Roero Arneis Docg
Roero is the region of Cuneo province across the Tanaro River-to the north and west-from the Langhe. This is also a hilly region, although Roero’s hills possess a different geology and shape, with steeply rising and rocky inland cliffs being a prominent feature.
Thanks to the soil of these hills-a soft and permeable terrain with sandy layers alternating with marl-Arneis wine acquires a bouquet of fine and elegant white flowers with fruity notes including apple, peach, and hazel. Of a brilliant hay yellow with light green highlights, it is dry and slightly acidic on the palate. There is also a "passito" (aged) version with a lovely perfume of honey and dried fruits, making it an ideal wine to accompany desserts.
Roero became a DOC in 1985 and was elevated to DOCG with the 2007 vintage. As "Roero DOCG", the region also produces fine reds from Nebbiolo.
|Grape varieties:||Minimum 95% Arneis, up to 5% other white Piedmont grapes|
|Delimited zone:||About 20 designated communes in the province of Cuneo|
|Type:||Roero Arneis, Roero Arneis Spumante.|
|Aging requirements:||non previsto.|
|Actual alcohol level of wine:||11% minimum (11.5% for Spumante).|
The origins of Arneis, a white grape vine, are unknown but undoubtedly very ancient. Fifteenth-century documentation mentions it as existing in the Roero, which is still its area of main cultivation. After many centuries of popularity, this variety was heavily hit by the wine crisis and depopulation of the countryside that occurred during the interwar period. Toward the end of the 1960s, Arneis was nearly lost, cultivated in a few rows within Nebbiolo vineyards only because the sweetness of its fruit attracted hungry birds, keeping them at bay from the more remunerative Nebbiolo.
It was thanks to the entrepreneurial know-how of a small group of producers, who realized that a good white wine among so many reds was necessary to the area, that Arneis was saved from extinction and production recommenced. Part of Arneis’s recent success is undoubtedly due to careful selection of clones, which has significantly improved its quality. Until a few decades ago, Arneis vines tended to become deformed-probably giving rise to the name of the vine itself, which in local dialect signifies a madcap or capricious person.
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