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More than 50 years of experience

The Valenti family has always produced wine for a very long tradition, since the 1970s.


Tradition handed down from generation to generation, from grandfather to son to grandson. A great passion for wine that has drives them to the big project of Cantine Vigneto Nero.

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On the slopes of Etna, at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, in the municipality of Zafferana Etnea, Cantine Vigneto Nero is born on a vineyard that is considered rural landscape of Historical Interest.

 

Carlo Valenti, after a long tradition handed down by his grandfather, decides to create this business. His father’s help has been fundamental in the care of the plants and the soil, as well as the knowledge of all the secrets for a quality wine production.

The land of Cantine Vigneto Nero is located in Contrada Cavotta, on the eastern side of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.

The land is mainly cultivated with sapling, a technique used to improve the quality of the grapes. The grapes produced are exclusively the traditional ones of the Etnea area, so as to be able to obtain different Etna DOC wines as required by the disciplinary.

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The choice of sapling cultivation involves a more complex and lengthy management than the classic intensive productions, but consequently results in a healthier and more prestigious fruit.

 

Picking during the harvest is done by hand. A long process but which involves a selection of bunches plant by plant, with the exclusion of those that are deemed unsuitable for making a high quality product.

The goal of moving away from an intensive production system is due to the fact that we want to get a product without stressing the plants and pushing them to produce high quantities, thus lowering the quality of the grapes. Furthermore, harvesting by hand results in greater well-being of the plant by eliminating the stress caused by machinery.

Why the dachshund? She is a family symbol, an ever-present companion, so much so that she has become the mascot of both the family and Cantine Vigneto Nero.

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