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With incentives from nature, Lepontine Alps is the place that grapevines have been cultivated from time immemorial. Located in the heart of this beautiful mountain range, Ossola Valley has a deep-rooted tradition of growing Prünent grapes (local name of Nebbiolo) since 1309.

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Nowadays, vine-growers in Ossola Valley still follow the long-established cultivation method Toppia (traditional name of pergola), with small terraced plots and stone columns. With this method, the vines are higher than normal and safe from wild animals or freeze.

 

The precipitation and the snow during winter provide the plants with great reserves of water for springtime. Together with the mountainous climate, this is an ideal growing environment for grapevines.

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