Le Velette: Fine Wines From Orvieto, Italy
The hill on which the Le Velette Estate is situated has always been a point of great agricultural and strategic interest in the course of its three thousand year history.
The Estate covers a good part of the valley of Orvieto where the volcanic terrain enjoys exposure to the sun from dawn till dusk and where Le Velette’s unique microclimate has significant thermal swings between night and day, ensuring favourable grape growing conditions.
The first to see its great wine-growing potential were the Etruscans. In the 7th century B.C. they imported grape vines from the Greeks. They used the hill for its cultivation potential and dug grottoes in the tuffeau (or tufo) rock. Le Velette continue this tradition today, as the rock offers exceptional conditions for wine conservation.
The Estate Vineyards
The Estate’s vineyards extend for 103 hectares on the hill opposite Orvieto. The soil is relatively poor in organic substances and rich in potassium. This determines the productivity of the vines, reducing their vigour and producing richer and juicier grapes. Within these common characteristics, there are variations of exposure, water availability and microclimatic conditions that create three zones that lend themselves to the cultivation of different varieties of grapes. This allows Le Velette to choose the ecosystem most suited to specific varieties and at the same time to experiment with the whole range of variations that the different vines can produce in the three areas depending on the multiple soil management choices.
Le Velette is a family-owned wine producer and has been making wine from this property for the last 150 years.
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