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LA MORANDINA

Website:http://www.lamorandina.com

Address:Strada Morandini, 11 12053 Castiglione Tinella CN

Owner:Morando family

Year of establishment:1800

Average annual production:150,000 (bottles)

Total vineyard extension (hectares):21

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):Barbera - 8 ha
Moscato bianco - 11 ha
Nebbiolo - 1 ha
Syrah - 0.1 ha

Vine training system:
Guyot

Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines

Type of viticulture:In the conversion phase to be certified organic

Harvest period:Mid September/Mid October

Agronomist:Paolo Morando

Oenologist:Giulio Morando

History

The Morando Family has lived in this area since 1580. In 1988 the major part of the bordering land was purchased and at present the vineyards extend for 21 hectares in the best zones for the production of the various wines: i.e. Castiglione Tinellla for Moscato, Montegrosso and Costigliole d'Asti for Barbera and Neive for Barbaresco. Paolo supervises all work in the vineyards, while his brother Giulio is responsible for the wine-making.
The Morando brothers’ Moscato is perfection: it has the richness that thoroughly satisfies coupled to a fragrant freshness that prevents cloying; and the bouquet transcends Moscato with unique nuances of sage and mint.
In this estate strict organic practices have been utilized for over 30 years, in fact chemical pesticides and fertilizers are banned in favour of sulphur and copper base products, manure and compost. Leguminous plants are sown on the aisles between the rows of vines and biological control is normally used against some kinds of pests. Furthermore, Giulio and Paolo Morando closely collaborate with the University of Turin, where their uncle Albino has taught viticulture for many years, and a considerable amount of research work is carried out at La Morandina. The estate is now in the conversion phase to be certified organic.
The estate offers two wonderful Barbera d’Asti, Barbera Varmat and Barbera Zucchetto, both issuing from very old vines: husky and riddled with spice, these are pure examples of this rich soil, originating from the Miocene Epoch during which the Alps continued rising from the sea (fossilized shells can be found in the ground). The vines of the Varmat cru are prephylloxera and are 100-120 years old.
Giulio and Paolo also make a regular Barbera d’Asti and a stunning single vineyard Barbaresco, “Bricco Spessa” (a cru in the township of Neive), made from 70-80 year old vines, mainly Nebbiolo Michet.

WINES by this producer

Wine name:Barbaresco Bricco Spessa

Appellation:BARBARESCO DOCG

Zone:Neive

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Wine name:Barbera d'Asti "Varmat"

Appellation:BARBERA D'ASTI DOCG

Zone:Montegrosso d'Asti e Rocca d'Arazzo

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Wine name:Barbera d'Asti "Zucchetto"

Appellation:BARBERA D'ASTI DOCG

Zone:Montegrosso d'Asti

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Wine name:Barbera d'Asti 5 Vignés

Appellation:BARBERA D'ASTI DOCG

Zone:Montegrosso d'Asti and Costigliole

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Wine name:Chardonnay Langhe

Appellation:LANGHE CHARDONNAY DOC

Zone:Castiglione Tinella

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Wine name:Langhe Rosso L'Insieme

Appellation:LANGHE ROSSO DOC

Zone:Langhe and Monferrato

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Wine name:Moscato d'Asti

Appellation:MOSCATO D'ASTI DOCG

Zone:Castiglione Tinella

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