Cascina Adelaide, Italy

Amabile Droco is acting out his lifelong dream by now owning an old farmhouse and vineyard in the heart of Barolo.

Amabile Droco is acting out his lifelong dream by now owning an old farmhouse and vineyard in the heart of Barolo. He was fascinated by Barolo and wanted to demonstrate not only the fascinating qualities that the wine can create in the glass, but also the diversity of the terroir within the Barolo DOCG. So he has set out to acquire a vineyard in each of the ten Barolo ‘crus’. He currently owns eight, with the goal of completing his dream when the right sites become available. This determination to ensure the individuality of the wines shines through. The land provides the difference, the wine provides the medium. To enhance this communication of intrinsic individuality from each site no herbicides are used on the land and the harvesting and sorting is all done by hand. Attention to detail is exacting. Native yeasts and minimal sulphur are used in the fermentation too, allowing the resulting wines speak for itself, creating delicious complex formations full of orange skin, plum and tobacco with incredibly vibrant tannins and excellent balancing acidity.

Viticulture

Guyot trained vines.

Winemaking

Slow, temperature controlled fermentations followed by extensive ageing in large French oak barrels.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Only indigenous Piemontes varieties planted all of which are harvested and sorted and managed by hand.
  • Extremely low intervention winemaking, native yeasts. Grass mulching under the vines, no herbicides used, fermented manure for fertiliser.
  • Barrel topping up to minimise sulphur usage.