4 Interpretations of Terroir
We farm about 8 hectares (20 acres) of vineyards, all of them in La Morra, but coming from 4 different Crus.
The old vines of Rocche dell’Annunziata and Torriglione, which surround the winery, are the original holdings of the Oberto family since gerenerations. The grapes from these vineyards are vinified separately. The Nebbiolo from young vines in Berri and older vines in Capalot (facing South-West and East respectively) are blended together to make our classic Barolo and Langhe Nebbiolo.
Berri: 5 hectares (12.5 acres) owned in the extreme west of the Barolo region, close to the Tanaro river.
Capalot: 1.2 hectares (3.0 acres) rented since 2012 in the eastern part of La Morra.
Torriglione: Around 1 hectare (2.5 acres) owned surrounding the winery.
Rocche dell’Annunziata: About 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) owned, of which we vinify around half. The rest is leased to Renato Ratti winery.
Although the four vineyards that we farm are relatively close to each other, the natures of the soils are quite different, and complementary. Our classic Barolo, for example, is a blend of grapes from Berri (with young vines facing South-West) and Capalot (with old vines facing East). Rocche dell’Annunziata, however, is a very special vineyard, which we always vinify and bottle separately.
We would like to sell our wines because they are good, not because they are organic
In 2012 we began the process of certifying our production as organic with CCPB srl in Bologna. Today all our grapes (apart from a small part from plots still under conversion and the borders) are organic. To be certified organic simply means that we adhere to European standards of viticulture and vinification that prevent – or provide – the possibility of using certain chemicals and/or winemaking practises. However, we offer our importers and distributors the choice of whether to label the wine as organic (with the logo) or not; this is because we wish to sell our wine because it is good, regardless of whether it is organic or not.
But when we say that we are organic, we want to be sure and guarantee we really are, complying with external and rigorous controls. This seems to us the right way to show we don’t want to do marketing, but just be transparent.
For detractors, it is likely that no matter what we do, it would be wrong: labelling our wine as organic, or not labelling it so. Indeed, the very fact that we have this section on or website could be construed as marketing.
For us, it is simply a way to be clear.