The Langhe is located in the southern part of Piemonte, close to the Maritime Alps and the Ligurian Apennines. The name, of Celtic origin, means “Earth languages” and refers to the long line of hills and associated valleys. The area was once part of the Padano Sea that started to retreat about 16 million years ago leaving substrata characterised by clay, limestone marl and chalk.
The area has a cold temperate continental climate. Winters are cold and often snowy which slows the vegetative cycle of the vines. With the arrival of spring, warmer temperatures and May rains promote growth and aid flowering. Hot dry summers follow that lead to a full ripening of the grapes. Harvest usually starts in early September and finishes in mid-October. During this period, important variations between day and night temperatures help increase the aromatic concentration of the grapes.