Coppo is planting a new vineyard in Cassinasco, a village above the town of Canelli in the Langa Astigiana, part of the territory of the Alta Langa appellation. 2 hectares of land, 450 mt a.s.l., that will be planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Nero, the varieties of the appellation.
Why Alta Langa?
The “Alta Langa” nickname has identified for centuries those villages just behind the Ligurian Apennines in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti, and Alessandria.
Alta Langa became a DOCG appellation in 2011, with a very strict policy guideline. Only the traditional method is allowed for the production of Alta Langa wines, exclusively from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes (with a maximum of 10% of other non-aromatic vines suitable for cultivation in Piedmont), only from vineyards above 250 meters of altitude.
Unlike Trento DOC and Franciacorta DOCG, which require a minimum aging of respectively 15 and 18 months, Alta Langa calls for at least 30 months, from the tirage. For Alta Langa Riserva, the aging time required increases to 36 months.
The continuation of a vision
For Coppo, Alta Langa is nothing more than the continuation of a process, of a vision.
Considering the family’s wines, Riserva Coppo, which has just received the Tre Bicchieri 2021 award from Gambero Rosso, had all the Alta Langa requirements already in 1984. From 2021 Luigi Coppo, the house’s best-selling brut sparkling wine, will also become Alta Langa (from the 2018 vintage), ditto for Piero Coppo Riserva del Fondatore (starting from the 2011 vintage, not yet released).
“It is a very important project for us – said Roberto Coppo, manager of the cellar. We are expanding our vineyard portfolio and we are improving the quality of our wines with reference to the denomination “.
In the meantime, the Cassinasco soil has been fertilized and is now preparing to face the winter. “The vineyard never sleeps, not even in winter – explained Gianmario Cerutti, agronomist and oenologist at Coppo. Because of the cold and the lack of light, everything slows down but does not stop. Even in the soil, this fertilizer and microorganisms favor a continuous evolution, until spring, when the life cycle will resume at full capacity”.
Canelli, the classic method and the Alta Langa
Speaking of sparkling wine, not everyone knows that the producers of Canelli, connoisseurs of champagne, were the first to import in Italy the so-called traditional (champenoise) method.
Roberto Coppo stresses the importance of this denomination for the entire Canelli area.
“Alta Langa is very important for this area. With this new appellation, the value of the primogeniture of the traditional method for Canelli was finally recognized. Also, we started improving the value of our land again. I think it was important even for the agricultural sector of our area to believe in this project”.