Anna Maria Abbona is among the protagonists of the excellent production of Dogliani, the maximum expression of Dolcetto, on the highest hills of the Langhe. A quality path that, thanks to wine, has decisively marked the economic redemption of the territory.
Anna Maria Abbona produces great red wines from Langhe, such as Barbera d’Alba and Barolo Docg obtained from the vineyards of Rocche dei Manzoni in Monforte d’Alba. But the heart of the production is on the hills between Dogliani and Farigliano, home of the finest Dolcetto of Piedmont region.
Classic expression of Dogliani is the Dolcetto “Sorì dij But”, made from vineyards dating back to 1936, situated 500 meters high. The “Sorì dij But” is vinified in a traditional way and aged in steel for 10 months.
The same hills, made of tuff and calcareous marl, give life to the “Maioli”, a Dogliani Superiore left to macerate for 8-10 days and then aged for 22 months in steel tanks. The “Maioli” is rich of complexity, in a delicate balance of fruit and tannins.
This evolution characterizes even more the “San Bernardo”, another Dogliani Superiore of the house, made from high altitude vineyards, subjected to strong thinning. Award-winning wine, the “San Bernardo” is the ultimate expression of the Dogliani, it’s strong even aging in large wooden barrels for 24 months.
Other red wines by Anna Maria Abbona are the “Cadò”, made 90% Barbera and 10% Dolcetto grapes, and the “Scavis”, composed by Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. This last grape, also gives rise to a fine rosé, the “Rosà”, 100% Nebbiolo in pureness, aged in steel for six months.
Noteworthy also the white wines by Anna Maria Abbona: the “Netta”, obtained from the rare native grape of Langhe named Nascetta, and then “L’Almàn”, a superb Riesling that is quite unusual for the Alta Langa, where, however, it has well adapted itself, giving amazing results.
The winery is expanding: from the current surface area of 12 hectares, it produces 80,000 bottles a year, and it will grow up to 15-16 hectares.
«We are almost 600 meters above sea level, we are south of Dogliani (which in turn is about 15 kilometres south of Barolo) and, in the Southern Piedmont, the more we go down to the South, the higher the hills are, because we go more and more towards the Maritime Alps», says Anna Maria Abbona. «If today we were here my grandfather, on the one hand would be upset by the path that has been done in so little time, but it would definitely be happy to see that its vineyards are still kept in the way he had thought».
Anna Maria Abbona talks about her territory: «There were no more than 7-8 wineries in 1990, which bottled their own wine and produced a few thousand bottles. There wasn’t such a big market as now. And there were not young people. But, in those years, we slowly found ourselves in a small group, all young producers, and all with very clear ideas about how we wanted our wine to grow, and our area to grow. So, we exactly knew to have an important terroir, an area with a great potential not yet developed, so we decided to work together, comparing our experiences and tasting our wines. We became great friends and we still are and together we made our territory grow. In the local producers partnership there are 46 producers, now».
Once, Dolcetto was drunk only in the North-West of Italy, but now the wines created by Anna Maria Abbona have a good market in Europe, a bit in the United States, «and we even send a little amount in New Zealand and Australia – it’s something that makes me really proud».
Frazione Moncucco 21
12060 Farigliano CN