Arborina o Arborine
The best view of this vineyard is from the hill of Monfalletto.
The Arborine vineyards occupy the slope that extends from the edge of the small village of Pozzo up above the houses of Ciotto, passing through the back of Cascina Nuova, proceeding East, South, East. The average altitude is about 279 meters.
At the top of this small hill, at 287 meters of altitude, stands the parish church of Santa Maria in Plaustra which gives its name to the entire hamlet.
The vineyards are located on the eastern slope and their boundaries are defined for a large part by the main road that climbs to La Morra.
This sub-zone extends upstream of the Luciani farm right under the Gancia hamlet, assuming the likeness of pincers to second the slope of the land which, moving along the main road, faces the sun to the South, while the upper slope has an Eastern, Southeastern exposure.
The average altitude is about 250 meters.
This sub-area covers the eastern slope of the Manescotto hill, from about 240 to 270 meters above sea level.
The best overall view of this vineyard is from the Alba to La Morra road at the bottom of the valley.
This sub-zone extends very close to the village that bears the same name and includes the upper strip of this small hill which rises up to 254 meters. Its exposure goes from East to Southeast.
Surrounded by rows of grapevines stands a small tool shed where two monks of the nearby Marcenasco monastery were buried in the nineteenth century: the two brothers chose this perfect place of peace, surrounded by vineyards, to wait for the Eternal Father on the day of Resurrection.
Behind the farmhouse that bears the same name rises a small hill of about 250 meters of height, the first step of the large La Morra promontory: here, the Alba-Barolo road at the valley bottom offers a beautiful scenery of the vineyards sunbathing in the morning sun.
Bricco San Biagio
The bricco of San Biagio rises fluffy and roundish between Santa Maria and the Annunziata.
Here once lived a small community of nuns, but if it is history or legend is not to be known, as every trace of it has disappeared. The vineyards are located on the eastern slope at an altitude ranging from 260 to 290 meters, moving from East to South.
Brunate o Brinate
Brinata is how it is written in the ancient land register at the municipal archives dating 1477, while Brinà is how it is pronounced in the local dialect.
The widest part of this illustrious sub-zone is located upstream, in the municipality of La Morra, while the small downstream portion is part of the municipality of Barolo. The vineyard borders are defined by the roads of Fontanazza and Cerequio upstream and by two small rivers downstream.
From the top, at an altitude of nearly 400 meters, the landscape drops to 353 meters at Fontanazza Superiore and down to 329 meters at the Cascina Zocchetta of Barolo. This area has a predominantly Southern exposure, with an occasional South-Eastern exposure.
The terrain is made of tuff, clay and limestone, mixed with sand and pebbles.
The vineyard takes the morning sun and overlooks the village of Santa Maria.
On average it sits at over 300 meters of altitude. It is located on the left side of the road that winds down from La Morra to Santa Maria.
A small shield wedged between Fossati, Serra and Cerequio: this is the sub-area of Case Nere, in dialect Ca ‘Neire, which means black houses, as they were burned in a fire a long time ago.
It is also a “shaking” ground, as it is subject to continuous landslides as evidenced by a few rows in a zigzag pattern.
It has a South-Eastern exposure and an altitude of 350 meters.
Another great cru from La Morra, already mentioned in the early sixteenth century land registers.
At its center there is the village bearing the same name, which stands at about 350 meters of altitude. It is located on the side of Brunate, following the same Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern exposure. The view of this vineyard can best be enjoyed from the road that climbs from Alba to Barolo.
This trip should not be missed as in front of you lies the La Morra hill entirely covered by the vineyards: in a single glance you embrace the whole area ranging from Fossati up to Brunate, with the magnificent Cerequio right in the center.
It is a small vineyard at the La Morra borders downstream of the village of Santa Maria.
It enjoys a full southern exposure at an altitude of about 200 meters. It is reachable from the so-called “scale crossroads” along the road from Santa Maria to Alba.
An ancient tenure of the sixteenth-century Benedictine convent of Marcenasco that lies behind it, this cru widens in a basin-like shape under the wide bend of the road that heads up to La Morra in the vicinity of the Annunziata village.
The vineyard enjoys a favorable microclimate, with a Southern to Southeastern exposure and an average altitude of 250 meters.
