THE FAMILY HISTORY
The grounds and vineyards have been part of the Ugolini family since the days of my grandfather. (This is a story known by many of the local people here in Valpolicella. The story tells of a man whose first action every morning was to look out of the window, to check the weather and the countryside.
Good wine comes from healthy grapes, which are grown and picked in an equally wholesome environment. Since the beginning, I have always placed the maximum attention on agricultural harmony working together with nature and the landscape. This is something that does not happen by chance, but through a long process of study of the environment. A thorough soil analysis brought me to choose a graft with taproots, to allow the plants to find soil rich in stone, predominately compact marl for the correct balance of water and nutrition. In order to help the roots go down deeper, an old style procedure called ‘Sovescio’ is used. This procedure penetrates nutrients and plants into the soil that run alongside the vines and opens up the route for the smaller vines. In the spring when the plants grow, they are cut and inserted to provide organic manure for the vines. This is the way to make a balanced grapevine and thanks to the elimination of chemically used products, certain bird species have returned and feed from the insects dangerous to the grapes. The only agricultural ‘medicine’ used by us, are old recipes based on potassium salt, grass substances, copper and sulphur salt, propolis and garlic. It is possible to see, walk and enjoy the grapevines, the elimination of insecticides have seen the return of many insects and birds that had almost disappeared until a few years ago. Protecting and highlighting ‘biodiversity’ not only helps the environment, but also helps the grapes, thus the wine. Grapes grown in the correct ambience are rewarded in the result.
Valpolicella Classico Superiore
Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore
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