Since being founded in 1980, Vignalta has grown both in size and quality from its original few hectares of land to its present size of 55 hectares (123 acres) with diverse vineyard holdings on almost all of the south facing slopes of the Colli Euganei. The vineyard manager is an expert agronomist, while the cellar master is Michele Montecchio, assisted by the consulting winemaker Francesco Polastri. Meticulous vineyard management produces quality fruit of nearly perfect balance, which is then vivified using “minimalist” winemaking techniques.
The Colli Euganei are a group of hills that rise isolated on the Venetian plain. More than 30 million years ago, volcanic eruptions created the Colli Euganei by pushing up the sea floor which at that time covered the entire area of the Po River valley plain. The hills produced by this up swelling are of two types- a steep volcanic cone which can rise to 1200 feet (600 meters) in elevation, formed by lava erupting from the sea bed, and the chalky hills created when the volcanic magma did not erupt, but merely raised the sea bed creating a lower profile, more gentle sloping formation. Thus, these two types have completely different soil characteristics. The steeper ones, created by the volcanic eruptions, have loose soils produced by the disintegrative crumbling of lava and covered by thick vegetation. The others, created only by the uplifting of the sea bed, are relatively arid, chalky outcroppings of marlstone that allow little to grow on them since they have very little top soil. This abundance of different soil conditions offers a wonderful opportunity to grow different grape varieties in conditions that allow them to express their variety character to fullest