VINEYARDS IN PRODUCTION
18 hectares (44 acres)
Altitude 120- 150 meters above sea level.; gently sloping terrains, with a south-east exposure; the composition of soils goes from terrains tending towards sandy, and interspersed with a substratum of calcareous tuff, porous and friable, that retain a good amount of moisture to terrains with medium-textured tending towards clayey.
Warm temperate and quite windy, even in summer, thanks to the position of the vineyards between the sea and the Hyblean mountains; during the crucial ripening phase, the vineyard benefits from cool “thermal breezes” and a wide variation between day and night temperatures. Average annual rainfall is around 430 mm.
TRAINING AND PRUNING
SP (vertical shoot positioning), with wooden stakes and stainless steel wires; cordon spur or Guyot pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. The planting densities is 4,000 – 4,500 plants per hectare (1,619 – 1,822 an acre) with yield per hectare varying from 7.0 to 8.0 tons per hectare.
Nero d’Avola (11 ha) and Frappato (7 ha).
Nero d’Avola and Frappato are usually harvested between the second and third ten days of September; depending on the climatic trend during the vintage, Nero d’Avola ripens before Frappato or vice versa.
DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN
Vittoria DOC Frappato and Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.