Poderi Roset is located in the town of Verduno, in the province of Cuneo. Silvio Busca, now in his forties, was the original winemaker when the estate was created in 1993 by Alessandro Brero. Silvio comes from a family that grows hazelnut trees (Piedmont is famous for hazelnuts) and he still has 20 hectares under production. He went to wine school in Alba and started making wine at Brero. Energetic and open to new ideas, he is part of a tasting group of winemakers who like to share their experience and tips. Silvio is married to Stefania, Alessandro Brero’s daughter. In 2007, he and a partner, Alberto, bought the winery from Alessandro.
The domaine now comprises 12 hectares of vineyards, including one hectare of the rare Pelaverga di Verduno (only 8000 cases are produced in the entire DO) and 3.5 ha in Barolo. Silvio leases a portion of the Monvigliero (“mountain view”) vineyard, 500 meters above sea level. Only three other producers work this vineyard. Since 2009, Silvio also makes a small cuvée from the Cannubi vineyard. The grapes for his Dolcetto and Pelaverga come from lower elevation vineyards with a northwest exposure; conditions not favorable to Nebbiolo, but that bring into balance these high sugar varieties.
Farming practices: sustainable. Silvio’s philosophy is: “Better work makes better wines, not machines”. He dislikes sitting at a desk and enjoys spending time in his vineyards; some of which he owns, others he rents, all cultivated with the same care. He never uses tractors for they would erode the soil. He brings cows to the vineyards, every 3 years to plow the soil, and has not used chemicals since 2006. He only employs two full-time workers to help him.
Vinification practices: the grapes are basket-pressed, very gently, in small batches of 200 kilos. Malolactic fermentation happens naturally 15-20 days after the alcoholic fermentation, before the wines are put in barrels – mostly used ones. The wines are notable for their suave textures and complex aromatics. They are vegan.