Aprico di Grifoglietto
Wine name:Aprico di Grifoglietto
Appellation:PERGOLA PASSITO DOC
Zone:Grifoleto district, Pergola (province of Pesaro and Urbino)
Vineyard extension (hectares):1
Blend:100% Vernaccia rossa di Pergola (Aleatico clone)
Vineyard age (year of planting):Vernaccia rossa di Pergola (Aleatico clone) 1966
Soil Type:Tending to clayey
Exposure:South-east, altitude 350 meters above sea level
Colour:Ruby red with orange reflections
Nose:Rose, candied fruit, wild strawberries and rasberry notes
Flavour:Sweet, supple, but well balanced by an adequate acidity and by a slight astringency
Serving temperature (°C):14-16
Match with:Meditation wine, ideal with dry pastry, tarts, "ciambella"
Average no. bottles/year:1,600
Grape yield per hectare tons:5
The bottles are half bottles (capacity 0,500 ml). This wine is made with a clone of Aleatico (called "Vernaccia rossa di Pergola" in the area) that has been grown in the area since 1234, when the town of Pergola was founded by the inhabitants of Gubbio. The vineyard from which this wine is made is a proper "cru" with vines that are nearly half a century old. Vineyard density: 2,000 vines/hectare.
Vinification and ageing
The clusters are picked slightly overripe and are dried till November-December depending on the vintage. The grapes are then pressed. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in small oak barrels (50-100 litre capacity) for approx. two months till the right alcohol strength and residual sugar percentage is reached. The wine matures in the same barrels for 12/18 months and during this period of time every two months delicate batonnages are carried out in order to stir the lees. The various lots are then blended and bottled. Finishing in the bottle for 6 months.
Address:Via Zoccolanti 25/A 61045 Pergola (PU)
Year of establishment:1985
Total annual production:50000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):25
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1ha Barbera 3ha Biancame 1ha Cabernet sauvignon 1ha Chardonnay 1ha Merlot 4ha Montepulciano 0.5ha Moscato bianco 1ha Riesling 4ha Sangiovese 0.5ha Sauvignon Blanc 2ha Verdicchio 6ha Vernaccia rossa di Pergola (Aleatico clone)
Vine training system:
double/single Tuscan arch
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:in the conversion phase to be certified organic
Harvest period:mid August/mid September
Oenologist:Stefano Tonelli and Marco Gozzi
The Tonelli family have been vignerons for three generations. In 1985 Francesco, an agronomist and a sommelier, decided to leave his job as a teacher and to dedicate himself completely to viticulture and wine making: he searched for rare and old vines of Vernaccia Rossa and had them reproduced by specialised nurseries. He also helped to establish the tiny "Pergola" appellation (of a total vineyard extension of barely 45 hectares and made up of just 3 producers). Francesco is supported by his son Stefano, an oenologist, who, after having worked for a few wineries in Australia, is now helping his father with passion and dedication.