One of the symbols of our local culture and tradition, the vineyards on which we grow the fine wines of the Langa and Roero are our biggest asset.
Named after the Italian word for step-ladder, this steeply-sloping vineyard facing south and east at an altitude of around 200 metres is located on the hills of San Rocco Seno d’Elvio in Alba. As the mainly marly soil is ideal for producing delicate wines, it is entirely planted with Dolcetto, and the very best grapes are selected here during each harvest to produce Dolcetto d’Alba “Scaletta”.
Only Barbera is grown here just a short way from the winery, where the soil is divided almost equally between marl, lime and clay. Facing south, south-west at an altitude of around 250 metres, it produces well-structured wines which are soft on the palate and have good cellaring potential. The name “Mugiot” is a word in the local Piedmontese dialect meaning a small pile, and it refers here to the fact that the wine is produced from just a small quantity of the very best grapes grown on the vineyard.
Fratin is our largest vineyard, and it stands right in front of the winery, below the road leading from Alba to Treiso. Its history dates back to a nearby farmhouse once owned by a brotherhood of monks (“frati” in Italian) until it fell under Napoleon’s rule. The entire vineyard is planted with the Nebbiolo variety used to produce Barbaresco wine, and our Barbaresco “Fratin” cru is made each year from a selection of these grapes. The vineyard lies in an excellent position facing south at an altitude of 200 metres, and the marly soil of medium consistency is perfect for producing an elegant, rich wine with great structure.
Like its neighbour Fratin, the Giaia vineyard is also entirely planted with the Nebbiolo variety. In this case though, the grapes all go into producing a niche product called “Nervo Vigna Giaia” Reserve Barbaresco. The rich marly, clayey-calcareous soil here gives this fine wine deep, refined qualities. And the name of the vineyard is simple, yet significant: as it faces due south at an altitude of 270 metres, the grapes ripen early, producing a splash of yellow (“Giaia” in the local dialect) which stands out amidst the greenery when the leaves wither sooner than on the surrounding vineyards.
Sottocastello di Novello
As its name suggests, this vineyard is located below Novello castle, facing east at an altitude of around 450 metres on partly marly and partly clayey-calcareous soil. Only Nebbiolo grapes are grown here, producing a cru Reserve Barolo which expresses the properties of a wine capable of lengthy cellaring at their very best.
Our only site in the hills of the Roero, Cortine is planted with Arneis and Barbera. The vineyard stands at an altitude of 350 metres facing west, and the marly soil with infiltrations of sand gives the grapes special properties suited to producing quality white wines, as well as reds with delicate aromas.
The Moscato and Chardonnay wines grown on Cicchetta’s marly soil stand out for their fine noses, though they do not lack structure on the mouth either. The vineyard faces due west at an altitude of 300 metres in the Madonna di Como hamlet near Alba.
This vineyard is located on the hills of Mango, and is given over entirely to the growing of Moscato. It stands at around 400 metres above sea level facing south-west, and the marly soil and microclimate result in a wine packed with aroma and appealing flavour.