Conceived to enhance the local area while promoting sustainable development at Crispiano, in the countryside near Taranto, this hundred-hectare vineyard/garden was recently planted with autochthonous vines to a design by landscape architect Fernando Caruncho.

The unique feature of this vineyard is how its espaliers are arranged, in a design of parallel undulating rows that run on for a number of kilometers, cadencing the contours of the land. In the designer’s words, like “the waves of time that have provided the rhythm to this place since days of yore”. You get to Amastuola along a long avenue flanked on both sides by centuries-old olive trees, planted so close to one another that they are perceived as a kind of serried parade, effectively forming a “plant wall” that, little by little, comes together and then breaks apart. Continuing up towards the farmhouse, the overview of the vineyard “wave” gradually opens up, seemingly in motion as you advance, to create a chiaroscuro effect: at times the olive trees take on the appearance of brushed velvet, especially when they are carressed by the wind and the slanting rays of the setting sun. The whole landscape was designed as if it were a garden. For Caruncho, landscape design is all about seeking a deep-seated order. Although space and time are two important parameters in his work, geometry is his mode of expression, his way of creating relations between architecture, landscape and sky. The vineyard has an irrigation system, but it is used only during particularly dry years; management software enables an agrometeorological station to provide a visualization of high-risk pest infection periods.