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Denominazione di Origine Controllata — organic grape cultivation

  • Name of the wine: Vinsanto of Frascole.
  • First year of production: 1993.
  • Agricolture: organic since 1999.
  • Planting years: 1967, 1970.
  • Description of the vineyards: The soil composition is a clay loam originated by the geological formation “Marl of Vicchio” (marl and clay marl).
  • Altitude: 500 metres.
  • Exposure: south, south-west.
  • Pruning tecnique: unilateral cordon.
  • Plants density: 2800 plants per hectare.
  • Grape varieties: Trebbiano and white Malvasia, we don’t know the clones in the old vineyards. Vinification technique: The vine-harvest (completely done by hand) usually starts in the middle of September. We put the grapes in small boxes ( weight: 15 kg each) and we bring into a special drying room where we hang them on vertical nets in order to dry them. The room has got big windows and it is situated in a dry and windy place . The grapes are dried until the first days of March. During the first week of March we press the grapes whit a traditional wine-press, then we transfer the must into small chestnut and oak barrels (Caratelli). The capacity is 40-80 litres. The Vinsanto refines in the barrels more than 9 years. Later it is manually bottled without filtering it.
  • Mains analytical datas: Alcohol: 13,50% - 14,50% &mdash. Residual sugar: 230 - 280 g/litre — Total acidity: 6,50 - 7,80 gr/ litre — Total dry extract: 220,00 - 250,00 gr/litre.

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Our agricultural firm has followed since 1998 a completely organic production, for both grapes and olives.

We currently produce about 35-40.000 bottles annually, about 70% of these are exported to the United States, Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Canada and other European countries.