At few minutes from Canelli, a town where at the end of XIX century the first Italian sparkling wine (“Spumante”) was born. Its hills are rich in history and culture. It is the throbbing heart of the classical area of the Moscato d’Asti and of the Asti Spumante DOCG, a territory which has been declared Common Heritage of Mankind by the UNESCO.
As many family-run farms of Langa, it is difficult dating back to its foundation. Often, you lose yourself in memories and in the events of generations that came before us. We can establish the beginning of our path after the First World War. More precisely in 1946, when my grandparents, Anna Colla and Armando Soria, got married and purchased a used winepress and had the first two concrete tanks built, together with the unfailing “Dutch bag filter”, with the intention to start producing the Moscato Bianco. They already guessed how much important was to be able to transform one’s own grapes.
Today, together with my parents, Piero and Teresa, I run a farm of twelve hectares of vineyard, where the Moscato and sustainability are the protagonists. Vineyards are South-oriented with a slope greater than 40%; this requires a lot of manual work. They are the “sorì del Moscato”. We believe in this heroic viticulture and in the distinction of various wine areas. From these vineyards we produce the Moscato d’Asti Vigna Moncucco, the Moscato d’Asti Vigna Marini late grape harvest and the esCAMOtage INSOLITO. The latter is a varietal dry muscat, which comes from a path started many years ago by now and converged on the Associazione Aroma di un Territorio, of which we are among the founders.
We don’t produce only Moscato, but also the Langhe D.O.C. Arneis, the Rosé di Marin rigorously from Brachetto del Roero grapes. We produce two red wines: the Langhe D.O.C. Dolcetto and the Barbera d'Alba, which are suitable for a more daily consumption, both refined only in steel. At last, we produce two red wines with ageing in wood: the Langhe D.O.C. Nebbiolo and the Barbera d’Alba Superiore.
The quality of a wine consists in the excellence of the grape harvested and so in the vineyard that has produced it. Highly sloping vineyards, where mechanization is limited or even impracticable in some cases, imply a quality viticulture having a strong historical value. When the Moscato – the “good” one – was already Spumante, in order to produce it, only the grapes coming from vineyards castled on the steepest and better exposed sides of our hills were used. These vineyards offer their best in the most difficult vintages, grapes reach a good quality level even in the less favourable vintages from a climatic point of view, rows require few phytosanitary interventions, given that heat and dryness are daily conditions that certainly do not favour fungal diseases. We are talking about an old-style viticulture, the one of our grandparents, which in these areas is at risk of extinction to the advantage of replanting on less inaccessible territories where costs are more limited, mechanization is almost complete and greater productions per hectare are obtained. A viticulture that respects these hills and its history.
All our vineyards, and so the grapes we produce, are SNQPI certified.
We try to optimise as best as we can the management of the vineyard in order to carry on a path of sustainability on several fronts, by respecting people and the environment. The National Quality System of integrated production is a system of voluntary integrated protection achieved through specific technical standards for each crop and binding phytosanitary indications (production guidelines), including agronomic and phytosanitary practices and limitations to the choice of phytosanitary products and to the number of treatments.