Grape Variety

Our grape varieties are of French origin: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, to which a small amount of Alicante variety has been added.

Merlot.

Merlot is a red wine grape whose name derives from the French word for blackbird, due to blackbirds’ fondness for its berries. It was brought from the Gironde region, in Southwest France, in particular from the Bordeaux area. The earliest recorded mention of Merlot dates back to the eighteenth century: around the mid-1800s it was also planted in Italy, especially in the Tuscany, Friuli and Veneto regions. The Merlot leaf is pentagonal and three-lobed. The berries are medium-sized, rounded, blue-black colored and relatively thin-skinned. Merlot thrives in hilly, cool, moist soil. The two main vine training techniques used are Cordon and Guyot which provide shade to the bunches and prevent the acidity from dropping precipitously.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Originated in the Bordeaux area, Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most well-known grape variety for the production of quality, long-lasting wines. It adapts easily to different climates and wine-making techniques by maintaining its identity while bearing the stamp of the place where it is produced. It has a medium-sized leaf, medium to small and compact bunches, round and thick-skinned berries, blue-black colored with purple nuances. Cabernet Sauvignon gives deeply colored wines, rich in tannins and aromas and having potential for ageing. It is a well-structured grape variety which benefits from oak ageing and features a complex, captivating bouquet over time.

Cabernet Franc.

A medium-big sized grape variety, Cabernet Franc originated from France, in particular, from the Gironde region. The best results are obtained through long maceration which gives a full-bodied, robust and very harmonious wine that develops beautifully over time.

Petit Verdot.

Of southern French origin, Petit Verdot is a mid to late-ripening variety which thrives in hot climates from which it probably derives the name Verdot. Petit Verdot gives a highly tannic and deeply colored wine and profits from blending with other grape types in the production of long-lasting wines.

Alicante Bouschet.

The product of a crossing between Petit Bouschet and Alicante, Alicante Bouschet is a hybrid, early-ripening grape variety with low sugar content.

Sangiovese.

Sangiovese is the most important grape variety in Italy and also the oldest one. His name has latin origins, “ Sanguis lovis” means “the blood of Jupiter”. Most probably, already the Etruscan cultivated a variante of this grape variety. The homeland of Sangiovese is Tuscany, where the famous Chianti Classico is produced on the homonym territory. Full-bodied with a beautiful acidity. These are the main characteristics of a Sangiovese – wine.