HistoryDolcetto is probably the vine with the most authentic Piedmontese origin, it is quite delicate, requiring specific positions, altitudes and a considerable temperature difference between day and night.
The first documents on the cultivation of the Dolcetto vine date back to the 16th Century, but its origins are probably older. There are a few written documents, but we have at our disposal many oral memories handed down from generation to generation by wine growers.
The name of this vine has often created misunderstandings: Dolcetto (from the Italian “dolce”, sweet) is not referred to the taste of the wine (which is very dry), since it probably indicates the pleasant taste of the grapes, which have a low acid content and are quite sweet.
In Piedmont, this vine is widely spread, and the surface cultivated with Dolcetto vineyards is so wide that it could be divided into seven subregions: one of these areas is made up of the communal territory of Diano D’Alba, which is located in the Province of Cuneo and dedicated to the production of the DOCG wine “Dolcetto di Diano d”Alba”, which can be simply called “Diano d’Alba DOCG”.
Thanks to the small production area and strict regulations, we can produce autochthonous wines which are strongly characterized by the soil and whose peculiar features are enhanced. Dolcetto di Diano is typically robust and fruity, with an intense almond finish. These characteristics are given by the soil of Diano d”Alba, which is mostly made up of white tuff marl.
Some specific wine areas located in the territory of Diano produce special grapes, these regions are called Sörì (from the Piedmontese dialect “sunny hillsides”).
At present, 77 Sörì have been listed since 1985, following a long and complex study on the wine areas, with the help of wine growers, in order to select the best zones. The excellent quality of Dolcetto di Diano has been certified both through the DOC designation and an accurate research on the area.
WineDue to the specific composition of the grapes and to the influence of the micro-climate, Dolcetto di Diano can have very different characteristics: these depend on the skills of wine-growers and oenologists.
Through different cultivation and wine-making techniques, it is possible to obtain wines which are simple and young, full-bodied wines with purple reflections and an intense nose, or cru that can be aged for several years in order to develop their entire wonderful potential. Every wine lover can find his/her wine.
Slightly more than one million bottles of Dolcetto di Diano are produced from vineyards which are located only in the territory of Diano d’Alba every year.
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