Ligurian vineyards of the Azienda Agricola Ramoino

Quality begins with love for the vineyard

In the Ligurian vineyards, “good wine is born in the vineyard“. It’s an old saying by winemakers around the world, and it’s true. It is no coincidence that our family cares for its vineyards in a maniacal way. Not just during the year, but also in the search for the best lands where to plant new vineyards. The love for the vineyard, the geological constitution of the land, its exposure to the sun, the steeply sloping hill to avoid water stagnation and, therefore, to avoid the risks of too much humidity for the grapes, are fundamental. Then there is the short pruning, the thinning of the bunches, all practices that we have followed for three generations, almost four, and which allow us to obtain grapes of great, really great quality that give high, very high quality wines.
The high plant density, between 6,000 and 11,000 plants per hectare, allows us to maintain low yields per vine, a guarantee for those who choose our wines, Ligurian wines that are born in the vineyard, rather than in the cellar.

Keepers of tradition

Our vineyards have been chosen, purchased, planted in the most suitable areas for each type of wine which our company produces in Western Liguria. Because wines evoke in the glass what the soil, the air, the wisdom of generations, have done to the vines, with the same DNA, but with a different, very different history, bouquet, aroma, taste. We are convinced that the vine, the grapes, the wine, are living organisms, capable of empathy with the territory which hosts them.
Taking care of the vineyards means talking with history, with our ancestors, but also with the future generations, because the vineyards which we have inherited are not ours, but belong to the generations that will follow. A vineyard owner is simply the custodian of the tradition who must graft modernity, without distorting what has been learned from our ancestors.
Ligurian wines, our wines, are the sum of the effort, the sweat, the wisdom of generations who have wrenched their vineyards from the mountain. This is why our vineyards, those of the Azienda Agricola Ramoino, are cared for with love and wisdom, because they belong to our children, our grandchildren.

Our vineyards are located in the most suitable areas for each type of vine variety:

  • in the vineyards of Dolceacqua and Camporosso: the Rossese,
  • in the Pornassio vineyard: the Ormeasco,
  • in the vineyards of Sarola, Bestagno, Borgomaro and Ortovero: the Pigato and Vermentino.

Pruning techniques

Gobelet
It guarantees the best balance between the needs of the Rossese wine and the important offer of the land.

Guyot
The Guyot technique guarantees quality and perfect ripening without depleting the soil.

Spur cordon
Short pruning: at moderate altitudes it offers a certain vigour and high quality standards.

Ligurian vineyards

Camporosso

Vine variety: Rossese

Soil: sandy topsoil, calcareous, alkaline, fine sand on the surface, with friable rock in the subsoil. It provides aromas and colour.

Exposure: S

Position: terraced hillside (dry-walled strips) average slope 80%

Type of cultivation: spur cordon + gobelet

Planting density: 7,000 plants per hectare

Planting year: 1996

Surface: 1 hectare

Ligurian vineyards

Dolceacqua

Vine variety: Rossese

Soil: sandy topsoil, medium-large structure on the lamellar-like surface, dark grey in colour, with a slightly alkaline reaction. It enhances the typical features of the grape providing structure and aromas.

Exposure: heterogeneous, E, SE, W, SW

Position: terraced hillside (dry-walled strips) average slope 80%

Type of cultivation: gobelet

Planting density: 11,000 plants per hectare

Planting year: 1946

Surface: 1.5 hectares

Ligurian vineyards

Sarola

Vine variety: Pigato + Vermentino

Soil: shallow, clayey, calcareous, alkaline, rich in calcium. It provides finesse and aromas.

Exposure: E

Position: terraced hillside (dry-walled strips) average slope 35%

Type of cultivation: guyot

Planting density: 9,000 plants per hectare

Planting year: 2000

Surface: 1 hectare

Ligurian vineyards

Bestagno

Vine variety: Pigato

Soil: loamy sand, clayey, medium-large structure. It provides great structure.

Exposure: E, SE

Position: hilly, average slope 20%

Type of cultivation: guyot

Planting density: 6,500 plants per hectare

Planting year: 2013

Surface: 1 hectare

Ligurian vineyards

Ortovero

Vine variety: Pigato

Soil: sandy topsoil, clayey, coarse on the surface. It provides structure and aromas.

Exposure: S

Type of cultivation: spur cordon

Planting density: 6,500 plants per hectare

Planting year: 1998

Surface: 1 hectare

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Borgomaro

Vine variety: Vermentino

Soil: sandy topsoil, lamellar-type coarse soil on the surface. It enhances the typical features of the grape providing structure and aromas.

Exposure: S, SE

Position:terraced hillside (dry-walled strips) average slope 80%

Type of cultivation: guyot

Planting density: 7,000 plants per hectare

Planting year: 2005

Surface: 1 hectare