Matteo Ellena is one of a new generation of budding star winemakers in Piedmont. With stints as an assistant with legends Elio Altare and Giacomo Bologna, Matteo combines the best of what the "Modernist's" and "Traditionalist's" have taught him. His winery, located in La Morra, has been in production since 1966. The 15 hectare estate has 4 hectares planted with vines and 8 planted to hazelnuts, the balance is woodlands. Viticulture is traditional with the exception of a strict green harvest, which lowers the yields in all of the vineyards. Vineyard management follows the rule of integrated agriculture, which limits the use of synthetic chemicals, minimizing any environmental impact. Matteo prefers native yeast ferments and restrained use of new barrique. This young winemaker is producing some of the most outstanding values in Piedmont.