The road that winds its way up to the ridge which runs from Alba towards Bossolasco reaches the Cheirello farm, Cascina Cheirello, after several sharp bends.
Visitors are informed of their arrival by two lofty, imposing poplar trees, at apparent odds with the extensive geometry of the vineyards, at the heart of which lies the winery. Carefully set amidst the hills, the farm shares its boundary with what was once the estate of Michele Coppino, who, as Minister of Education in the first Kingdom of Italy, was instrumental in the shok-waves of the risorgimento reaching this small hamlet where he had been born.
Seventeen hectares of vines spread out around the charming farmhouse which is still home to the winery run byStefano Rivetti.
The core of the production is represented by the classical DOC wines of Alba-Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera, but they are now joined by the young vines of Moscato, Arneis, Chardonnay and Freisa, satisying the modern market trends, which, while introducing innovations on the themes of traditional Langa wine-making, sometimes take pleasure in transgressing with white or provocatively fizzy red wines.
On these hills, which speak the language of trsdition and the intelligent toil of the vine-tender, the miracle of this generous pproduct of the grape, which arouses such strong emotions, fostering friendships and inviting hospitality, is renewed each autumn.
The heritage of the past is also to be found in the work in the vineyard, which is carried out without herbicides and with a very restricted use of the chemical products that are still essential in the war against parasites. This has all been made possible by the adoption of new viticultural management techniques. Giuseppe and Luigi strongly believe that a high quality wine can only be obtained by limiting the quantity in favor of sound grapes.
The work continues in the cellars, where the wine-meker, favoured as is by the high quality of the raw material, begins the scrupulous work of vinication. Here, the secrets which can only come with experience are matched by modern technology, enhancing the wines with an intense, multi-layered bouquet, but with a full, well-balanced structure and supple, velvety flavours.
These are the constant features of Cheirello wines, which express the mainly sandy nature of the soil on which Giuseppe and Luigi have shrewdly and wisely chosen to plant their vines