Briona’s vineyards are located on top of a beautiful plateaus, a natural terrace which was created by sediments deposited by glacial meltwater at the Alps footsteps. These hills have Pleistocene origins (about 400.000 years ago), and stretch all the way to the Monte Rosa. The soil is composed of clays on the top layers and pebbles on the deeper ones.
The family owns 6.5 hectares of vineyards, which were replanted in 1997 and today have the ripeness and balance necessary to give better and richer grapes. The main variety grown is Nebbiolo, which on this kind of soil gets peculiar characteristics of elegance and refinement. Along with Nebbiolo, in Castaldi’s vineyards are planted also Vespolina, Uva Rara and white indigenous grapes which are local varieties and allow to better define Briona’s hills tradition and tipicity.
The vineyards are mainly hand managed, which is a very time demanding practice but donates to the grapes produced a higher quality level. During harvest, grapes are handpicked and collected in small 20 Kg baskets.