From mediaeval times on, the Ligurian nobility chose to settle on the hills around Ovada to benefit from the lavishness of this land which was already celebrated for the goodness of its wines and the abundance of its game.
Lerma, which lies at the centre of these hills, is a small microcosm linking the ancient history of the vine with its modern age. Here, taking space from the woods, the vineyards stretch out with geometrical precision over the most sun-blessed slopes, where the soil rewards the grapes with uncommon fragrance and unmistakable personality. The Valle Scura vineyards are to be found among the best positions, renowned for their microclimates and for the earth that provides the wine with gentle features, full, fruity flavours and fresh, intense bouquets.
The epicentre of the Valle Scura is “La Casanella”.
The extensive estate fans out in a single holding around the old farmstead. The Saracen tower, which is now in ruins, stands out over the vineyards, mindful of the ancient settlements on these hills that go back to before the year 1000.