Avignonesi, an Italy-based winery, has acquired 66ha of vineyards in the Montepulciano DOCG appellation from Golmat.

The vineyard is the third to be purchased by the company in the last two years, making it owner of 494 acres of vineyards in total.

Majority of the company’s acquired properties lie in the Montepulciano area and are planted with sangiovese and Merlot vines, which allows Avignonesi to produce large volumes of Italy’s oldest DOCG wine – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

The new acquisition is classified into four main regions of Matracchio, Greppo, Lodola and Le Badiole, and includes an underground facility that was build in 2004 for vinification and barrel aging process.

Avignonesi owner Virginie Saverys said since she took over the company in 2009 she worked on producing wines by using biodynamic farming methods and also expanding the vineyard holdings.

Winemaker Ashleigh Seymour commented, "The significant increase in our Montepulciano vineyard holdings has created a need for a new winemaking facility, and this cellar, which was acquired by Golmat and used to be where Ruffino produced their Vino Nobile under the brand Lodola Nuova, is perfect for us as it occupies a strategic position halfway between our historical Le Capezzine estate and the other vineyard properties located on the hillsides in the direction of Montepulciano."

Image: Montepulciano DOCG appellation with cellar facility at the background. Photo: Avignonesi