VINEYARDS

 

A VINEYARD IS IMPORTANT TO THE WINERY DUE TO ITS GRAPES AND TO THE WINE PRODUCED. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO US, AS PEOPLE, WHO LIVE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH NATURE AND WANT TO PRESERVE IT.

In this respect, we acknowledge that a vineyard is a complex environment where shrubs (vines) alternate with grassy areas, where biodiversity needs to be preserved and encouraged.

 

RONCO MASO

 

WE CANNOT TALK ABOUT AZIENDA AGRICOLA PLATINETTI GUIDO WITHOUT MENTIONING RONCO MASO, WHERE 3.5 HECTARES OUT OF A TOTAL OF 5 ARE LOCATED.

Ronco Maso is a fluvial-glacial pebbly terrace rich in iron oxide. It was originally formed by the slow flow of the Monte Rosa glacier and then by the River Sesia, which initially flowed right below the Ronco Maso area. Only later, over the centuries, did it shift its bed westwards. The presence of high levels of minerals, mainly ferrous iron, and the small amount of organic matter in the soil are ideal for vines, whose roots are naturally forced to push downwards to the deepest layers in search of nutrients and minerals, thus giving wines their complexity, minerality and unique special features.

South-west exposure allows plants to benefit from the sun throughout the entire day, whereas steeply sloping rows reduce the scorching of grape bunches during the hottest hours. The Guyot training system is used. Spontaneous grassing has been used for about 30 years, which, not only establishes a biodiversity-rich habitat in the vineyard but also helps to prevent soil leaching and allows mechanical machinery to be used safely.

There are two vineyards, one further south with vines that are over 40 years old on average, and another to the north with vines that are 30 years old.

 

BARRAGIOLA

 

THE BARAGIOLA AREA EXTENDS OVER THE PLATEAU FORMED BY THE RONCO MASO, SITUATED TO THE SOUTH-EAST OF THE VILLAGE OF GHEMME.

In the Baragiola area, the Platinetti winery has 4 separate vineyards covering a total area of 1.5 hectares. Even though they have the same fluvial-glacial origin as the Ronco area, the soils of the Baragiola area are not pebbly, except for the deep layers, and generally contain more organic matter and clay.

This gives the wines produced from these soils a more powerful and earthy extract. Soil management involves spontaneous grassing, alternated every 2 years with mechanical digging to encourage vines to use their roots to search for deeper layers, where the soil is richer in natural trace elements and minerals. One vineyard, situated in the Baragiola area and extending for 0.6 hectares, is planted with Barbera.

The vineyard, planted in April 1999, is called Pieleo, after Andrea and Stefano son's, Pietro and Leonardo, born in the same year.