Montefalco - Umbria
Roberto di Filippo
Grapes come from a 1.5ha parcel, oriented southeast, at 250 meters elevation. Soil is comprised of calcareous clay. Average age of the vines is 20 years old. Grass, legumes (to add nutrients) or grains (to add competition) are planted between rows vineyard rows. To deal with foxes, which were devouring his grapes, he brought some geese on to his property. Counterintuitively, geese are aggressive, loud and scary as hell swooping down on something invading their territory. Roberto also uses horses to plough his fields and avoid the soil compression that results from 2+ ton tractors, but the sacrifice, for Roberto, has been more than in speed of farming...his leg has been broken not once but
TWICE by a horse kick. It tells you how devoted he is to his horses and how close to the action he is.