Situated in the hamlet of Cascina Nuova, near the sinuous road that winds down from La Morra, the estate was founded in the 1960s when Angelo Veglio bought his first vines in Gattera. In ’79, the family moved to Cascina Nuova, which came with five hectares of vines, including holdings in the crus Arborina and Rocche dell’Annunziata. In ’86, Angelo’s son Mauro took over at the age of 25. His marriage to Daniela in ’87 brought holdings in Castelletto in Monforte. In 2017, a family alliance with Mauro’s nephew Alessandro – already running his own winery – brought a further five hectares in Gattera and Paiagallo, bringing the estate to 19 hectares. Leading modernist Elio Altare’s winery is across the yard; he was a strong influence in Mauro’s early days. But under Alessandro’s vision, there’s greater flexibility: less accent on extraction, more ageing in larger barrels, although barriques are still used judiciously.
For Alessandro, this was an ideal vintage, providing him with the style and quality of fruit he wanted to continue the evolution of his style. La Morra was spared the worst of the summer storms and, although there was mildew pressure, Alessandro’s properly timed regime of treatments saw the threat pass without issue. What is so encouraging to see is the greater purity of expression across the crus. The range on offer, predominantly from very well-placed sites in La Morra but with offerings also from Monforte and Barolo, makes this an increasingly important, and ambitious, address.