LUIGI SPERTINO Barbera d’Asti La Bigia 2021
Cellar LUIGI SPERTINO
Luigi Spertino and then Mauro Spertino, a family tradition that has continued for generations in the name of enhancing the Grignolino grape in the land of Monferrato.
We are in the Asti area, in the small town of Mombercelli, where since 1977 Luigi has officially produced (because before it was bulk) wines of character and of great quality, the result of sustainable and arduous viticulture. Deeply tied to his land, master of ancient peasant practices and unstoppable winemaker, at the age of more than 90 he follows his son Mauro, today the soul and heir of this small leading reality in the Piedmontese panorama. Luigi’s work, however, does not stop and, even if he is physically unable to participate in the activities in the vineyard, he observes his son with a big smile and gets excited when he sees the first bunch at each harvest. Mauro, just like his father, is a curious, humble and competent man; his wines testify to his skills in the cellar.
Luigi Spertino’s vineyards are born in the Mandorle locality on grassy soils characterized by a great slope. The body is divided into two sides with different exposures. On one side the old Barbera vines facing west and on the other the young rows of Pinot Noir facing west. In addition, in addition to the steep Cortese vineyards, there are the extraordinary parcels of Grignolino, one officially purchased in Mombercelli and another very suitable in the historic sandy area of Portacomaro. The operations are all carried out manually, there are no tractors, to prevent the soil from becoming too compact and dense. Even in the cellar, Mauro has chosen a respectful and non-interventionist path that aims only to let the grape juice be transformed gently into wine.