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Mapping the territory, for the large and small denominations of Italian wine, is now a necessary step, to better describe and enhance the specificities of individual productions, linked to vines and territorial peculiarities that have become increasingly recognizable and distinctive. Studying the sub-areas, identifying the different crus, in a work that brings together tradition, geography, geology, agronomy, is a consolidated practice: it is often a work that comes from the intuition of the companies, other times it is carried out by the Consortia, as happened with the Mga (Additional Geographical Mentions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, but also of the Chianti Classico, and again the “Contrade” in Etna, the Pievi in ​​the Nobile di Montepulciano, the Uga in Soave and the paths undertaken by Alto Adige and Franciacorta. The latest addition, the Consortium for the protection of Colline del Monferrato Casalese wines, which created the map “Zone and Vigneti del Monferrato Casalese” with the scientific popularizer, cartographer, mapper and editorial editor Alessandro Masnaghetti. The map shows the portion of Casalese Monferrato that falls within the boundaries of the Doc Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese as defined by the Production Regulations, and the vineyards currently present are then highlighted, without distinction between the different vines and the different Doc and Docg cultivated. The map reproduces, on a scale of 1: 52,000, areas and vineyards of 33 municipalities of the Casalese Monferrato: Alfiano Natta, Altavilla Monferrato, Camagna Monferrato, Camino, Casale Monferrato, Castelletto Merli, Cella Monte, Cereseto, Cerrina Monferrato, Conzano, Gabiano, Frassinello Monferrato, Lu and Cuccaro Monferrato, Mombello Monferrato, Moncestino, Murisengo, Odalengo Grande, Odalengo Piccolo , Olivola, Ottiglio, Ozzano Monferrato, Pontestura, Ponzano Monferrato, Rosignano Monferrato, Sala Monferrato, San Giorgio Monferrato, Serralunga di Crea, Solonghello, Terruggia, Treville, Vignale Monferrato, Villadeati and Villamiroglio, and is enriched by a geological compendium with edited map by the geologist and sedimentologist Alfredo Frixa. The whole is divided into 7 Sectors, of which 5 Western (“Valcerrina”, “from Serralunga di Crea to Odalengo Piccolo”, “from Murisengo to Alfiano Natta”, “Gabiano / Rubino di Cantavenna” and “San Giorgio Monferrato / Casale Monferrato “) And 2 Orientali (” Valle Ghenza “and” Vignale Monferrato / Valle Grana “). The mapped vineyards were grouped following both the local tradition and the criteria of landscape homogeneity, in order to identify more specific production areas within the territory ”, explains the curator Masnaghetti. “Each of these areas has been assigned a name derived, once again, from local tradition rather than from toponymy. The mapping work is the attempt to shift the attention of everyone (enthusiasts, critics and producers) from the detail of the individual bottles to the context in which the bottles themselves are born, that is: to our hills, our vineyards, our woods and our toponymy. Today, more than ever, the time has come to change perspective and understand that a denomination is only successful if it is the expression of a community and shared knowledge. No wine and no company can be an island anymore ”.
“With this project, the Consortium has acquired a qualified business card that can be used internationally, both for the wine world and for the intrinsic promotion of the reference territory”, adds the president of the Consortium Claudio Coppo. “As producers, we needed a reference Enoic Charter, increasingly requested by professionals and essential for our work. Through the Consortium, it was possible to join forces and intentions to reach increasingly qualified and qualifying goals, whose potentials will also have a positive effect in the promotional field towards the tourism sector “, concludes the vigneron Ermanno Accornero, first promoter of the project.


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