Pinot Noir at Cascina Pastori
Cascina Pastori: a happy place for Pinot Noir
Definite traces of Pinot Noir grown in Bubbio don’t go far back in time, as there are no specific documents on the matter. However, there seems to be proof that the Romans had built a village in this area to control the borders with neighboring Gaul and goods traveling through Val Bormida.
The first crops date back to the mid-nineteenth century, when the Sizia Cellars of Bubbio cultivated and vinified grapes Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir was imported into Piedmont by the aristocrats of the Royal House of Savoy between the 18th and 18th centuries, but it was mostly in 1850, thanks to the favorable exchange that took place between France and Piedmont, that this grape variety was used by Carlo Gancia to produce dry sparkling wines. It soon spread throughout the area around Canelli, setting the stage for the future development of the Alta Langa Sparkling Wine project.
We have documents about a fair held in 1871 in Alessandria, indicating the production of still red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Bubbio. The variety was included in the “catalogue of fine wines”, and considered to be one of the vines best capable of producing wines of class and elegance.
Historical documents show that Pinot Noir has gone through its ups and downs in the Langhe, mainly because it is a variety that has always been hard to understand.
Here at Cascina Pastori, we believe that Pinot Noir has found a happy place in which to prosper and create wines of exceptional elegance and refinement, with nothing to envy those produced by their neighbouring French cousins, either as red wines or as bases for Metodo Classico sparkling wines.
The passion we express, the attention devoted to our vineyards, and the respect for the grapes before they are brought into the cellar, all ensure that this grape variety is able to express its finest attributes.