Recognizing that morphology, geological composition, exposure and the characteristics of a particular vine play a significant part in the ultimate outcome of the relative wine is not only the result of an easy awareness but of a deep and hard-won knowledge that continues to expand with analyses and experience. In the Ratti production philosophy, “territory” is a central and foundational element. A wine can be the voice of its land granted that one is willing to modulate one’s own tone to pay due homage and respect to the places of origin.
Bottle refinement, the climax of vinification and necessary passage for the attainment of the wine’s character, is the third pillar on which the Ratti method is founded.
If land and climate contribute to forming the “face” of a Barolo, the correct periods of refinement and the peak conditions when such refinement can take place, do the rest. Land, climate, time: a clear-cut production philosophy which is also an ongoing commitment and mission.
For us, making wine also means making wine culture. And precisely like wine, even the culture surrounding and nourishing it changes across the years.
For this reason, we believe that alongside the 3 central points of our method, it is necessary to add a fourth: openness towards the future – an element that accompanies the others without distorting their significance. The wine which is now resting will be in tomorrow’s glass: and that tomorrow will offer different scenarios with which it will have to confront itself.
And from that encounter, novelties will surely rise. And so, there we are, those novelties will be a gaze upon the future – and without that glimpse, the very art of making wine would lose much of its sense.