AA TERRE DI PIETRA, LAURA ALBERTINI, Veneto – Organic
This farm is owned by Laura Albertini and family and situated in Marcellise in the hills east of Verona. Terre di Pietra is a reference to the particular varieties of stony soils distributed between the different vineyards called « pierre de Lessinia ». Laura has 4.5 hectares of vineyard divided between Valpolicella Classica D.O.C and the allargata Valpolicella D.O.C (enlarged DOC east of Valpolicella). Those vineyards in the classica area are located in Torbe di Negrar and are between 400 and 520m above sea level which is the cultivation limit for vineyards. The vineyards in the allargata area are located in Marcellise. These vineyards are over 40 years of age and have been cultivated pergola style and in addition to these a recent guyot cultivation in 2012. The pergola vineyards provide full bodied, smooth and a well structured wine whereas the ones in Torbe are marked by acidity and freshness.
Farming is organic – they started official conversion in 2011. Blends tend to vary but the Valpolicellas are usually a mixture of Molinara, Rondinella and Vespolina.
All the work in the winery is done manually with respect for the grape variety and the terroir. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts in used futs or botti, vinification a la bourguignonne, remontage, pigeage and so forth resulting in authentic wines that reflect the place and the vintage. Laura designs label composed of various bands of colour to denote the different types of rock which compose the subsoil underneath the vineyards