The vineyard and nature

The project at Tenuta La Badiola has, since the beginning, been driven by research and trial and error, with the goal of identifying the most suitable choices for agronomically working soil, taking into account the climate and present complex natural factors.

Water, soil, climate, sun and wind are some of the principal elements that were considered when examining their interaction with the vineyard, determining plant exposure, making final decisions and interacting with the different personalities of varietals and wines.

Today, there are about 30 hectares of cultivated vineyards principally composed of Vermentino, Viogner, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante and Syrah, all of which are gathered in a single area and arranged in two specific sections that stretch to the west and east respectively.

It is precisely due to this arrangement, based on previous research, that the western vineyard including Vermentino and Viogner is used to cultivate grapes for white wines. In fact, the soil in this section of the land, once crossed by the Acquagiusta spring, is rich in skeletal soil and minerals. The visibly lighter colour of the soil influences heat absorption thus moderating and conditioning vegetative activity. In lighter soil greater residual humidity (due to heat reflection), as well as a slightly shorter vegetative phase, favours the cultivation of grapes that are better suited for white wines.
Also based on trial and error, the eastern vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Merlot and Syrah) are used to produce red and rosé wines. Here, various analyses have, in fact, found a high nutritional content in the dark soil, which also has better heat absorption. This has a significant effect on the activity of plant roots, lengthens vegetative activities and thus causes a positive delay in maturation with the correct combination of elements that favour the production of a good red wine.