LAND & CROPS
To cultivate the land, you need to know its past, see its present and imagine its future, knowing that each action may lead to new life and renewed fertility.
True farmers cherish the land inherited from their parents. Their choice of crops will inevitably vary according to the land. Because they know every inch of their farmland – with its strengths and its weaknesses – they can choose the best seeds, the most suitable cultivars and rootstocks as well as the best crop techniques and pruning methods in order to get the best out of the farmland.
Land containing grapevines: 48 hectares
The largest section lies on the eastern bank of the Metauro River, where the vineyards and arable lands are. Its formation consists of grayish calcareous mud, which turns light blue just a few meters deep. The vegetative soil is predominantly silty clay loam with small carbonate nodules originating from water erosion and from the transformation of inorganic vegetative matter into humus.
Our vineyards face south-southeast at 200 meters above sea level which stretches across 48 hectares of land.
White Grapes: Bianchello – Verdicchio – Chardonnay – Moscato – Sauvignon.
Red Grapes : Sangiovese – Montepulciano – Lacrima– Cabernet Sauvignon.
Land containing olive trees: 30 hectares
Our olive groves lie on the western bank of the Metauro River on a geological formation of sandstone layered with clay. We chose a valley facing south and shielded from icy winter winds, where noble olive trees had already been in existence. The vegetative soil is formed by humus and loamy sand.
The olive groves face south-southwest and stretch across 30 hectares of land.
Olives cultivated: Raggiola – Frantoio – Leccino
Land containing grain: 120 hectares
The land for grain production – on a crop-rotation basis- covers an area of 207 hectares.
Varieties of durum wheat: Svevo – Marco Aurelio
Varieties of ancient grain: Senatore Cappelli – Farro – Triticum – Dicoccum
True farmers often yearn to convey the beauty and the history of their land through their agricultural productivity. This can be a bit of a hard task for us given the meanderings of our rolling hills, which centuries of history and art have shaped into a unique landscape – though this probably holds true for every true farmer.
Our 207 hectare agricultural holding – a loan from our children – consists of two sections divided by the history-laden Metauro River.