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.