La Porta di Vertine in the U.S.

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best chianti classico natural wineAbove: Grape grower and winemaker Giacomo Mastretta shows off the winery’s recently acquired Adine vineyard.

La Porta di Vertine blog recently caught up with Giacomo who spoke about his new plantings in Adine and Vertine.

How many new vines did you plant and where?

On terraces in our Adine vineyard.

On the side where Sangiovese is planted, we could only fit two rows per terrace and the distance of the vines along the row is 60 cm.

On the Canaiolo side, which we planted the last spring, the terraces were slightly wider, enough to fit three rows with the vines at the same distance.

In Vertine, we replanted the vineyards that are called Il Campino dei Visconti. It had been grubbed up in 2009 and we let the soil rest for a few years before replanted it.

We planted one hectare of Sangiovese, with 2 meters between the rows and 70 cm between the vines in the rows for a density of 7,100 vines per hectare.

Did you plant only Sangiovese or other grape varieties?

Just Sangiovese.

What clones did you use and why?

We planted a mixture of clones in order to have more complexity and variability. In Vertine, we used two different types of rootstock: 110R in the higher, dryer part and 161-49 which is better suited to the slightly richer soil in the lower part.

How long will it take before you start to vinify fruit from the new plantings?

We won’t do anything with the fruit for the first two years. We will have our first crop in the third year.

Why did you begin planting so late in the season?

Late April and early May may be considered a late time to plant.

But conditions were very good. We had a lot of rain after planting the majority of the vines. This is good while planting because even though you push the grafted cuttings deep into the ground, you can be sure that the entire surface of the roots is in contact with the soil. The water brings the soil totally into contact with the roots, thus allowing the new little, young roots to grow and to start to explore and colonize the ground. That’s how it all begins.


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