Valdisole

Location: Corneliano d’Alba, Piedmont
Year Established: 2015
Varieties: Moscato, Arneis, Ruche, Nebbiolo
Viticulture: All labor done by hand, no pesticides or herbicides
Vinification: Indigenous yeasts, stainless steel

 The “Val di Sole” is a hilltop amphitheater of vines located west of Alba.  It feels remote, which is funny given how close it is to Barolo and Barbaresco. To get there you turn off the rough local country road onto an even rougher dirt road, which is quite steep and appears to lead off a cliff! It has an amazing view, which appears to stretch all the way from Asti to Dogliani.
Kyriaki Kalimeri (an electrical engineer by trade) and her partner Giuseppe Amato (who imports tropical fish) started with one small parcel here: half a hectare of abandoned Nebbiolo. Over the years, as they gained the trust and confidence of the nearby growers who were beginning to retire, they were able to acquire several more small plots along the hillside, many of which had to be cleared and replanted. Everything has been done by hand (driving a tractor here would be nuts – you and the tractor would fall off the hillside, and it’s a long way down). The wines themselves are amazing; pure of essence, alive, and very natural. The whites stay on their skins from a couple of weeks up to as long as six months. Most aging is done in stainless steel.