The Elvio Cogno winery sits on the top of Bricco Ravera, a hill near Novello in the Langhe area of Piedmont, one of the eleven communes in which Barolo is produced. The cellar is housed in an 18th-century manor farm surrounded by 11 hectares of land, all occupied by vineyards. In 1990 Elvio Cogno bought this splendid historical farm in the family village and restored it to its former glory. Today the winery nestles in a breathtaking landscape between the hills and the sky. At sunset on clear days, a wonderful turquoise horizon frames the farm like a painting.
The Cogno family has been making wine in the Langhe area for four generations: the values of history and tradition handed down by father Elvio are enhanced by the freshness and innovation introduced by his daughter Nadia and her husband Valter Fissore. Following in the footsteps of Elvio the maestro, the Elvio Cogno winery continues to produce wines that tell the family history without altering the traditions, styles and flavours the Langhe area conjures up through the variety of its grapes. The great wines of Elvio Cogno are born in the old granaries of a farm converted to address the great challenges of winemaking.
Through careful, rational vineyard management without pushing things to an extreme or forcing, with low yields per hectare and respect for the organic balance of the vine Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno cultivate rigorously autochthonous varietals: nebbiolo (for Barolo, Barbaresco e Langhe Nebbiolo), barbera, dolcetto, and nascetta. The sparing use of technology meaning long submerged-cap and spontaneous fermentations, decanting, careful aging on wood optimises the production process without altering what mother nature creates.The result is high-quality grapes, balanced wines: rich but not excessively so, amenable but elegant, with a classic character and feel. Cogno wines seek to transmit emotions, to be remembered. They cheer the soul of anyone who tastes them with enthusiasm and sincerity.