|Rosa Antonio Valley|
For centuries, small Italian artisan winemakers have created truly exquisite wines.
For many years, before leaving their homeland in 1968, Antonio and Rosa Pugliese produced wine for their family and friends in the quaint Southern Italian village of Viggiano.
Today, thousands of miles away from its humble origins, this old Italian tradition still lives on. Their son Giovanni's vineyard in the Southern Highlands of NSW produces the boutique Rosa Antonio Valley Label which was created to honour his heritage.
The Rosa Antonio Valley vineyard in Canyonleigh has been planted with 1,000 vines containing only two varieties of grape - Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Giovanni has specifically limited his wine to 100 cases a year of each variety.
Vines are managed to produce quality wine grapes, robust fruit thinning is done prior to the intense ripening months of summer to ensure low yields, but the highest quality. Spaced 2 metres apart these vines are grown in the ancient soils of Canyonleigh: predominately fine sandy loam. They enjoy a long hot summer with cool nights and low humidity, intensifying their characteristics through to autumn harvest in this natural growing environment and producing a wine that reflects the terroir of Canyonleigh .
Grapes are harvested around March each year and are hand picked by the extended Pugliese family, with a celebratory meal to close the harvest.
During the frosty winter months the vines are meticulously hand pruned specifically to produce quality fruit in the following season.