Langhe, Piedmont, Italy
Jewellers’ work with Piedmont’s gems
A strong passion for the specificity and excellence of the different Piedmont’s grapes and terroirs is the main driver behind Le Strette, a project founded by brothers Mauro e Savio Daniele. Their aim was to use both the passion for wine they inherited from their parents and their formal education as oenologists to claim their place among the best producers in Barolo.
Mauro and Savio Daniele founded Le Strette in 1997 and their goal was clear: to claim a place among the best Barolo producers. The essential ingredients were all there from the very beginning: a strong passion for wine, passed on by their parents Giulio and Giuliana; formal education and extensive experience as oenologists and winemakers; a local partner, Gino Lagorio, with deep knowledge of the region; outstanding understanding of Piedmont’s terroir and indigenous.
Twenty three years on they have not only achieved their goal but also set the bar higher for all the grapes they vinify and the multiple DOC’s and MGA’s (Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive – a geographical certification that is even more strict that DOCG) they work under:
- Barolo DOCG – Bergera-Pezzole MGA, Corini-Pallaretta MGA and Bergeisa MGA.
- Langhe DOC Nas-cëtta del Comune di Novello (a DOC created through the efforts of Savio himself)
- Langhe Nebbiolo
- Barbera d’Alba
- Dolcetto d’Alba
Mauro and Savio work under careful sustainability standards, both in the vineyards and in the cellar. They have thoroughly profiled their different ‘crus’ on the hills around Novello so as to understand how each of them brings out the nest expression of the historically grown grapes. Without herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers, the most important part of their work is to produce the best fruit for each wine. In the cellar, humidity and temperature are naturally control by integrating tdaridional methods and materials (such as ‘tufo’) in the modern-built faclitues.
Le Strette owes its name to the small hamlet that used to exist where the cellar now stands. It consisted of a small group of houses crossed by a narrow (‘stretta’) path that opened to the hills of the Langhe. It’s the sense of wonder for this landscape that the Daniele’s bring to each of the bottles they produce.
Location: Piedmont, Italy
Working with us since: 2020
Total area under vine: 6.5 hectares
Viticultural standards: organic (non- certified)
Our pick of the best wine from this producer: Nas-cëtta
Interesting fact: Le Strette is on of only seven producers still growing the historical Nas-cëtta grape variety and to produce Langhe DOC Nas-cëtta del Comune di Novello wines. Nas-cëtta was almost forgotten, vinified only as part of blends for domestic consumption, when Elvio Cogno and Le Strette’s Savio Daniele, started working to recover the vineyards and do proper genetic profiling. After a lot of hard work and intense lobbying they managed to get proper recognition for the grape and the specificity of the Novello terroir: in 2010 the DOC Langhe Nas-cëtta del Comune di Novello was finally recognised.