The Region



The Langhe region is a wine-growing area located in the south of Piedmont, between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, whose origin can be traced back approximately 70 million years. In the local dialect, the term “Langhe” refers to the unmistakable, gently rolling hills that are typical of the region, which produces fine wines. This area, added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2014, includes the Barolo DOCG production zone.

Fortemasso winery is located in the heart of this extraordinary region; specifically in Castelletto, in the municipality of Monforte d’Alba: a fascinating place whose vineyards dominate the Langhe landscape. Fortemasso’s vineyards are located in Castelletto, on the slopes of a very steep hillside, with an elevation between 360 and 450 meters above sea level, and the Diano Sandstone soil found here has a very sandy composition. At a lower altitude, between 300 and 350 meters above sea level, there is the Pressenda vineyard, which grows in an area primarily composed of marl soil and constitutes the historic heart of the Castelletto’s hillside according to the criteria of oenology. Thanks to this area’s cool, breezy climate and the significant drop in temperature between the day and night, the grape harvest here takes place slightly later than in other areas of the Langhe region. The climatic conditions of this area, together with the altitude of the vineyards, determine a gradual level of ripening in the vines capable of producing grapes of the highest quality.



October 9th grape harvest

The beginning of the year (January – February – March) was mild and without snow or rain, then May and June were rainy and the water scarcity of the previous year was partially restored.



September 14th grape harvest

A particularly dry year: we had a snowless winter and very little rain during the other seasons.



October 5th grape harvest

The winter was really snowy, especially in January; milder temperatures in February and March followed by rainfalls and low temperatures in April and May.



October 8th grape harvest

The winter was very dry, with above-average temperatures, but it rained in the spring. Before summer arrived, there were heavy storms and a few instances of hail, especially in June.



October 7th grape harvest

The winter was mild, with an intense cold front in January. There was no rain until the start of spring, which was colder than usual. 



October 5th grape harvest

January was mild, with little snow. Temperatures dropped in the months preceding spring, with several snowfalls. Bad weather was common in the spring, with below-average temperatures. 



September 25th grape harvest

After no snow or rain in January, the spring was mild except for a few instances of hail and frost in April.



October 12th grape harvest

January and February were mild, with only one snowfall. Spring was struck by rainstorms and a few, violent hailstorms, but August arrived with warm days and cooler nights. 



October 5th grape harvest

Winter was mild, with rain and heavy snow towards the end of January. Spring was warm and sunny, with lower temperatures after mid-May and bad weather, including a few instances of hail.



October 2nd grape harvest

Winter and spring were mild and rainy, with little snow. Towards the end of May, heavy rainstorms arrived, and they increased in July and August.



October 16th grape harvest

Our first harvest. Winter was cold, and there was snow. Spring was characterized by recurring rains, but the summer was warm and dry, with mild temperatures.