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MONTEPULCIANO: El Grasso

EL Grasso was added to our Montepulciano vineyards in 2011 together with Banditella and consists on one large lot of Sangiovese for the production of our classic Montepulciano wines.

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EL GRASSO

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Vineyard A: EL GRASSO
HECTARES This vineyard has 2,92 hectares under cultivation.
MAIN GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese.
ALTITUDE The vineyard’s elevation is between 295m and 310m above sea level.
ORIENTATION El Grasso has a south-westerly orientation.
YEAR OF PLANTING The vines were planted in 2004.
PLANTING SYSTEM The vines are all cordon spurred.
PLANT DENSITY The planting density is 4,464 vines per hectare.
SOIL The soil is chalky, sandy-clay and Pliocene-era sand. The three hectares contain two very different zones: the steepest part is principally sandy while the lower part of the field is sandy-clay.
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
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
  • 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.
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