• Cantina di Monteforte
  • Cantina di Monteforte
  • Cantina di Monteforte
  • Cantina di Monteforte

Vineyards

There is no doubt that the indigenous grape which reigns supreme in this area is Garganega, a variety grown here for centuries and first mentioned in 1200 by Pier De Crescenzi. It is perhaps even traceable back to those well known ‘uve retiche’ or ‘ear-shaped bunches’ which were cited in documents dating back to the Romans. Of the many variations or biotypes of Garganega, the most characteristic is the "common garganega", with its large, cylindrical, pyramid-shaped bunches, winged and long, its good-sized grapes sometimes compact, other times spread out in the bunch. The grape-skins are yellow, becoming golden when exposed to the sun or leathery when very ripe. Budding takes place towards the end of April, and maturation usually takes 3-4 weeks lasting to the end of September/beginning of October. It thrives in deep, well-drained, relatively fertile soils. Other grapes grown in this area include the international variety Chardonnay and the indigenous Durello. The latter is a local variety dating back to prehistoric times, attested to by fossilised remains of ‘ampelide’, the predecessor of today’s vitis vinifera, found up the valley in Bolca. The Durello is believed by some to be the Durasena variety, cited in the statute of the community of Costozza in 1292.
Durello is a vigorous, hardy variety, growing well in the chalky-clay soils typical of this area. The medium-sized bunches are pyramid shaped and compact, whose berries are tannic, with thick, often leathery skins.

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