# A change in direction
While our family has always tended its own vineyards, our main activity used to be the production of winemaking machinery. Then, in 2000, we changed direction and returned to our origins. Having always represented our profession, wine became our heart, a contagious passion, but also commitment and dedication, involving myself, Susanna, my husband Alberto and our whole family.
We are all fuelled by the pride that belongs to these hills which, as my father Agostino used to say, reveal all our history. We recovered the wise old existing vineyards on the hill known as Il Bricco in Nizza, and in Fraz. Chiesavecchia in the municipality of Calamandrana, and planted new ones, prioritising vines which are discerning in their production of grapes. We are proud of our work and know that if we tend our vineyards with care, the rewards we reap will keep on growing.
The acknowledgement of those men and woman who, with their hard work, have moulded the contours of these hills, and the awareness that they are only on temporary loan before we pass them on to our children, have led us to believe in sustainable viticulture, with respect for the environment we live in. As far back as 2004, when talking about sustainable agriculture had still to become “fashionable”, we obtained environmental certification ISO14001: no chemical herbicides, no synthetic products, reduced consumption of environmental resources, manual management of every activity in the vineyard (from pruning to harvesting), minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar, use of light bottles and ecological corks made of sugar cane on wines to be drunk while young.
# Healthy obsession
In the same way that we sought maximum efficiency from our winemaking machinery, we now seek maximum expression from our wines. Our wine has to feature quality, clarity and professionalism, accompanied by pleasure, emotion and the joy of sharing. We want you to find a little bit of us in the glass: our character and our history.
Nizza is Barbera, the love of our life! For us and our fellow winemakers, Nizza is the result of a long and shared commitment which has led, since 2014, to the recognition of Nizza DOCG, a wonderful wine which can be made in a clearly outlined area of land blessed with the most exclusive quality. Nizza is also a “core zone” of the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato vineyard landscape, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2015, and possibly represents the part that is less well-known (for now!), but definitely unspoilt and authentic.
Communicating this authentic and sincere land is important to us. Wine has to be the ambassador of our terroir, of its wealth and warmth. That same warmth that we share when we welcome you, in order to tell you the story of our work, from the vineyard to the bottle, sharing our experience and doing our best to transmit all our passion.
Azienda Agricola La Girondawine for passion