In 2011 we planted a small experimental, very high density (1/10 hector with about 1200 vines) vineyard of Pinot Noir grapes at an altitude of 400 meters (1,300ft.). Our first vintage was 2013. After some success with this vineyard, Il Gardino (The Garden), I decided to expand.
We planted a 1 hector vineyard in 2016 higher up on our property at 500 meters (1,650ft.) and named it Split Rock because of a large boulder that was pulled out of the vineyard during the field preparation prior to planting. While transporting the boulder closer to the road to use as a decoration, the boulder split when it was set on the ground. I then knew I had a name for the vineyard. The west part, roughly 2/3 of Split Rock is planted with what is refereed to here in Italy as Grande Selezione (Great Selection). These vines are grafted cuttings selected from old vineyards in Burgundy where the specific clones are not known and likely mixed. The vines in these vineyard are tagged over the years for their genetic diversity, disease resistance and general vigor.
An additional .5 hector was planted in 2018 with clone 115 of Pinot Noir on the remaining 1/3 of Split Rock on the east side.
At the same time in 2018, we planted an .7 hectors across the road from Split Rock. We call this vineyard Campo Superiore (Upper Field) because it is the highest part of the two fields. This vineyard was planted with clone 777 of Pinot Nero.
We now have a total of about 2.3 hectares (5.6 acres) of vineyards for a modest production of wine made from 100% organically grown Pinot Noir grapes. We hope to plant another 1 to 1.5 hectors in the near future.