Ever since it was founded, Vignalta has succeeded in capturing the richness and uniqueness of its region, thanks to the extreme care and attention devoted to the selection of each of the estate’s vineyard sites and of the grapes grown within them.
Meticulous vineyard management leads to the production of high-quality, perfectly-balanced grapes, which are then vinified using “minimalist” winemaking methods.
In the winery, the way in which all the production processes are carried out has as its sole objective to preserve the integrity of the aromas and flavors contained in each bunch of grapes. In this way, those who taste Vignalta’s wines can enjoy the same strong and unique emotions as those who produce them.
The Colli Euganei (“Euganean Hills”), now a Regional Park, are a group of volcanic hills which suddenly rise up from the flat horizon of the Po Valley. It is a zone that is divided up into hundreds of tiny hilly islands, each with its own well-defined characteristics in terms of soil, flora and the wines it produces.
Grape vines, cultivated here since ancient times, have found an ideal environment thanks to the particular nature of the land and the mild Mediterranean climate that is typical of the region’s south and southeast-facing slopes.
Around thirty million years ago, the Euganean Hills emerged – thanks to magmatic activity – from the bed of the sea which then occupied the whole area of what is now the Po Valley: this resulted in the creation of rises with different geological formations, of which the two principal types are volcanic cones and limestone-based hills.
Volcanic cones were formed by a surge of lava that rose up from the sea bed: they have a characteristic steep profile, and can reach altitudes of up to 600 meters. The loose soil deriving from the disintegration of the lava rock is generally covered in lush vegetation.
The limestone-based hills, on the other hand, originated from the raising of the sea bed caused by the magma, creating knolls with gentler inclines and more modest elevations. Their soil is arid and barren, and is usually covered with calcareous marls and flaked rock.
We are well aware that to obtain a good wine we must start off with excellent fruit in the vineyard, taking full advantage of what nature has to offer.
Vignalta seeks to maximize the quality of its production by carefully seeking out different areas that are capable of growing a range of grape varieties, which then allow the estate’s wines to express all of the typical and distinctive facets of the various cultivation zones.
This phase of research, sampling and selection – which is initially empirical and then avails itself of scientific instruments such as geological maps, analysis of the leaves of the vines and analysis of the wines produced from them – is still in a state of constant evolution.
This dedication has led to singling out various “crus”, of which the most significant are the vineyards of Mount Gemola with their volcanic soil and those of Arquà Petrarca, with its sedimentary terrain of limestone flakes. The two products that they yield are our “Gemola” and “Arquà”: wines that are very similar in terms of blend and production process, but opposites from a structural and organoleptic point of view, which clearly goes to show how the soil of origin and appropriate care during production are fundamental for preserving the expression of terroir.
Founded by Lucio Gomiero in 1980, Vignalta is today one of the most important wine-producing estates in the Euganean Hills.
During its gradual but inexorable process of growth, it has contributed some unique wines to the area’s production, such as:
Since 1994, Vignalta has vinified the grapes cultivated in the estate’s own vineyards in its modern winery at Arquà Petrarca. This winery, entirely dug into the rock, is very attractive, but it is above all functional, allowing for excellent maturation of the wines in wooden barrels thanks to its almost constant temperature and humidity.
The shareholders in Vignalta then increased with the entry into the company of the Guzzo and Salvagnin families, successful agricultural entrepreneurs in the Padua area who have become actively involved in the world of wine and in the particular production zone of the Euganean Hills.
Over the years, dedication and passion for our region and its expressions – in this case wine – have enabled the estate to win innumerable accolades both in Italy and abroad. Examples are the “Gemola Colli Euganei D.O.C.“, which has won Gambero Rosso’s “Three Glasses” rating 10 times; the “Alpianæ Fior d’Arancio Passito D.O.C.G., which has twice obtained a Gold Medal at “Muscats du Monde” in France, and the Cabernet Riserva D.O.C., which has won a Gold Medal at the Asia Wine & Spirits Awards.