The winery Le Vii in Stenico, in the province of Trento makes the first enological product in the Giudicarie Esteriori, a particular “middle-earth” that is mirrored in the vintage traditional method described and presented to the world by Cesare Berasi.
Le Vii’s philosophy of wine production revolves around high quality “with no rush”. In fact this traditional method wine rests on the lees for at least 36 months and this is its strength: slow refermentation in the bottle and long refinement time.
Le Vii winery is located in the territory of Giudicarie Esteriori, a Unesco biosphere reserve which unlocks its potential in the production of basic grapes for traditional method sparkling wines. The mountain climate is characterized by sheer daily temperature ranges that strongly affect the chemical and organoleptic properties of the grapes, ensure the right level of acidity and favor the integration of aromatic compounds. Temperature ranges are even more sharpened by the warm and smooth Ora del Garda wind and the fresh breeze from the Dolomiti di Brenta, a mountain group with slopes covered in Le Vii vineyards. The average altitude of the vineyards is about 650 meters above the sea level and the grade ranges from 15% to 45%, thus ensuring a proper exposure and optimal sunlight that contribute to a perfect ripening of the grapes.
In the field they opted for high density planting, which leads to the grape struggling and the roots developing in depth. In these conditions, plants increase their endurance to water stress and have a better interaction with soil; vegetation vigor is reduced making grapes less subject to illness and yield per vine is lower. The low average production of the vineyards improves the final quality of the grapes and increases the concentration of extracts and substances in the bunch of grape.