Vignalta was founded in 1980 by Lucio Gomiero in Colli Euganei (the Venetian Hills) of Northern Italy. After years of tasting quality Bordeaux wines, Lucio felt inspired to produce wines of similar caliber in his native land. Due to the fact that Colli Euganei shares the same lines of latitude as Bordeaux, red Bordeaux varieties have since proven to thrive in the region and have quickly replaced many indigenous varieties following the phylloxera devastation in the 1800s.
Lucio paved the way for quality wine production in a region traditionally known for producing average wines. It has since gained notable recognition on a global scale.
“Vignalta’s strength lies primarily in its extensive vineyards: over 50 hectares on the best slopes of the Colli Euganei regional park, where all varieties are suitably situated and the most favourably aspected areas have their own labels. The winery style is a delicate compromise of the rich features offered by the volcanic hill terrain and the elegance typical of great wines.” - Gambero Rosso
|APPELLATION(S)||Colli Euganei DOC|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||20,000 cases|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Vignalta consists of 55 ha (123 acres) of diverse vineyard holdings on the south-facing slopes of the Colli Euganei. Over 30 million years ago, volcanic eruptions created Colli Euganei by pushing up the sea floor that covered the entire Po River Valley. At this time, two distinct hill types formed and became ideal terroir for benchland wine growing regions.
The larger hills consist of volcanic origin, rising up to around 600 meters with loose soils of disintegrated, crumbling lava. The second type has a chalky composition due to the volcanic magma that failed to break through the surface and lifted the sea bed to form gentle slopes. The chalky soils are relatively arid with marlstone outcropping and a sparse top soil. Typically, red wines grow best in the volcanic hills, while white wines are better suited to the chalky slopes.
Both regions benefit from Mediterranean influences. Vignalta practices a sustainable “lotta integrata” approach to farming, which means they only spray when absolutely necessary and choose products with minimal impact on the environment.
Since 1994, Vignalta has produced wine in its modern winery at Marlunghe, a suburb of Arquà Petrarca where the noted Renaissance poet Petrarch lived. Winemaking is approached in a minimalist manner in order to express the diverse vineyard sites in each wine. The winery’s cellar is dug into the rock of the Colli Euganei to allow for near perfect storage and aging possibilities. In addition, Vignalta is credited as the first winery in Italy to use solar powered electricity.