[Publisher's text] The book traces the guidelines that enable us to get an overall picture of the Poggio Casciano system: the history of the villa and the families that lived there, and an accurate scientific study of the various estate plots – not a detached theoretical study but one constantly in touch with the experiments and researches. Among these, microclimatic features (from frosts to humidity and temperature peaks), as well as morphological peculiarities (slopes, terrain, exposure), the study of soil types, their water retention and restitution capacity, and the performance – as well as blight risks (insects, mould, etc.) – of vineyards and grapes then vintaged in our wine cellars equipped with the most modern technology. The purpose of this work is to analyse Poggio Casciano’s complex system in order to identify the optimal interactions between cultivation, climate and soil for guaranteeing proper management of the vineyards vis-à-vis their eco-sustainability and product quality. An extensive photographic section with air and panoramic shots documents every single place: the estate vineyards and olive groves, the villa and its gardens, the cellar.
236 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)