Story of the wine:
This wine (literally “The Moon and the Bonfire”) is named after the novel by Cesare Pavese, a Piemonte novelist of the 1940s. The story examines the notion that it is only the land that never changes. Barbera is fast becoming one of the more fashionable grape varieties as its qualities are being realised. This wine is from three communes famed for their Barbera; Nizza Monferrato, Agliano Terme and Clamandrana; all of which are in the Asti province. The grapes are from a number of very small vineyards, which gives the wine greater complexity, and the yields have been reduced to ensure a greater concentration of flavour. Vite Colte is based in the village of Barolo and regularly makes award winning wines.
Grape(s): 100% Barbera
Area: From up to 60ha of small vineyards in the three communes of Nizza Monferrato, Agliano Terme and Clamandrana in the heart of the Asti province.
Training system: Guyot
Age of the vines: Average 30 years old.
Vine density: 3,800 per ha.
Harvest: A manual harvest in the first week of October.
Vinification: A soft pressing is followed by 15 day fermentation at 30°C and a full malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: Aged for 12 months in barriques.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions of the wines:
1) A full, ripe nose with lots of fruit. It is a mouth filling, big flavoured wine that has a long, structured finish.
2) A top flight, medal winning wine from the newly fashionable Barbera grape. The exciting flavours of this grape are now being realised by producers of the quality of Vite Colte who are now making interesting and complex wines from this variety. A full, ripe nose with lots of fruit. It is a mouth filling, big flavour wine that has a long, structured finish.
Vintage 2012 Silver Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015
Vintage 2012 Gold Medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2015
Vintage 2012 Gold Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
Vintage 2012 Bronze Medal International Wine Challenge 2015
Vintage 2012 Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
Vintage 2011 Bronze Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2014
Vintage 2009 Gold Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2012
Vintage 2001 Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2004
Vintage 1997 Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2000
Country: Italy Region: Barolo - Piemonte Grape: 100% Barbera Product code: 1634 Pack size: 6x75cl
Terre da Vino, based in Barolo, is a share holding company established in 1980. At the end of 2015, Terre da Vino has decided to focus on a smaller number of wine growers, that produce best quality wines. To emphasise this new approach they have decided to re-brand these top wines under the name Vite Colte. Literally this phrase has a double meaning referring to vine growers with both knowledge and experience, and this phrase resonates with the word; viticulture.
Owned by 14 co-operatives Vite Colte was given a mission to identify and make wines from the best vineyards from their 2.500 members. Vite Colte has great resources in terms of vineyards all over the region, over 4.500 hectares, from which they are able to select the best grapes to produce some of the finest wines.
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