As always in Piedmont, Barolo provides the headlines. Borgogna own vineyards across various Cru sites. A 6.75 hectare plot in ‘Liste’ offers southern exposure, and a steeply rising altitude of 270-330 metres, and typically produces wines of complexity and longevity. In Cannubi and Cannubi San Lorenzo, one of the classic sites in the heart of Barolo, there is very small 1.3 hectare plot, just enough to produce a boutique bottling. In Fossati meanwhile, a young plot of 3.2 hectares sits in sandy soils and delivers typically floral wines. Finally, Borgogno now own four hectares in ‘San Pietro delle Viole’, a site famed for subtle, elegant and expressively floral wines.
Interestingly, the company also owns a small amount of Timorasso vines, planted just on the border between Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. Here, at ‘Vigna Scaldapulce’, the soils consist of very compact clay, formed by an old marine deposit, with the presence of blue marl characteristic of the Tortonian geological period, the same type of soil that characterises the central and western part of Barolo. The harsh climate, characterised by cold winters and extensive daytime and night-time temperature ranges, plays a very important role in creating extremely elegant and delicate aromas in the grapes during the ripening period. Timorasso is a native white grape variety cultivated in the Tortona area since the Middle Ages.