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    The Amastuola vineyard is unique in the world, subject of studies and international awards, which combines production, aesthetics and tradition. An harmonic succession of rows of vines arranged like accentuated and parallel waves flowing fluid for three kilometers, in a movement interrupted by fifteen hundred olive trees placed in twenty-four islands on the entire surface of the vineyard.
    The Vineyard
    The Amastuola vineyard is unique in the world, subject of studies and international awards, which combines production, aesthetics and tradition. An harmonic succession of rows of vines arranged like accentuated and parallel waves flowing fluid for three kilometers, in a movement interrupted by fifteen hundred olive trees placed in twenty-four islands on the entire surface of the vineyard.

    The vineyard, with its extension of more than 100 hectares of entirely organic farming, is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean in Puglia (Italy), on a plateau at an altitude of 210 meters above sea level, where the microclimate favours organic farming and precious minerals and nutrients of the terroir give the wines a very special aroma. The vineyard was established on the basis of a project aimed at enhancing the area towards sustainable development as to remove the “ghost” of abandonment that is undermining the future of agriculture and that of the South in particular. To this end has been recuperated non productive land by planting above all autochthon vines. To obtain the excellence of the grapes in each stage of production, we combine ancient skills and love for the land with the most modern technologies. Vines and grapes are cared in each phase of growth with traditional care. To protect the environment and saving water, the vineyard is equipped with a compensating drip irrigation system, used only in years of drought, to safeguard the quality of the grapes. Recently, in collaboration with University of Piacenza, an agrometeorological station has been installed in the vineyard. Through a management software it evidences periods of risk of vine parasites and the relative risk of infection, the current level of protection guaranteed by any previous treatment (depending on environmental conditions and development of the plant) and the optimal dose of product to distribute, thus reducing drastically the amount of defence products.
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    Progetto Vigneto Giardino Amastuola
    The Project
    The Amastuola Vineyard is a unique example of harmony between production and aesthetics. The project of the vineyard is based on the design thought by the known landscape architect Fernando Caruncho, who ordered the rows drawing sublime parallel waves extending approximately 3 km, described by himself as “waves of time that traverse this landscape since antiquity”. In addition, 1.500 olive trees, dated by CNR of Perugia to be more than 800 years old, with some trunks over 2.5 m in diameter, have been recuperated as historic element and organically replanted in 24 islands around the vineyard and along the historical roads of the Masseria. The contrast between the silver green colour of the monumental olive trees and the intense green colour of the vines give unique definition to the project. Today, the Amastuola farm is reached following the long driveway, framed by ancient olive trees that precede the visitor and, proceeding, will surrounded you like a kind of silver grey wall. Around, the turf that changes colour with the seasons and the lines of dry stone walls. Going uphill to the Masseria gradually unfolds the full perspective on the waves of vineyards. As you advance, they seem to move, forming games with light and dark olive colours. When touched by the wind and the sliding sun, they sometimes assume the appearance of brushed velvet.
    Progetto di impatto internazionale
    A Project of International Interest

    The Vineyard-garden Amastuola continuously raises interest: it is described in Italian and foreign magazines, it is destination of visits from both amateurs and exponents of botanical gardens, as well as landscape designers and garden clubs. It has been designated as a model in international conferences, award-winning, such as “Good Practice for the recovery of not more productive agricultural landscapes" (Umbria Region, 2009) and "Good Practice for the protection and enhancement of agricultural land also for tourism" (Puglia Region, 2010).
    The Landscape Designer Fernando Caruncho
    For the design of the vineyard Amastuola we chose Fernando Caruncho, an artist, who integrates agricultural elements to his gardens. Reinventing this approach, he designed for the first time the entire agricultural landscape as if it was a garden. Both philosopher and gardener in one, Fernando Caruncho doesn't like to be defined as landscape designer. To him, designing a landscape is the equivalent to the search for the profoundest order: an order that he captures with his heart and develops with the mind. He who designs a garden has the responsibility to combine the human with the natural; not only to create a work of art of mere aesthetics, but to reach that purity and simplicity, that is inherent in the natural order of being. As space and time are two important parameters of Caruncho’s work, geometry is the means of expressing them; the means that relates architecture, landscape and sky. In garden design, geometry is necessary to give form and content to the concept. It is the grammar itself of the garden.

    “I remember very well the morning when, the genius of the head top of the promontory of the farm, Giuseppe Montanaro showed me the land where the vineyard should have been born. From there it was possible to see worlds and lives, thoughts and ideas of the generations before, from the Greeks of Parmenides and Pindar, to the present day.
    It was a cold morning, sprinkled with snowflakes that danced like musical notes, like chords that unite, rising and falling between the mystical symbols of this life.
    It was possible to feel a certain musicality in that place, a melodic vibration that enveloped it, where time ceased to be linear, and spiralled the past, present and future together in a single moment.
    The waves of time translate themselves during the winter mornings as bright strands that make rivers of light, when the sun is lower in the sky and illuminates the dew drops falling from the steel wires that tie each plant. During the spring the same strands of light revive, giving sense to the splendor of the harvest under the lights of the autumn with their fruits. "

    F. Caruncho
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