The estate takes its name from Poggio Canoso, one of the four castles of Rotella, a small town in the the province of Ascoli Piceno in the southern Marche region. It is here, among these magical valleys, immersed in the silence of the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains that the young businessman, Riccardo Reina, falls in love with the Marche land and decides to set up a new, ambitious viticulture project.
The estate covers a total of 100 hectares and lies on the 43rd parallel considered very good for growing vines. The vineyards cover 25 hectares across the heart of the Tesino Valley. In virtue of their particular position and their east-west orientation, they benefit from the warm summer. Mount Ascension lies behind them and although the surrounding land is particularly bare, the rainfall is frequent, guaranteeing a successful grape cultivation.
Geological history of the soil is the same as that of the Apennine ridge: a medium texture, with alkaline or sub-alkaline reaction, including banks of altered red limestone. Its naturally balanced ratio, between magnesium and potassium, favours the correct development of the grapevine physiological processes.
Shallower soils are found at higher altitudes, while the lower areas, with the prevalence of clayey segments over other types of particles, are deeper and more potassium rich.
Naturally the grape varietals are autochthonous, the same as those cultivated by the Benedictine monks on these lands in the XII –XIII centuries, like Pecorino, Passerina, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. The layout of the vineyard is designed around different altitudes and exposures, allowing the grapes to ripen in a natural and balanced way, resulting in authentic wines faithfully expressing the terroir. That’s why we find the Pecorino at an altitude of about 400m facing north; the Sangiovese and Passerina face south, at a higher altitude; the Montepulciano at an altitude of about 250m, facing southeast.
In both white and red wines, the prominent sapidity is particularly linked to the mineral content of the soil, while fresh flavour in the whites is due to a combination of altitude and exposure.
Generous potential of land is then fully embraced in the cellar thanks to the use of the most advanced technologies.
To learn more about La Canosa please visit the winery website www.lacanosaagricola.it