No one had ever believed that we could cultivate vineyards in Pazzano, in the heart of the Frignano Basso zone and produce wines that have such unique characteristics.
VIGNABONI A small organic winery aiming at high quality production
Our vineyards, located in the Frignano Basso area near Modena are located from 350 to 400 metres above sea level. The local climate enhances the uniqueness of the terrain. The soils are composed largely of clay, silt and sand, in a balanced, chalky quantity which are particularly suited to the cultivation of grapes suitable for sparkling wines (classic method) and in other parts, clay soils suitable for red grapes. There are around 4000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand. The yield is 50/60 quintals per hectare.
It all began in 1993 with a first experimental vineyard in the Emilia Romagna Region and subsequently in 2000 and 2001 other vineyards were planted.
Today the vineyard is spread over an area of just 5 hectares, all cultivating vines and the annual production is around 25,000 bottles.
Given the microclimate and altitude (350-450 metres above sea level), medium-early maturing grape varieties and native grapes such as Malbo Gentile, Uva Tosca and Uva Lambrusca (Grasparossa) are cultivated. Other high quality grapes that have been planted are those that reflect the environment and all its properties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet and Trebbiano varieties.
The Frignano territory occupies the central part of the Modenese Apennines and is of Gallic-Celtic origin. In fact, it was the Friniati, Ligurian-Provencal peoples who lived there for centuries. There are numerous testimonies to this in the culture and gastronomy. Notable examples are the crescentine and borlenghi dishes. During the Este period, the capital, Pavullo, dominated by the Montecuccoli Counts was also home to the summer residence of the Dukes of Modena and the hilly areas were intensively cultivated with vines. The economic importance of the vines in the Frignano area had a much greater importance than that of the chestnut trees, in fact the production was, as Sorbelli affirms, ‘profitable and copious’, so much so that many laws, like that of Frignanese in 1337,obliged every family of growers to plant vines in a certain amount of soil each year.