Region: Italy, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto
Grape(s): Nebbiolo, Average age of the vines: 30 years.
Terroir: south and south-east. Altitude: 350 meters. Clay, limestone
Winemaking: fermented in steel tanks with controlled temperature.
Aging: aged in French oak barrels that are 20-25 hectalitres for 2-3 years, then aged in bottle for a period of 1 year.
Rocche di Castiglione is one of the smallest and most renowned vineyards of the entire Barolo area. Located at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea level, this “Cru” (Registered Geographic Area) consists of a number of small, steep vineyard properties, and forms a long narrow strip along the side of a very steep hill with an east-southeast exposition. The lower part of this long strip of earth, which is about 1.5 Km long and 60-70 meters high, sits on a cliff (“rocche”) that in some places drops as much as 150 meters to the Perno river at the bottom.
The terrain here is consists primarily of limestone with a notable presence of sand and tuff. These characteristics give the wines of Rocche unique, well-defined aromas, soft tannins, excellent balance, and a distinctive elegance. The vines of Rocche have a median age of about 40 years. This vineyard is dedicated exclusively to Nebbiolo for Barolo.