Semptember, October and November: phases of the wine growing

September, October and November are important months in the life of both vineyards and wine. September sees the start of the harvest and leaf-fall stages, during which the vines start to replenish their reserves. Then, in December, the vines begin to fall dormant until the bud-breaking stage in spring.

Not all producers, however, start harvesting their grapes at the same time, and this is even true for vineyards in the same area! Harvesting is governed by a range of factors, including ripeness, exposure, weather, region, and much more. This is why the harvesting stage may run from September to November.

November is an extremely delicate month because the arrival of cold weather puts vine health at risk. One such risk is “leaf-drop”, a disease that attacks the foliage and causes premature defoliation.

Nevertheless, it is the perfect time to visit wineries. Producers have just finished harvesting their crop, and while they, too, are recuperating their strength, they can devote their time to welcoming visitors, giving vineyard tours, and recounting their winery’s history.

November also sees the publication of various wine-rankings and the awarding of scores and acknowledgements, just as the post-summer market gets underway.

Both wine and wineries are bubbling with activity!







Tenuta di Cazzano di Tramigna

Tenuta di Cazzano di Tramigna is the only Salvaterra estate with pergola-trained vineyards. This system involves growing grapes on a framework of pillars atop of which sit horizontal or diagonal crossbeams that create a sort of roof. The vines are pruned with a special technique to ensure optimum production. The pergolas, to which the vines are tied, are perfect for steeply sloping terrains and enable maximum exploitation of their exposure to sunlight.

Pergola-training is perfect for this estate, as it perches on a hillside ranging from 300 to 400 metres above sea level. Although this type of vineyard dates back to ancient times, when production is limited, it produces superior quality grapes that make thick, elegant wines.

Its grapes are used to produce Amarone, Ripasso, Valpolicella, and Lazzarone.

The village of Cazzano di Tramigna is home to just 1,500 people, but despite its size it contains a number of important monuments, some even dating back to the 12th century. Wine-lovers visiting the area should take a leisurely stroll around the village and then drop by our eponymous estate to see its stunning pergola vineyards.

Tenuta of Mezzane

Tenuta di Mezzane sits on a hilltop, affording visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. The estate’s lowest vineyards stand at 350 metres above sea level, but the highest perch as high as 450 metres, making them some of the most spectacular locations in Valpolicella.

The particular terrain and high altitude mean that producers have to select the grapevines they plant very carefully. The lowest and steepest vineyards are planted with the thick-skinned Rondinella grape; the middle ground is used for Merlot; and the highest and sunniest slopes are planted with Corvina.

This estate’s soil is a blend of terra rossa and clear fine-grained limestone, which produces grapes that make structured, concentrated, elegant wines.

The grapes from the Tenuta di Mezzane vineyards are used to craft Salvaterra’s Amarone, Ripasso Superiore, Valpolicella, and Lazzarone.

Another hallmark of this area is its wide variety of wildlife, with boar and deer being just two of the animals that roam freely across these hills. Once again, wine embodies a seamless blend of land, life and human passion.

Villa Giona

Villa Giona lies in Cengia, at the heart of Valpolicella, and is one of the Veneto’s regions most breathtaking 16th-century villas. It is a must-go destination for any wine-lovers visiting the area. Visitors can stroll around the villa’s gardens and lake surrounded by hedges and ornamental plants in a setting that combines beauty with nobility.

The vineyards surrounding Villa Giona stretch as far as the premises of Tenute Salvaterra, a winery with its own showroom, tasting room and characteristic ageing-cellar. The winery and the villa stand a short distance apart and are linked by a path leading through the vineyards. From here, visitors can marvel at the cypress trees that dominate the landscape in scenes of incomparable natural beauty.

Villa Giona stands 80 metres above sea level, and its vineyards are planted with a density of 9,600 vines per hectare. This tight spacing makes the vines incredibly hardy, as they are forced to fight for their ration of the soil’s nutrients. Consequently, the vines do not grow very tall and bear fewer grapes, but the wine they produce has extremely distinctive body and structure.

Corvina, Corvinone and Oseleta are the main varieties grown here, and they are used to craft Salvaterra’s Amarone Classico, Ripasso Classico Superiore and Valpolicella Classico.

Villa Giona is unquestionably a must-visit destination for anyone wishing to find out more about Tenute Salvaterra and discover the history and values behind our winery.

Fortunately, Villa Giona is also a hotel, which means visitors can spend a few days here and take a leisurely tour of Valpolicella and the other Tenute Salvaterra estates.


Our Tenuta di Prun

Tenuta di Prun

“True connoisseurs do not drink wine, but taste secrets.” – Salvador Dalì

What did the great artist mean when he spoke of the art of being passionate about drinking fine wine?
 His words could be interpreted in various ways and, in each one, Dalì implies that wine can sate both palate and mind, being the gateway to a world in which taste is merely one part.

Wine is not only a drink; it is history, passion, work and terroir.

We’d like to dwell on terroir as we tell you about “Tenuta di Prun”, one of the eight estates owned by the SalvaTerra winery.

Prun is a small village in the north of the Valpolicella Classica region. Despite its size, Prun enjoys a certain renown as it is home to quarries from which a special pinkish stone is extracted. Named after the local area, “Prun stone” has been used to construct an array of buildings, including the Verona Arena.

Prun is also the setting for the magnificent Villa SalvaTerra and its stunning vineyard, which has been restored to its original beauty. It is one of the Valpolicella region’s highest vineyards, standing at more than 500 metres above sea level. Its location adds an extra touch of charm, as the vineyard affords visitors breathtaking views across the entire valley.

Prun’s marl soil is covered by topsoil that retains water all year round. Its water reserves, however, are never excessive, making it ideal terrain for growing grapevines, which perform to the peak of their potential when conditions are not entirely perfect.
 The vineyards planted in this soil bear grapes that are used to craft the SalvaTerra winery’s Amarone Classico Riserva Cave di Prun, Amarone Classico, Ripasso Classico Superiore, Valpolicella Classico, and Lazzarone.

Prun, however, is by no means just superior grape-growing country; its vineyards stretch across the entire hillside and surround Villa Salvaterra, creating scenes of unparalleled natural beauty worth a visit in their own right.

The main varieties grown here are Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella.

When wine translates the natural elements of the earth

“Wine as a culture for us means translating in it the natural elements of the earth” says Paolo Fontana, SalvaTerra Group CEO

Salvaterra ms100-70_MG_5338Naturalness is, in fact, an important value: Tenute Salvaterra goal is also to produce in an authentic way, so as to safeguard and enhance the biodiversity of the territory, which in the globalization age risks disappearing.


Safeguarding the territory also means protecting the landscape with a reasoned viticulture, difficult but also fascinating in the most extreme territories, such as the terraced vineyards on the upper hills.

In the heart of Valpolicella, surrounded by cypresses, olive trees, stone walls and vineyards you will find the historical and fascinating village of Castelrotto overlooking Tenute Salvaterra.

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The soil here is wet,  as be between the earth and the rocks there is marl, which takes the water up. This is the natural secret of an incredible wine who is gaining success and consensus internationally. A wine that reflects the essence of Italian lifestyle, the joy of sharing meals with family and friends.