“Don’t plant, VARE, no tree before the sacred vine”
Nullam, Vare, sacra vite prius severis arborem HORACE
In every wine there is the history of the lands where it is made, and that includes both the characteristics of the terroir and the character and life of the local communities. As explained by Horace – one of the greatest poets in Latin history – in Basilicata, love for good wine has deep roots. Carpe Diem is nothing more than an anthem, an invitation to enjoy earthly pleasures, starting with wine. We like to think that Horace was referring to the Vulture slopes when he glorified country life: “Here, in the countryside, I am not tormented by wicked ambitions, nor by the tiring Southern wind or the autumn with its infestation, a source that feeds the cruel lust.”
Beautiful volcanic hills
The vineyards of Barile are at 450-500 meters above sea level (about 1500 feet), more precisely, on the slopes of Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano that overlooks Northern Basilicata. The vineyards face south-southeast and the terroir has all the typical characteristics of volcanic stratification. The age of the vines (grown with the Guyot training system) ranges from 20 to 45 years.
Our Maschito vineyards, which all face east-southeast, grow either on flat terrain or small slopes at about 400 meters above sea level (1300 feet). The soil is marl or clay-rich, with calcarenite (a type of limestone) and sand. The persistent volcanic activity of the past explains the abundant presence of epiclastic deposits, which were sedimented thanks to erosion and subsequent alluvial deposits. The age of the vines (grown with the Guyot training system) ranges from 30 to 80 years.