The Rocchettevino cru was planted in 1997, on the slopes of an east-facing hillside in the village of La Morra at an average altitude of 300 metres. "Ronchetovinum" was cited in the land registry as long ago as 1477 as one of the very finest wine growing sites in the village. The soil features clayey-calcareous marl, which contributes to bringing out this wine's aromatic finesse.
The wine estate stands on the slopes of the San Biagio hill in La Morra, one of the eleven villages forming the area where Barolo wine is produced.
The farm stretches out over 18 hectares (45 acres), and has belonged to the Roggero family for generations. Surrounded by splendid vineyards, it enjoys a spectacular panorama opening out onto the Langhe, a range of hills packed with history and castles. Old documents preserved in the village archives show that San Biagio hill was known of as far back as the Middle Ages. Indeed, the term Sancte Blaxius appears in a 1477 entry in the local land registry, when a Benedictine monastery (San Biagio Priory, 1050 AD) used to grow vines here. All the estate vineyards are part of the Great Vineyards of Barolo within the Commune of La Morra: with resolution no. 21 of 15 April 1994, the village council established the boundaries of the crus recognized as being prime sites for the growing of the Nebbiolo variety used to produce Barolo wine.
The old cellar is located in the original farmhouse dating back to 1923. Here, various vintages of Barolo age in large casks stood beneath a high, narrow-vaulted brick ceiling. A new winery was built alongside in the year 2000, equipped with a modern vinification area, and a floor underground providing the perfect surroundings for wines to mature.
The family-run business is co-ordinated by the company's owner, Giovanni, while agrotechnician Davide is responsible for looking after the vineyards and implementing plant protection measures in compliance with EU directives on environmentally friendly farming, and winemaker Gianluca handles the vinification, giving the wines their inimitable style and respecting heir varietal qualities.
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