Amarone improved by pergola training

13th July, 2015 by Patrick Schmitt

Italian winemaker Masi is turning back the viticultural clock and converting its vineyards to the traditional pergola training system to improve berry quality for its Amarones.

Masi’s pergola-trained vines in Valpolicella

Following a study over the past three years, the pioneering producer in Valpolicella is abandoning Guyot vine training – Europe’s widely adopted cane pruning system – and moving to high-trained pergola trellising for its best sites in the region, meaning that it is returning to the viticultural approach of the ancient Romans.

Explaining the reason for the switch, Masi’s winemaking director Andrea Dal Cin told the drinks business that the pergola trained vines produce berries with more anthocyanins, and fewer tannins, while the historic approach also removes the risk of overripeness….

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