For four generations, the Grimaldi family have been tending the best vineyards in the Langhe and Roero, bottling the most prestigious appellations of the area. Over more than a century of working in the vineyards, in close contact with the soil and the vines, the Grimaldis have learned to recognize the most suitable areas for each type of vine, knowledge that they have used by planting the best varieties for the soil, altitude, micro-climate and orientation. Today the wine company of Diano D’Alba produces a wide range of typical wines, a direct expression of the extraordinary variety of grapes and the unique terroir, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The history of the Grimaldis goes back to its country roots in the Langhe, in Valle Talloria, at the beginning of the 19th century, when fields of wheat grew between the rows of vines and every farmhouse had, next to the winery, a barn in which were bred the prestigious Fassona Piemontese cattle. Grandfather Giuseppe cultivated excellent dolcetto grapes, the main variety of the Diano d’Alba area. After harvesting them he would load them on to a cart and take them to Aldolcetto market, where they would be purchased by the winemakers.
Piedmont has fostered a serious winemaking tradition since the Middle Ages. Early references to Nebbiolo wine were documented in the castle of Rivoli in 1266 and in the village of Canale in the Roero in 1303. The region’s most prized grape was also highlighted in a book of statutes in the village of La Morra in 1431, wherein a five-lire fine was imposed on anyone who cut Nebbiolo vines.
Piedmont is Italy’s second largest geographical region and the country’s seventh largest wine-producing region. Approximately 45,000 hectares of Piedmont’s 25,399 square kilometers are under vine. Piemontese wine makes up 5 percent of Italy’s national production and almost 18 percent of the country’s total exports. Most of the region’s wine comes from small vineyards in which the growers also make the wine. In Barolo and Barbaresco, the region’s most revered winemaking areas, the average vineyard is only about five acres with an output of approximately 10,000 bottles a year.
Situated in the northwest, Piedmont shares borders with France and Switzerland. The region’s Italian name, Piemonte, translates to foot of the mountains, which is a fitting descriptor for its subalpine location and the fact that it’s surrounded by mountains on three sides—the Alps in the north and west and the Apennines in the south. The mountains create a protective barrier around Piedmont and the sub-alpine foothills offer many sunny slopes for planting the region’s most-prized grape. While the sunniest aspects tend to be reserved for Nebbiolo, nearly all of the vineyards in Piedmont are planted on hills ranging in elevation from 150 to 450 meters above sea level. Very few (less than 5 percent) are officially classified as flat. The coolest sites are usually planted with Dolcetto, except in the hills southeast of Asti, where cooler vineyards are reserved for Moscato. Variations in soil composition, altitude, and aspect combined with the sub-mountainous landscape contribute to a range of mesoclimates throughout the region. source: SevenFiftyDaily
Groppone - from Piedmontese grupun - is a long range of hills surrounded by vineyards which form part of the Sorì del Montagrillo, from which we make the Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba DOCG of the same name. Between the 1970s and 1980s, the Grimaldis acquired Barolo nebbiolo vineyards in the municipality of Roddi, cru Bricco Ambrogio, at Diano d’Alba, in the Sorano cru, and also planted the Bricco San Biagio vineyard at La Morra. During the 21st century, acquisitions of vineyards have continued, in order to broaden the range of wines produced. Plots were purchased at Vezzi d’Alba, particularly suited for the production of Roero Arneis, the great whte wine from the “left bank of the Tanaro”; and a splendid vineyard of over 4 hectares at Sinio, a single plot planted with nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto.