A Vintage Wine is Reborn

A winemaking revolution spread throughout the territory of Gubbio in the second half of the 1800’s, as result of the Italian Unification spirit that characterized that period. The accidental and unaware hero of this revolution was a young farmer, named "Lucigno". The abilities of the young man were well-known to the farmer of the Abbazia d’Alfìolo, a man from Piedmont, who found some of the same characteristics of his Langhe, the land of Nebbiolo, in this corner of Northern Umbria. The farmer brought the young man with him to Piedmont, where he could learn the ancient art of pruning and winemaking from a family of farmers from Langhe. And "Lucigno" did learn, not only for himself, but for the entire community.

Functionaries and farmers from Piedmont were greatly surprised to recognize, in the territory around Gubbio, those environmental characteristics which were able to satisfy the highly demanding ‘needs’ of a kind of cultivation typical of some specific areas: south-west orientation, weather conditions, soil rich in iron and limestone marl, and centuries-old care, creating the ideal environment for the cultivation of Pinot, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.

This is the tradition that is being relived today in the new Giovanni Colaiacovo family business, the Semonte Farm, where a study on the traditional bouquet of the Nebbiolo from Gubbio has been carried out. Searching for the signs, texts and tales on the story of the Nebbiolo from Gubbio, has turned into a real recovery and revival activity.

“ On the origin of the Nebbiolo from Gubbio”, a historic essay by Fabrizio Cece