Roero, north of Alba, is one of the most discreet small appellations in Piedmont, in the shadow of its famous neighbors Barolo and Barbaresco. In this landscape of hills with sometimes steep slopes, with sandy clay-limestone soils, we find the great Piedmontese red grape variety, Nebbiolo, as well as the rarer Arneis, the grape variety that characterizes the whites of the appellation and more generally of the Langhe region. This terroir on the left bank of Tanaro reveals its own personality, subtly different from the great neighboring appellations, which are magnified by demanding estates such as Cascina Val del Prete.
The “farm” Val del Prete is magnificently located in a natural amphitheater in Priocca, a village in the small Roero appellation, in the north of Alba, in Piedmont. Mario Roagna took over the family farm in 1995: he then devoted it to viticulture and then made the choice, with his son Giovanni, of organic farming and biodynamic practices. 10 ha of vines planted around the house and the cellar, which include the classic red varieties of Piedmont – nebbiolo and barbera – and plots of Arneis, the emblematic white variety of Roero, a time in the process of being abandoned but today in the midst of a renaissance, and in which the estate has become one of the major interpreters.
Cascina Val del Prete wines
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