When you arrive in Barolo, in the heart of Piedmontese wine, you are completely immersed in the vineyard landscape. Hills till the eye can stretch, designed over the centuries by man, who has got from those rows food and culture. A true masterpiece, like a paint, which has earned recognition in World Heritage in 2014 with the creation of the UNESCO site “Wine Landscapes of Langhe and Roero”
In the Langa region, on the hills on the right bank of the Tanaro river, every clod has given fruits. Here the wine is never just a product, a merchandise, a fashion. Each bottle contains the history of its population and its territory.
Lo Zoccolaio winery, which takes its name from a village located in the Bricco of Barolo, owns 30 hectares of vineyards of which 14 planted with Nebbiolo grape from Barolo. The vineyards face southwest, on the coast of the Bricco of Barolo. The wines produced from this farm are real jewels, wine masterpieces to make unforgettable every special moment.
In the Langa region they love very much to discuss about the concepts of innovation and tradition. This debate too is, let’s say so, “traditional”: it fits the peasant custom to uphold, even animatedly, one’s own opinion around the dinner table, at the tavern or in the market place. The debate, finally, summarizes and synthesizes the old conflict between different generations, between innovators and conservatives, between father and sons. At Lo Zoccolaio, which is a typical farmstead named after an ancient maker of wooden shoes who resided there, this debate is voluntarily highlighted, brought to the surface. In the cellar you start from the “modernism” of the barrique and go back to the use of larger wooden barrels, while the architectonic choices of the recent restructuring go over the colors and materials of the territory with a decisively present day line, which harmonize by its contrast with the surrounding vineyards.
Lo Zoccolaio understood virtue is in the middle, the perfect balance between respect for tradition and its enrichment with innovation and freshness.