LA NOSTRA STORIA
We are a young Cocconatese reality, with land located mainly in the municipalities of Cocconato , Piovà Massaia and some properties of paternal inheritance in the municipality of Montiglio Monferrato .
The passion for the land and its fruits has always been present in the DNA of the owners, transmitted by the grandparents who carried out the activity of a farmer as a first occupation. The ancient cultivation techniques have been adapted to new needs, to improve the quality of the products that the privileged climate of the area further enhances: the cool summers, in fact, and the mild winters, due to the height of the Cocconato hills, together with the low yields, contribute to refining production naturally. All crops follow the regulation CEE 834/2007 , the so-called "biological" department, with consequent respect for biodiversity, production obtained with natural substances and processes and consequently the denial of the use of fungicides and fertilizers chemical. The certification body is ICEA. Since the spring of 2010, we have started a path of biodynamic that has led us to obtain the Demeter certification from 2013, with the use of spraying preparations, green manure, cumulation with biodynamic preparations and above all with a continuous and careful listening to what nature suggests to us.
This system of vine, hazelnut and horticultural farming has not resulted in our methods of I work great changes, perhaps because, mindful of the behavior of grandparents, we have operated over the years very similar to the rules dictated by community regulations.
The production of wine grapes , comes from the old vines of grandparents Ernesto and Luigi and new plants built in recent years, with a high ratio of stocks per hectare, three-year fertilization with cumulation and grassing with inter-row green manure essences: all characteristics of cultivation aimed at a quality crop; in fact, the yields never exceed 70 q. per hectare in the new plants, to go down further and naturally in the old vines.
The particular climate also helps in the bad years to reach a high standard production. The grapes are transported in the cellar with crates, to avoid mashing and immediately crushed with destemming.
The fermentation, which takes place without inoculation of selected yeasts but spontaneous, with the yeasts naturally present on the skins of our beautiful and genuine bunches, characterizes more the final product. The refinement occurs in steel, in large casks (30 q) or in barriques (225 l) depending on the product. The production of wine is focused on Barbera d'Asti , with small lots of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon ; in recent years we have added the Nebbiolo , the Grignolino and the Sauvignon Blanc of the new vineyard of Roasino . > Each vineyard is vinified separately, allowing realizations of "cru" such as the Barbera d'Asti "465" and "Four Rapet", the Monferrato Rosso "Nobilino" , The Varietal Wine Sauvignon Blanc "Saurì ... surlie" , the Piedmont Sauvignon "D'Or" , the Varietal Wine Cabernet Sauvignon "Poch" and the Piedmont Grignolino "Vigin" .
From the valuable teachings of Rudolf Steiner , a new / ancient way of conducting crops, raising animals and living in harmony with the Universe, always bearing in mind that the Natural Forces are present well before the Man. With the biodynamic method, agriculture is in harmony with nature, with the land and with men.
Fertilization, cultivation and breeding are implemented in ways that respect and promote fertility and vitality of the soil and at the same time the typical qualities of plant and animal species.
The deep connection with nature and the complete respect of its rhythms lead, with biodynamic farming, to the abolition of the use of synthetic mineral fertilizers, of chemical aids. and to manage the land following the cosmic and lunar cycles.
According to the biodynamic method, the fertility and vitality of the soil, primary objective, must be obtained by natural means: compost produced by animal deeds and biodynamic preparations, plant material as fertilizer , crop rotations, mechanical pesticide and fungicides based on mineral and vegetable substances. By making the earth vital and increasing its biological activity, the plants grow naturally, fortified and nourished by the soil ecosystem.
Fertilization and care of the soil are therefore aimed at obtaining and maintaining this equilibrium. One of the most interesting morphological examinations that we perform on our products to determine their organoleptic qualities and vital forces is sensitive crystallization. (to know more click here )
Also in this case, the crops provide organic fertilizers with biodynamic cumulation and mowing grass.
The new processing workshop that includes shelling , toasting , selection and packaging , allows us to use our hazelnuts directly in our premises and to commercialize the surplus of this exceptional product.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
The Cantina del Ponte, restaurant , wine shop and wine bar in the historic square of Cavour di Cocconato, offers traditional dishes and innovative delicacies.
The Cascina Rosegnana , farmhouse with mini apartments, offers the possibility of enjoy our hills in the quiet of a renovated farmhouse dating back to 1600.
The versatile and complete restaurant Roico restaurant on the lake from large ceremonies to business lunches, breakfasts included at Bar del Lago .