Morra Gabriele

Italy / Barbaresco~Piedmont

Producer Info

Introducing Stefano Campaniello of cantina Morra Gabriele, a talented bright-eyed Romano who grew up near Milano, moving to London to continue his work as a Sommelier before heading off to Burgundy to work for a year in the vyds of Boillot, Volnay, & then on to Muga, Rioja, returning to Italia with a plan to set up on his own, in proprio.

In 2012 Stefano met Gabriele Testa, a keen trifulau & grandson of Morra Gabriele, & together they revived the nonno’s cantina in the comune di Macellai di Pocapaglia, with Barbera & Freisa vyds nearby. In 2015 Stefano began renting their first Nebbiolo da Barbaresco vyd, prime old vine Ovello (west facing), & then subsequently the cooler East facing part of Ovello (vigna Bernino) next to Montefico, & then from 2021 vyd Fausoni above Neive, & in 2022 sandier Starderi also in Neive. A total then of 1.9ha of Nebbiolo da Barbaresco vyds from across the comunes of Barbaresco & Neive, planted to Michet, Lampia, & clone 401.

Stefano tends the vines & makes the Barbaresco, co-fermenting the destalked Nebbiolo fruit from the three vyds (Ovello, Fausoni, & Starderi from 2022) in stainless-steel, using pied de cuve/spontaneous yeast ferments & capello sommerso/submerged cap, except in 2023, before ageing the wines for eighteen months in ten year old, non-toasted 30HL Stockinger botte grande. 

Meanwhile, at their Macellai di Pocapaglia cantina, that’s equipped with a battery of cement tanks & tonneaux, Stefano makes two Langhe Nebbiolos from their Barbaresco vyds: one a classic expression of Nebbiolo fruit, the other, more layered – Foravia – thanks to 60% whole bunch. Plus he makes a tasty Langhe Rosso (Nebbiolo/0.3ha Freisa), a marnoso Chardonnay from 0.3ha vyd Fausoni, & 1ha of Barbera from Macellai.

Wines

Barbaresco

Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Foravia’

Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe Rosso

Barbera d’Alba

Langhe Chardonnay