The vine is ancient, and comes from the Caucasus (wine was made Georgia 5000 years ago) with its cargo of myths and legends, brought to the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians and then spread by the Greeks and Romans. We do not know if Italy (and Piedmont) had its own vines or if the Phoenicians brought them: certainly the Greeks called us Enotria and that must surely be significant. What matters, however, that in Italy the vine has found a particularly favourable habitat with hundreds of varieties (indigenous vine) of which many are particular and special. Nebbiolo is one of them, indeed, it is the king of Italian grapevines, whose cultivation is so particular that it only bears fruit and reaches the height of its fame in very few places: the Valtellina, Val d'Aosta and Piedmont. Alongside the Nebbiolo other famous vines of Piedmont are the Dolcetto, Barbera, Arneis and Moscato but of these we can count tens.
What then makes a harvest special in these hills, is... precisely ... the hills! There are very few places where wine is grown in the hills and perhaps only here in the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato may one find an uninterrupted system of hills combed by grapevines as far as the eye can see. The alluvial moraine origin of these hills generated by the sea millions of years ago, makes them all different with a wealth of crus and incredible organoleptic characteristics. Finally, the micro-climate of the Alps, the Apennines, the wetlands and temperature variations do the rest: a labyrinth of thousands of individual vineyards, of vocations and blessings that has no equal in the world. Harvesting the crus of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero really allows you to dive into a reality otherwise only made of maps, books and tastings. But it's only by walking in the vineyard that you really know and understand. Walk between the rows of vines, pound the unique earth, climb the rugged headlands, brush the multicoloured leaves of the vine and finally caress the dark blue grapes just waiting to be picked.
Wine is the song from the earth to the sky. You will sing too!
Text by Pietro Giovannini