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MONTEPULCIANO: Le Capezzine

The heart of Avignonesi, this vineyard property is divided into four parcels producing Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano, Vin Santo and Occhio di Pernice.
Le Capezzine currently has 9.42 hectares under cultivation, including the iconic ‘Vigna Tonda’ (round vineyard). It has an elevation of 300m above sea level and sandy clay soil.

The Vineyard site
LA STELLA VIGNA TONDA LA VERGINE VIGNA SPERIMENTALE

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Vineyard A: LA STELLA
HECTARES A total of 5.01 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE 300m above sea level.
ORIENTATION The La Stella parcel has a western orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING La Stella was planted in 1996.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines in the La Stella parcel are bush trained and planted in a “settonce” system (hexagon shape).
PLANT DENSITY The vines are planted at a density of 7,158 plants per hectare.
SOIL The soil is Pleistocene sedimentation with sandy clay and weak to normal amounts of lime.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Occhio di Pernice
Vineyard B: VIGNA TONDA
HECTARES Vigna Tonda is a small parcel with 0.85 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese
ALTITUDE 300m above sea level.
ORIENTATION Vigna Tonda is circle shaped and the vines are planted in radial rows, so there is no specific orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING It was planted in 1993.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines in this parcel are cordon trained.
PLANT DENSITY The density of plants per hectare varies from 2,000 to 8,000.
SOIL The soil is Pleistocene sedimentation with sandy clay and weak to normal amounts of lime.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
Vineyard C: LA VERGINE
HECTARES This small parcel has a total of 2,45 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Malvasia and Trebbiano.
ALTITUDE 300m above sea level.
ORIENTATION La Vergine has a south-western orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING 1,14 ha of this parcel were planted in 1996 and 1,31 ha were planted in 2011.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines in this parcel are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY 7,158 plants per hectare on the older vines and 5,050 plants per hectare on the young vines.
SOIL The soil is Pleistocene sedimentation with sandy clay and weak to normal amounts of lime.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO When the vineyard will be productive, it will contribute to the Vin Santo.
Vineyard D: VIGNA SPERIMENTALE
HECTARES This small parcel has 0.42 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Our ‘archive’ parcel with 127 ancient clones of Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE 300m above sea level.
ORIENTATION This parcel has an east-west orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines in Vigna Sperimentale were planted in 1996.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines in this parcel are cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The vines are planted at a density of 10,101 plants per hectare.
SOIL The soil is Pleistocene sedimentation with sandy clay and weak to normal amounts of lime.
WHAT WINES THE VINEYARD CONTRIBUTES TO This vineyard has been uprooted in January 2012 and is now resting while the soil regenerates.
Wines and grapes from this vineyard
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
  • Rosso di Montepulciano DOC Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
  • Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC
  • Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC 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.
MALVASIA Malvasia is characterized by its pinkish colour and its peach, apricot and white currant aromas. It is also a grape that produces some residual sugar. Young Malvasia wines have a rounded and soft feel in the mouth. Dried Malvasia grapes are often used in blends for sweet wines such as our Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC.
TREBBIANO TOSCANO Trebbiano Toscano is an antique white variety of Etruscan origin. This grape produces a wine with a dry, crisp finish. It is one of the two grapes we use in our Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC, and it lends its characteristic crispness to our Vignola IGT.
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