According to Wikipedia La Morra is a very wealthy village thanks to the Barolo – the “red gold.” But there was a time when this wasn’t so. The Middle Ages draw a different picture: poverty, famine and plague.
The very name of the village, La Morra, likely derives from ‘mola,’ an Italian word for millstone. And, sure enough, there are two millstones in the village’s ancient coat of arms. A small part of Serradenari has always been called Pian delle Mole (plain of the millstones) , where the famished people found massive stones and crafted them into millstones to make flour.
In June 2015 we start clearing these soils. After a week, we hit a strata of intensely blue marl at a depth of 7 ft – a marl filled with fossils and strange amalgams of rock and stone. This type of marl is typical of the area and is the true lifespring of our wine. We decided to dig deeper until 10 ft, where we unearthed the ancient millstone: a girth of 420 cm (165 inches), a diameter of 140 cm (55 inches), a depth of 32 cm (12.5 inches), it weighs 800 kg (1,764 lbs).
The famous Blue Marlstone of the Barolo has returned to us a centuries-old treasure dating back to at least the Middle Ages, if not to earlier times. On September 2015, joined by the mayor of La Morra and the Department of Viticulture of the University of Milan, we unveiled to the public the very same millstone that gave our village its name and symbol.