Vigna Roda: “Sùgoli”

A delicious September surprise Today, at Vigna Roda, we made “Sugoli” and here is how to prepare them. This is a typical September dessert from my area. Ingredients are simple: grape must and a little flour. Preparation is a bit complicated but …worth it. You’ll have to get 3 or 4 Kg of wine grapes, ripe and sweet. For my Sugoli I have chosen Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyard that I dedicate to Scarlatto. Summer was very hot and grapes were extremely sweet this year! Even better for Sugoli. So get the grapes, separate the stems and eliminate any rotten
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Vigna Roda: “Harvest Memories”

An old photo tells the story September arrived and it was time for “Vendemàre” (Grape Harvest). We would all get a pair of scissors to “vegne” (harvest) and off we go in the vineyards. Most people had a job in the local factories or worked as mason. They would take a leave from work to go harvest. It was a way to bring home some additional money. Even school teachers would give less homework to the kids, they knew they would go get hired by some peasants in the vineyards. They would be used mostly to empty the baskets in
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Vigna Roda: “A 5 Stars Vinitaly”

Fior d’Arancio docg in triumph Fior d’Arancio docg from Vigna Roda (link to the website) has received the prestigious “5 Star Wines” Award at the International Contest that took place during the 50th Edition of Verona Vinitaly. In the picture a proud Gianni Strazzacappa, winery owner and passionate winegrower, shows the prize. The “5 Stars Wine” Award goes only to those wines that meet or exceed the score of 90 points. The tasting panel is made up of great international profile professionals. Congratulations!
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Fior d'Arancio - Silver Outstanding 2015

Vigna Roda: “Silver Outstanding Medal for Our Fior d’Arancio Spumante docg”

Another important step in Our constant search for quality The jury of the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition has awarded our Fior D’Arancio Spumante docg 2014 with the “Silver Outstanding 2015 Medal”. The Competition, with its 45-year history, has gained, thanks to the rigorous and thorough evaluation and to the competence of the jury, the fame and the international consideration of all operators in the industry. This Silver Medal gives our work a most valuable recognition that enriches and encourages our constant effort to excellence in our production. Yet another reason to get to know our reality, our region
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Vigna Roda: “Fior d’Arancio, Veraison (Invaiatura) Time”

See what happens to our Moscato Giallo Above is a bunch of Moscato Giallo, the grapes we use to produce “Fior d’Arancio” Wine. These past few days grapes swell visibly, berries are already quite big compared to other varieties and the skin is thicker. It looks almost like a table grape. There are spots in the vineyard where soil is harder and berries do not swell evenly. Those weaker, irregular clusters will be removed to guarantee full, smooth ripeness to the rest of the bunches. We are approaching the so called “Veraison” (Invaiarura in Italian) time, when grapes start their
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Vigna Roda:”The ritual of Rogazioni”

Tradition mixed with practicality Visiting Vigna Roda, last January, and walking through the vineyards, at the time still “sleeping”in the cold winter, I noticed a small cross planted in the vineyards and I asked what it meant. Gianni Strazzacappa, owner and farmer at Vigna Roda, told me that these crosses are planted in the vineyards, in a specific time and with specific rite, to protect the plants and the fruit from hail and drought. He promised to provide us more details in due time! I have discovered in the meantime that the “Rogazioni” (Religious Celebrations) are a Catholic rite with
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Vigna Roda: “Another winter is coming to an end”

Gems of “Damerino” in the Merlot vineyard are ready to bloom Winter is over! In our vineyards, at Vigna Roda, gems of Merlot, Guyot trained, have started to swell and can’t wait to explode into lush vegetation. The warm season is anticipated this year and it is a very delicate moment in the vineyard as a late frosts, not so unusual, could affect production. In the picture above, in the distance, the little Village of Vò With the grapes from this vineyard we produce our Merlot, “Damerino”, a DOC Colli Euganei. A wine aged in stainless steel, intense ruby color
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Vigna Roda: “Natural Wines from Natural Grape produced on Natural Land”

Working in harmony with nature… The new greens of “Sovescio” (green manure) are ready for Spring! In this plot of land we have sown black beans, triticale, white peas, white oats and rye. The practice called “Sovescio” replaces the chemical fertilization of the land respecting the balance of nature and the insects present in the fields. Around May, when these greens will be about one meter high and a little before they flower, we will mow them and we’ll work the soil slightly to be able to bury this “green manure” that will function as natural fertilizer. To us at
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