Vigna Puntalazzo

Standing at the highest point of Vigna Puntalazzo, one enjoys a breathtaking view on the Ionian Sea, from the Strait of Messina to the Gulf of Catania. On the horizon the mountains of Calabria, the tip of mainland Italy; nearly one thousand metres below the centre of the scenery is dominated by the Marina di Riposto, the old port of Mt. Etna, from where Etnean wine departed towards far-away destinations.

On the terraces that slope gently to the East, the Vigneri have carefully restored the ancient dry-stone walls, then they have planted fourteen-thousand Carricante vines, in a quincunx pattern of 1 metre x 1 metre.


Vineyard: Puntalazzo


Location: Contrada Puntalazzo, Sant’Alfio (eastern slope of Mt. Etna)


Area: 1.6 hectares (4 acres)


Elevation: 900 m (2,950 ft) above sea level


Training system: Alberello (bush), quincunx pattern


Planting density: 9,000 plants per hectare


Age of vines: New plants


Varietals: Carricante

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