At Avignonesi, looking after our 200 hectares of vineyards keeps our agronomists busy all year round.
We are the stewards of the land on which we grow our vines. In order to create the healthiest growing habitat for our grapes, we must let the vineyards imitate nature as far as possible, despite the fact that they are monocultures.
We use no chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers and try to see to the vineyard’s needs throughout the year by working the soil and growing secondary crops between the vine rows, thus restoring the biodiversity of flora and fauna both above and below ground.
We have a total of eight vineyards within the Montepulciano region in eight different locations to ensure a diversified range of soils that can produce a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano that truly expresses the complexity of the Montepulciano terroir.
This estate highlights our terroir: gentle hillsides, open vistas all the way to the hill town of Montepulciano, vineyards that seem to be etched into the earth. Here Sangiovese reigns supreme.
Avignonesi’s main estate is divided into four main parcels. Over the years this is where many of our vineyard experiments have taken place, including the iconic ‘Vigna Tonda’ (round vineyard).
This hillside vineyard, where we have our oldest vines and where Sangiovese has always been grown for the Avignonesi Vino Nobile, is divided into five separate parcels.
Divided into eight parcels, this large vineyard property is located in the historical heart of the Montepulciano production area.
This recently acquired vineyard is located near I Poggetti and produces classic Sangiovese for our Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano.
A single parcel vineyard acquired in 2011 together with the vineyard Banditella.
A long cypress-lined driveway leads to these 25 hectares of vineyards in the Abbadia area of Montepulciano: the landscape opens up, revealing gentle hills. The soil is mainly composed of clay which is typical for this area.
This estate is made up of 20 planted hectares and is located not far from Le Capezzine in Montepulciano. The vineyards of Matracchio are delimited by small woods.
We have 2 vineyards in the Cortona appellation.
An ocean of vineyards whose vines are all bush trained and planted at a high density. Producing mainly Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Our largest vineyard and the place where our Cortona wines are vinified. A vineyard where Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay reign supreme.
We are currently converting all 200 hectares of our Avignonesi vineyards to sustainable farming methods. In April 2011, we formally applied for organic certification of the entire estate. This started a mandatory 3-year certification period during which we must observe all the principles of organic viticulture. A recent purchase of new vineyards in Montepulciano means we will be granted full certification in 2015. However, we have decided to go one step further and apply a biodynamic approach to our vineyards. This holistic and regenerative farming system focuses on the health of the soil, the integration of local flora and fauna, and biodiversity.
Laura is a dynamic and cheerful agronomist with a decade’s practical experience managing vineyards and olive groves in Tuscany. She graduated in Forestry and Agriculture from the University of Florence. She brings a deep appreciation of nature to her daily tasks of overseeing the smooth running of the vineyards.
Adriano’s expertise and commitment have helped us to move successfully to biodynamic methods across the entire winery. His work experience in New Zealand, India and France have helped him to understand that the biodynamic method, wherever it is employed, should be simple, practical, efficient and in sync with the natural biorhythms of a given place.