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LaSelva – The oldest vineyard

The first of our vineyard areas is at the LaSelva estate. Here grapes thrive on 2.45 hectares of vines growing on eastern- and southern-oriented slops and plains. The rows of vines are at a distance of 2.5 m, the individual vines are 0.8 m apart. At LaSelva, the vine rows are always perpendicular to the exposition. LaSelva is not far from the Tyrrhenian Sea and the vineyards are 0 - 20 m above sea level. The closeness to the sea and its salty breezes (salmastro) make for a tasty wine. Rain falls mainly in Winter and Spring, and there are approximately 600 mm of precipitation per year. For periods with lower rainfalls, there is a mobile emergency irrigation system.

The smaller plots of vineyards are to be found on the estate of LaSelva. There are many compensation areas, forests, and various fruit and vegetable crops are grown here. There are also cattle and sheep on the farm, as well as many wild animals, birds and insects: a varied environment far from monoculture! The vineyards on LaSelva were planted already in 1945/50 and were there when the founder of LaSelva, Karl Egger, bought the estate. The varietals grown here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo and some Sangiovese – all of very good quality. Close to LaSelva, is the Bruni winery.