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Why choosing a volcanic Amarone, like Cuslanus?

22 December 2022

Volcanic soils are formed from volcanic ash and lava that are rich in minerals and nutrients. These soils are found in many wine-growing regions around the world, and they are known for producing wines with unique flavors and aromas.

So, what does volcanic soil bring to an Amarone wine? One of the key characteristics of volcanic soil is its high mineral content. These minerals, including iron, potassium, and magnesium, are absorbed by the grapevines, and transferred to the grapes. This can give the wines made from these grapes a distinct mineral quality that is often described as "earthy" or "savory."

In addition to their mineral content, volcanic soils are also known for their good drainage and water retention properties. This is important for vines, especially in the high hills of Valpolicella, as they need a balance of moisture and dryness to thrive. However, the volcanic soil helps to regulate the moisture levels in the soil, ensuring that the grapevines have access to the right amount of water at the right times.

Another benefit of volcanic soil for Amarone production is its ability to retain heat. This is especially important in the Veneto region, where the nights can be cool, but the days are often warm. The heat-retaining properties of volcanic soil help to keep the grapevines warm during the night, which can help to improve the quality and flavor of the grapes.