The vineyard: is our biggest one - located in Monforte d’Alba with about 5 ha under vines. In 2017 it was classified as “regional cru of Piedmont” under the name Vigna Chiesa. A popular local “urban legend” affirms that part of the lands of Monforte d’Alba were cut off the Barolo zone after 1971 in order to include a piece of land belonging to Cherasco. It was also assumed that the Chiesa vineyard used to be inside Barolo. With time we figured out that the Chiesa Nebbiolo was quite different from his Langhe brothers. Located on a West facing hill and on «cold» clayy soils this is the last Nebbiolo vineyard to start vegetation and to be harvested. In terms of polyphenols extraction it beats some of our Barolos. And after 4 years of aging it can be easily mistaken for a Barolo. Thus in 2014 the Stërmà concept was born - an «out of the limits» Nebbiolo of Barolo quality, or, in other words, our «hidden Barolo». The spring of 2018 brought us the 2nd edition of Alessandro Masnaghetti’s «Barolo MGA» book, where the renowned barologist published a histroical survey of the denomination which showed that its borders have never been touched. The history has changed, but not the quality of our Stërmà!
The wine: only the best lots of the Chiesa Nebbiolo go into the Stërmà blend. We’ve been working on bringing the Chiesa vineyard to optimal health and raise the production in quantity and quality since we exist. The mythical year 2016 produced an abundant vintage of very high quality, it was the first time our Chiesa vineyard came to full production, thus more lots were chosen for the Stërmà blend.
The name: the word «stërmà» in Piedmontese language stands for «hidden». Also there’s a popular phrase binding this word with the word «nebia» (fog), where the name of the variety comes from: «Vàte stërmé ‘nt la nebia», literally meaning «go hide yourself in the fog». And we’d better leave its real meaning to your own interpretation.