There is perhaps no greater wine producing region in Italy than Piedmont (meaning foot of the mountain) or Piemonte as it is called locally. Famous for the quantity and quality of its wines, many of which are still produced today by small family run estates that have been passed over from different generations. It is a wavy and vigorous land with a sea of vineyards following each other along the ridges, outlining the hillsides and painting the landscape with different colours in the different seasons.
The Piedmont region is located at the foothills of the Alps forming its border with France and Switzerland. To the northwest is the Valle d’Aosta, to the east the province of Lombardy with the Liguria region forming its southern border along the Appenines.
Climate: Although the winemaking regions of Piedmont and Bordeaux are very close in latitude, only the summertime temperatures are similar. Piedmont has a colder continental winter climate, and significantly lower rainfall due to the rain shadow effect of the Alps.
Soil: Soil types in Piedmont vary considerably, looking at the Barolo district alone you will find soil from the Central Valley of La Morra and Barolo more clay based with increased levels of magnesium oxide and manganese. The soil from the Serralunga Valley is heavy in sand, iron, limestone, phosphorus and potassium. These characteristics will show in wines that are produced from single vineyards.
Red grapes: Barbera is the most widely grown grape in the region, followed by Nebbiolo and Dolcetto which account for a significant portion of the red wine production. Indigenous varieties include Brachetto, Bonarda, Croatina, Freisa, Grignolino, Ruchè, Malvasia Nera, Pelaverga and Vespolina. International varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah.
White grapes: Moscato is the most widely grown white grape of the region, used for producing Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti wines, other notable wines are Arneis, Cortese di Gavi and Favorita. Indigenous varieties include Timorasso and Erbaluce whilst international varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
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Tenuta San Mauro
Situated on the hilltop between Langhe and Monferrato you will find Castagnole Delle Lanze home to Tenuta San Mauro. The winery started producing wine in 1967 by Ettore Bianco and Clara Carosso who up until 1988 sold wine “sfuso” (on tap). The production of bottled wine began in 1988 and in 2000 the cellar underwent a complete refurbishment, investing in new modern equipment necessary to bring the company into the 21st century. It was in 2001 that Mauro Bianco, Ettore and Clara’s son first began to work in the company. Since the end of 2009 Mauro has taken over from his parents and with it brought new ideas to the company. Currently they have 36 Hectares of vineyards.
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Tenuta San Mauro Wines: Barbaresco DOCG, Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG, Barbera d’Asti DOCG, Moscato d’Asti DOCG