Montepulciano: Le Badelle
Divided into eight parcels, this vineyard produces Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano and Cantaloro. Le Badelle has 13.16 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.
Vigna del Pozzo
Vigna del Leccio
Vigna al Prato
Vigna del Pino
Vigna dei Ciliegi
Vigna del Poggio
Vigna del Molinaccio
Click on the single parcels highlighted with different colours on the map below for more information about grape varieties and soil composition.
The Vineyard site
Wines and grapes from this vineyard
SangioveseSangiovese 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. Back to overview >
Cabernet SauvignonCabernet 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. Back to overview >
MerlotMerlot 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. Back to overview >
Petit VerdotThick-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. Back to overview >
Canaiolo NeroCanaiolo 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. Back to overview >
MalvasiaMalvasia 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. Back to overview >
Trebbiano toscanoTrebbiano 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. Back to overview >