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
Despite a complex climate, with a very rainy summer and torrid heat peaks between July and August, the 2018 harvest ended with a relationship between the exceptional quantity of the grapes and their quality among the best of the last years.
With an accurate work of elimination of the excess bunches in the summer and just before the harvest, we were able to bring healthy grapes with an excellent level of ripeness to the cellar.
The wines of the 2018 vintage show a rich baggage from the aromatic point of view and great elegance, with a good acidity and alcohol content which, over time, will leave room for balance and finesse.
It was the year of anomalous events: an early sprouting of the vine, a terrible frost at the end of April and an equatorial summer, hot and very dry.
Our vines were put to the test but they gave us full and fragrant bunches, even if in much smaller quantities.
As a demonstration of the wine vocation of our hills, the 2017 vintage features long-lived wines with an important structure, balanced by a surprising freshness and superfine aromas.
After an exciting year as 2015, nature surprised us again, giving us the grapes of perfection in the 2016.
Spring was characterized by a late cold and precipitation of big amounts, which slowed the vegetative process of the plant.
After a month of June in which the flowering phase was completed, we witnessed a hot and dry summer that lasted until September, and an autumn with a dry climate with a considerable temperature difference between day and night, allowing the grapes to reach perfect ripeness.
All these elements created generous and graceful wines, certainly worthy of beings remembered over the years.
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.