Valpolicella

Valpolicella

Valpolicella is a territory made up of very different land types and climates, and the grape varieties can produce results which are rich in diverse complexities, due to the changing conditions for quality and ripening of the grapes. “Valpolicella Classica” is in the north-west area of Verona, while in the north-east part lies the Valpolicella D.O.C. Right here, astride a gentle slope dominating the valleys of Alpone and Cazzano di Tramigna, in the district of Montecchia di Crosara, are the vineyards of Ca' Rugate. We are at an average altitude of 450 m.a.s.l.; the soil contains little clay but is rich in lime, whitish in colour, deep and fresh. It is here, between the steep slopes and banks, that Amaron.

The grapes

CORVINA
CORVINA
GRAPE: Medium blue-violet skin, waxy dust consistency, suited to be dried. CHARACTERISTICS: Rich in color and concentration, hint of cherry and plum, good acidity, great tannin structure.
RONDINELLA
RONDINELLA
GRAPE: Medium, waxy dust skin, purplish-black, medium thickness, consistent. CHARACTERISTICS: Produces wines with elegant floral aromas, light body, less robust than those of the Corvina, light ruby color.
CORVINONE
CORVINONE
GRAPE: Large, thick and waxy dust skin, dark blue, suited to be dried CHARACTERISTICS: Fruity and spicy aromas, with soft tannins. It differs from Corvina for pyramid shape, less compact bunch, two separate and balanced “shoulders”,late ripening.
MOLINARA
MOLINARA
GRAPE: Medium size, purple skin, very waxy dust. CHARACTERISTICS: Pale pink color - not deep color, mineral notes, acidity (perfect for rosé wines).
Amarone

The last rooted cuttings are planted. They are massale selections of Corvina and Corvinone. The weather, the sun, water and the careful eye of man all make the fruit grow – the result is a poem in the bottle. 

The vineyards
Campo Lavei

Campo Lavei is a territory in the district of Montecchia di Crosara, in the heart of the hilly area in the DOC Valpollicella. The altitude is 410 m with a gentle slope and due east exposure. It has belonged to the Tessari family since 1999, and from 2004 onwards it has constituted every year the cru named Campo Lavei, which identifies the highest quality Valpollicella wines of the Tessari house. The grapes grown in this vineyard are Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. Watch the VIDEO!

WINE-GROWING CHARACTERISTICS
PLANTED SURFACE AREA: 6.47.51 ha
EXPOSURE: East
GRAPE VARIETY: Massale selection Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
BIODIVERSITY ON SITE: Natural woodland
ALTITUDE: 410 m.a.s.l.
ROWS ARRANGEMENT: Terraced
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 14%
IRRIGATION: No system used 
AVERAGE N° VINES/HECTARE: 90 q.
FERTILISER: Autumn organic
ESTIMATED YIELD / HECTARE: 9,000 ha
PLANTING PATTERN: 2.1 x 0.9 m
N° BUDS/VINE: 8 - 10
TREATMENT OF THE SOIL: total grass cover
YEAR OF FIRST PLANTING: 2001
PRUNING: Guyot,with single shoot
GROWING SYSTEM: Guyot

Bastia

Bastia is a territory in the district of Cazzano di Tramigna, in the heart of the hilly area in the DOC Valpollicella. The altitude is 320 m with steep slopes and south/south-east exposure. It has belonged to the Tessari family since 2010 and has undergone yearly improvements to optimise the productive quality. The vineyard is planted with Corvina and Corvinone grapes. Watch the VIDEO.

WINE-GROWING CHARACTERISTICS
PLANTED SURFACE AREA: 0.5 ha.
EXPOSURE:South/South-East
GRAPE VARIETY: Massale selection Corvina, Corvinone
BIODIVERSITY ON SITE: Natural woodland
ALTITUDE: 320 m.a.s.l.
ROWS ARRANGEMENT: Terraced
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 27%
IRRIGATION: under canopy support system
AVERAGE N° VINES/HECTARE: 4,930
FERTILISER: Autumn organic
ESTIMATED YIELD / HECTARE: 9,500 kg
PLANTING PATTERN: 2.2 x 0.9 m
N° BUDS/VINE: 8 - 10
TREATMENT OF THE SOIL: total grass cover
YEAR OF FIRST PLANTING: 2015
PRUNING: Guyot, single shoot
GROWING SYSTEM: Verona pergoletta

Punta Tolotti

Punta Tolotti is a territory in the district of Montecchia di Crosara, in the heart of the hilly area in the DOC Valpolicella. The average altitude is 410 - 440 m, on sloping land, with south-east exposure. It has belonged to the Tessari family since 1998, and from 2012 onwards it has annually constituted the cru named appropriately Punta Tolotti, which represents the highest expression of Amarone wines of the Ca' Rugate house.The vineyard is planted with grapes of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella varieties. Watch the VIDEO.

WINE-GROWING CHARACTERISTICS
PLANTED SURFACE AREA: 6.29.00 ha
EXPOSURE: East
GRAPE VARIETY: Massale selection Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
BIODIVERSITY ON SITE: Natural woodland
ALTITUDE: 410 - 440 m.a.s.l.
ROWS ARRANGEMENT: Terraced
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 23%
IRRIGATION: no system used
AVERAGE N° VINES/HECTARE: 4,400
FERTILISER: Autumn organic
ESTIMATED YIELD / HECTARE: 8,000 kg
PLANTING PATTERN: 2,60 x 0,90 m
N° BUDS/VINE: 9 - 11
TREATMENT OF THE SOIL: total grass cover
YEAR OF FIRST PLANTING: 2006
PRUNING: Guyot, with single shoot
GROWING SYSTEM: Pergola, mono-lateral

The wines Valpolicella

Climatic trends

Sun, rain, wind, every day has its weather and every year is different. Just as the essence of the grapes is different in every wine-harvest.
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