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VALDISOLE'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
"TO LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF NATURAL WINE"


We produce only white table wine and red table wine. We declass our wines purposefully. We can produce Roero DOCG both for our whites and reds, with the additional geographical prestigious mention “Val di Stefano”To prove what we say, we produced for two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019, our Nebbiolo, Helios, with the DOCG denomination, with additional sub-zone indication “Val di Stefano”.  

We retain ourselves to be free from restrictions. Winemaking, for us, is art and culture. Unfortunately, the standards of our Roero DOCG fall too short for us. The Roero DOCG does not approve orange wines, and we refuse to make boring wines. So, we choose to declass our wines from a DOGC with sub-zone indication to modest table white and red wines. 


We are fortunate and unfortunate enough to grow our grapes in the region of Piedmont. Fortunate because of the fantastic terroir we have here, but unfortunate because of the absurd regulations and the unique bureaucracy. Piemonte is the only Italian region that does not allow for an IGT (indicazione geografica tipica). IGT lies at the lowest quality rank in wines only above the table wine we use right now. The famous Supertuscan wines from Tuscany region are all IGT wines. If Piemonte allowed the IGT, we would be able to indicate on our bottles the names of the grapes we used. To avoid sanctions, we do not indicate the grapes used in our wines and we avoid to do so on our website too. You can contact us to have more information on our grapes and vinification procedures. Why do they not allow IGT indication? Well, they say they want to maintain high-quality standards… We leave it up to you to imagine the real reasons behind their choice.


We make natural wines; nor biological or biodynamic, neither any of other terms you may have heard. What do we mean by that? We mean that we treat the entire ecosystem of the vineyard, from the little ant to the final bottle of wine, with respect. We do not use chemical products of course, but we also do not use products allowed for biological agriculture. We do use a few natural products to help our plants, but we always go as deep in the product research as possible. For instance, we wax our amphorae; we could easily buy the wax. But instead, we tried to find a responsible honey producer who is high on the mountains to avoid contaminations. All our wines follow wild, spontaneous fermentation, and they are unfiltered. The only addition we do in the winemaking is to add sulphites if the wine needs it. If our wine contains sulphites, it is always less than 30ppm while the limit for biodynamic wine is 100ppm and for a conventional wine 350ppm. This is our approach to every single detail of the wine you have in your glasses. You may like our wines or not, but at least you know that what is in your glass is only grape.

 
We are not certified because it doesn’t mean anything! Certifications are obtained by paying someone, usually a lot of money, to tell you what you are doing is correct. Precisely, the producer pays the certification company to obtain the certification. Hmm... Well, we will be more than happy to get an organic certification ONLY when things become serious enough, and the controls happen randomly from a national or anyways a trustworthy authority, not by someone who is simply paid by us. If you have any doubts on what you are drinking, you can take any of our bottles to your national laboratories and have them analysed.

Disclaimer: We are provocatorial here. Of course we don't mean that everyone "buys" the certifications, but unfortunatelly the system is easy to hack. There are many honest producers out there, we need to make sure that they are acknowledged!

 
We do not use capsules; we are asked to do so to avoid fraud and look more professional. Well, we are not famous enough to have our wines hacked, to begin with. Our thought on this is that the only use of the capsule is to keep the dust off. That’s what our paper sticker does too! And it protects the environment too. #savetheplanet

 
We insist on tradition. We are never going to produce mainstream grapes like merlot or cabernet sauvignon. There is nothing wrong with those, but there are plenty of those plants out there already. We are interested in the culture of wine and its role in history. Our dream is to have a vineyard which is going to be a living museum, giving space also to vines that are - perhaps - not champions of productivity, but whose stories we find fascinating, and what would like to share with all of you. Then yes, our vinifications may be out of the schemes, but we would be no artists if there were no twist to the story, right?

 

 

VALDISOLE'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
"TO LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF NATURAL WINE"

We produce only white table wine and red table wine. We declass our wines purposefully. We can produce Roero DOCG both for our whites and reds, with the additional geographical prestigious mention “Val di Stefano”.  To prove what we say, we produced for two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019, our Nebbiolo, Helios, with the DOCG denomination, with additional sub-zone indication “Val di Stefano”.  

We retain ourselves to be free from restrictions. Winemaking, for us, is art and culture. Unfortunately, the standards of our Roero DOCG fall too short for us. The Roero DOCG does not approve orange wines, and we refuse to make boring wines. So, we choose to declass our wines from a DOGC with sub-zone indication to modest table white and red wines. 


