Mario Roagna, simply put, is one of the regions foremost biodynamic winegrowers. He purchased the vineyard in 1977 with his wife Carolina and have gradually increased their area to 27 acres. Their son Mario has joined the active management of the vineyard, making this truly a generation family business.
This wine can be enjoyed now or over the next three years.
One of the most beautiful vineyards in Europe, the main building sits at the base of a natural amphitheatre, the vines soaking up the sun across the 1.5 acres of slope, primarily with an east/west exposure. Vines are 20+ years old and managed with biodynamic practices only and certified organic.
The grapes are handpicked from 20+-year-old vines and were harvested in mid September. Fermentation completed spontaneously with indigenous years in stainless steel and undergoes malolactic fermentation. Afterwards rested on its lees for three months then finally in stainless steel for four months at which time it is bottled, with minimal added sulphur, and aged three further months in the cellar.
While its’ neighbours may carry more weight on the international markets, this small region of rolling, hilly, vineyards was given DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status in 2005, with official subzone classifications similar to grand cru vineyards being developed. Extending for 25 kilometres along the Tanaro River opposite the town of Alba, this is an area with deep roots in viticulture, and fruit production. Notably the peaches of Canale and the Madernassa pear. Nebbiolo is the primary red in the region (195 hectares) and Arneis in the primary white (830 hectares).