty earth
  • clusters of over one meter in size present
Standard agronomic practices
  • management of the land with superficial treatments to promote root growth
  • manuring using organic substances only
  • manual pruning in the winter
  • selection of buds prior to flowering
  • early leaf-stripping when flowering
Type of harvestInitial hand-selection harvest followed by mechanical harvest
Year of planting2016
SizeApprox. 3.5 hectares
Plants per hectare5,435
Growing systemGuyot
VarietiesSangiovese
Orientation and exposure of vines170° with south-west exposure, 260° with south-west exposure
Altitudebetween 390 and 415 meters above sea level
Type of terrain
  • Monteverdi Marittimo formation
  • Flysch from underwater plain from the Cretaceous age
  • layers of limy, marly earth or arenaceous/silty earth
  • clusters of over one meter in size present
Standard agronomic practices
  • management of the land with superficial treatments to promote root growth
  • manuring using organic substances only
  • manual pruning in the winter
  • selection of buds prior to flowering
  • early leaf-stripping when flowering
Type of harvestInitial hand-selection harvest followed by mechanical harvest

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