Strade Bianche means “white roads,” and refers to the historic white gravel roads that run through the hills and among the vineyards of the Chianti region of the Tuscan countryside in Italy.
Notes from Strade Bianche:
"Sengi di Langa makes wine that respects the environment, the land, and varietal purity. They are acutely aware that each single vineyard has its own personality, hence they make wine where they go along with fermentation, following, and not leading the wine as it evolves, and never clarification or filtrating the wines. Aging in the barrel is important but never prevailing, because they want to enhance the absolute exclusive bond between vines and the Langa area. Each bottle is marked with Gianluca's fingerprint, applied manually, as a sign of his great passion, respect, and commitment to rare wines, produced in limited quantity. Each bottle expresses both the land and winemaker.
Real - Clean - Natural
Our definition is no chemicals or pesticides in the vineyard. No synthetic yeast or additives in the cellar. Grapes, yeast and sometimes small doses of sulfur.
We partner with winemakers who share our philosophy of natural wine production, yet their wines are classic expressions of the vintage and terroir. Most of our wines are clean and classic though we have a few with a little funk.
Small Family Wineries
We support small family wineries who share our commitment to quality and use time-tested practices such as hand-picking their grapes, planting native varietals and using local wine making traditions.
Soil: Grey-blue marl, sand
This wine is fermented in steel for 20 days using the pied de cuve method for spontaneous fermentation. Gianluca's approach is hands off to allow the fruit, terrior and vintage to showcase the varietal purity of Barbera. This wine is aged 1 year in 5 hl Slavonian oak barrels and an additional 1 year in bottle before release.
Barbera d’Alba D.O.C. Superiore by Segni di Langa is a wine of great structure and intensity. It has not undergone any type of treatment, if not natural fermentation and obsessive care in the vineyard first and then in the cellar. Ages 12 months in 2, 3 and 4 year old barriques. It has a deep ruby red color. The nose reveals aromas reminiscent of black cherry, cassis and violet. In the mouth it is enveloping warm, full and full-bodied.
Aging: 9-12 months in 2, 3 and 4 year old barriques.
Winemaker: Gian Luca Colombo
Ageing potential: will improve and drink well for 8-10 years after the vintage
Style: a generous, elegant, complex Barbera, with concentrated dark fruit and a long finish
Viticulture: certified organic; vineyards, worked biodynamically
Strade Bianche Wines is run by three friends. Jeremy and Bobby go all the way back to the playground at Byrom elementary school. Andrea and Bobby became friends while he was living in Montepulciano. The company was formed organically around friendship and a shared passion for high-quality small production Italian wine.
Basically, the three of us are wine geeks. We love trying new wines, or unique varietals and finding small or new producers in each town that the locals are drinking and talking about. In Montepulciano, where Bobby lived with his family, and Andrea's lifelong hometown, there was one small, up-and-coming winery that was on the majority of local tables, because it was delicious. Importing these wines became the vision that brought this company to life. When the three of us made this a reality we soon realized that every town or city in Italy has a small gem of a winery that might only be widely known to the locals in that area. Those are the wines we seek. Three friends, a passion for real wine, and the joy of introducing it to others. That is Strade Bianche. Health!