Lying along the road that winds its way up from Castiglione Falletto to Monforte, the Attilio Ghisolfi winery is surrounded by the vineyards of Bussia, one of the finest crus in the Barolo wine-growing area. The company has been run by Gianmarco since 1988, when he began bottling the wines that had been produced on the farm for three generations and had always been sold previously in bulk.
The traditional local varieties (Nebbiolo, Barbera, Freisa) are grown on around 7 hectares (17 acres) of vineyards, alongside another which is quite unusual for this area: Pinot Noir.
The most prestigious label is Barolo Bricco Visette, though since the 2000 vintage it has been joined – in the very best years only – by the winery’s real showpiece, Barolo Riserva Fantini.
Of lesser standing, though no less important, are the estate’s other wines:
Barbera d’Alba Vigna Lisi, Barbera d’Alba Maggiora, Langhe Alta Bussia, Langhe Pinay e Langhe Nebbiolo.
Our family knows that making a great wine takes more than just having a good winemaker: of fundamental importance are the land, the vineyard and the traditions handed down over time, which is why we dedicates so much attention to the vineyard and to maintaining the right equilibrium, following all the tending of the vines directly, from pruning through to the harvest.
With the aim of obtaining a production which is as eco-compatible as possible, the appropriate treatments are carried out in the vineyard using copper and sulphate-based products which have less environmental impact. In order to maintain the normal bacterial flora in the soil, only manures of organic origin are used, and weeds are kept under control by mechanical means, without the use of chemical weed-killers.
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Wednesday 22 April 2015
Rougie Foie Gras Dinner presented by Classic Fine Foods featuring Chris Salans at Forlino