The Rossese Bianco grape was once widespread in the regions of Liguria and Piedmont but they slowly began to disappear.
A small quantity remains in Monforte d’Alba, where its presence has been certified for many years on the list of authorized grapes in Piedmont in the national registry of wine grape varieties.
Name Langhe Rossese Bianco DOC
Town Monforte d’Alba
Grapes 100% Rossese Bianco
Vineyard size 0.5ha in the area of Sant’Anna di Monforte d’Alba, 0.5ha in the area of Salicetti di Monforte d’Alba.
Vineyards Sant’Anna has a northwest exposure and sits at an altitude of 450m above sea level where the soil has a lot of clay and lime and there are constant breezes. Salicetti has a northwest exposure, an average altitude of 450m above sea level, a Diano sandstone soil that dates back to the Tortonian era and a high percentage of sand.
Year of planting — Salicetti year 2008 – S’Anna year 2013
Vine training Guyot
Vineyard density 5,000 rootstocks/ha
Yield 70000 kg/ha
Winemaking method The grapes are picked by hand and are immediately sent to the winery. They are destemmed and pressed after which the must ferments, initially in stainless steel vats. Towards the end of fermentation, the wine is transferred into French-oak barriques where it remains for 12 months until bottling. Malolactic fermentation does not take place and there is frequent paddling to keep the lees in suspension.