February 25, 2019 adminIFAW

BAROLO-Prapo-SchiavenzaThe Langhe, Unesco heritage, are land of wine, they are wine. Barolo and Barbaresco, generated by the common Nebbiolo grape, are his two favorite sons, but we must not forget Barbera, Dolcetto, also the white Arneis, which however finds in Roero, on the right bank of the river Tanaro, its area of election. Langhe and Nebbiolo is an exceptional combination, an austere, tannic vine, rich in structure and generator of very long-lived wines, Nebbiolo is the autochthonous grape par excellence of the region. His name would seem to come from fog, until a few decades ago in fact Nebbiolo was written with only one B, Nebiolo. The reference to the autumn mist covering the vineyards of the Langhe, like a thoughtful mantle, from the first autumn to the late winter is immediate. The Nebbiolo is then a late vine, that is, those that are harvested late, because late they reach the complete maturation, the harvest takes place therefore in the season of the mists.barbaresco-masseria-vietti

The gentle slopes that draw the valleys often reach considerable altitudes for the production of wine, three hundred, four hundred, but also five or six hundred meters above sea level, sometimes even beyond. The hills of the Langhe are drawn by the flow of the rows, always with giropoggio, that is, placed horizontally and not, as often happens, in a little way, that is from the top of the hill towards the valley bottom.

It is a land of ancient winemaking traditions, where wine was known long before the arrival of the Roman conqueror. Certainly the empire brought great contributions to viticulture, for example by deforesting a large part of dolcetto-galat-vibertithe Langhe, then covered by dense forest. It is nice, however, to know that there are still ancient names, probably dating back to the Stezielli Ligurians, the ancient pre-Romanesque population that lived here, and that these names are now inextricably linked to the world of Langhe wine; Bric or Bricco, Sorì, just to make the most famous examples are ancient names that indicated the highest part of the hill, or a particularly lucky plot because it is very sunny.


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