Le Strette: THE VINES OF LANGA
Le Strette has always based its philosophy on the enhancement of Piedmontese vines grown in the Langhe.
This means believing in the value of “autochthonous”, both when it is renowned as Nebbiolo, and when it is less known – and at times almost disappeared – as Nascetta, believing in it even when “it is not in fashion”. Investing in these vines means honoring a territory such as that of the Langhe and the Municipality of Novello, which identifies its mission in the production of noble wines.
Le Strette vineyards extend for about 6.5 hectares in the municipalities of Novello and, to a small extent, of Barolo. Many fall within the Additional Geographical Mentions (Me.G.A.) officially recognized by the Barolo DOCG production specification, while others are located in high wine-growing locations identified by historical toponyms.
In the Municipality of Novello
- Me.G.A. Bergera-Pezzole: the “double” name alludes to the two villages (Bergera and Pezzole) that overlook the existing vineyards. The soil is calcareous and shows infiltrations that are now more sandy, now more clayey. Here the vineyards are located at 400-420 meters above sea level and enjoy excellent sun exposure. The result is a complex and austere Barolo, which shows interesting spicy notes, destined to last over time. In Bergera-Pezzole Le Strette also cultivates Barbera, Dolcetto and Nas-cëtta, maintaining historic Langhe vineyards which, in some cases, date back to the 1940s.
- Me.G.A. Corini-Pallaretta: the calcareous soil has a slightly more pronounced clay component than the sandy one. The result is an intense Barolo, with pleasant floral notes, pleasantly structured and with a delicate acidic note. Here too a small Nas-cetta vineyard is cultivated.
- Pasinotti: the vineyards planted here on the calcareous soil and facing south, are divided between the Nebbiolo and Nas-cëtta vines. The latter has distant roots on this hill: here the oldest still existing vineyard of Nascetta is preserved, whose grapes for many years have been combined with those of other areas of Novello to give life to the “Nas-cëtta of the Municipality of Novello” signed Le Strette.
- With the PASINOT® Project, started in 2014, Le Strette has set itself the goal of enhancing, with a dedicated label, this historic and somewhat forgotten hill, bringing the vineyards back to the areas that were once planted with vines. One hectare of surface which also includes a “collection vineyard” consisting of about 750 Nas-cëtta plants, the result of an accurate mass selection carried out in collaboration with Dr. Stefano Raimondi (collaborator of the CNR – IPSP Institute for the Sustainable Protection of Plants). The collection vineyard preserves in the new plants the characters of 29 old healthy stocks, selected in three different vineyards of Novello (among which the oldest in 1948 at the Pasinotti).
- Tarditi: this small fraction of Novello at about 350 meters above sea level, hosts old vineyards (some planted in 1950) of Barbera, Dolcetto and Nascetta, which Le Strette has been running for some years and which further expand the range of sensations that Novello can pass on to its wines.
In the Municipality of Barolo
- • Me.G.A. Bergeisa: the ground is calcareous. Here the vineyards are located at 280 meters above sea level and on a steep slope; they enjoy excellent sun exposure and create the conditions to produce a Barolo of great elegance and finesse, but at the same time intense and long-lived.