Villa Fidelia Rosso Sportoletti
Villa Fidelia Rosso Sportoletti produced with grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
The grapes come from vineyards which are about 17-18 years old, situated about 400metres up, between the hills of Spello and Assisi.
The soil is generally a medium mixture, tending towards sandy, somewhat shallow, with high porosity and permeability. This is due to the alteration of the sandstone of marine origin which constitutes the parent rock.
Harvesting began with Merlot, during the first days of September, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Vinification: once they are harvested, the grapes are immediately transported to the winery, where they are destemmed, then put in thermal-conditioned, stainless-steel tanks to ferment.
Maceration time is approximately 10 days, with frequent pumping and delestage. The wine is then transferred to barriques of French oak (capacity 228 litres), where malolactic fermentation takes place, and where the wine is left to mature for about 12 months.
Finally, the wine is bottled and allowed to age for a further 24 months.
Tasting notes: intense deep red in colour, with an evolved bouquet reminiscent of blackberry compote, tobacco, spices, liquorice and chocolate.
It is sumptuous and elegant to the palate, with perfectly balanced silky tannins, which give a rich, long finish.
A brief history: the first vintage produced of Villa Fidelia Rosso was in 1990.
In 1998, Riccardo Cotarella started collaborating with us, and made important modifications to the way the vineyards were run, to the process of vinification and to the blend of grapes. In so doing, Villa Fidelia Rosso began to take on the precise characteristics which it maintains to this day.
The name Villa Fidelia® comes from a monumental villa of the 1800s, situated about 500 metres from the winery, and which represents the town of Spello from a historical and cultural perspective.
The Sportoletti family, for generations in agriculture, has always dedicated itself with passion to the production of wine. Towards the end of the 1970s, the brothers Ernesto and Remo, treasuring the teachings of their father Vittorio, decided to devote themselves exclusively to viticulture.
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Thus, in 1979, the first thousand bottles with their own label were born. Since then, the long journey began in search of the perfect balance between innovation and tradition, trying to make the most of the potential of the area, the hills of Spello and Assisi, where the company’s approximately 25 hectares of vineyards are located.
There are currently five wines produced: Assisi Rosso DOP, Assisi Grechetto DOP, Villa Fidelia Bianco IGP, Villa Fidelia Rosso IGP and Villa Fidelia Passito IGP. Over the past decade, production has stabilized at around 200,000 bottles a year. Since 1998 the company has made use of the prestigious oenological and agronomic consultancy of Riccardo Cotarella. At about 500 meters above sea level, on the edge of the Monte Subasio Park, the company has about 2,000 olive trees, the Moraiolo cultivar, used for the production of an excellent extra virgin olive oil.
The company’s approximately 25 hectares of vineyards are located on the hills of Spello and Assisi, all of which are part of the DOC Assisi. The gradual process of renewal of the vineyards has led to a more rational and quality viticulture thanks to the high density of planting and the “spurred cordon” training system, which allow the control of the load of buds and, consequently, of the productivity some plants. For the production of superior quality wines, the bunches are thinned out at the beginning of veraison, so that the average production is around 1 kg of grapes per vine. Currently among the cultivated vines there is the autochthonous Grechetto of which the planting of the G5 clone has been preferred, slightly less productive, but with more character and typicality. Chardonnay, whose grapes are used for the Villa Fidelia Bianco, it was planted in land about 500 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Subasio. As regards the red grapes, particular attention is paid to the Merlot of which, during the renewal of the vineyards, a clone was selected and propagated from an old vineyard owned by the Sportolettis for about fifty years, which has one of the company’s trump cards. Even for Sangiovese it was preferred to plant new clones, less productive but richer in polyphenols; likewise for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. a clone from an old vineyard owned by the Sportolettis for about fifty years was selected and propagated, which over time has proved to be one of the company’s trump cards. Even for Sangiovese it was preferred to plant new clones, less productive but richer in polyphenols; likewise for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. a clone from an old vineyard owned by the Sportolettis for about fifty years was selected and propagated, which over time has proved to be one of the company’s trump cards. Even for Sangiovese it was preferred to plant new clones, less productive but richer in polyphenols; likewise for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.