Acquired in 1995 by the Marcon family, the estate is a bona fide “terroir” – i.e. a unique environment that has what it takes, thanks to its natural features, to offer wines of the highest quality, which are endowed with an evocative, unforgettable sense of place.
The well-organised estate extends across 85 unbroken hectares. All of the plots have been levelled and drained using an underground system of perforated pipes connected to channels that, by exploiting the differences in the water level, allow for the draining of the excess water (which could otherwise suffocate the roots of the vines) while also enabling underground irrigation during periods of acute drought.
The estate is situated within the “CLASSIC ZONE” of the “LISON-PRAMAGGIORE” Controlled Denomination of Origin (DOC) area, which is remarkable for the flatness of the terrain – a topography that has been created over the course of millennia due to glaciation and subsequent alluvial deposits, transported by the water melting off the ancient glaciers as they gradually retracted. These phenomena resulted in the depositing of the minute particles of clay that characterise the soils of the winegrowing area. Another feature of the local soil is the presence, at shallow depths, of various layers of carbonate agglomeration; and yet another distinguishing factor is constituted by the high levels of mineral elements, especially potassium, calcium and magnesium.
In climatic terms, the area benefits from a temperate climate thanks to its vicinity to the sea, to the presence of lagoon areas, to its low-level altitude (just 2-3 metres above sea level) and to its flatness, which favours the exposure of the vineyards to the local winds. The winds, which blow mostly in the evening, lower the overnight temperatures, thereby ensuring a significant temperature differential between night and day. Moreover, the estate is located within an uncontaminated nature reserve in which the local flora and fauna are subject to protection.
On the estate, we cultivate all of the following grape types: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbek, Merlot, Raboso, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Pinot Nero, Pinot Bianco, Traminer, Tocai, Manzoni 6.0.13, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Verduzzo.
The rows have a north-south orientation to enhance exposure to sunlight and wind; the planting density is around 3500 – 4000 vines per hectare, and we use the “Sylvoz” training system, with 2 – 3 shoots per vine.
After a 3-year design-and-build project, 2010 saw the inauguration of the new winery with the first vinification.
Structurally simple, the winery displays exceptional attention to detail, is very much in keeping with the local style and has the lowest possible level of environmental impact. The complex includes extended porticos supported by large arches, roofs made entirely of wood, the “torre maschia” itself and the farmhouse.
As you enter the winery, your eye will be drawn to the “torre maschia” and its archway, which provide a glimpse of the immense extent of the estate’s vineyards. It is immediately clear that the estate and the winery are both part of a single system that is perfectly balanced and synchronised. The colours used for the entire complex are yellow – the shade of the local clay – and white, which represents the company’s watchwords of purity and simplicity.
The winery is equipped with the latest technological innovations for keeping the temperature and humidity levels under control, with no wastage of energy: the structure is built entirely from terracotta bricks and has self-ventilating roofs and underground cavities (through which thermal water flows), thus maintaining constant levels of humidity and temperature all year round; in addition, the winery boasts a photovoltaic plant for the generation of clean energy.
The vinification system, constructed in its entirety from stainless steel, is constituted by state-of-the-art equipment; the cutting-edge technology is complemented by a profound respect for the integrity of the natural product: as you enter the winery, you will be struck by the well-organised, modern and clean atmosphere.
The winery includes facilities for all of the various winemaking processes – the harvesting and selection of the grapes, destemming/crushing, vinification, bottling, refermentation in pressure tanks, and ageing – and also encompasses a maturation area, a chemical/oenological laboratory for analysis of the wines, a fleet of vehicles for transporting the vineyard equipment, a retail outlet and a tasting room, amounting to a total indoor surface area in excess of 6000 m2.