Founded in Tortona, in the Province of Alessandria in the far-off 1914, Cantine Volpi today represents a foreground reality in the Italian wine panorama.
With the flowing of the generations, the Company was able to build, step-by-step, a distinctive role in its territory and an image of high quality for its wines, both on the Domestic and International markets. Cortese, Barbera e Dolcetto are then produced with a careful and proper vinification in the winery at Viguzzolo, center of collection and pressing of the grapes for some fifty years.
In Tortona, Volpi produces the "frizzanti" (semi-sparkling) wines and the sweet sparkling wines and also the maturation in French oak barrels or barriques is completed to ensure elegange and roundness to the wines.
Cantine Volpi established its organic portfolio in 1999. The team of agronomists works very close with the growers. They use a form of "clean" agriculture without using any pesticides and chemical substances in accordance with the rules set by the organic bodies. The main objective is to maintain an healthy and biologically active soil. They only use natural fertilizers, such as composted animal manure and encourage natural predators of insect pests. They allow plants to grow in the vineyard in order to promote biodiversity.
The vineyards' soil is not treated with weed killer. To prevent mildew developing in the crop, they spray with sulphur and copper, two minerals which have good ability to protect the wines against powdery and downy mildew. Vineyard work such as planting, pruning and picking is done by hand.
The team of oenologists is lead by Federico Riolfo following a natural philosophy: - no use of any sub fining agents except from bentonite that comes from chalk - no need to add sugar - only natural yeasts - minimizing the use of sulfur dioxide as an antioxidant is stringently observed. The certification of the wines is made by I.C.E.A. (the Italian institute for ethic and environmental certification), which guarantees the observance of European Community standards. I.C.E.A. is also accredited by the USDA in accordance to the National Organic Programme (NOP). Each stage of the production is certified: vineyard, vinification process, storage and bottling.
All the wines are bottled in the state of the art winery in Tortona, Piedmont, for the simple reason that they are committed to guaranteeing the highest quality. The facility in Tortona is logistically the most efficient for stocking and shipping wines that are coming from different areas. The winery benefits from a brand new fully automatic bottling line. All wines are stocked in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
The average age of the vines is 25 years old. The vineyards' soils are made of stoney calcareous, rich in minerals and fossils that gives this wine bright aromatics and a refreshing lift on the palate. After a 12-hour skin maceration to obtain enhanced aromas, the wine is fermented in stainless steel. The finished wine is placed in stainless steel holding tanks until bottled. Aged 3-4 months in stainless steel.