VELLETRI THE HISTORY OF AN ANCIENT
The ancient city “Velester”
during the Volsci’s kingdom, located on
the slopes of the Artemisio Mountains, takes its name from the Romans
“Velitrae” which according to the language of the Flamines, an ancient
religious authority, which means “place of cultivation”.
Infact, the Flamines were the first
people to teach those who cultivated the Velitrae territory how to plant the
vines, harvest , produce and maintain the wine.
It is thanks to the etruscans that the
use of wine which was initially reserved for the cults and the noble class,
already in the past started to spread throughout the lower class as a popular
Velletri’s wine producing vocation appears therefore,
destined from its birth and its wine from the cultivation of fine grapes
favored by the volcanic nature of the soil acquired immediately admirers and
notoriety in ancient Rome, infact, in the first century of the Christian era
the quality and the strengths of Velletri
wines were praised and exalted by famous writers and naturalists such as Plinio il Vecchio and Lucio Giunio Columella.
The tradition has been passed on in the
following centuries and it is known that
Pope Gregorio VII and Bonifacio VIII were fine admirers of wines.
Velletri’s wine the “Veliternium suave
poto” belonging to the Romans, in time, consolidates it fame even if for
several centuries after the fall of the Roman empire did not extend many
kilometers outside of the city walls. The production as well as the
commercialization and the wealth
regains strength starting with the
construction of Velletri a free commune.
There is evidence from the numerous provision of the ancient city statues which
aimed to protect and favor this primary
and irreplaceable form of economy.
Between the XIII and XIV century,
Velletri had its first statues and which Sisto IV confirmed in 1477, already in
this era precise rules regulated the activities directly related to the
production and commercialization of wine.
The municipal laws do not make much
reference regarding the quality and the quantity of wines grown, we only know
that the wine was classified as “Latino” or national or “Greek” if from vines
produced and imported by Greece.
The system of installation of vineyards
in use was still the same method used and adopted from the first etruscans or
volsci vine growers which was the vines placed on trees, infact, the vines were
also called “albereti” or “arboreti”. In
the ages in which wineries or any type of cooperation was still far to come,
every winegrower was responsible for his own vineyard. It was therefore
necessary that everyone had the proper equipment in order to be able to produce
wine and conserve it in the best hygiene and sanitary conditions possible in this historical
Availing of the scientific progress and
modern techniques the wine growers of the Velletri territory have in years
transformed the art of cultivating the vines improving and refining the wines
from them produced.
Unfortunately, little and not enough has
been done for the name and the image of Velletri
wines which have been popularized and spread throughout Europe and in the
THE STORY OF THE PEOPLE…..OF THE WINE.
It is for this reason that January 22nd
1950 70 Velletri winegrowers with a
production of only 15.000 hectoliters of wine met together to give life to the
Consorzio Produttori Vini of Velletri,
with the precise intention of giving value to their product and commercializing
it with a label and its real name “Wines of Velletri”.
Today Veliterna Vini srl has collected
testimonies counting on the support of the partnership of the winegrowers and
of high quality grapes coming from their vineyards, thanks to the excellent
quality of wines and careful managing of the company, this mission continues
still today with a final objective which is to render justice to a product that
with its particular organoleptic quality and taste, deserve a proper place in
the vast range of Italian wines, also giving importance to foreign markets
like: Canada, USA, South America, China and North Europe.
This is the reason why Veliterna Vini
has chosen to orient its winegrowers on the containment of the production per
hector to favor quality and to select vine types that are less productive but
more qualifying for our wine on both national and international markets
receiving positive consensus from our
PRODUCTION AND VINIFICATION
winery located in Campoverde, is structured in two separate buildings
each with a designated function.
The first structure where all the
harvesting activities take place, from grape selection to post harvesting, wine making and refining to
then be transferred to a second structure for the bottling phase, loading and
unloading of merchandise with a direct sales store.
The winery is furnished with the
following facilities, 4 grape unloading pits, four pressers, two soft pressers,
two refrigeration groups with capacity of 1.500.000 Kcal/h and a high tech
analysis and testing laboratory.
Of great importance is the cooper where
the refining of wines take place in
barriques of French oak Alloer &
Troncais and French barrels of 50hl with total capacity of 3 thousand
hectoliters of wine for the aging of Velletri D.o.p. Rosso Riserva.
Two bottling plants with 8000 liters/h
of various glass capacity are also available, where the entire range of
Veliterna Vini products are bottled and more specifically: Velletri d.o.p.
White, Superiore Velletri red d.o.p. and d.o.p. Riserva, Castelli Romani
d.o.p.. white and red, i.g.p. Lazio Merlot, Sangiovese, Cesanese, Syrah ,
Chardonnay and Malvasia.