The Germano winery is located right in the bishop's house dedicated to San Martino of Mercenasco and this has characterized the shape of the labels that distinguish wines with grapes from single vineyards (cru) in fact it wants to remember the bishop's miter.

La forma dell'etichetta Germano Angelo ricorda la mitria del vescovo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first church of La Morra was named after this holy friar and was erected for the purposes of Mercenasco or the hamlet where the Germano Angelo winery resides. It is difficult to calculate the years of the foundation: it is certain, however, that the parish church of San Martino of Mercenasco existed at the end of the 12th century. And around it were planted the first vineyards. The present church of the Annunziata district was built next to the chapel of which the apse and a delicate fresco are still preserved. Later, when the village of Murra was built on the top of the hill, the new parish church was still dedicated to San Martino and was erected where the church of San Sebastiano is currently located.

La Morra could not have chosen a better patron saint than Martino. Why? In the dark years of the early Middle Ages the cultivation of the vine survived by virtue of the fact that the wine entered the rite of the Mass: for which abbots and bishops worked so that this product would never lack. Thus the wine chronicles narrate that when Brother Martino became Bishop of Tours in 371 he brought the vine to that region which is now so famous for the wines of the Loire. In fact, he is even credited with having reintroduced the pruning technique transmitted by the Romans and then lost during the fall of the empire. Zealous biographers and some bunglers attribute to Martino what had already been attributed to the ancient Greeks: to have learned pruning by observing a donkey graze the branches.

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