August 19, 2020 by Alyssa Taylor
Poderi e Cantine Oddero is a historical name among Barolo producers. The winery’s roots go back to the end of the 18th century when their ancestors began to make wine under their own name. The wine cellars, located in the frazione Santa Maria of La Morra, are raised up on a natural terrace and overlook the hills of the Langhe. Immersed in a sea of beautifully tended vineyards, their winery cultivates 35 hectares of the best crus of the Langhe and Asti territories to make some of Piedmont’s most renown wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe Nebbiolo, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, and Moscato.
The total surface area of Oddero vineyard property is about 35 hectares, of which 16.5 are cultivated with Nebbiolo for making Barolo and Barbaresco. The family property also includes about 6 hectares of hazelnut trees, the prized Nocciola Piemonte IGP of the Langhe. The new Production Regulations (Disciplinari di Produzione) for Barolo and Barbaresco officially include the codifications for “Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive.” These are geographical areas that are particularly prized for Nebbiolo cultivation. Several of the Oddero winery’s historical vineyard properties enter into this designation, and the names have been used since the 1980s on the labels of our Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
Since 2008 we have started to experiment with organic practices of running our vineyards. The first step was to completely eliminate the chemical weed control and mechanically control the weeds on the row of vine stocks, in all our vineyards.
Today all our Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto vineyards are certified organic (Valoritalia IT BIO 015), while our Moscato and Riesling vineyards are sustainably managed. “Traditional knowledge and modern production techniques. Tenacity, patience, and respect for our territory and its raw materials. Making wine means attending to every last detail, from winter to spring pruning, from thinning to harvest, from pressing to fermentation and a long aging time. Quality reveals itself in the details.