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Tenuta Vitalonga

Tenuta Vitalonga is located in the commune of Ficulle in the region of Umbria, on the rolling green hills surrounding Orvieto, on the border with West Tuscany and Lazio. This is an area of extraordinary beauty and great charm, with ancient castles, medieval towns, and beautiful cities full of art nestled in a pristine landscape, where the tradition of vine cultivation dates back to Etruscan-Roman period.

The estate, characterized by the presence of vines of Sangiovese and Montepulciano as well as olive groves and oak woods, was bought in the early 50s by Luigi Maravalle with the aim to produce high quality red wine and extra virgin olive oil.

In the 60s his son Fabio, geologist, and his wife Gigliola, great expert in viticulture, devoted themselves to the modernization of the estate and the replanting of the vineyards and, in the 90s, their sons Gian Luigi and Pier Francesco, supported by the experience of renowned oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, decided to renew the tradition of the family farm giving the estate its present aspect.

Vineyards are located on the slopes of the Vitalonga hill at an altitude ranging from 350 to 450 meters on a clayey limestone soil of sedimentary origin, rich in fossils from the Pliocene era.

Here the climate is Mediterranean but with an inland character: summers are normally dry and warm with cool nights and winters are mild with occasional snow. The hill has an excellent exposure to the sun, and the breeze running frequently along the rows discourages the onset of mould and parasites, keeping plant health intervention to the minimum.

The farming system is spurred cordon, with a density of 5,400 plants per hectare. The harvest normally lasts from September to October and each grape variety is harvested only when they have reached their optimum level of maturation.

The harvested grapes are quickly delivered to the winery to be selected and de-stemmed before being put in stainless steel vats. Fermentation takes place in separate vats depending on grape variety and vineyard of origin. The young wines are then spending 2-3 weeks in stainless steel tanks, to get the best aromas extraction before continuing maturation in French oak barrels where malo-lactic fermentation takes place.

Sangiovese and Montepulciano, the major red national varieties, are reigning here alternated with international grape varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet.

The resulting multi-awarded wines are perfectly incarnating the company’s philosophy: wine as faithful expression of its terroir, capable of preserving the charm, character and traditions of its land. A skilful work in the vineyard and in the cellar enables to pursuit excellence and to create unique wines, whose quality is recognized by experts and wine lovers.

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