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Langhe pigments

The colors of peasant life

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Vineyard land

Some soils have very particular colors. They are very visible for example when they are being prepared to welcome new vines. Or in the strips that divide the plots from which the finest wines of the Langhe come.

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Sand in the vineyards

The origin of the soil on which the Langa cru vines grow is closely linked to the sand. In some cases the sand has become so compact that it has formed very regular layers, from which the "Langa stones" are obtained, which have always been used to build walls and houses. If you look carefully, you will also find fossil remains. The sand allows the soil to let water flow into the deep layers, which is essential for feeding even the long roots of the vines.


Vine charcoal

Every year during the winter, the branches from which the bunches of grapes were harvested are pruned to prepare the plants for a new year. The branches have always been burned at the edges of the vineyards. What remains are small piles of coal that can be easily encountered while walking.

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It is said that the great wines of the Langhe are possible mainly due to the special mixture of limestone and clay present in the soil. This sedimentary rock is often a beautiful gray-blue color.



Tradition has it that the Langa farmhouses are covered with tiles. Every now and then the wind moves them and you have to realign them by hand. This ancient technique is widespread in many areas in southern Europe, but it makes the ancient medieval villages of the hills of lower Piedmont particularly picturesque. Their reddish color, due to the clay with which they are modelled, integrates them into the colorful nature of the Langhe.

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Vine branches

The bark of the branches which bring the bunches to maturity, especially those of red and autumn grapes, have a beautiful reddish brown colour. In fact, here too there are anthocyanins, the substances that color the wine.

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