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 position, controlling a good part of the valley of Orvieto; the volcanic terrain exposed to the sun from dawn till dusk; and the special microclimate with significant thermal swings between night and day have always been its good fortune.
The first to see its great wine-growing potential were the Etruscans, the people who – in the 7th century B.C. – imported the vine from the Greeks. They used the hill as a rural settlement for its cultivation and dug grottoes in the tuffeau (or tufo) rock. We continue this tradition today, as the rock offers exceptional conditions for wine conservation.
The estate’s vineyards extend for 103 hectares on the hill opposite Orvieto. The soil, volcanic in origin, is relatively poor in organic substances and rich in potassium. This determines the product 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 grape. This allows us 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’s property reflects a labour of passion and dedication that has been going on for 150 years.