Dogliani is a 24,778 hectare area in the south of Piedmont that brings the work of 21 towns together around a single variety. The altitude, from 250 to 750 meters, the different geological profiles, and the microclimate changes give rise to a wine that changes from town to town, even though it is born from a single grape. It’s not just a varietal wine, but a wine that senses its territory and reflects it.
A WINE THAT DOESN’T FOLLOW THE TRENDS
Dogliani is a wine that has its own strong character: stubbornness, pride, and being the master of its own home are its trademark signs. It’s impossible to make it a wine that follows the fashions – we must instead get to know it and slowly create a sense of mutual belonging that lasts over time. This is a wine that is difficult to dominate; it forges the path, and we follow.
A GRAPE IN THE RIGHT PLACE
The delicacy of limestone and the energy of clay; the fresh breezes that come down from the Alps across the plains and ward off the heat waves that can damage this delicate grape; an altitude that slows the ripening and imparts aromas, freshness, and acidity to create a well-structured wine. These conditions create the lovely feeling that our grapes are in the right place.
Seventy percent of vineyards in the denomination are over thirty years old, and allow for wines with considerable complexity. The old vineyards offer us the heritage of the mass variety, a balanced production, and vines that explore the depth of the soil with their roots. These vines represent the farmer’s affection for his own depths and his respect for the durability of the plants he cultivates.
A BIG PIEDMONT RED
Dogliani manages to combine the Piedmontese austerity in the structure with a contained acidity and the immediacy of a fruit reminiscent of black cherry. This marriage creates a wine that recounts its pleasantness in a language that is understandable in every country, without ever forgetting its own dialect. It’s a Piedmontese ready to travel the world, a wine that is at once provincial and international.
AGRICULTURE IN EQUILIBRIUM
We are in a territory that is not designed by a monoculture, but which respects the balance among the various traditional crops, including vineyards, hazelnut groves, arable land, and pasture, and which supports the breeding of cattle and sheep, the presence of bees and hives, in harmony with the forests, creating a balanced ecosystem that protects a future based on the integration of agriculture.
Five hundred and eighty hours of manual labor per hectare every year bring winemakers closer to their vineyards and teaches them to listen to all that can be understood only through their constant presence. A current of cold air rising from a gorge, a patch of redder earth, the humid wind coming from Liguria, a plant that needs to be shortened, the water rising from a marl - these are all clues that establish a profound bond capable of going beyond any calculation of time and money.
A MOODY AND DELICATE GRAPE
Dolcetto is a grape that is extremely sensitive to variations in climate, soil and cultivation methods – to which it reacts immediately. For this reason, it grows and thrives in very few territories where it is able to express its delicate aromas. They say that it’s a grape that is so sensitive that if you look at it the wrong way it is offended.
THE PROFOUNDNESS OF SIMPLE THINGS
Dogliani brings us back to the profoundness of the simple things in life, things that don’t demand our attention but that are always with us – the repeated gestures and habits that are dear to us. It’s a wine that hides its deepest articulation under a pleasant immediacy that can be enjoyed every day. A simplicity that doesn’t mean banality.
A FRIEND AT THE TABLE
Dogliani is considered the ideal wine for accompanying the whole meal in the Piedmontese gastronomic tradition. Like all wines of the region, it was created above all to be enjoyed together with food, able to complement the flavors. It is a companion that is subtle, thanks to its restrained acidity, but present thanks to the balanced tannins of the fruit.
FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE
The municipal independence in the Middle Ages, the custom of small ownership since the seventeenth century, and the autonomy of families over the centuries, have given us the elegance of dignity and freedom in the regulation of common life. Through the changes in history, Dogliani has been able to maintain strong autonomy thanks to the economic independence obtained with the cultivation of grapes and the wine trade.
THE BOTTOM OF AN ANCIENT SEA
Our territory is the result of the violent surfacing of the seabed, which occurred thirteen million years ago when the Po Valley was an inland sea, moved only by streams of sedimentation. Sands and calcareous limestone clays, shaped by the Tanaro River, make up ancient marls and give the Dogliani structure and finesse.
A CHILD THAT MATURES OVER TIME
Not everyone is able to maintain the enthusiasm and energy of a child and also know how to mature well over time. The complex heritage of tannins and anthocyanins that give structure to Dogliani allow for an evolution over the years that, in some wines, will transform and mature the aromas and flavors of youth.
A LAND OF THOUGHT
This is the land of Luigi Einaudi, a scholar, great economist, president of the Italian Republic and agricultural entrepreneur. It is home to the first library planned by Bruno Zevi commissioned by the publisher Giulio Einaudi, to infuse books and culture into the social fabric of small towns. Every summer it welcomes students from Cornell University in Ithaca and hosts people of culture and knowledge, who are attracted to its authentic seriousness.
VINEYARDS THAT HAVE NAMES
Just like each person is different from the other and has his or her own unique character, the vineyards also have their peculiarities and advantages, and deserve their own names. The map of the vineyards of Dogliani helps to recognize the places that give birth to these wines, to understand there uniqueness and their differences. This teaches us to call the vineyards by name.
La Bottega is an organization of producers, family companies able to impart their passion and their characters to the wine they produce. They work together to maintain the quality and autonomy of the area. It isn’t a protective consortium, but a permanent place for comparison; the ancient cellar of a convent where you can taste the wines and buy a few bottles to contribute to the pleasure of your table and to the promotion of our territory.
NOT JUST WINE
Dogliani is not only the surface of a denomination, but a wider geography, made of flavors, culture, dialects and landscapes. It’s an area of southern Piedmont, with its history, churches and castles, its festivals and flavors: truffles, tume cheese, Piedmontese beef and hazelnuts. It’s the possibility of drinking in a different way, thanks to the images of a place you’ve visited, the memory of people you’ve met, and the re-emergence of unforgettable flavors.