The term “cru” indicates a particular vineyard that has specific climatic and soil conditions and that produces a wine with distinct and recognizable characteristics. Long before geological analysis and careful studies of these plots of land were carried out, their fame was based primarily on tradition and on the instinct of those who work the land and make a living off its grapes. Therefore, it is important that the names of these areas withstand the passing of time and remain firmly associated with their respective unique land.
THE ENOGEA MAPS
The Bottega di Dogliani, in collaboration with Alessandro Masnaghetti, conducted a first mapping of these vineyards in the interest of establishing boundaries, names, estates, and wine characteristics. The result of this work is contained in two maps, the first published in 2011 and the second in 2012.
The categorization of names and plots of land in these maps does not grant them regulatory or legislative value, rather, their value derives from being a record of historic knowledge and memory without being influenced by personal interests. In the future, the maps may further help define additional geographical indications or in creating a list of names of historical vineyards that producers may wish to use on their labels.
ADDITIONAL GEOGRAFICAL INDICATIONS
In 2017, the Consortium of Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe and Dogliani, along with the 21 municipalities included in the Dogliani DOCG appellation, produced a mapping of the Additional Geographical Indications. This map will soon be published and already has legal value. The use of this classification system is, therefore, governed by law and by the procedural guidelines of the appellation. When creating these maps, each municipality collaborated and consulted with the local producers before making definitive decisions. The names assigned to certain areas could be the same as the name of their municipality (if vineyards were scarce); they could be assigned to large areas within the municipality itself, like Dogliani; or they could represent smaller, more specific areas such as Farigliano, Clavesana, or Rocca Cigliè.