Our old vines

Old vineyard of Barbera on Piacenza hills

When looking for our first vineyard we had in mind to find old plants in vocated positions. Today our vines are developed on many little and rather distant plots, each with its own characteristics but all united by the age of the plants which varies from 30 to 100 years and from the prevalent presence of the 4 traditional Piacenza grapes: aromatic Malvasia di Candia, Ortrugo, Barbera and Croatina (locally called Bonarda).

Filarole farm was born in 2016 when we bought our first plot of land in Gabbiano, in the hills above Pianello Val Tidone in the province of Piacenza. Here we found just over half a hectare of vines abandoned for 4 years: plants of the Sixties that despite the neglect have remained alive and have produced grapes, a breathtaking landscape on the valley of the river Tidone and a secluded location with excellent vine vocation have made us fall in love with this place and pushed to start the adventure.

In the following years we started working more little vineyards spread around the valley and at the moment we can proudly say that we saved these rare examples of the local historical viticulture from uprooting. These vine plants are witnesses of the important wine-growing history of the valley.

Barbera di una vecchia vigna di Filarole - Colli piacentini

Organic farming and old varieties

In the vineyard we work limiting the passages with mechanical means to reduce soil compaction, we try to maintain the fertility we found when we arrived and to protect the balance that plants created.

We have chosen organic farming and are certified by Suolo e Salute. The phytosanitary protection is made with copper, sulfur and natural products trying to reduce the interventions to the minimum necessary taking advantage of the natural resistance that the old plants have developed over time.

Biodiversity

The concept of biodiversity concerns both the environment surrounding the vineyard and the plants themselves.
In the environment surrounding the vineyard we want to maintain the variety of herbs and plants, but also of insects and wildlife. But there is a deeper biodiversity that concerns the genetic of the vine plants: our oldest plants are examples of a viticulture that favored the variety and genetic differentiation.