Number of MGAs: 37
Number of Wineries: 41
By comparing the 3D map below and the first panoramic image, which frame the same area from two almost specular points of view, it’s possible to see how the Barolo area can be divided into two opposing slopes, not only in terms of location and exposure but also in terms of landscape.
1) The Eastern Slopes (in green in the first panoramic image). Of the two, it is not only the most extensive and segmented, but also the area with the largest number of prestigious MGAs. In turn, it can be divided into four different sectors, three of which are visible in the second image. The first, just beyond the border with La Morra, is nothing more than a natural extension in a southerly direction of the vineyards of the latter township, at least as far as Fossati, Cerequio, Sarmassa, Bergeisa and Brunate are concerned. Continuing in a southerly to southeasterly direction, we find the second sector, which coincides with the famous Cannubi hill, whose most renowned vineyards lie on the southeastern side. A little further on, the third sector can be identified by the two ridges of Vignane and Preda/Boschetti, which extend in an almost parallel direction toward Monforte (or, more precisely, one toward Bussia and the other toward San Giovanni and Bricco San Pietro). The fourth sector, visible in the third image, is the most uniform of all, starting at the edge of Barolo with Paiagallo and extending in the direction of Novello to the unique slope of Terlo and Ravera (without neglecting, in the lower part, Rivassi and especially Le Coste).
2 The Western Slopes (in orange in the first panoramic image). With the exception of Coste di Vergne and the upper part of Bricco delle Viole, which in terms of exposure and elevation could merit a chapter of its own, the rest of the Western Slopes can be seen as a sort of basin in which three micro-sectors are highlighted. To the south, the lower part of the Bricco delle Viole forms a sort of promontory below the road leading to the village of Vergne, to the east lie the gentle slopes of the vineyards of La Volta, while to the west lie the few vineyards of San Ponzio, which occupy the cooler part of what in the commune of Novello will become the ridge of Bergera-Pezzole.
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