How do you improve a Cru vineyard? The answer is with a lot of care, maintenance and hard work and then on top of that a renovation!
That is exactly what we have done to the historic, Cru vineyard of Pojega in the heart of Negrar in Valpolicella.
The vineyard was replanted in 1978 in neat rows of high trellised vines (double Veronese pergola). Now, decades later, every year calls for regular work in the vineyard: the replacing of the supports, trimming of edges, replanting of spent vines.
However this year saw an even bigger project at Pojega. This year we removed all excess vegetation from the eastern side of the vineyard and made room for at least two new rows of vines to be planted. Two rows that will run the entire length of the vineyard.
At the northern part of Pojega, by clearing and preparing the land, we have created space which will allow us to extend each row of vines by several metres.
In addition removing excess wild growth around the edges of the vineyards can help to improve the health of the vines themselves. Being sensitive pants grapevines proximity to other large plant growth can cause problems.
All of which means that Pojega vineyard – from which comes both Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico and Pojega Ripasso – will cover approximately an extra 1/3 of a hectare and one day those extra vines should be the source of over 2,000 bottles of much needed (as it runs out earlier and earlier every year!) Pojega Ripasso.