A family living on tradition and innovation: Gaetano Lamaletto, his wife Maria, their daughter Laura (mother of four) with her husband Paolo create a new project: Il Feuduccio di Santa Maria d’Orni. “Il Feuduccio di Santa Maria d’Orni” lies in Orsogna (Chieti) and is located in one of the most beautiful and intact landscape imaginable, in a show of hills that give birth to this enchanting landscape between Maiella and Adriatic Sea.
The cellar is totally carved in the rock and digs deep through five levels, each one is 1500 meters large. The heart of the work, high vinification, cellar and ageing bottle room lie 14 metres under the vineyard. The three access tunnels are trimmered by local sandstone, covered by hand made bricks. Two levels above the cellar there’s the Tasting Room.
The highly specialized agronomic standard of Il Feuduccio looks toward innovative taming systems, replacing the traditional ones and selecting the best clones.
The first agronomic intervention to improve Il Feuduccio’s estate were about the replacing of the old owning vineyards with the new ones with rows operating with mono and bidirectional rammed cord, with an impressive production increase related to the previous cultivation system. In fact, the number of vines-stocks per hectare rose from 3630 to 5000 units with a crop yield between 50 and 60 quintals per hectare.
Pruning, thinning, grapes selection and other fine checking are the key to produce top quality grapes to obtain excellent D.O.C. and I.G.T. red and white wines.
The harvest is manual and the harvesters pick the grapes and deposit them in perforated boxes, avoiding carefully squashing berries. Full boxes emptied manually on a top trimming to complete a quality check.
Processing of grapes, must fermentation, conservation, wine elèvage take place in underground locals. The cellar is totally carved in the rock and it lies 14 meters under the vineyards. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, with daily pumpovers at a controlled temperature and the elèvage in new French oaks and barriques in a period that ranges from five to twenty-four months and the life span of a barriques is about three years. Every year the 30% is renewed.
Have been prepared a row of artistic niches for ageing bottles and all the underground locals are carefully monitored to guarantee temperature, humidity and air exchange.
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