See that quincunx, how beautiful it is! What can you observe more graceful?

Marcus Fabius Quintilian, 35-95 AD

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Centuries before our era the Romans minted a coin worth five ounces - the quincunx, from Latin “quinque unciae”. Five points marked its value. The coin was short-lived, but the name survives up to the present day: it designs any arrangement of five elements shaped like the spots of the 5 on a die.

In viticulture, the quincunx is a planting pattern: the vines, trained as bushes, are arranged in staggered rows that repeat the lines as laid out in the quincunx. It was the favorite system of the ancient era, because at the same time it met the requirements of order, efficient use of the space and aesthetics: the vineyard looks symmetrical regardless of the terrain’s shape.

It is a way of doing viticulture that is very expensive in terms of energy and economic resources: machinery can only be employed to a limited extent. Furthermore, to grow and maintain a healthy bush vineyard planted in quincunx pattern, it is essential that the growers have a long and deep experience in the land where they work.

Of course not all good wines come from vines planted in quincunx. But nevertheless we like to consider the quincunx as a symbol of wine that rises from its terroir, from an intact landscape, from the work of men.