Fondo San Giuseppe is located in Brisighella, in the Romagna Apennines, 400 metres above sea level in the Valpiana sub-area: a plateau facing north completely surrounded by woodland and rich in biodiversity.
The soil is a clay and limestone mud with stony marl, and is rich in organic substances.
The farm has five hectares of vineyards and eleven hectares of woodland.
The woodland is indispensable for the wellbeing of the agricultural and environmental system.
The presence of the woodland that surrounds the vineyards gives excellent biodiversity and abundant oxygen production which makes the air healthier, more vital and less polluted.
The Lamone river runs through the entire Brisighella valley and is just a few hundred metres from the vineyards and contributes to creating sufficient humidity so that, in some vintages, the most sensitive varieties, such as rhine riesling and albana, can benefit from the development of botritis cinerea or noble rot, which gives the wines those typical hints of hydrocarbons and flint.
The altitude of 400 metres above sea level, combined with the northern exposure of the vineyards, determines significant temperature changes between day and night, ideal for fixing the fruity and floral aromas in wines.
After more than 10 years of cultivation of the vineyards, I believe I can safely say that in the Fondo San Giuseppe wines the characteristics conferred by the Valpiana territory are appreciated first compared to those conferred by the varieties.
Albana Nera, Centesimino