Our vineyards are located in Castagnole delle Lanze, in the province of Asti. This area is in the heart of the Langhe and Monferrato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and inspired the stories of famed author Cesare Pavese.
Here the land has a unique ‘fragrance’ – a character all its own left by the sea millions of years ago as it retreated. This is married to a mild climate: in spring the area benefits from the “Foehn” winds from the Alps and in the summer the “Marin” from the Ligurian coast, 70km away.
This happy marriage of soil and climate gives unique aromas, flavors and freshness to our wines.
Vineyard Altitude: 300 m (1,000 ft) above sea level
Soil type: Calcareous – Clay
Vine Training method: Guyot
Number of vines per hectare: 3,500/4,000
The 2014 vintage will, without a shadow of doubt, be remembered in Piemonte winemaking as a difficult one – one of those where man’s hand, with his experience and dedication, can really make a difference. Rain and humidity were almost daily companions and summer was almost entirely absent. With these conditions the farmer’s work was more important than ever.
Through careful leaf-thinning, cutting of the cover crops (we do not use herbicides, only mechanical methods to manage our land) and the rigorous elimination of excess or unhealthy bunches, carried out gradually without causing stress to the vines, we managed to bring healthy, ripe grapes into the winery. Moscato, Barbera and Grignolino have thus reached a balance which, while it may not be among the best on record, could not have been predicted during most of the summer.
In 2015, we are talking about one of the most exciting vintages of the new millennium, comparable in its completeness to 2001 and 2010.
The year was characterized by a rainy spring, which at times did not bode well, but was instrumental in replenishing groundwater for the summer and ensuring vine health.
Summer was among the hottest of recent years and, with the water from spring, helped to give us a superlative vintage, yielding wines with exceptional texture, richness and elegance. These wines, with extraordinary harmony and complexity still need some time best to express their full potential; wines which are already exciting will reward a little patience in order to appreciated all their qualities.