Piedmont has a unique tectonic evolution. It's soil, especially in the Barolo zone, in the Tertiary period, saw a deposit and sediment of marne calcareous clay intermixed with sandstone.
The Langhe, a series of hills in the province of Cuneo, from the plains to the maritime alps, benefits from a special micro climate capable of giving the grapes characteristics of excellence.
The Barolo DOCG zone is located in the center of the Langhe and is the seat of the 11 communities that surround the town of Barolo.
Within this area, vineyards were chosen that showed exceptional quality and with great pride of the owners became known as "The Grand Vines". It's always about a small parcel that has a particular esposure, the right elevation of the slopes, the composition of the soil and the microclimate to offer the optimal conditions to produce excellent grapes. From these vines come some of the best wines the area can offer.
E.Pira & Figli vinifies only the grapes provided from it's own vineyards, about 2 1/2 hectares, situated in some of the best zones of the "Grand Vines" of the community of Barolo: 2 hectares in Cannubi and Cannubi San Lorenzo, and the rest in Via Nuova; all at an altitude of about 300m above sea level.
In 2009, the winery acquired a beautiful property of 4 hectares in the area of Monforte d'Alba, locality Conterni.
Chiara uses meticulous care and attention while at work in the vineyards so that her wines are made with maximun respect of the land through her use of organic farming practices. The method followed by the farm is to follow the regulations of the zone with careful attention to the vineyards to obtain special high quality grapes while causing the least impact on the enviroment.
Work in the vineyards can be summarized by special care of the vines throughout the season starting with winter pruning of the vines(max. 9 buds per plant); reduction of the plants excess grape clusters to concentrate the plants energy into the remaining clusters for maximum maturity, concentration and quality and also to strenghten the plant in unfavorable weather conditions; the attention to detail continues on through harvest with strict and meticulous selection of the grapes in the vineyard, only the best go on to the winery, leaving the rest on the vineyard floor to rengerate the soil.