The Barolo sub-regions and the native vines
The Barolo area: the municipality of Novello with its M.G.A. sub-regions and native vines. The aim of the Le Strette winery is to get the most out of this historical prestigious wine-producing region.
The vineyards, which are cultivated following an integrated production method, cover an area of 6.5 hectares in the municipalities of Novello and a small part of Barolo.
BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EXPLOIT THE LAND?
It means believing in historic indigenous vines and rediscovering lesser-known and almost extinct varieties to bring them to the market, specifically the Nascetta of the municipality of Novello. It also means selecting vineyards from historical production areas: the new vineyard at Pasinotti is just the latest piece of a puzzle already comprising the Barolo Bergera-Pezzole, Corini-Pallaretta and Bergeisa M.G.A. sub-regions, as well as the Barbera and Dolcetto vineyards, all in the municipality of Novello. This way of working means to believe in the region and its unique characteristics.
HOW TO WORK IN THE VINEYARDS?
"Interfere as little as possible with the vines and ensure that the plant maintains its natural balance." This is how Mauro and Savio explain how they work in the vineyards, in accordance with the integrated production method (Certified Environmental Sustainability). Care of the environment and the use of non-invasive methods ensure optimal care of the vineyard to obtain the best possible grape. From pruning to ripening, nature is left to take its course: the vineyard is constantly checked and procedures implemented without forcing the process, but rather helping it to reach its full potential.
MUNICIPALITY OF NOVELLO
BERGERA-PEZZOLE M.G.A. SUB-REGION: this takes its name from the two hamlets that overlook the sunny vineyards planted in calcareous clay soils over 400 metres above sea level, which yield a complex Barolo with a high tannin content and spicy hints.
In the same area, Le Strette also cultivates Dolcetto and Barbera, maintaining vineyards that in some cases date back almost 80 years. These varieties produce well-balanced, strong wines with unique fruity and spicy notes.
CORINI-PALLARETTA M.G.A. SUB-REGION: the clay component slightly enhances the calcareous matrix. The result is an intensely-coloured Barolo with stronger floral scents and a pleasant freshness on the palate.
PASINOTTI VINEYARDS: the story of Nascetta. The oldest vineyard still in existence of this native grape variety can be found here. For many years, these grapes have been combined with those of Pezzole, Pallaretta and other vineyards of the municipality of Novello to produce the Le Strette Municipality of Novello Nascetta.
A clear example of exploiting the land: the "Pasinotti Project" was launched on this historical hill in 2014 with the restoration of the wine-growing areas. It also included a "vineyard collection" of about 600 strains obtained from the selection, in collaboration with the University of Turin, of 30 healthy clones from three different vineyards (including the oldest one dating back to 1948 and the Pasinotti vineyard). Three years of attentive and meticulous work to protect this hill, the birthplace of Nascetta.
The production area measuring one hectare is divided equally between Nebbiolo and Nascetta and is surrounded by historic truffle forests that extend to the edge of the hill.
MUNICIPALITY OF BAROLO
BERGEISA M.G.A. SUB-REGION: this vineyard is characterised by quite loose calcareous soil situated 280 metres above sea level on a steep slope with good exposure to the sun. It yields Barolo Bergeisa: an elegant, characterful wine that is long on the palate.