The most suitable and most valuable soils are home to Nebbiolo grapes, which give rise to Barolo after 3 years ageing in barrels.
The GABUTTI vineyard (Photo 1-2) is 5,000 square metres, with SOUTH-EAST exposure. The soil is highly calcareous, and thanks to a considerable slope it has excellent daylight exposure. Only the best grapes of this vineyard are used to make Barolo Gabutti.
The MARGHERIA vineyard (Photo 3) is 5,000 square metres. The excellent exposure to the WEST, the favourable microclimate and the well-suited soil type all contribute to obtaining excellent quality grapes. This wine’s first year of production was 2003.
In addition to these two wines, the Barolo of the Municipality of SERRALUNGA (Photo 4), a classic production of the company, comes from vineyards in neighbouring areas with smaller surface areas than the previous sub-areas.
The Nebbiolo vineyard has about 4,000 vines per hectare, resulting from a planting density of 2.6 × 0.90 metres; the Nebbiolo grape variety is of the Lampia biotype, grafted on 420 A/SO4/K5BB with Guyot training. The rows run from east to west and are arranged with contour ploughing.
The Dolcetto vineyard is 1 hectare in size, from which 5,000 bottles are obtained annually. The exposure varies from WEST to NORTH-EAST with a clayey soil that gives the wine structure and very typical aromas. Implementing a first selection in the vineyard and a weighted yield per hectare gives us a grape with an excellent ripeness, full of sugars and aromas which guarantee a final wine of excellent quality.
The Dolcetto d’Alba vineyard has about 4,000 vines per hectare, resulting from a planting density of 2.60 x 0.80 metres. The rows run from south to west and are arranged with contour ploughing.
We have two Barbera vineyards, covering an area of 1 hectare exposed to the WEST and with a clayey-calcareous soil. After ageing in wood for 6-8 months, the wine is bottled and left to age further for a few months before it is ready for distribution.
The Barbera d’Alba vineyard has about 4,000 vines per hectare, resulting from a planting density of 2.60 x 0.90 metres. The rows run from south to west and are arranged with contour ploughing.
A small vineyard adjacent to the Nebbiolo vineyard for Barolo Margheria has calcareous soil with a vein of clay in the lower part. The exposure to the west favours its daylight exposure and the accumulation of sugars for a complete ripening.
The Langhe Nebbiolo vineyard has about 4,000 vines per hectare, resulting from a planting density of 2.60 x 0.90 metres. The rows run from south to west and are arranged with contour ploughing.
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We dedicate a great amount of energy to our vineyard, following management criteria that are increasingly respectful of the environment and nature. We use the classic Guyot training system, and all the work in the rows is entirely manual.
From pruning to harvesting, passing through the suckering, de-budding and training of the shoots, everything is done with the utmost care, adapting to the exposure of the vineyard and the atmospheric conditions of the moment.
The thinning is quite important, as it is not intended as a specific step in cultivation but a management method that embraces all the phenological phases.
In fact, while green pruning, female pruning and training the vines, the plants are lightened by removing the small shoots (even if they have produced buds), any double bunches and those that create tangling, so that at the end of July-beginning of August all that’s left to do is refine the production to obtain the proper load of bunches. The fertilisers used and treatments carried out to protect the plant from fungi and parasites mostly use natural products, resorting to synthetic products when the pathogen is most pressing.
The soil is grassed and green manure is used when needed to restore the proper microbiological balances in the soil.
HISTORIC LAYERS IN THE LAND
Crutin was obtained in the rocky levels of the Lequio Formation, typical of the Serralunga area and part of Monforte. These are sedimentary rocks deposited during the Serravallian period in the ancient arm of the sea, called the Piedmontese Tertiary Basin, about 12 million years ago.. A typical characteristic of this formation can be clearly observed, namely the alternation of layers of gray marl, rich in silt, clay and limestone, and layers of yellow sand, a colour caused by iron oxides.
The soils that originated from these rocks have the characteristics inherited from this alternation of marly and sandy layers, having a silty but balanced texture between the three components sand, silt and clay, a great deal of active limestone, magnesium and microelements, all characters that contribute to the expression of the area’s great Barolos.
COME WITH US IN THE VINEYARDS
The harvest is the main moment in which the winegrower collects not only bunches, but the essence of his work, which began with the winter pruning and the various works that are carried out in the vineyard to allow the vine to bear fruit.
Each bunch that will be detached tells the story of the Langhe and, in the must that will become wine, symbolizes it, through the unique aromas and flavors that are found in the different wines produced.