The Barolo area of Piedmont, in the North of Italy, offers astonishing hilly vineyard landscapes.
Nebbiolo is the sole grape variety cultivated here. It finds its best worldwide expression on the limestone soils surrounding the traditional villages of Barolo itself, but also such famous names as Castiglione-Falleto, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte or La Morra.
Chlorophyll contained in vine leaves is composed of pigments of many different colors. Each color pigment allows the plant to capture energy from the sunlight and make the most of whole color spectrum. Surprisingly or not, the only color that is not captured by plants is green. Green light bounces off the leaves while every other color is absorbed. That is why most plants are green.
When leaves die in fall (autumn), their various pigments decompose one color after the other at different times depending on each vineyard, revealing a marvelous palette in the landscape.
On their website pecchenino.com, the Azienda Agricola Pecchenino an astonishing shot of the vineyards surrounding their winery. Looking closely, one can notice how the variety of soil within each vineyard affects the expression therefore color of the vines.