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Il Torchio – Wine cellar

Posted on 12 September 2014, in Blog

For over a hundred years our wine cellar has been the place of production and storage of our family wine.
A few months ago we decided to restructure it to make it more functional and comfortable.
During its restructuration we have been very careful in keeping its original structure and giving greater prominence to the stone walls built directly on the rock so guaranteeing a constant temperature and humidity, fundamental to the preservation of our wine.
The prominent element is the old wine press, which is still used for winemaking.
It is formed by a base of stones worked by hand and in its center it is fixed an iron screw on top of which is placed a large nut, called “spiral”, formed by a disc of iron with holes around the circumference, where a “ratchet” with a triangular base, is housed. (more…)

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The broom

Posted on 7 February 2014, in Vineyards & wine

During the winter we are engaged in the tying of the vines with the broom.
The broom has always been used in Cinque Terre to tie the vines on the pergola and it is for this reason that even today we continue with this tradition that guarantees the total biodegradability in the environment.
Formerly it was exclusively a female task, while men were engaged in the tilling of the soil.
During the summer we go inland to look for it. There this shrub grows vigorously, and after cutting it we carry it to Volastra. Brooms are then gathered in bunches and left to dry in an airy and dry place. (more…)

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Our monorail trains

Posted on 4 August 2013, in Blog

In May 1980 at Volastra and precisely in the coasts of Vaipusse and Posa (production area of a selected DOC wine) were installed the first two monorail trains in the area of Cinque Terre by the Comunità Montana della Riviera.
They represent the first installation made in Italy and they are the result of the research for means capable of reducing the enormous effort of transportation in this area which is completely devoid of country roads.
In the past, during the harvest , Cinque Terre were invaded by “dockers” (bearers of grapes); their work was essential to finish the harvest within a reasonable time and to reduce the effort due to the total absence of carriage roads in the area. (more…)

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Our olive oil

Posted on 26 December 2012, in Blog

Apart from the vineyards our property is also composed of terraces for the cultivation of olive trees which give a very high quality oil.
In fact the name Volastra comes from the Latin “Vicus Oleaster”, that literally means the place of the olive trees. This makes you understand how this type of activity is considered “historical” for our village.
The cultivation of the olive trees certainly requires less effort compared with the cultivation of the vines even though, due to the landscape morphology , every single agricultural activity means huge effort.
During the winter we proceed with plowing and fertilizing the soil which on a later stage we maintain clear from weeds using brush cutters. (more…)

Harvest 2012 – The films

Posted on 27 October 2012, in Blog

 

 

In films of this article you can appreciate the main stages of harvest: the transport of the grapes with the monorail and the winemaking craft in our family winery.
Have fun!!

 

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Harvest 2012

Posted on 20 September 2012, in Blog

This year’s harvest took us five days’ work.
The first three days were dedicated to the collection of the grapes and the production of our D.O.C. white wine, made in our “legendary” wine-cellar.
In addition to the collection for the dry white wine we proceeded to the selection of the best grapes for Sciacchetrà (our selected dessert wine), whose vinification will take place about 1 month later.
The last two days were devoted to the collection and transportation of the grapes to the 5 Terre COOP, of which we are members since the 80’s. (more…)

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Hiking in our vineyards

Posted on 17 March 2012, in Blog

From this year, on request, with small groups of guests, in the surroundings of Volastra we will organize guided visits at our vineyards’ cultivation, to understand the unbelievable and hard work done by generations in the fields of the Cinque Terre. These excursions will end visiting our home-winery where we produce the DOC wine and the 5 Terre Sciacchetrà, still using wooden barrels and a centenary press.
During the visit you will be introduced to the various and endless steps of cultivation.
It begins with the pruning of the vine shoots and its tying on wire pergolas. This process is still done by using the broom, a natural plant that guarantees 100% biodegradability. (more…)

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The Sciacchetrà

Posted on 25 December 2011, in Blog

Besides the dry wine, we are dedicated to the production of the legendary “Sciacchetrà“, sweet dessert wine that is made from selected dried grapes.
The first phase is the selection of the most healthy and mature bunches which are cut and put down with great delicacy in “corba” (wicker basket with four handles).
We use the “corba” instead of a plastic containers because it prevents the crushing of the contents during transport.
The second step is to transfer the grapes from the “corba” to the wooden boxes that are placed on a terrace well-exposed to the sun. (more…)

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Maintaining territory and traditions

Posted on 14 December 2011, in Blog

The B & B “Il Vigneto” with the commitment of our family, continues to work the land and preserve the traditions, such as dry stone walls, which are not only “features” but are also very useful. In fact, due to the extreme steepness of our region, collapsing walls occur cyclically, resulting problems for cultivation.
Thanks to the great experience we have, we provide the reconstruction of the collapsed walls, according to an ancient technique which consists in putting medium and large stones on the front and a lot of small stones on the back to fill the gap. (more…)

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Harvest 2011

Posted on 25 November 2011, in Blog

The harvest 2011 was good, both in terms of quality and quantity and as usual many persons have contributed to the harvest.
Fortunately most of the land is served by a monorail consisting of 3 wagons (1 for driving ad 2 for transportation) which can transport the grapes on the road, avoiding exhausting and dangerous transport on shoulders.
The monorail was installed in the 80′s and it is run by Coop 5 Terre located at Groppo (1 km from Volastra). Our family is founding member of the Coop 5 Terre and every year we confer the majority of our grapes. (more…)