San Fereolo | Biodynamic estate in the Langhe region of Piemonte in Italy. It makes wines under the Langhe Bianco DOC, Langhe Rosso DOC, and Dolcetto di Dogliani DOCG.

Background | Nicoletta Bocca, who is from Milan, started here in 1992 by acquiring plots of vines (see below), helped by advice from a neighbour who had always been a vine grower.

Vineyards | Many different parcels of land sprinkled throughout the Dogliani territory. | 2012 12ha of Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, plus Rhine Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The vineyard plots Nicoletta Bocca often belonged to people that were too old to continue farming. The vines are scattered on the right bank of the river Rea, between Dogliani and Monforte d’Alba in the southern part of Piedmont, adjacent to the Barolo wine country in the Langhe.

Certification | 2004 Certified organic. | 2005 Member of Demeter Italia. | 2019 Still certified by Demeter Italia. Member of Renaissance des Appellations.

Production | 45,000 bottles a year.

White wines

Langhe Bianco DOC, Costa di Riavolo | In the commune of Dogliani. Riesling and Gewurztraminer (clones from Alsace capable of maintaining good acidity). Very windy north to northeastern exposure at 500 metres above sea level. Mainly limestone, in the sub zone of Valdibà. Single guyot. 4,000 vines per hectare. Yields of 30 to 45hl. | 2010 100% Riesling (normally 70% Riesling, 30% Gewurztraminer). 4.000 bottles. Rubber nose, better fresh chalk and vanilla on the palate at RAW, London Sunday/Monday 20-21st May 2012.

Red wines

Langhe Rosso DOC, Austri | Primarily from vines in Austri in the sub zone of Valdiberti in Dogliani township. Southeast to southwest facing, sheltered from the wind at 400 metres above sea level. Prevalently limestone. Other small plots are Costabella and Cerri Sottani, with exposure to the south and southwest, located in Valdibà. Single guyot. 4,000 vines per hectare. Yields of 30 to 40hl. Barbera with a small amount of Nebbiolo. From the commune of Dogliani, primarily in the vineyard of Austri, with exposure to the southeast to southwest, sheltered from the wind at 400 metres above sea level. The soil is medium textured and prevalently limestone, located in the sub zone of Valdiberti. Other small plots are Costabella and Cerri Sottani, with exposure to the south and southwest, located in Valdiba’. The vines are cultivated using a simple Guyot, with a plant density ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 vines per hectare. 35-40hl/ha. | 2007 Langhe DOC, Austri 90% Barbera, 10% Nebbiolo. Again nice plump crisp fruit but with a bit of green to at Poderi Luigi Einadi 16th July 2016.

Langhe Rosso DOC, Il Provinciale | Nebbiolo from the commune of Dogliani, identified in the vineyard of Austri, in the sub zone of Valdiberti. The vines are on a wind-sheltered slope, exposed southwest at 400 metres above sea level. The soil is medium texture, prevalently limestone and the area is Valdiberti. Single guyot. 4,000 vines per hectare. Yields of 30 to 45hl.

Dolcetto di Dogliani DOC, Valdiba | From 10-30 year old vines in Dogliani, from the Baraccone and San Fereolo vineyards in the sub zone of Valdibà. 400-500 metres above sea level. Exposed from the southeast to the northwest, these vineyards have medium texture, limestone dominated soil. Guyot. 4,000-5,000 vines per hectare. | 2010 Steel. Nice and fresh at RAW, London Sunday/Monday 20-21st May 2012.

Dogliani DOCG, San Fereolo | From 40-70 year old vines in Dogliani, from the San Fereolo, Austri, Costabella, and Cerri Sottani vineyards, in the sub zones of Valdiba’ and Valdiberti. 400-500 metres above sea level. Exposed from the southeast to the southwest, these vineyards have medium texture, limestone dominated soil. Guyot. 4,000-5,000 vines per hectare.

Dogliani Superiore DOCG, San Fereolo | 2007 Nice savoury tannin, modern fruit with nice weight and dark fruit at Poderi Luigi Einadi 16th July 2016.

Dolcetto di Dogliani DOC Superiore, 1593 | From Dogliani, and from Cerri Sottani, in the sub zone of Valdiba’. South-west facing. Sheltered from the wind, the vineyards are planted in a limestone rich, medium textured soil at 400 metres above sea level. Guyot. 4,000-5,000 vines per hectare. Biodynamic methods. 1593 is the year in which we find the first written documentation, filed in the Dogliani archives, of the word “dozzetti”, attesting the ancient roots of the grape in this territory.

Contact

San Fereolo

Borgata Valdibà n. 59

I-12063 Dogliani (CN), Italy

www.sanfereolo.com