About the Wine
Founded by Lucio Gomiero in 1980, Vignalta has become a beacon of excellence in the Euganean Hills. Their dedication and passion for the region have earned them numerous accolades in Italy and abroad. This winery has become a Vinous Media darling, who said:
“It’s always a pleasure to taste through the Vignalta portfolio. It provides a unique selection of Bordeaux varieties from the volcanic soils of the Colli Euganei DOC in the Veneto. Ultimately, these are fantastic values considering the quality in the bottle and their ability to improve over time.”
Nestled in the heart of the Euganean Hills ("Colli Euganei"), Vignalta's vineyards thrive on mineral-rich volcanic soil and benefit from a mild climate with significant day-to-night temperature variations. This combination yields grapes of unparalleled quality, setting the stage for an extraordinary sparkling wine experience.
Since its inception, Vignalta has been a pioneer in the pursuit of quality winemaking. Their vines are strategically planted on the slopes of the highest Euganean hills, showcasing a dedication to preserving viticultural heritage while embracing modern winemaking techniques.
Vignalta is committed to environmental sustainability. As one of the first wineries in Italy to install a photovoltaic system, they lead the way in eco-conscious practices. This meticulous approach results in well-balanced grapes, vinified with minimalist enological techniques.
At Vignalta, they understand that great wine begins with excellent fruit in the vineyard. They meticulously explore different areas to cultivate various grape varieties, allowing their wines to express the diverse facets of the various cultivation zones. This ongoing research, blending empirical methods with scientific analysis, has led to the identification of various "crus." Two standout examples are the volcanic-soiled Mount Gemola vineyards and the sedimentary limestone flakes of Arquà Petrarca, yielding the "Gemola" and "Arquà" wines, each showcasing the influence of its unique terroir.
2016 was a great year for Veneto. Vinous Media awarded this vintage with 95 95-point review and said: "The 2016s come across as some of the most classic wines to emerge from the Veneto in some time. They are sleek and cool-toned, packed full of depth and character, but also structured. The 2016s are balanced, elegant, fresh, and with the structure for many years of cellaring, and with time, they will be recognized as modern-day classics."
Aging: 36 months in French Oak Barrels.
Tasting Notes: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
Intense ruby colour. The nose shows warm notes of ripe red fruit, tobacco, coffee and liquorice. The palate is juicy, with well-integrated tannins. There is a balsamic note that accompanies the entire taste. ~91 Falstaff
Open, mature, and peppery with a broad black fruit aroma. Showing elegant fruit structure, lovely acidity, and a smoky-mineral finish. ~90 Decanter
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