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This is the work plan of the Nas-cëtta Producers Association of the Municipality of Novello for 2021.
First of all, the 12 heroic producers promoted themselves around the world with two virtual tastings, one dedicated to the European market and one to the United States and Canada, while at the same time searching for their deepest roots. Heroic because Novello is one of the symbolic municipalities of Barolo production, but these companies have decided to preserve and reintroduce this native variety that was at risk of extinction, dedicating a few hectares to this variety instead of Nebbiolo.
The technical research work saw the involvement of Grape, Advanced Research Group for Oenology. Through “Self Yeast” , a sampling kit of grapes and musts , each company was able to select the yeasts naturally present on their grapes. These were used for fermentation tests on the musts supplied by the cellars and, once the wines were obtained, and after the tasting of the micro vinification tests, the most characteristic strains were identified. After the first year of experimentation, the selected yeasts were used the following year to ferment the wines and test their stability.
From the 2021 harvest, therefore, Novello producers will have an extra tool to make their wine more and more “unique and different”, characterized by distinctive organoleptic properties, characterized by olfactory complexity and aromatic components that fully reflect the production area. << Thanks to the far-sighted use of modern microbiological techniques, from today we can distinguish even more our wine obtained in the historical territory of cultivation, Novello . - Says the president of the Valter Fissore Association. - And if on the one hand we have studied our identity in detail, on the other this year we have opened ourselves to the world, thanks to two virtual events that have brought Novello's Nas-cetta to over 10 foreign countries, from the United States to Canada, from Finland to Germany. It is the demonstration of how the market is ready to incorporate the small oenological pearls that characterize Italy, native varieties that are our wealth >>.
The Association's project does not stop there. Thanks to the inauguration of the Cantina Comunale di Novello last year, today the 12 producers of this extraordinary wine have an institutional presentation place where they can welcome enthusiasts, operators and journalists.
Nas-Cëtta is an ancient vine, mentioned as early as 1700 as a typical grape of the Municipality of Novello. The rediscovery of this white vine is due to Elvio Cogno and his son-in-law Valter Fissore (today president of the Association) and some local producers, in particular the Le Strette farm, who in the 1990s decided to experiment with a pure vinification.
In 2010 it was officially recognized as an autochthonous white wine of the Langhe, with the possibility of vinifying it with only 100% Nas-cëtta grapes: a goal achieved thanks to a small group of winemakers from the municipality of Novello, one of the municipalities that symbolize another great wine, Barolo.