We are fortunate and unfortunate enough to grow our grapes in the region of Piedmont. Fortunate because of the fantastic terroir we have here, but unfortunate because of the absurd regulations and the unique bureaucracy. Piemonte is the only Italian region that does not allow for an IGT (indicazione geografica tipica). IGT lies at the lowest quality rank in wines only above the table wine we use right now. The famous Supertuscan wines from Tuscany region are all IGT wines. If Piemonte allowed the IGT, we would be able to indicate on our bottles the names of the grapes we used. To avoid sanctions, we do not indicate the grapes used in our wines and we avoid to do so on our website too. You can contact us to have more information on our grapes and vinification procedures. Why do they not allow IGT indication? Well, they say they want to maintain high-quality standards… We leave it up to you to imagine the real reasons behind their choice.


We make natural wines; nor biological or biodynamic, neither any of other terms you may have heard. What do we mean by that? We mean that we treat the entire ecosystem of the vineyard, from the little ant to the final bottle of wine, with respect. We do not use chemical products of course, but we also do not use products allowed for biological agriculture. We do use a few natural products to help our plants, but we always go as deep in the product research as possible. For instance, we wax our amphorae; we could easily buy the wax. But instead, we tried to find a responsible honey producer who is high on the mountains to avoid contaminations. All our wines follow wild, spontaneous fermentation, and they are unfiltered. The only addition we do in the winemaking is to add sulphites if the wine needs it. If our wine contains sulphites, it is always less than 30ppm while the limit for biodynamic wine is 100ppm and for a conventional wine 350ppm. This is our approach to every single detail of the wine you have in your glasses. You may like our wines or not, but at least you know that what is in your glass is only grape.

 
We are not certified because it doesn’t mean anything! Certifications are obtained by paying someone, usually a lot of money, to tell you what you are doing is correct. Precisely, the producer pays the certification company to obtain the certification. Hmm... Well, we will be more than happy to get an organic certification ONLY when things become serious enough, and the controls happen randomly from a national or anyways a trustworthy authority, not by someone who is simply paid by us. If you have any doubts on what you are drinking, you can take any of our bottles to your national laboratories and have them analysed.

Disclaimer: We are provocatorial here. Of course we don't mean that everyone "buys" the certifications, but unfortunatelly the system is easy to hack. There are many honest producers out there, we need to make sure that they are acknowledged!

 
We do not use capsules; we are asked to do so to avoid fraud and look more professional. Well, we are not famous enough to have our wines hacked, to begin with. Our thought on this is that the only use of the capsule is to keep the dust off. That’s what our paper sticker does too! And it protects the environment too. #savetheplanet

 
We insist on tradition. We are never going to produce mainstream grapes like merlot or cabernet sauvignon. There is nothing wrong with those, but there are plenty of those plants out there already. We are interested in the culture of wine and its role in history. Our dream is to have a vineyard which is going to be a living museum, giving space also to vines that are - perhaps - not champions of productivity, but whose stories we find fascinating, and what would like to share with all of you. Then yes, our vinifications may be out of the schemes, but we would be no artists if there were no twist to the story, right?

 

 

THE PROTAGONISTS - OUR GRAPES

THE PROTAGONISTS - OUR GRAPES

THE PROTAGONISTS - OUR GRAPES

THE PROTAGONISTS -
OUR GRAPES

ARNEIS

ARNEIS

MALVASIA MOSCATA

MALVASIA MOSCATA

MOSCATO WHITE

MOSCATO WHITE

Arneis is an indigenous, white grape of the Piedmont region. Arneis has no genetic relationship to the notable Piedmontese red wine grape Nebbiolo but the two grapes do share a close historic relationship. For centuries the white Arneis grape was used to soften the tannins of Nebbiolo grape. In the vineyard, Arneis was often planted mixed with Nebbiolo; placed always in the least privileged rows with the main purpose that of attracting insects, birds, and small animals, keeping them away from the more valuable Nebbiolo clusters. Indeed, Arneis was there, part of the Nebbiolo vineyard first bought online. Initially, the idea was to eradicate it since there was never the intention to vinify Arneis but only Nebbiolo. However, Arneis was standing there challenging us; and we decided to take that challenge. To date, 7/8 different vinifications of Arneis spanning over the last years, are expressing this trip, which is characterised mainly by one word: experimentation.

 

Arneis is an indigenous, white grape of the Piedmont region. Arneis has no genetic relationship to the notable Piedmontese red wine grape Nebbiolo but the two grapes do share a close historic relationship. For centuries the white Arneis grape was used to soften the tannins of Nebbiolo grape. In the vineyard, Arneis was often planted mixed with Nebbiolo; placed always in the least privileged rows with the main purpose that of attracting insects, birds, and small animals, keeping them away from the more valuable Nebbiolo clusters.

