Our bet on a vineyard in the extreme west of Barolo
Berri is the most westerly vineyard in Barolo, located in the western part of La Morra – only about 1.5km (1 mile) separates it from the Tanaro river – and takes its name from the hamlet that overlooks it. The soil is from the Messinian period (emerging between 5 and 7 million years ago) and is therefore younger than the one found in the eastern part of La Morra. Its composition is due to its proximity to the river, with pebbles, limestone and some sandstone outcrops, and it’s extended until the rocks overhanging the river. The 5 hectares (12.5 acres) of our vineyard lie between 350m (1,150ft) and 430m (1,410ft) above sea level, with a notable South and South-West exposure, mitigated by cooling air from the Tanaro river. For the combination of perfect exposition, elevation and cooling air, the area of Berri has always been cultivated, whether for grapes or other fruit (there is evidence of numerous ancient vineyards around the fringes of today’s Berri). Sadly, from the 1960s, the area was gradually abandoned, and the remaining inhabitants took jobs in the light metal-working factory next to the hamlet, leaving their vineyards to disappear. In the early 2000s, though, wineries such as Mauro Molino, Renato Ratti, Elvio Cogno, and Marcarini were brave enough to replant the area with vines – they bet on the quality of Berri.
As far as our vineyards are concerned, these were planted in 2007 and 2008, and so it is too early to find the stamp of the vineyard in the wines. As the vines age, the terroir of Berri will become more evident. The Nebbiolo from Berri is very fruity and expressive, warm, and with more assertive tannins than the Nebbiolo found in the eastern part of La Morra. For these reasons, we decided to blend these grapes with those of Capalot – a vineyard with older vines and an eastern exposure.
SURFACE AREA: About 5 hectares (12.5 acres)
ALTITUDE: 300m (985ft) – 350m (1,150ft)
VARIETIES GROWN: Nebbiolo
YEAR OF PLANTING: 2007, 2008
WINES PRODUCED: Barolo and Langhe Nebbiolo