Vigneti Valle Roncati
In 1997, Corrado and his wife Cecilia founded the valle Roncati agricultural company out of pure passion and the desire to revive the ancient grape-growing tradition of the Fassa family, thus following in the footsteps of his grandfather Giuseppe Fassa, a winegrower in Briona since the beginning of the twentieth century. the decision to become winemakers in the eastern hills of Piedmont was rational rather than accidental, although partially dictated by the heart.
The winery is in the territory of Briona (NO), part of the nebbiolo area of upper piedmont and the vines are distributed over the areas of Briona, Sizzano and Ghemme for a total of 9 hectares. ever since the grape harvest of 2005, the company has been making wine from its own grapes in its quest for top quality products. a small company, born out of passion, whose sole purpose is to produce vintage wines obtained through meticulous, traditional winemaking skills.
The soil, of morainic origin, was formed on recently eroded material at the foot of the slopes and in the valleys, and the soil is particularly rich in mineral salts. The relatively cool and rainy summers allow the vines to make the most of their potential, producing grapes of excellent quality and of a characteristic color, aroma and unique flavor. Here the Nebbiolo, the prince of grapes in Piedmont, manages to give the best of itself. In addition to the bouquet and fragrance that characterize it, is an intense and long-lasting colour that is only typical of quality Nebbiolo. The prince of Piedmont vines stands alongside other regional vintage varieties such as the Barbera, Vespolina and Uva rara that they obtain their red wines from. They have always chosen to bring out the full potential of the local grape varieties, making exhalting the traditions of a land that has invariably made made wine its most valuable element.
But this attention to the past does not prevent them from taking a modern approach to winemaking. Abandoning the “maggiorino”, a typical form of local cultivation characterized by using great quantities of grapes to the detriment of qualitiy, they choose instead to have tressled rows of vines and manage the plants with Guyot pruning and constantly planting grass between the rows. The limited size of the company, about 9 hectares, allows them to use the mechanical work alongside alongside a manual management handling of certain sensitive stages (green pruning and thinning out) that are planned under the careful supervision of a consultant agronomist. This management of the vineyard, modern and environmentally friendly, is completed with the creation of the necessary pesticide treatments that are performed according to the principles of “pest management”, using environmentally-friendly techniques and products that respect the environment. All of this is enlivened by an element that is esssential for any company: passion.