Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Visit to Poderi e Cantine Oddero

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The driveway leading into the Cantina of Poderi Oddero. This facility is located in Santa Maria (within La Morra), although Poderi Oddero has choice vineyard holdings in several other communes.

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Off to the side of the driveway was this tree.

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Luca Veglio, who has been working with the winemaking at Poderi Oddero since 2001. Luca seems to like wine. To taste wine, to be around vines, to talk with people about wine. He doesn't speak any English, but I caught a good vibe.

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A view of the Cantina at Poderi Oddero.

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The tasting room at Poderi Oddero.

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The foyer into the cellar at Poderi Oddero.

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The family has a collection of antique plates that were produced in the region.

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The cement fermentation units have been painted in bright colors, at the behest of Mariacristina Oddero.

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I did not taste this 2008 Rionda, although the 2004 that I did taste was really superb.

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This vineyard, near the Cantina, is known as Bricco Chiesa (Chiesa means Church), so named for the church at the top of this hill. As we approached the vineyard the church bells began to sound, which struck me as appropriate.

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A closeup of the young vines in Bricco Chiesa. These have been planted without recourse to chemicals, and employ natural methods to resist insect infestation.

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This is a view from the driveway of the Cantina. The vineyard hill topped by the tree in the distance is the cru of Arborina.

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