"My history begins at the end of the 60’s, when I finished the Enological School and I made the decision to produce wine; my first step was purchasing our house and cellar in the Cotta’ cru and the surrounding vineyards. At the beginning there were just few hectares , that only after many efforts (and some luck too) became the actual 18 hectares in ones of the greatest vineyards in Barbaresco. My wife Anna was always on my side, nothing would have been possible without her.
I always believe that every great wine is the result of a serious, conscientious and passionate work in the vineyards. That’s the reason why, since from the first day, I always tried to avoid any chemical products and herbicides , to preserve the natural balance of our soils.
In the cellar our vinification follows the same philosophy: natural yeasts, long macerations and a one-year-long permanence “sur lie” for the malolactical fermentation, as it was the rule decades ago.
My son Andrea and the daughter Elena are now part of the estate, with the same passion and dedication, I used to build our winery."
– Rino Sottimano
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