A FOOT IN THE TRADITION AND THE OTHER ONE IN THE FUTURE
Durin’s winery has distant origins. It all began at the end of 19th century when Isidoro Basso decided to start cultivating in a little plot of land in the Arroscia Valley, which is a territory rich in history, culture and beautiful natural landscapes. In fact, it is in the Ortovero municipality, where the Basso family is from, that Isidoro sowed the seed of what will become the future Durin winery, which actually takes the name from this impressive man who funnily enough was called “Isidurin” (little Isidoro) by everyone around town. As it happens quite often, the farmland is passed from father to son. In fact, Angelo, who was born in 1906, carried on the family’s farming legacy once he got back from the military service in the Twenties, planting the first vine trees. Over a very long lifetime – he died in 2004 – Angelo has been building up the family business and now, his son Antonio is following in his footsteps, becoming the third in the Basso wine-growers generation.
Being Isidoro’s nephew and Angelo’s son, Antonio Basso decided to give up Medical school and to engage with heart and soul to agriculture, at the end of the Seventies. Antonio himself chose to give to the winery the name Durin, in loving memory of his grandfather. Meeting Laura, who represents the other half of Durin’s heart for over twenty years, strengthened the resolve to stay true to the family’s legacy.
As of today, Durin is one of the most well-known Liguria wineries .
The vineyards, a combination of beauty and hard work
Durin’s vineyards are the symbol of Ligurian viticulture whose peculiar traits are patches of land that embrace different landscapes at the same time providing unparalleled breath-taking views.
A less appreciated downside, for those growing vines, are the steep hill ranges which are very common even here in the Arroscia Valley in the province of Savona where, seated in 5 different municipalities – Ortovero, Ranzo, Onzo, Garlenda, Rialto – lay Durin’s vineyards, covering a 16 and a half hectares area which is a remarkable amount considering the regional standards.
The farm owns 259 plots of land at the present day and the slopes differ from one wine-growing area to the other, ranging from 70 up to 600 m.a.s.l.. The ripening of Pigato, Vermentino, Rossese, Ormeasco, Barbera, Alicante, Granaccia, Syrah and Lumassina is made easier by the mild weather as well as by the sea breeze which covers juicy grapes bunches and star-shaped leaves with a light white layer. The wine saltiness, along with any other environmental condition will be found in the glass, after going through necessary and experimental processes in the cellar, which produces and releases wines with a peculiar Ligurian flavour.