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Ahead of the summer break and upcoming harvest, we met with Alberto Giovanni Chinaglia from Rovellotti winery who saw huge success in the 2019 competition to find out all about plans for the future.

Can you tell us about your winning wines from this year’s SWA competition?

The Rovellotti wines awarded medals in the 2019 competition were:

Ghemme D.O.C.G. Riserva 2013 Costa del Salmino
Ghemme D.O.C.G. is named after the town of Ghemme, located in the heart of the Colline Novaresi (hills in the province of Novara, in Northern Piedmont) and is one of the 5 Nebbiolo-based D.O.C.G. wines in Piedmont. Ghemme was given the D.O.C.G. status in 1997 and is aged in Swiss oak barrels for 42 months and has great character, is very complex yet elegant with exceptional longevity.

Colline Novaresi D.O.C. Bianco Il Criccone 2017
Funnily enough, the Disciplinare (the local set of wine-making guidelines) states that that this wine can only be made from the single vine called Erbaluce, but paradoxically it cannot be stated on the label for Erbaluce it is a trademark registered by another sub-zone of production near Turin where the Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG white wine is actually produced.

Also locally aknowledged as “the reddest of all whites” because of its remarkable structure, Erbaluce is the most important native white grape grown in our area. It’s a citrus-driven very mineral wine with a well-balanced acidity given by our unique terroir rich in clay and fluvial alluvial deposits of glacial origin.

What has happened following the win?

As the representative of this estate I sent a press release to a range of domestic and international press contacts, which has been received really well.

Why did you enter this year’s competition?

I strongly advised the estate to enter this year as I see this award as a good means of getting the brand under the spotlight along with other ratings we got from authorities such as Jancis Robinson.

The UK market is pretty tough to penetrate when compared with other EU countries, so this accolade certainly helps explain to on-trade customers that Rovellotti is one of those “hidden gems” or “out the beaten track” top quality productions that strives to be seen and imbibed.

What’s next for Rovellotti?

I understand that the results so far were achieved in a very short period of time (less than a year). This being said, what we strongly need more than anything else are numbers! We need to see this happening and, as you can imagine, I am urged to make this happen.

My personal strategy is that of be very pro-active on Trade Marketing and follow Mondial Wine agents as close as possible. I’ll also be organising tastings in London with a focus on Alto Piemonte and the different shades that such an amazing grape variety as Nebbiolo can take.

Can you tell us a little bit about this year’s harvest?

Generally speaking the growing process has undergone a series of ups and downs due to variable temperatures. On the Nebbiolo vine, traditionally a late budding variety, budburst was pretty quick with new shoots coming out nicely. A drop in temperature and intermittent rains in April-May slightly slacked off the early shoot and leaf growth, but everything looks back in order now thanks to above average temperatures that brought the vine to approach the flowering and fruit set phases to normal. A realistic forecast will be done this month, but, as usual, Mother Nature suggests we wn’t know the full picture until between the end of September and October.

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