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La Morra

Largest district of the Barolo DOCG area; see there.

DOCG area for dry red wine in the Italian region of Piedmont, named after the municipality of the same name 15 kilometres south of Alba. It was classified as DOC in 1966 and DOCG in 1980. The area covers about 1,300 hectares of vineyards with countless parcels in the Langhe mountains with the districts (or parts thereof) of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Grinziano, La Morra (by far the largest area, covering one third of the area), Monforte d'Alba, Novello Rossi, Serralunga d'Alba and Verduno. These are mainly southern locations on steep slopes. The historical core areas of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, La Morra, Monforte and Serralunga account for more than 80% of production.

Barolo - Schloss und Karte

Until the middle of the 19th century the wine was not vinified dry. Due to the late maturing Nebbiolo and therefore fermentation only taking place in the cold season until December, there was insufficient yeast. Thus a relatively high residual sweetness always remained in the wine. To support this, Giulietta Falletti (Marquesa of Barolo) called the French oenologist Louis Oudart into the country. He transferred the fermentation process to newly built underground wine cellars, ensured constant temperatures and improved cellar hygiene. King Victor Emmanuel II provided the technical equipment for the cellar experiments. (1820-1878) and his son Emanuele Alberto (1851-1894) even made the vineyards available to his hunting lodge Fontanafredda in the mountains of...

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