Ticino, Merlot’s happy home
On the southern slope of the Alps, the Ticino region enjoys a sunny climate influenced by the Mediterranean. Ticino is divided into two regions: Sopraceneri (Bellinzone) to the north of Monte Ceneri where there are still vines in pergolas, and Sottoceneri (Lugano) to the south. The Ticino vineyards are traditionally scattered, in small plots.
On nearly 80 percent of Ticino's vines, Merlot is grown which, when it enjoys a favorable situation and is vinified according to the rules of the art, sets itself up as a real competitor to the red wines of Bordeaux. We can say that he found a second home in Ticino.
Merlot Bianco, a Merlot wine vinified in white, is gaining more and more followers.
|Distribution||10% white, 90% red|
|Climate||Mediterranean (sunny but wet and stormy)|
|Soils||Gneiss in the north, limestone in the south|
|Cultivation||Terraces and pergolas|
Ticino vineyard's map
|Sauvignon blanc||20 ha||2.0%|
|Cabernet franc||15 ha||1.5%|
|Cabernet Sauvignon||14 ha||1.4%|
|Pinot Noir||12 ha||1.2%|