The Monfaletto property in the town of La Morra has more than 700 years of history but maintains a young heart and a young mind. It is now run by two young siblings in their 30s, Alberto and Elena, the protagonists of this millennium, who entered in the winery to support the dedication of their father Giovanni.
The amazing estate in La Annunziata hill is the fruit of the care of 19 generations, starting with the Falletti family around 1340 and crossing his destiny with the Cordero di Montezemolo in the early 1900s when Maria Lydia, daughter of the Marchese Luigia Falletti, marries Paolo Cordero di Montezemolo in 1918. Maria Lydia’s son was called Paolo as his father and he was the pioneer who created the Cordero di Montezemolo’s present winery in the 1940s: he embraced the legacy of the aristocratic Falletti family, who made wine here for six centuries, and begun making a name for himself with the production of top Barolos and Barberas.
Over the course of the last 50 years, Paolo and then his son Giovanni have expanded the grape vine cultivation from the historical single-body vineyard area of 28 hectares (69 acres) to the actual 38 (94 acres). They own vineyards in some of the most renown crus of Barolo: Villero in Castiglione Falletto (where Enrico VI is produced), the Monfalletto Cru, the Bricco Gattera.
The landscape from the winery is breathtaking. The vineyards extend over all sides of the hill. At its heart is the iconic Cedar of Lebanon, that sits atop Monfalletto hill standing guard over the vineyards. Planted in 1856 by Costanzo Falletti di Rodello and his bride Eulalia to mark their wedding day, it’s an enduring symbol of their love for the land.
Cordero di Montezemolo’s production is varied, starting with four young wines ready to drink: Arneis, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo d’Alba. The medium-bodied wines, such as Barbera d’Alba Superiore Funtanì, the Langhe Rosso and Chardonnay Elioro, come from limited production old vineyards: these wines are intense and aromatic and age longer. Barolo is the gem of the company and includes three crus: Monfalletto Barolo Bricco Gattera and Enrico VI, all of remarkable complexity and body, they age not less than four years.
In a continuous search for quality and improvement, in the autumn of 2013, the winery decided to begin the certification process of the Estate’s Organic Grape production. Natural mineral products and repellents from organic material are used in the fight against parasites and cryptogam of the vines. Organic products and green manure are utilized for fertilization ensuring that the soil is alive and rich in nutrients. The distribution of humus from compost of various natural sources formed on site guarantees a balanced soil structure. The natural grass planting, mowing under the vine rows and mechanic tillage provide an ideal habitat for the ecological balance of the vineyards.