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MONTEPULCIANO: Le Badelle

Divided into eight parcels, this vineyard produces Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano and Cantaloro. Le Badelle has 10.88 hectares under cultivation.
The elevation of its parcels range from 325m to 375m above sea level. It has moderately deep clay and silty clay soils which have a sub-alkaline pH.

The Vineyard site
VIGNA DEL POZZO VIGNA DEL LECCIO VIGNA AL PRATO VIGNA DEL PINO VIGNA VECCHIA VIGNA DEI CILIEGI VIGNA DEL POGGIO VIGNA DEL MOLINACCIO VIGNA SORBINI

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Vineyard A: VIGNA DEL POZZO
HECTARES There are 2.96 hectares under cultivation in this parcel.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Merlot and Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE 350m above sea level.
ORIENTATION Vigna del Pozzo has an easterly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines were planted in 2001.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are all cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The planting density in Vigna del Pozzo is 6,250 vines per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Vineyard B: VIGNA DEL LECCIO
HECTARES This parcel has 1.3 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
ALTITUDE 340m above sea level.
ORIENTATION This parcel has an easterly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in Vigna del Leccio were planted in 2002.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The vines are planted at a density of 6,250 plants per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Cantaloro Toscana IGT
Vineyard C: VIGNA AL PRATO
HECTARES A small parcel of just 0.3 hectares.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Canaiolo.
ALTITUDE 370m above sea level.
ORIENTATION Vigna al Prato has a southerly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in this parcel were planted in 2002.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The vines are planted at a density of 6,200 per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Vineyard D: VIGNA DEL PINO
HECTARES This parcel has 1.05 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE 375m above sea level.
ORIENTATION This parcel has a south-easterly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in Vigna del Pino were planted in 1995.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines in this parcel are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The vines are planted at a density of 5,700 per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Riserva Grandi Annate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
Cantaloro Toscana IGT
Vineyard E: VIGNA VECCHIA
HECTARES 18.33 hectares in total.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese, Malvasia and Trebbiano.
ALTITUDE 270-300m above sea level.
ORIENTATION Partly eastern, partly western orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING This vineyard was planted in 1974.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are tall guyot.
PLANT DENSITY The vines are planted at a density of 2,564 plants per hectare.
SOIL The soil is Pliocene sedimentation with a matrix of sandy clay and weak to normal amounts of lime and an alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Riserva Grandi Annate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
Vineyard F: VIGNA DEI CILIEGI
HECTARES This small parcel has 0.85 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE 350m above sea level.
ORIENTATION Vigna dei Ciliegi has a southerly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in this parcel were planted in 1999.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The planting density is 5,900 vines per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Riserva Grandi Annate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
Vineyard G: VIGNA DEL POGGIO
HECTARES This parcel has 2.32 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE 375m above sea level.
ORIENTATION Vigna del Poggio has an easterly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in this parcel were planted in 2000.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The planting density in Vigna del Poggio is 6,250 vines per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Riserva Grandi Annate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
Vineyard H: VIGNA DEL MOLINACCIO
HECTARES A small parcel with just 0.55 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Petit Verdot.
ALTITUDE 325m above sea level.
ORIENTATION This parcel has an easterly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in Vigna del Molinaccio were planted in 2005.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The vines are planted at a density of 4,800 plants per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Cantaloro Toscana IGT
Vineyard I: VIGNA SORBINI
HECTARES Vigna Sorbini has 1.55 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE 330m above sea level.
ORIENTATION Vigna Sorbini has an easterly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in this parcel were planted in 2003.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are all cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The density of planting is 4,800 vines per hectare.
SOIL Moderately deep clay and silty clay soil with a sub-alkaline pH.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Cantaloro Toscana IGT
Wines and grapes from this vineyard
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
  • Rosso di Montepulciano DOC Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
  • Riserva Grandi Annate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva Grandi Annate Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
  • Cantaloro Toscana IGT Cantaloro Toscana IGT
  • Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
SANGIOVESE Sangiovese is known as “the king of Tuscany” and dominates central Italy’s winemaking. With its name meaning ‘blood of Jove,’ Sangiovese is grown principally in central Italy and is the dominant variety in Tuscany. It has several clonal variations such as Brunello, Sangiovese, Morellino and Nielluccio. Sangiovese is used as the main grape for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as in Brunello, Chianti and Chianti Classico. The Sangiovese grape was already a well-known variety as far back as the 16th century. Recent DNA research suggests that its ancestors were the ancient Tuscan Ciliegiolo and the almost extinct Calabrian Calabrese Montenuovo varieties. Making good Sangiovese wines requires the vines to be planted at the correct density to help control crop vigour, using clones and rootstocks selected specifically for the area, and training the plants properly. We monitor the fermentation temperatures carefully so as not to burn the grapes’ delicate bouquet. Sangiovese produces rich, fruity wines with a flavour profile that includes sour cherries and plums, violets, blueberries, strawberries, orange peel and thyme.
CANAIOLO NERO Canaiolo Nero is an ancient grape variety whose origins are uncertain. It is one of two complementary grapes which form the basis of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti Classico. Canaiolo Nero has a lovely soft texture and an expressive fruitiness. We use it to lend individual character to our Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, and for its persistence on the palate.
PETIT VERDOT Thick-skinned and complex, a little bit of Petit Verdot goes a long way. Petit Verdot is a late-ripening, classic black grape that is traditionally used in Bordeaux wines and whose origins historically precede those of Cabernet. A small amount the dark coloured and tannin-rich grape, with its powerful flavours, adds aromas of molasses, blackberries and nettles with undertones of oak and leather. A vigorous plant that is sensitive to vintage conditions, Petit Verdot is usually present in small percentages. We recently acquired a vineyard with Petit Verdot at Le Badelle and will in the future see if this variety can become a part of one of our blends.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON Cabernet Sauvignon is celebrated around the world for its ability to produce flavourful wines wherever it is planted. It is also an ideal blending partner for Sangiovese, and has therefore found its natural home in Tuscany. We cultivate Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards of La Selva, Le Badelle, La Banditella and I Poggetti. With age, its typical flavour of blackcurrant can develop bouquet nuances of cedar, violets, leather and cigar, and its tannic edge may also soften.
MERLOT Merlot is a grape that is found in some of the world’s most popular red wines, including some of the most renowned Bordeaux blends. It has a smooth, minty, lush fruit flavour, suggestive of currants, black cherries, plums, violets, rose, caramel, cloves, bay leaves and green peppercorns. We grow Merlot grapes in the Cortona area which brings forward a full-bodied, sensual character of this variety, that we use in 2 of our premium wines, Desiderio Cortona DOC and 50&50 Toscana IGT, as well as in the young Cantaloro Toscana IGT.
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