Wine and Food Tasting With Vineyard Tour at Amastuola Wine Estate
This wine and food tasting tour matches home-grown, Amastuola-produced wines with local produce, both specifically selected to complement each others' flavours.
The tour starts in May in the Massafra area, and includes food and local wine tasting with visit to to the vineyard to Amastuola Wine Estate
The vineyard, with its extension of more than 100 hectares of entirely organic farming, is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean in Puglia (Italy), on a plateau at an altitude of 210 meters above sea level, where the microclimate favours organic farming and precious minerals and nutrients of the terroir give the wines a very special aroma.
The vineyard was established on the basis of a project aimed at enhancing the area towards sustainable development as to remove the 'ghost' of abandonment that is undermining the future of agriculture and that of the South in particular. To this end has been recuperated non productive land by planting above all autochthon vines.
To obtain the excellence of the grapes in each stage of production, we combine ancient skills and love for the land with the most modern technologies. Vines and grapes are cared in each phase of growth with traditional care.
To protect the environment and saving water, the vineyard is equipped with a compensating drip irrigation system, used only in years of drought, to safeguard the quality of the grapes.
Recently, in collaboration with University of Piacenza, an agrometeorological station has been installed in the vineyard. Through a management software it evidences periods of risk of vine parasites and the relative risk of infection, the current level of protection guaranteed by any previous treatment (depending on environmental conditions and development of the plant) and the optimal dose of product to distribute, thus reducing drastically the amount of defence products
Contact us to request further details about this tour, to book the accommodation in Massafra and transfer from and to the airport
The Project of the Vineyard
The Amastuola Vineyard is a unique example of harmony between production and aesthetics. The project of the vineyard is based on the design thought by the known landscape architect Fernando Caruncho, who ordered the rows drawing sublime parallel waves extending approximately 3 km, described by himself as “waves of time that traverse this landscape since antiquity”.
In addition, 1.500 olive trees, dated by CNR of Perugia to be more than 800 years old, with some trunks over 2.5 m in diameter, have been recuperated as historic element and organically replanted in 24 islands around the vineyard and along the historical roads of the Masseria. The contrast between the silver green colour of the monumental olive trees and the intense green colour of the vines give unique definition to the project.
Today, the Amastuola farm is reached following the long driveway, framed by ancient olive trees that precede the visitor and, proceeding, will surrounded you like a kind of silver grey wall. Around, the turf that changes colour with the seasons and the lines of dry stone walls. Going uphill to the Masseria gradually unfolds the full perspective on the waves of vineyards. As you advance, they seem to move, forming games with light and dark olive colours. When touched by the wind and the sliding sun, they sometimes assume the appearance of brushed velvet
The Landscape Designer: Fernando Caruncho
For the design of the vineyard Amastuola, Fernando Caruncho was chosen, an artist, who integrates agricultural elements to his gardens. Reinventing this approach, he designed for the first time the entire agricultural landscape as if it was a garden.
Both philosopher and gardener in one, Fernando Caruncho doesn't like to be defined as landscape designer. To him, designing a landscape is the equivalent to the search for the profoundest order: an order that he captures with his heart and develops with the mind.
He who designs a garden has the responsibility to combine the human with the natural; not only to create a work of art of mere aesthetics, but to reach that purity and simplicity, that is inherent in the natural order of being. As space and time are two important parameters of Caruncho’s work, geometry is the means of expressing them; the means that relates architecture, landscape and sky. In garden design, geometry is necessary to give form and content to the concept. It is the grammar itself of the garden