Like Romano, a winemaker by trade, Giuseppe personally takes care of his vines, the vinification of the grapes, the brands and the sale of his wines.
Today, Romano still passes on his knowledge and experience to Giuseppe and Paola. That passion has already sparked in the second generation of winemakers, promising a dynamic future that is still heedful of age-old traditions.
The entire growth cycle, from pruning to harvest, calls for constant care in preserving the quality and the environment, which is also where the Marengo family lives and works.
Quality is achieved mainly in the vineyard. This ensures maximum respect for the grapes and the environment in which they were conceived. It also calls for carrying out eco-sustainable viticultural practices like grassing, fertilization and cover cropping with green manure or other organic composts (manure, humus or other). In the fight against vine disease, we mostly use biodynamic products.
We start our year with short pruning and end with careful crop thinning during veraison in summer, making sure the vigor of the plant can be concentrated better in the remaining clusters. In September, light leaf removal is carried out, but only near the clusters to allow for better ripening. During harvest, it is important to achieve peak phenolic ripening.
A visit to the winery will give you the chance to appreciate the great care taken in the different environments, which are rustic, with tasteful details, and a family atmosphere. You will also get to experience the courtesy and openness of the owners. Upon request, the Marengo siblings will explain their techniques, as well as the quality characteristics and sensory details of their wines.
Aging is mandatory for our wines meant for long cellaring. Our 25-hl barrels are made of oak (Quercus Sessilis, Quercus Pedunculata, Quercus Alba) from Slavonia and our 225-l barriques come from France.
During aging, tiny amounts of oxygen penetrate the pores of the wood acting on the phenolic compounds of the wine and helping them mature. This slow micro-oxygenation allows the color to stabilize and softens the tannins.
We sporadically check and rack the wine to help us decide how long we should age, which will vary according to vineyard and vintage.
Everything about the production of a wine (type of soil, exposure, type of grape, vinification method, aging techniques) is concentrated into the glass in front of us.
The tasting is the moment when all this information is revealed, through the synthesis of our perception, attention and judgement.