THE EUGANEAN HILLS
Col del Vento is located on the ridge of a hill between mounts Brusà and Lozina, within the beauty of the Euganean Hills.
The name “Euganei” derives from the original inhabitants of this region, who lived in this area before the Veneti started settling in these territories. To honor the original inhabitants, these hills were named after them.
The Euganean hills are an archipelago of regular cones of volcanic origin which are scattered in all the Venetian plains, covering an area of almost 22000 hectares. Their origin goes back in time, and they are rich in minerals that were released during the numerous volcanic eruptions which have generated them. In 1989 the Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei has been set up to preserve and protect the beauty of these hills, the plants and the animal life.
Why is our territory so pivotal for the production of our wines?
The answer is: the unique features of our wines are primarily determined by the terroir, which is the complex interaction of geographical, geological, climatic and cultural factors.
The mild climate of the Euganean Hills, the volcanic origin of our territory, and the unique geographical location of our lands donate to the grapes a special identity that cannot be reproduced anywhere else. Furthermore, thanks to the expertise of our winemakers, our grapes are transformed into special wines of great personality.
The Euganean Hills are the perfect environment to grow vines, thanks to the Mediterranean climate which characterizes this area.
Spring is characterized by mild temperatures which allow the vines to awaken after the winter season. The vines start to sprout and to give birth to the first new leaves, that will become new branches. In this stage, the first flowers start to appear, followed by the birth of little grapes
Summer presents hot and humid days and warm nights, and it is during this stage of the year that the grapes develop their aroma. These conditions allow the grapes to ripen and to change their color to their final tone. The ripening reaches its final stage when sugars and acids balance perfectly. When the grapes reach full maturation the harvest occurs, and this is normally at the end of August and the beginning of September.
Autumn is chilly and rainy, with warmer and milder temperatures than in the nearby plains. During this season, the vineyards are prepared for the winter season: the vines lose all of their leaves and the branches are pruned, in order to facilitate the growth of sprouts in the following year.
Winter is milder in the hills than in the plains, but it is often windy. During this season the vineyards rest. The cold weather strengthens the vines and their wood and helps to eliminate the parasites. The new life cycle of the vines will start again when spring comes along.
Our vineyards grow on volcanic soil, which is rich in clay, marl and carbonates.
This chemical composition facilitates the development of rich sensory notes and high sugar levels, which are wisely balanced by a sharp acidity.
The vineyard was planted with a spacing of the vines of 2,30 m x 0,7 m, which produces around 5500 plants/ha; the chosen vine training system is the classic Guyot.
Every year, we carefully pay attention to the pruning phase, in order to respect the plants’ growth while focusing on obtaining the desired enological results.
The vineyard undergoes minimum treatments, as a natural breeze originated from the gorge between mounts Lonzina and Brusà spontaneously eliminates the dangerous humidity stagnations. Indeed, we employ the Bordeaux mixture at the lowest dosages, as established by the standards regulating organic viticulture.