VINEYARDS Grapes come from the Ormeggio and Castagnola vineyards in Lessona in the Orolungo region, the Covà vineyard in Castello and the Monfalcone vineyards. The soils comprise marine sands from the pliocene period on igneous rock, mixed with more recent glacial sediment. The soil is high in acid and rich in minerals and trace elements including iron, manganese, aluminium and zinc.
VINIFICATION The grapes are sorted while on the conveyor belt, then de-stemmed and gently pressed then fed by gravity into the fermentation tank. Fermentation with natural yeasts in open topped wooden fermenters. Skin maceration lasts 21 days, with regular punching down of the cap. The wine then remains 18 months sur lie. The wine ages in barrels and oval 15 hectolitre casks for 32 months. Further ageing in bottle for some time before release.