PALAZZO DELLA TORRESituated in the foothills of Fumane, this vineyard is named after the adjacent Villa della Torre, an important legacy of the Italian Renaissance which is also part of the Allegrini Estate.
It extends to cover an area of 26 hectares (64 acres), stands at an average altitude of 240 m (787 ft) a.s.l. and its east-facing position guarantees good exposure to the sun. The varietals grown here are Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese, planted between 1962 and 1989. The vine training system used is the traditional trellis (Pergola Trentina), with a plant density of approximately 3000 vines per hectare (1214 vines/acre). The entire area is terraced by means of the traditional dry-stone walling called ‘marogne’ in local dialect, a highly characteristic example of local, rural architecture. The subsoil is primarily composed of marly limestone that encourages a marked concentration of sugars in the grapes while maintaining a good degree of acidity.
LA GROLAThis historic Valpolicella vineyard, famous for its extraordinary geographical position, mild climate and premium quality grapes, is located in the town of Sant’Ambrogio and covers an area of about 30 hectares (74 acres).
The vine-training system introduced in 1979 - using the then revolutionary Guyot system - and the increased plant density of approximately 4200 vines per hectare (1699 vines/acre), was designed to enhance the potential of Corvina, Valpolicella’s most common varietal. In successive planting in 1998, density was increased to 6500 vines per hectare (2630 vines/acre). Apart from Corvina, Syrah is also cultivated. The innovations introduced from a viticultural point of view, together with a unique and favourable micro-climate ensure the production of prime quality grapes. The microclimate results from a combination of factors that are practically impossible to achieve in other parts of Valpolicella: terrain with scarce topsoil, poor in organic matter and rich in limestone, potassium and calcium, and with low concentrations of magnesium and iron; constant air currents; excellent exposure to the sun’s rays due to its south-east facing position and its location at the top of a hill, at an altitude of some 300 m (984 ft) a.s.l.
LA POJAThis small vineyard measuring just 2.65 hectares (6.5acres) is the upper parcel of the La Grola vineyard and yields Allegrini’s most exclusive and prestigious cru.
Planted in 1979 according to the same innovations as for La Grola, it was immediately identified by Giovanni Allegrini as the ideal spot for the production of a 100% Corvina cru. While the climatic conditions are the same as those on La Grola, there is a significant difference in the type of terrain. La Poja is a perfectly flat plateaux that dominates the top of the hill. Of Cretaceous origin, it has significant quantities of limestone and is very stony. The surface, being both stony and very poor in top-soil, appears perfectly white and thus reflects the sun’s rays, ensuring that the grapes achieve the best possible degree of sugar concentration and phenolic maturation.
VILLA CAVARENAThe Estate is interesting from an historical point of view: the 18th century villa that is part of the property was once the home of the Abbot Bartolomeo Lorenzi, an important Veronese poet and scholar, author of the poem “Della coltivazione de’ monti”.
This Estate is one of the Allegrini family’s new projects. Purchased in 1998 in a state of complete abandonment, it will shortly become one of Valpolicella’s most important vineyards, in terms of size and prestige. It is situated in Mazzurega, a hamlet north-west of the town of Fumane, at an altitude of 500 metres (1640 feet) a.s.l. and extends for some 20 hectares (49 acres). 13 hectares (32 acres) were planted between 2007 and 2010 with Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta. Guyot vine training was used, with a plant density of 4545 vines per hectare (1840 vines per acre). Planting will be completed by the end of 2012. It is one of the highest vineyards in Valpolicella; the configuration of the terrain (rather calcareous, stony and with good drainage), the excellent exposure to the sun and constant air currents offer the prospect of prime quality grapes.
FIERAMONTESituated in Mazzurega at an altitude of 400 metres (13,120 ft) a.s.l., this old, recently overhauled plot of land overlooks the valleys of the Valpolicella Classico area.
It has a surface area of about 10 hectares (24.7 acres), facing (very favourably) south-east. The new vineyard planted in 2003 has a density of 4540 vines per hectare (1837 vines/acre), cultivated with Guyot training. The varietals grown are: Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta. The soil is clayey-calcareous, very deep, with good resistance to drought and produces grapes which reach rather high levels of maturity.
MONTE DEI GALLIIt has a surface area of about 10 hectares (24.7 acres), facing (very favourably) south-east. The new vineyard planted in 2003 has a density of 4540 vines per hectare (1837 vines/acre), cultivated with Guyot training. The varietals grown are: Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta. The soil is clayey-calcareous, very deep, with good resistance to drought and produces grapes which reach rather high levels of maturity.
Its south-east facing position and location to the south of the valley of Fumane means that it enjoys good air currents at night that come from a northerly direction, generating significantly high overall temperatures. It was planted in 2005, using the Guyot system, with Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta, at a density of about 5000 vines per hectare (2023 vines/acre). The soil is clayey/muddy in texture, has poor organic properties, good calcareous content and good levels of active limestone. At harvest time the grapes – and Corvina in particular – show good concentrations of sugars and phenolic components.