Grape varieties and terroir
Since the year we moved to Monsordo Bernardina Estate (1989), our local varieties, as grown in the areas of Langhe and Roero, (Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Arneis) have been complemented by international varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah).
The former are made into wine in pure form, while the latter are used in assemblies. Even though they are not autochthonous, the international varieties reflect our particular “terroir”.
By terroir we mean that combination of dynamics and micro-climate, the characteristics of the soil and the agricultural practices, that determine the uniqueness of a growing area and that are transferred to the wine in the bottle, “branding” it geographically (indeed, we chose the Langhe doc denomination for our labels).
Over the years we have noticed that the organic and biodynamic regime amplifies the expression of the terroir: our wines are therefore true expressions of this place and could not exist elsewhere.