Katà Catalanesca del Monte Somma IGP Cantine Olivella 2023
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Katà Catalanesca del Monte Somma IGP Cantine Olivella 2023

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Katà is made from pure Catalanesca grapes. Catalanesca is the most typical grape of the area, which, according to legend, was planted on the grounds of Vesuvius in the 15th century by Alfonso of Aragon.

The vines are planted about 500 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mount Somma and the soil is volcanic mixed with sand. The yield per plant is very low, about 5-6 bunches, and this allows the complexity and finesse of these grapes to be concentrated to the maximum.

After manual harvesting carried out with small crates, the whole bunches are subjected to soft pressing. Only the first pressing must is selected, which is then treated with the aid of cold, which allows it to be cleaned. The use of cold is an intervention that allows it not to lose elegance and structure.

Refinement takes place in steel tanks in contact with the fine lees for about 6 months and, subsequently, bottle aging allows the full typicality of this wine to be expressed.

Soc. Agr. Cantine Olivella - Sant'Anastasia

Cantine Olivella

In the heart of Vesuvius National Park, at the foot of Mount Somma, Cantine Olivella was born. This Somma-Vesuvius complex was formed following the eruption of 79 AD.
The name Olivella derives from a spring that, from the summit of Mount Somma, was used to supply water to the Royal Palace of Charles of Bourbon. Just near this spring, a wine jar was found with "Sextus Catius Festus" written on it, ancient wine producers and their logo, which, to this day, has also become the symbol of Olivella Cellars. This is proof that the said area has always been of fundamental importance for viticulture and wine production.

Cantine Olivella produces its wines from 12 hectares of vineyards divided among three municipalities: Sant'Anastasia, Pollena Trocchia and Somma Vesuviana. The vineyards are located on sandy-volcanic soil and the vines are totally free-standing, thanks in part to their multiplication by propagation, which is called "Pass Annanz"
With the succession of different volcanic eruptions, numerous elements such as potassium, iron, phosphorus, silica... have been stratified in the soil. But, key components, are also black sands and lapilli, larger or smaller, which make the soil highly permeable and, above all, make the environment unfavorable for the multiplication of parasites. It is precisely this aspect that has made it possible to avoid the spread of phylloxera by allowing free-standing vines.

The grapes that are harvested are typical local ones such as Catalanesca, Caprettone and Piedirosso. Agriculture is organic, and the farm's approach is exclusively aimed at environmental sustainability with the use of techniques such as green manure and organic fertilization and manual management of the most delicate operations.

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