Welcome to Episode 1589; part of our Italian wine interview series set in Bologna! Today’s interview is between Joy Livingston and Enrico Mandirola of Mandirola Vini
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More about today’s winery:
The history of Mandirola wine originates in 1913 when my great-grandfather Enrico purchased a company founded at the beginning of the 19th century and known with the name of “ Il Muntagnei ” (which in the local dialect means “small mountain”). The property then consisted of approximately 10/12 hectares, mostly cultivated with vines, wheat and corn.
Later, in the 1950s, my grandfather Giovanni together with his sons Lino, Mario, Bruno and Giorgio continued the company and began producing small quantities of wine. Only a small part was sold directly, the bulk of the production ended up at the cooperative winery.
Over the next twenty years the company expanded. Land is acquired in the municipality of Momperone and in the Piani di Casasco area. Here, 12 hectares of land, mostly woodland, were purchased. On this surface, the largest plum plantation in Piedmont will later be built, with approximately 4,000 plants. Nowadays these lands represent one of the two main bodies of the company.
In Casasco another 2 hectares of land, adjacent to the existing vineyards, will form the fields called “Vigna grande” and “Saröre”.
Between the 1980s and the end of the last century, the most significant events were the purchase of the “Lù della Costa” field, on which a Timorasso vineyard was placed in 1992, and later in 1998, the planting of the plot “Saröre” in Barbera and Moscato.
Only in the last decade did the acquisition of the historic Timorasso vineyard, called “Tantèi” and the plot of land ” Il Becco “, so called because of its characteristic triangle shape, date back to the last decade.
Today the company consists of approximately 30 hectares, 11 of which are planted with vineyards, 11 of arable land, approximately 2 with orchards and 6 with forests.
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