OUR LAND
our land
Our Land: Canelli, between the Langhe and the Monferrato hills

Our combination of soil and climate is as special as the oenological history of this area. Our two unique grape varieties – Moscato bianco Canelli and Barbera – and a tradition of fine wines and food the whole world envies us, go with a landscape worthy of UNESCO protection and unparalleled technological expertise. This is what Canelli and its surroundings stand for, this is what we – together with the many high-quality growers in this area – would like to show the world.

Moscato d’Asti Canelli is produced between the Langhe and Monferrato hills, the two best-suited areas for wine grape-growing in Piedmont. This wine has a unique combination of rich aromas and longevity, and a time-honored tradition that goes back to the Roman Empire, two millennia ago. It has been frequently, but unsuccessfully, imitated the world over. The loose-textured soil is rich in limestone and, in combination with a temperate climate, it contributes to producing full-bodied and long-lived whites. Canelli is also the birthplace of Italian Spumante: in 1865, Carlo Gancia started a tradition we are still proud of today.

The first hillsides you encounter as you take the road to Nizza are part of Monferrato. There, in San Marzano Oliveto and Moasca, we grow the best Barbera d'Asti to be found, well-structured, blood-red, thick, fruity and juicy. The soils are inclined towards the clayey and saline, but with enough lime in them to make the wines rich and mineral to the palate, with a complex fruit bouquet. This is where we produce our Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza. It’s a Barbera d'Asti Superiore, produced in a narrowly-confined area including some villages in the surroundings of Nizza Monferrato, according to a very strict vinicultural and oenological rulebook aimed at keeping the quality high. The rulebook requirements cover the vineyards and the wine, the position and gradient, the aging in oak and the final alcohol proof.

Canelli is also home to the white truffle and outstanding restaurants, round hazelnuts and great pastry chefs, Piedmontese veal and famous butcher’s shops, cheese and all that is part of a unique strain of little-recognized traditional wisdom.

The landscape spans from the vineyards planted on terraces on the steep Langa hills of the province of Asti to the gentle, rolling hills in the lower Belbo valley, from oak and acacia forests to villages perched on the hilltops. The view changes with the seasons, often influenced by the farmers’ work in the vineyards and in the fields – from breathtaking autumn colors to the shiny green of the carefully “combed” vineyards in the summer.

And then there is the heart-rending beauty of old Canelli, which winds up the hill from the historical cellars, dug deep into the hillsides, and up to Gancia Castle, along the steep cobblestone paths, near the centuries-old churches and the ancient ramparts.

We’d like you to understand this spirit, the spirit of this place, this poetry which modern marketing often leaves us all too little time to enjoy.