"In the early 1900's, Silvio's great-great-grandfather began removing the old, phylloxera-ridden vines on the Morando property and set the family on a path toward winemaking. Roughly 40 acres of Grignolino, Barbera, and Bondara were planted that Silvio and his wife Tiziana now oversee. They also run a small 5 room Bed & Breakfast on the property. There was once many other farms and wineries surrounding their property in Vignale Monferrato, but now they are the only winery left.
The vines are planted at an elevation of roughly 750ft above sea level. The soils are made up of limestone with outcroppings of ancient fossil beds. The vineyard has a south/southwest exposure. All their vineyards are farmed certified organically, with certification completed in 1997.
The grapes are picked in late September or early October and go through a short maceration and gentle pressing. Grignolino grapes have a high number of seeds, which can make very tannic wines with lots of green notes if not handled delicately. Gringa = grape seed in Italian and is where the grape name originates. The wine ages for 9 months in a combination of stainless steel and cement before it goes to bottle. The wines receive a small dose of SO2 at bottling and are bottled unfined and unfiltered." - Strade Bianche
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