The vineyard extends downstream of the main road to Barolo and a tiny portion of it is part of this municipality. An abandoned farmhouse in ruins stands at the border, a clear sign the area was once inhabited.
The altitude varies from 420 to 370 meters and the area has a prevalent South-Eastern exposure.
Before entering the village of Santa Maria, the road from La Morra makes a wide bend to the right. Here, further down the road, the vineyard Galina extends to reach the vineyard of Bricco Chiesa, while the Capalot vineyard is located upstream.
The small Galina cru stands at an average height of 280 meters and enjoys a favourable Eastern exposure.
The summit of this vineyard is the Monfalletto, a peak of 299 meters of height. The name Gattera could already be found in the ancient cadastral maps dated 1340 as “Gateria”. The vineyard extends in a bowled-shaped manner to enjoy the morning and the noon sun.
The majestic cedar of Lebanon towering in Monfalletto was planted by the Falletti family in the second half of the nineteenth century. The sub-area also includes Turne and Turnote, located on the hillside that reaches the village of the Annunziata.
The altitude ranges from 250 to 300 meters. Turna, in dialect, means a set of rows on a circular pattern around the hillock bounded left and right by a headland.
This small cru extends downstream of the San Martino valley and the old Giachini farmhouse. Facing Southeast it heads down towards the Gallinotto farmhouse, lightly touching the Rocche of the Annunziata vineyard near ciabot ‘d Can.
The Giachini cru lies at a height of between 240 and 270 meters.
La Serra corresponds to the upper corner of the triangle-shaped hillside, while the base is outlined by the Fossati, Case Nere, Cerequio and Binate.
The top boundaries of this cru are the main road to Barolo and the local road to Cerequio. La Serra has an Eastern, Southeastern exposure and an average height of nearly 400 meters.
Rive o Bettolotti
This historic vineyard is known as Bettolotti from the nearby village.
At the end of the last century, here, Luigi Para experimented a new kind of Nebbiolo implants for the production of Barolo. In memory of that enterprise an observatory tower is still standing; from there Luigi Parà controlled the labourers.
Southeastern exposure, average height of about 250 meters. The vineyard stands out in all its majesty from the main road that leads from Alba to Santa Maria.
The front of the Rocche starts from the Costamagna farmhouse, at a height of 347 meters, and reaches the ciabot ‘d Can, 320 meters, descending therefrom into the small valley in front of the Torriglione village, at 250 meters of height.
The Rocche dei Costamagna slope and the valley downstream of the Botolo road have a Southeastern orientation while the strip that extends below the ciabot ‘d Can has a full Southern exposure at the Rocchette, turning South-West in the upstream part. Grand Cru, great history: Rocha (1477), Rocheta (1200), Turriglum (1477)
This strange name perhaps does not mean small cliffs, but it’s nice to believe it. The road leading to Santa Maria delimits the upper valley; downwards it borders the Roggeri cru.
From the curve of ciabot Berton one has a nice glance of the landscape. The vineyard faces East at an altitude ranging from 300 to 250 meters.
This sub-area comprises the East facing front of the hills of the Plaustra valley, the Silio village valley and the area right close to the Ciocchini village.
The maximum heights can be found at the Braide with 282 meters and at the Roere with 250 meters. It’s a morning “sorì”. (“Sorì” is a Piedmontese word for “hilltop with southern exposure”-)
It is a small sub-area comprising the vineyards with eastern exposure on the short hillside between the Rocchettevino cru, upstream, and the Roggeri village, below.
Already in the thirteenth century the area had been ploughed as its Latin name “ad runcandum” suggests.
The two farms of Roncaglia Soprana (379 meters) and Roncaglia Sottana (276 meters) are the two poles of this sub-zone, which descends almost into the Silio village.
It has a Southeastern exposure at the top, turning Eastern at the bottom.
It is a small cru near the village of Santa Maria, between the Bettolotti road and the main road below.
It has a Southeastern exposure and a maximum height of 270 meters.
Serra dei Turchi
During the Saracens’ invasions over a millennium ago, one of their colony stopped on this small promontory on the plains of Alba.
The more interesting hillside is the East side, which clings to the Bricco of San Biagio.
The maximum height is 265 meters.
It is a small cru downstream of the Silio village, on a hillside facing Southeast. It reaches a maximum height of 280 meters.