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Vineyards

Since 2015 we have tended our vineyards and dealt with all the different stages of winegrowing: from pruning to harvesting.
We believe that wine is first and foremost a gift from our land and our planet: in other words, our home. We have also come to realise that our day-to-day labour is rewarded by the quality of the products that nature gives us. That is why we tend our vineyards following organic farming principles (we will shortly obtain Bio Certification from Valoritalia).

Our vineyards:

RONCAGLIE (Municipality of La Morra)

Geological period: Tortonian Predominant geological formation: Laminated Sant’Agata Fossil Marl (7 million years old) with outcrops of La Morra conglomerates (6.3 million years old).

The vineyard lies at an average altitude of 400 m above sea level, facing east. The altitude provides good wind conditions, hence ensuring healthy vegetation and grape bunches, as well as slow, late ripening. The soil is greyish-white with a predominantly shallow calcareous clay loam texture. The vineyard is mainly cultivated on "laminated" Sant’Agata Fossil Marl, a formation of marine origin marked by densely stratified marls, unlike typical formations. Their original milieu was a calm, current-free seabed, which favoured the gradual accumulation of considerable quantities of clays and organic matter in which well-preserved fossils can be found. Laminated marls ensure excellent water retention. The vineyard also contains outcrops of a later geological formation, known as the La Morra Conglomerates; they are of fluvial origin, as evidenced by the stony structure of the soil.

BUSSIA BOVI (Monforte d’Alba)

Geological period: Tortonian Predominant geological formation: Sandy Sant’Agata Fossil Marl (10 million years old).

The vineyard lies at an average altitude of 320 m above sea level, facing west/southwest, on the line between the sub-area of Bussia Arnulfo and Bricco San Pietro. The altitude entails significant variations in seasonal temperature ranges. Thanks to its situation, a valley surrounded by very high hills, it enjoys high levels of heat accumulation during the summer and low exposure to winds. The vineyard soil is white with a deep, silty-clayey, calcareous texture, with coloured and more evolved earth surrounding a small fluvial terrace marked by a highly stony structure. The vines grow mainly on "sandy" Sant’Agata Fossil Marl, a formation of marine origin marked by marls with higher sand content than other types of Sant'Agata Marl. Here, the original environment was a seabed marked by higher turbulence and multiple currents. The lighter matrix ensures the soil retains more heat and less water. Both of these factors enhance quality.

LE COSTE DI MONFORTE (Monforte d’Alba)

Geological period: Tortonian Predominant geological formation: Sandy Sant’Agata Fossil Marl (10 million years old).

The vineyard lies at an average altitude of 420 m above sea level, facing south, at the highest point of the southernmost of the great Monforte crus, and bordering the Alta Langa, parallel to Gavarini, Ginestra and Mosconi. The altitude ensures favourable wind conditions, hence fostering healthy vegetation and grape bunches, as well as slow, late ripening. The vineyard soil is white; it is continuously revitalised by slope erosion and has a deep, silty-clayey, calcareous texture. The vines are cultivated on "sandy" Sant’Agata Fossil Marl, a formation of marine origin marked by marls with higher sand content if compared to other types of Sant'Agata Marl. In this instance, its original environment was a seabed characterised by higher turbulence and currents. The lighter matrix ensures the soil retains more heat and less water. These factors ensure quality and high levels of polyphenols and tannins.