Where is wine made?

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When I was a child it was said that wine “was made in the winery”. When I was 20 they said that wine “was made in the vineyard”. Now that I’m 40, who knows where you make wine? I believe that wine is made in your head. The company ego is what determines the company’s…

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The best moment of 2017? The match…

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Work is important, but sometimes it’s important to know how to have fun. We organized the first vineyard basketball match with the workers of the Rivetto company on the last day of the 2017 harvest. I’d say that the images are worth more than words and I can assure you that it was a real…

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Awareness

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  The photo you see was taken this morning in the lower part of a row of six-year-old nebbiolo that will be harvested soon. This group of nettles smack dab in the middle of the row honestly surprised me. What follows are the technical reasons for why I am happy. The search for balance in…

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Water: real wealth

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Hot, dry, strong sun exposure. It’s already become the climate’s tendency to undergo long periods without water, but I believe that 2017 has beaten all records. After a few years of study, I decided to restore our old well down by the hill of Lirano. It was used in the ‘70s with the great effort…

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Langhe Nascetta 2015, your moment has arrived!

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2015 is the year when I suspect when the vineyard planted in 2007 may have qualitative awareness. This is demonstrated in the olfactory and taste intensity of the wondrous and mysterious native Langa variety, nascetta. As usual we’ll start to commercialize the nascetta at the end of summer, letting it age a year and a…

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A record harvest, 21 August has begun!

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In 2003, a very hot year, we began to collect dolcetto grapes 29 August. This year we started even earlier, establishing a new company record: 21 August. This year has been incredible. It began with an atypical heat during the week of Easter. Towards the end of April we reached temperatures close to zero for…

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A tasting to share

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The most beautiful moments are spontaneous and natural. The most beautiful places are simple, authentic, and full of emotion. My thanks to Martins for having the idea of reviving Conte Vassallo’s late 19th century home. Inside its walls, we threw together a tasting before the first day of harvest. We started with a one-liter bottle…

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My Bio

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Organic, natural, biodynamic, real, independent, biodiverse, no sulfates, vegan: these are the words trending right now, without really giving meaning to the concepts that have been emptied by the superficiality of the debate. Let me clear up what I think and how I see my wine now as well as in the future: Let me…

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Sun and sulfur

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In the last post, I talked about a late frost in Langa at the end of April. Now I’m going to describe the exact opposite: sun, heat, drought. From the beginning of May up to today we have recorded 1-2 rainfalls of no importance and very high average temperatures. Summer started early and you can…

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Frost

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Spring 2017 will be remembered for the sudden wave of cold that crossed the Alps after mid-April. This situation has never occurred in Piedmont with such intensity, violence, and unpredictability. At Easter the temperatures were the same as those for the beginning of summer, which then dropped a few hours later to close to zero…

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