Enrico Rivetto is the fourth generation to steward the land his family purchased atop Piemonte’s Lirano hill. Lirano strides the border between Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba, and Sinio. His great grandfather started the winery in 1902, at 400m in altitude, on Serralunga’s calcareous clay and marl soils. The estate covers 50 rolling hectares, with 15 hectares devoted to vines, 6 hectares of woodlands, 6 hectares of nut trees, and 1 hectare to other crops. In a time when prime vineyard land is at a premium in Piemonte, Enrico has scrubbed up some of his vines to make room for fruit trees, cover crops, and biological corridors for beneficial insects.
Though Rivetto was the first Demeter certified winery in Barolo and Barbaresco, in 2020, to hear the youthful, travelled, studied and passionate Enrico describe his goals, he speaks of creating a balanced ecosystem, moving beyond biodynamics to biodiversity. To date, he has planted more than 300 trees, over 100 vines of ancient, resistant varieties, planted aromatic herbs, sewn wheat, built a biodynamic greenhouse, created a contained compost, and introduced donkeys and apiaries into the vineyards.
“Organic and biodynamic practices are the means, not the result. I don’t know the map, but I know the direction: clear, well defined, precise. I’m here to bring my small world to a resurrection, with manic lucidity.” – Enrico Rivetto
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