Azienda Agricola Gagliardi Piero
The estate includes a cattle breeding business specialized in Piedmontse cows and excellent viticultural parcels of land. The vitivinicultural part of the business was started because of the great passion for vine growing and winemaking that runs in the Gagliardi family. The winemaking business started with just one small Nebbiolo d'Alba vineyard, but grew in time to the current five hectares (around 12.45 acres) of vineyards.
In 1994 the estate management was passed on to son Piero, who continued to grow both the cattle breeding and the family winemaking businesses, dedicating himsels passionately to expandig the vineyards and producing flavorful quality wines.
In 1998 the estate acquired a beautiful wide valley at the foot of the hill upon which the splendid castle of Monticello d'Alba raise. The medieval castle was the residence of the Counts Roero, a noble family who lent the title to this fertile corner of Piedmont. Here, on the left bank of the river Tanaro, are aligned the 15 municipalities which make up the wine zones of Roero and Langhe. These are places traditionally dedicated to vitiviniculture and rich in mouthwatering typical regional food products.
The five hectares of vineyards of the Azienda Agricola Gagliardi Piero are located on a hill called Roncaglia. Among the rows of vines, there is a stone country shrine depicting St. Anne, St. Jacob and St. Thomas. According to a local legend, terrible hail storms used to ravage the area, destroying the harvest and damaging the vineyards and other crops. In 1914, the peasants built the small shrine and had the three saints painted to protect the surrounding fields. The legend says that after that, no major weather calamities ever befell the Roncaglia hill.
The Roncaglia hill is known in the area as the best location for producing quality wines, thanks to the calcareous and clay -y composition of the soil as well as the favorable sun exposure.
The Azienda Agricola Gagliardi uses only grapes grown in the family vineyards to produce the estate wines. In addition to being located in the higher part of the Roncaglia hill, the vineyards are treated exclusively with natural products in total respect for the envinronment. The wines thus obtained are totally in accordance with the traditional Piedmontse production methods. In fact, the Gagliardi family uses iron vats and glass coated concrete vats for fermenting and ageing the wines. This way, the family maintains total control of the whole production chain. The lack of barrique ageing is a choice as, notwithstanding the international hype for wood-stressed tannins. Keeping the wine away from oak allows the final product to develop the organoleptic quality derived from the grapes and to show the aroma and flavors acquired through the typical Roero terroir. In these wines the accent is on the peculiar characteristics of the terroir, rather than in the result of winery wizardry and acquired wood aroma.
The Gagliardi Wines
- Langhe Roero Arneis DOC:
Elegant white wine, straw yellow in color with expansive perfumes.
Ideal served as aperitif and seafood meals.
- Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC:
Red wine, elegant with great structure, made with a selection of the best Nebbiolo grapes, it is fermented and matures for 12 months in iron vats. This wine reflects the best organoleptic characteristics of the vine variety. The color is ruby red, with an inviting plum, peach and hazelnut flavor.
Excellent with red meat dishes.
- Barbera d'Alba DOC:
Red wine left to ferment and mature in iron vats, so that it reflects the best organoleptic characteristics of the vine. Elegant and soft, fresh and fruity with good structure.
Ideal with pasta dishes and the valued 'fassone' Piedmontse beef. 'Fassone' describes a type of cow and is synonimous with high quality beef.
The red wines are left to rest an extra year in glass coated concrete barrels to allow them to reach complete ripeness while developing the typical organoleptic flavors and aromas. Once bottled, the wines are left to refine for six more months before release.
To the wine lover who is looking for Italian native wines produced in accordance with the best values of the north Italian enological tradition, and applied passionately by the producer for the sake of good, natural, quality wine, we suggest trying these wines. Piero Gagliardi is a young producer with deep roots solidly in the winemaking traditions of the Roero wine zone.