The ciabòt is a small house characteristic of the Piedmontese vineyards that comes from a set of needs linked to the work of viticulture.
The first characteristic of need was to create a shelter from the sun and rain, second for the conservation of water in times of drought and use it to prepare treatments for the vines or to irrigate the young cuttings. The roof coverage of the ciabòt thus becomes functional to the collection of rainwater that is conveyed by the downspouts inside the wells.
A third type of requirements arises from the need to have shelter, a small dwelling in the vineyards, especially during the periods of the year when most of the vineyard work was concentrated. This has allowed the creation of more elaborate, multi-story structures, with a fireplace and minimal furnishings.
The town is one of the few villages to be entirely inside of the Barolo wine area, and has always been considered one of the pillars of the denomination with as many as 39 mentions (MGA). The Barolo’s of Serralunga d’Alba have two particularities; first of an organoleptic nature that is possessing exceptionally structured, austere, tannic, and full-bodied wine, but also refined and expressive. The second is that of offering an appreciable quality even in difficult years, in the fact the grapes were sought after by large wineries to be used for assembly with those from other origins to increase their complexity.
This could be the most famous and historic vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba. With only 10 hectares of fully south exposed vineyard, and of an altitude of 300-350 MASL of limestone soil.
We were able to purchase from Aldo and Tommaso Canale 0.5 hectare in the historic part of Vignarionda in 2010. In 2012 we went ahead and replanted the vineyard to have the same massale selection as the other vineyards we have in Serralunga. The 2014 vintage was our first harvest and we have decided to put this wine on the market as a Langhe Nebbiolo even if it was vinified in the same process as a Barolo, from the 2015 vintage this wine will then be ready to become Barolo Vigna Rionda.
Prapò is a microzone of about 9 hectares that in origin was part of the Bricco (top) part of the Cerretta hill. In 2009 they decided to differentiate this part of the vineyard when they were making the boundaries for the MGA (mention of geographic origin adjoined). The soils are a base of limestone with sporadic veins of sandstone, which in the wine expresses warm spices, red mature fruits, and the part of the tannins are evident but well balanced.
In this vineyard is situated our winery as well as 2 hectare of vineyards that permit the production of about 7,000 bottles coming from vines that are around 45 years old.
The Cerretta hill sits on the norther part of the Serralunga d’Alba commune, with a south-east exposition and an altitude of 350-400 MASL. The total surface space of this MGA (mention of geographic origin adjoined) is a total of 40 hectares, with a soil structure mainly of limestone coming from the Marls of Sant’Agata Fossils, the backbone which gives the wine an exceptional power and longevity. The vineyards which has undergone our selection has about 50 year old vines on a surface of 6 hectares, which were almost all grafted by my father Ettore who has chosen also the best vines to propagate.
The Lazzarito denomination is found in the land register as early as 1610 where its name derives from the presence of the Lazaretto in remote times.
This MGA (mention of geographic origin adjoined) extends to about 30 hectares with an altitude of about 350 MASL, in which ours is about one hectare with a south west exposure that enjoys the afternoon sun. Our vineyard here are the oldest vines we have that were planted in 1931. The calcareous and marly soil which contains some veins of ferrous sandstone, thanks to the bordering area of “Sandstone of Diano” which gives the wine a silky and persistent tannin, a brilliant color of ruby with a fine body and elegance. Because of this combination we have decided to use these grapes that come from this vineyard for the Riserva.
The word Cigliè is coming from the Latin Ciliarum which indicates and derives from the topographical location that sees it positioned on a high ridge overlooking the Tanaro river. Cigliè rises on a hill to the right of the Tanaro rive at 549 MASL. The soils of the municipality are characterized by moraine deposits and calcareous and arenaceous marls. Precisely for this reason the stoniness and altitude we imagine that there were good conditions fo cultivating vines traditionally for cold climates suitable for producing white and sparking wines. Since 1996 in the hamlet of Montiglio we have begun to experiment with Chardonnay and Riesling Renano on a plot of about 0.7 hectares. In the following years other vineyards were planted with the purchase of new land and today we have about 10 hectares cultivated with Chardonnay, Riesling, Nascetta, and Pinot Nero. From which we obtain our white wines and Alta Langa DOCG Classic Method.
Born in the middle of an important red wine area I have always had a constant desire to measure myself with white winemaking for professional passion. From this came the natural decision to to try vilification also with a white indigenous varietal that has and advantage of having its origins in the Barolo area, which of course is a double challenge.
I always dreamt of producing a Metodo Classico sparking wine, and with the denomination of Alta Langa I then had the chance to try hand to express the territory. Certainly a great responsibility but also a good test.
I fell in love with it when I started traveling in Germany and Austria to present the first bottles of Barolo from our Production. For me Riesling has always been and continues to be the most intriguing and great white grape variety. To my taste the complexity and versatility of the Riesling is comparable to that of Barolo: obviously in a white.
My first experience of white winemaking was with this grape, which already 30 years ago had a small diffusion in the area. It is the variety that has shown adaptability to different territories, maintaining the quality potential that distinguishes it in history.
Come to see us in the winery
The winery is open for visits all year by appointment only.
The tour consists of a tasting with a visit to the winery and also to the surrounding vineyards.