Bel Colle cultivates 10 hectares between Verduno, the Langhe hills and the Astigiano area.
The estate’s vineyards include some of Barolo’s most prestigious Geographical Mentions: the vineyards of Monvigliero – a true expression of elegance and finesse – and Borgo Castagni in Verduno; Bussia, in Monforte d’Alba, one of the world’s best-known cru of the “King of Wines.”
In the hills of Barbaresco, Bel Colle leads the vineyards of Menzione Pajorè, famous for its austere and robust, yet harmoniously elegant wines. The vineyard of Turna Lunga, in Santo Stefano Belbo, is the place of choice for Moscato d’Asti; while Barbera d’Asti finds its vocation in the hills of Bionzo, which represent the first ridge of the Langa Astigiana.
An Additional Geographical Mention of Barolo, Monvigliero has always been considered the “Grand Cru” of the commune of Verduno, as well as one of the most prestigious vineyards of the entire appellation. A natural amphitheatre facing southwest characterized by a particularly dry climate and light, loose soils that push the vines to give their best. From Monvigliero come iconic Barolos for finesse and elegance that, while not renouncing a hint of austerity, prove to be true sons of the Verduno lands thanks to one of the widest and most complex aromatic ranges of the entire appellation, played in particular on notes of flowers and spices.
Only recently included among Bel Colle’s cultivation plots, Bussia is the most famous vineyard in Monforte d’Alba.
Bussia is a true icon that captures the best characteristics of Barolo. Bussia is a cru of absolute prestige that Bel Colle has the honor of cultivating in one of its highest portions, near the village of the same name, with excellent south-southwest exposure. Here the Nebbiolo vineyard reaches unparalleled heights of intensity and elegance. The marly soils meet a limestone matrix that expresses complex, sumptuous and excellent structured Barolo, with a slight savory note that enhances its freshness.
The vineyards of Borgo Castagni include the plots that extend around the Bel Colle winery, on the border between the municipalities of Verduno and La Morra. They are divided between two Barolo Geographical Mentions, that of Castagni, below La Morra, and that of Neirane, in the Verduno district. The west-facing exposure, cool climate and good altitude express the wines unique olfactory array of intensity and persistence, marked by good freshness. Excellent structure is combined with extreme elegance. A peculiarity of Borgo Neirane is the presence of clay-limestone soils, characterized by veins of chalk, which give the Barolo and Verduno Pelaverga wines produced here a decisively more intense chromatic heritage, of excellent aromatic breadth and unsuspected sapidity.
A Barbaresco Geographical Mention, it is one of the appellation’s most renowned crus. It enjoys a well-established reputation thanks in part to the cult wines of Giovanni Moresco (now almost unobtainable), who first vinified it in purity in 1967. The rows have a very steep, almost terraced layout that enhances the excellent south, southwest exposure. Soils, elevations and exposure give Barbaresco of absolute class, classic and elegant structure, well delineated and deeply balanced.
Turna Lunga is a magnificent vineyard in Valdivilla, a hamlet of Santo Stefano Belbo, located on one of the most spectacular ridges of the eastern Langhe, on the border with, entirely planted with Moscato. In Piedmontese dialect, the “turne” are the pieces of rows of vines that, Astigiano interspersed with the capezzagne, punctuate the slope of the hills, turning on the edge of the horizon. The extreme slope of Turna Lunga, around 35 percent, makes viticulture strenuous and heroic, exclusively manual. It is from this vineyard that we obtain our Moscato d’Asti Turna Lunga, a single vineyard wine of extreme elegance, obtained by fermentation with indigenous country yeasts, the result of a pied de cuve prepared beforehand from the vineyard’s harvested and crushed bunches. A wine of great emotional impact, fresh and balanced, sweet and never cloying, intimately linked to its terroir.
Bel Colle leads about one hectare of Barbera in Bionzo, a small town overlooking the Tinella Valley, which divides the hills of the eastern Langhe from the Monferrato Astigiano. The rows rise in a hot, well-exposed area that is extremely dry, inducing the clusters to ripen early and have great concentrations. This is where Barbera d’Asti Docg Superiore Nuwanda, an Indian term for the “Spirit of Strength,” was born. A single vineyard of great power, full-bodied, rightly alcoholic, which while preserving the acidity of the Barbera grape variety is expressed according to an all-Mediterranean warmth, full and enveloping, with fruity and persistent hints.
Vesime, Alta Langa
In Vesime, a small village in the Bormida Valley, Bel Colle owns a vineyard planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It was one of the first vineyards, in the 1980s, to be planted with these varieties: an experimental polyclonal plot, created to inaugurate the Alta Langa project, the Metodo Classico that would represent Piedmont. The extraordinary genetic heritage of this vineyard results in differently ripened grapes, which must be harvested in several passes. But it contributes to an unparalleled richness of expression, resulting in a Metodo Classico of surprising finesse, fullness of aroma and just the right minerality.