Cold danger

Categories: Vineyards and wines

Once again I find myself talking to you about the bizarre weather. After having a very warm winter and snow at the end of March, naturally the end of April and beginning of May had some of the coldest days I can remember. Looking at the table below, you can understand what kind of stress…

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Ready for spring

Categories: Vineyards and wines

I have the sensation that we are about to face a year of great unpredictability. We began 2016 with almost summer-like temperatures at the Epiphany. Afterwards, winter took one last stand with two good snowfalls, the last of which was 17 March. The snow melted after a few days and made way for rain. The…

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He who loves me, follows me. He who loves me not..

Categories: Stories

Evolution. Not reset. My new beginning makes me inevitably start to think of another type of Langa company, less monocultural and more biodiverse. I know that removing a vineyard to plant potatoes and carrots seems absurd, but if we look at the company from another perspective extrapolated from economic advantage, it’s more than normal. The…

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D as in dry, S as in stress

Categories: Vineyards and wines

For the last 20 years we’ve seen different types of winters. Some freezing. Some snowy. Some have been rainy without snow, others lukewarm. However this has been a winter season with such a fluctuating temperature that I think it’s unique. The land is dry and dusty. It hasn’t rained hard since the end of September…

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Evolution

Categories: Stories

I was waiting this moment for nearly two decades: to have a label and a package that exactly reflect the company, my way of being and my philosophy. So far I was not happy and I felt a distance between the image of my labels and the essence of my company. Revolutions are made in…

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2015 Harvest – A pleasure to experience

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The 2015 harvest ended with exhilaration and satisfaction for all the producers in Langa, Piedmont, and perhaps even all of Italy. It didn’t start well. The rainy ghosts of 2014 hovered for the entire spring, but then summer took care of everything. A lot of the water which had accumulated in our clay guaranteed a…

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My first time in Latin America: Sao Paolo

Categories: Winetrotter

Michele Chiarlo told me: “In Sao Paolo, and a large part of Brazil, the quality of food is the best in the world.” Indeed he was right. I’m coming back from a short, but intense, business trip to a green land and in certain ways I was amazed by the excellent level of food offered….

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1st September: the 2015 harvest begins

Categories: Vineyards and wines

1st September: we’re starting the 2015 harvest! It’s early compared to a normal year by two weeks. The heat has been strong for the whole summer. The precocious and semi-precocious varieties have responded well and now they’re ripe or just about perfect. We’ll start with the dolcetto on the Lirano hill. The bunches are healthy and…

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Last Bit of Relaxation

Categories: Vineyards and wines

A few more hours of relaxation before I begin the 2015 harvest. This photo was taken on a field of recently-cut barley. A new vineyard will be planted here next spring. We cultivated barley and clover in this soil for two years, letting the land detoxify to make it more suitable for the new planting…

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Not Like Last Year

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Without a doubt, 2015 will be an early year, thanks mainly to the great summer heat combined with the strong humidity present in the subsoil due to the intense winter and spring rains. It’s still not possible to evaluate this year, but it definitely hasn’t been like the cold of 2014. In fact, July and…

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A new beginning: Langhe Nascetta 2013 Borea

Categories: Vineyards and wines

It took seven years of testing to produce the wine which I will talk about in this post. In 2007 I planted the first rows of nascetta. In 2009 I turned it into wine for the first time. Since then we have experimented with different techniques year after year. It’s all Sergio Molino’s “fault”, enotechnician…

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