Our Vineyards: Different Habitats, Each Expressing a Different Potential

The Castellero Vineyards
This is a group of neighboring but separate plots, each with its own soil and wind patterns. The central body of land has a southeast by south exposure; its essentially calcareous soil and constant daytime breezes make it the ideal place for white grape varieties. Lots of daylight, particularly in the morning, but without the extreme heat peaks, that would compromise the flavors and the acidity.
Planted with Moscato d'Asti and, in the bottom strip, which is also cooler, Sauvignon Blanc.
The easternmost vineyard is called Vigna Veraldi. It faces South, while the soil is less suitable for Moscato, as it is slightly more clayey, less limy, and it’s windy. The plot has Nebbiolo, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and Merlot in the bottom rows.
The vineyards to the West all have a Southern exposure, with gentler winds, a soil richer in lime and clay; they are more suitable for late-ripening, heat-resistant varieties, such as Barbera, in which they enhance the ripe berry sensations and coloring intensity. Here we grow our grapes for our Sopra Berruti.

The Pozzetto and Muda Vineyards
This is a group of neighboring vineyards located in Moasca, part of them on the South-West by West slope, the rest on the North-East by East hillside that gently slopes towards Castelnuovo Calcea and the Nizza brook.
Vigneto Pozzetto was planted in 1976; it is exposed to the hot afternoon sun and has a reddish soil, rich in clay and chalk. The Barbera made from its grapes is powerful and high in alcohol, with moderate acidity and plum and cherry flavors.
Vigneto Muda, facing the rising sun, has a soil that spans from limestone and sand to clay, and is generally poor in organic matter. It, too, is ideal for planting Barbera across its full width. Thanks to the diversity of the soil, we obtain fruity and colorful Barberas, with a sound structure, good longevity, and crisp acidity. The vineyard’s particular exposure and gentle slope favor extended sunshine hours without ever reaching extreme temperatures. The hillcrest is planted with Albarossa, the rest with Barbera..

The Braglia Vineyard
A single vineyard on the Sant'Antonio hill in Canelli, planted in 1989, it enjoys a North-West exposure, good quality clay-lime soil, and a favorable sky-view factor with extended sunshine and gentle breezes. We mostly obtain a fresh and intensely fruity Chardonnay, which ages moderately and displays good acidity.

The Pratorotondo Vineyard
The main body of the vineyard was planted in 1978 with low-productivity and high-acidity Chardonnay clones. Located on the Sant’Antonio hill in Canelli, the vineyard faces North-West and has a 10% gradient.
The low surrounding horizon ensures long sunshine hours, mitigated by constant, fresh breezes.
The soil is rich in limestone and marl and highly alkaline, well-draining and poor in organic matter.
This is an optimum situation if you want to produce an ageworthy white wine with good acidity and minerality, that is complex and fruity at the same time.
With a soil slightly richer in clay, a second (smaller) plot was planted in 1999 with Merlot and Freisa; it yields a red wine, with moderate alcohol content, but with an intensely fruity bouquet.

The Vignali, or American, Vineyard
Two Barbera vineyards with the same characteristics, planted in 1934 and 2002 in the Municipality of San Marzano Oliveto. The exposure is South-East by East, while the gradient is approximately 10%.
The soil composition goes from limey-sandy to mostly clayey-limey, with surfacing grey marl, moderately draining and with little organic matter in the deep layers.
Thanks to the exposure and windiness, the ripening follows a very consistent and predictable pattern, with rare heat peaks that can compromise quality. The bunches are generally small, loose and small-berried.

Giuanin’s Vineyard
A single vineyard, this plot was planted with Barbera in 1991 in the hamlet called Gianola in Castel Boglione, at an elevation of approximately 300 m asl.
It faces West and has a gradient of 15%. The soil is clay-limestone.
Thanks to its elevation and constant breezes, the grapes produce a wine rich in color and structure, but most of all a lush bouquet of fruit and violets, extraordinarily elegant and enjoyable to the palate.

The Ritano Vineyard
A single Moscato vineyard, located on the Sant'Antonio hill in Canelli, planted between 1950 and 1997, facing South. The soil is sandy and rich in limestone. The sky-view factor is favorable and provides sunlight all day long. It yields a rich and well-structured Moscato d'Asti, with a good total alcohol content and a bouquet of candied fruit and sage, and moderate acidity.