Historical estate of Monforte d'Alba, (one of the eleven production areas of Barolo), has its roots in the Langa area since the beginning of the Twentieth century. The work in the vineyards is carried out according to the principles of respect for tradition and for the generous soil, which gives wines of exquisite elegance and exceptional longevity, but always with an eye to the future. The gnomes that decorate the labels may seem like a habit, but represent a precise family memory and have a strong symbolic value, also because they are considered protectors of the soil and of those who work. Behind the labels there are the wines, all interesting and original. In 1982 some "experiments" gave rise to a Barolo wine of the high level, which was the beginning that gave life to the Josetta Saffirio Estate. In addition to Barolo, Dolcetto and Barbera d'Alba are produced. Barolo is awarded twice with the "Tre Bicchieri" (vintage '88 and '89) and there are numerous international awards. Last but not least, great attention to sustainability, with the adherence to biological protocols and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
The vineyards are located in Monforte d'Alba, on the hill of Castelletto, facing South-East, for a total of 5 hectares of vineyards mainly planted in Nebbiolo. The oldest vineyard was planted in 1948 on "Rupestris" rootstock by Ernesto Saffirio. The Barolo Riserva Millenovecento 48 is born from this vineyard.
In the selection of new plants, much space has been given to clones deriving from this vineyard in order to maintain the plot of the past and the narrative DNA of the plants. All the vineyards are "polyclonal", thanks also to the use of plants selected from university research in the last thirty years: the result is a great complexity of the various olfactory and gustatory nuances of Barolo.