Brothers Livio and Corrado Maccagno have been running the family business and its small farm and vineyards in Canale, in the heart of the Roero, for some years now.
The grapes grown on these 10 hectares, almost all on the town’s most prestigious hill, San Michele, are picked when ripe and then immediately vinified in the old cellar, which has recently been refurbished using the traditional red brick.
Patient maturing in wood then produces only denomination of origin status wines made from the classic local varieties: the white Arneis and Favorita, and the red Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Grignolino and Brachetto dal grappolo lungo.
The two best-known local wines, Roero Arneis and Roero, have been proud bearers of Docg status since the 2005 vintage, and big, well-structured reds are made from the Barbera variety, including Barbera d’Alba doc and “Arcalé”, a selection produced from vines which are over 60 years old.
There is room too for fragrant, young wines produced in smaller volumes, such as the more informal, ready-drinking white Langhe Favorita, the reds Langhe Dolcetto, Langhe Nebbiolo and Piemonte Grignolino, a Rosé made from Nebbiolo grapes, and the sweet, bubbly “Birbèt”.
Rounding off the range is a classic method brut sparkling wine. An authentic expression of the Roero, it combines the fragrance of Arneis with the body of Nebbiolo.