Malvasia Moscata is a member of Malvasia family. It only exists in Piedmont, and even if it is present in the area since the middle ages, very few hectars exists. This historical variety was slowly abandoned due to the more limited production with respect to Moscato White. 

Valdisole started working with this variety in 2018 with very promising results following two winemaking styles, producing Elektra, the only natural wine made out of Malvasia Moscata!

Malvasia Moscata is a member of Malvasia family. It only exists in Piedmont, and even if it is present in the area since the middle ages, very few hectars exists. This historical variety was slowly abandoned due to the more limited production with respect to Moscato White. 

Valdisole started working with this variety in 2018 with very promising results following two winemaking styles, producing Elektra, the only natural wine made out of Malvasia Moscata!

Who doesn’t like the bouquet of a Moscato? Immediate and sincere, goes from grape to wine remaining coherent and sure in its expression. Its scent to me is a childhood memory. It was its scent, its essence, overall its Aura as the Greeks define it, to accompany all the parties, birthdays, and moments of joy.

We love experimenting with Moscato. Try our different vinifications styles; discover our orange moscato with macerations ranging from a few days to up to 8 months - to our oxidative moscato, Aura Flor. Not your usual Moscato wine! Check them out in Wine Technical Specifications.

Who doesn’t like the bouquet of a Moscato? Immediate and sincere, goes from grape to wine remaining coherent and sure in its expression. Its scent to me is a childhood memory. It was its scent, its essence, overall its Aura as the Greeks define it, to accompany all the parties, birthdays, and moments of joy.

Who doesn’t like the bouquet of a Moscato? Immediate and sincere, goes from grape to wine remaining coherent and sure in its expression. Its scent to me is a childhood memory. It was its scent, its essence, overall its Aura as the Greeks define it, to accompany all the parties, birthdays, and moments of joy.

We love experimenting with Moscato. Try our different vinifications styles; discover our orange moscato with macerations ranging from a few days to up to 8 months - to our oxidative moscato, Aura Flor. Not your usual Moscato wine! Check them out in Wine Technical Specifications.

NEBBIOLO

NEBBIOLO

The grape from which the so-called "King of wines" is obtained does not need many introductions. An autochthonous Piedmontese variety closely linked to its terroir, demanding and pretentious, it’s considered to be one of the most tandalising grapes, elegant and noble by nature. In only a few meters of distance it is able to express very different characteristics; slight changes in exposure and composition of soil affect notably the expression of Nebbiolo, which is why, just like Pinot Noir, it is found in very few places in the world and give its maximum expression in the Piedmont.  Even within its native region, Piedmont is exigent on where it prefers to grow, needing perfect sun exposure and climate. The Nebbiolo that grows on the sandy soils of Roero, for example, has a great delicacy of aromas and very characteristic smooth tannins.

It is the first grape to flower and the last one to ripe, harvested usually around mid October. The thermal excursion of October are usually accompanied by a morning fog - nebbia in Italian - from which its name originates. Despite its rigorous character, it enjoys an international and ancient reputation. Chronologically they spoke and wrote about it already in Roman times. Plinio Il Vecchio, in his manuscript "Naturalis Historia", described it as "a grape with vinous aromas from which excellent wines are produced to be preserved over time". Valdisole arises from the recovery of an old Nebbiolo vineyard, to which others have been added with different exposures and terrains of different composition. According to the characteristics of each terroir, our Nebbiolo is divided into Sand, Sun and Energy.

The grape from which the so-called "King of wines" is obtained does not need many introductions. An autochthonous Piedmontese variety closely linked to its terroir, demanding and pretentious, it’s considered to be one of the most tandalising grapes, elegant and noble by nature. In only a few meters of distance it is able to express very different characteristics; slight changes in exposure and composition of soil affect notably the expression of Nebbiolo, which is why, just like Pinot Noir, it is found in very few places in the world and give its maximum expression in the Piedmont.  Even within its native region, Piedmont is exigent on where it prefers to grow, needing perfect sun exposure and climate. The Nebbiolo that grows on the sandy soils of Roero, for example, has a great delicacy of aromas and very characteristic smooth tannins.

It is the first grape to flower and the last one to ripe, harvested usually around mid October. The thermal excursion of October are usually accompanied by a morning fog - nebbia in Italian - from which its name originates. Despite its rigorous character, it enjoys an international and ancient reputation. Chronologically they spoke and wrote about it already in Roman times. Plinio Il Vecchio, in his manuscript "Naturalis Historia", described it as "a grape with vinous aromas from which excellent wines are produced to be preserved over time". Valdisole arises from the recovery of an old Nebbiolo vineyard, to which others have been added with different exposures and terrains of different composition. According to the characteristics of each terroir, our Nebbiolo is divided into Sand, Sun and Energy.

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