The Cantina del Nebbiolo has its headquarters in Vezza d’Alba, in the heart of the Roero, but also welcomes winemakers from the Langhe to its associative fabric.
Roero and Langhe constitute a large territory of hills and valleys, with its profound uniformity, accompanied by some environmental differences and cultural traditions that characterize the individual spaces.
The Langhe and Roero are an uninterrupted world of hills, crossed by a river “the Tanaro” which only apparently divides them randomly.
It is true that in the past this river ran further north of this territory and therefore barely touched it, but now, after the territorial changes that occurred about 250,000 years ago, its course precisely divides the hills of the Langhe from those of the Roero, emphasizing fully the pedological, environmental, structural and conformation diversity.
Both areas refer as their origin to the Tertiary Era, that is, from 65 to 1.8 million years ago. The Langhe, however, are older and have their origin in the Miocene period, or between 23 and 5.3 million years ago.
The Roero, on the other hand, is decidedly younger, as it emerged from the waters of the Padano Sea between 5.3 and 1.8 million years ago, in the Pliocene period.
This different geological origin, of course, is reflected in the characteristics of the soils and the products that arise from them: in the Langhe the soils are more compact, harder, made above all of limestone and clay.
In Roero, alongside the same basic structural components, we find frequent sandy presence which makes the soil less compact.