Erbaluna - PIEDMONT

The ERBALUNA farm is located on the grounds of the winery owned by Andrea and Severino, the Oberto brothers who continue their family tradition which dates back into the last century. Immediately, the visitor notes the right balance between classic wine-making methods and more modern techniques: old bottles lined up in quiet, out-of-the-way places, exposed-brick vaulted ceilings in the cellars, and massive wooden casks for slow ageing of the Barolo wine live side-by-side with stainless steel vats and up-to-date machinery. The decision to follow organic methods was made in 1985 and it was the result of a natural desire to rediscover the direct contact with the land which in the previous years was becoming lost. In keeping with regional tradition, the Oberto brothers produce only full-bodied red wines: Barolo della Vigna Rocche is their best known. The total land surface covered in grapevines is of 9.55.10 hectares and extends all around the wine cellar and family home. The land is of calcareous marls tendentially clayey including layers of sandstone, left by the sea that once covered this land now covered in grapevines. It is in the Rocche vineyard facing south, certainly the most renowned and already known as "cru" in the XV century, that the ultimate grapes are selected for the Barolo Rocche, and the remainder for small quantities of Langhe Nebbiolo. The low yields per hectare and the great care given to the vineyards lead to a wine production of outstanding structure and undoubtedly lasting in time. Full-bodied and strong, left for months, in 30 hl barrels made of durmast, to mature to obtain a smoother, mature wine suitable for longer conservation in bottles. This is done in order to develop the typical scents and tastes of the vines, trying to improve but not to transform them in the attempt of pursuing constantly changing trends and customs.