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La Bioca - is a small winery in the Langhe zone. Their vineyards are situated in the villages of Monforte d’Alba (Bussia, San Sebastiano subzones), Novello (Ravera), La Morra (Castagni & Croera) and Verduno. The most part of the 8,2 ha under vines are of their property. They have replanted 3,5 ha in 2014 so they are not in production yet.
Their new winery is located in Fontanafredda subzone of Serralunga d’Alba. Apart from the larger production facility, the 2 spacious warehouses and the underground cellar, the new winery has a large tasting room with an enormous terrace and an "agriturismo" with 7 comfortable rooms. Visit them at La Bioca.
La Spinetta "making wines with passion" - The Rivetti family story begins in the 1890s, when Giovanni Rivetti, grandfather of the three Rivetti brothers, Carlo, Bruno and Giorgio, left Piedmont for Argentina. Like many Italians of that time, he dreamed of returning rich and a powerful man, perhaps even one day able to make a great wine in his homeland. He never did, though his son, Giuseppe (nicknamed Pin) did. Pin married Lidia, bought vineyards and began to make wine. In 1977 the family took up residence at LA SPINETTA (top of the hill) in Castagnole Lanze. In 2000 the family's ambition of also making a Barolo became reality. The Rivettis acquired vineyards in Grinzane Cavour and built a state of the art cellar, Barolo Campè. Since 2003 visitors are welcomed to visit also Campè, outside the town of Grinzane Cavour. Visit them at La Spinetta.
Le Ginestre - stands on the road that winds its way up from the village of Gallo Grinzane towards Diano d’Alba, just where Grinzane Cavour Castle suddenly comes into view on top of the hill. The entire production cycle - from the fermentation of the grapes to the bottling of the wines - is carried out here.
The vineyards growing the Nebbiolo from which Barolo wine is made are located in Grinzane Cavour, Serralunga d’Alba and Novello, at altitudes varying between 250 and 350 m above sea level. The “Ginestre” vineyard in Grinzane Cavour faces south on marly-calcareous soil; the “Baudana” vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba faces south-west on sandyish calcareous soil, which gives Barolo more marked aromas; the “Sotto Castello” vineyard in Novello faces south-south-west on mainly marly soil, while the southernmost area of the vineyard is less fertile, with a higher content of tufa and limestone. Visit them at Le Ginestre.
Livia Fontana - is located in the heart of the Barolo area in the community of Castiglione Falletto. Our vinery can look back to the experience of 7 generations, 200 years tradition of wine production. Now the sons of Livia, Michele and Lorenzo along with the assistance of Renzo Zimaglia, manage the entire wine production from working in the vineyard through to bottling and labelling. Visit them at Livia Fontana.
Lorenzo Accomasso - Cavalier Lorenzo Accomasso is the soul of the wine. It produces ancient Barolo´s, but with young and flooding sound of long and intense breath that slowly emerges. Barolo Rocche and Barolo Rocchette stands for a long time and they are bottled only after they have received Lorenzo´s placet, a year later than the other producers on average.
Lorenzo´s agricultural company is not that big, only a little more than 3 hectares of low range vineyard all around the house and the wine cellar, and it´s family run. The Barolo in which the Accomasso family has always trusted in comes from Rocchette, a small land in the middle of the Rocche dell`Annunziata. Lorenzo was one of the first, if not the first in absolute, in that zone to selected-variety winemaking.
Luigi Oberto - is a very small vinery located in La Morra established by Luigi Oberto and his wife Silvana in 1976. Today his son Andrea is involved producing Barolo from cru Rocche Torriglione.
Luigi Oddero - since 1878 the Oddero family has been synonymous with tradition and high quality Nebbiolo wines from the Langhes top vineyards and it was in 1951 when brothers Giacomo and Luigi Oddero began bottling their family’s wines.
In 2006, after fifty years of passionately tending the vine and making the wine (while Giacomo was ‘front of house’), Luigi was obliged to leave the family domaine in La Morra and create his own label. He took with him his wife Lena, their young children Giovanni and Maria, as well as 32 hectare of prime vineyards.
With Luigi’s loss in 2009, Lena Oddero is now managing the estate, aided by her faithful team of Gregorio (winemaker) and Alberto Zaccarelli (sales). Dante Scaglione, former winemaker at Bruno Giacosa, now consults. The wines are traditionally and respectfully made, aged in large Gamba oak botte, and the product of fruit grown in the villages of La Morra, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba.
Massimo Rattalino - his aim is to realize something unique "cultivate the vines in order to obtain extraordinary grapes and produce wines of the best quality".
The dream of dedicating my life to viticulture, the passion for prestigious wine, the fondness for the oenological tradition of the Piedmont region soon became an ambitious project: to produce wines predominantly from Nebbiolo grapes and bet on this unique, ancient vine, which is convenient for the new and more exigent international markets. Visit them at Massimo Rattalino.
Manzone Giovanni - Giovanni Manzone is located in MONFORTE D'ALBA, Piedmont since 1925. The entire production is focused on high quality and limited to about 50,000 bottles per year, using only estate-grown grapes. The HISTORY of this family-estate began in 1925 when Giovanni Manzone purchased “Ciabot del Preve” (the residence of the Parish of the nearby town of Castelletto). In 1965, Giovanni and Stefano Manzone bottled the first wines and they purchased important vineyards on the historic hill of “GRAMOLERE”, in Monforte d'Alba. In 2005, Mauro Manzone joined his father Giovanni in the management of the winery. Mauro graduated from the famed Oenology School of Alba. At the estate the principles of pure, natural, non-invasive agriculture are followed. No insecticides or fertilizers have ever been used. Manzone’s HIGH-ELEVATION vineyards (450 metres, 1,500 feet), their EXTREME STEEPNESS and the GREAT TERROIR foster naturally low-yielding vines which produce wines that are approachable while young, yet remain amongst the most concentrated and longest-lived of all Barolos. Visit them at Manzone Giovanni.
Marchesi di Barolo - is a historical cellar located in the town of Barolo. The story begins precisely in 1807, in Paris, when the Marquis of Barolo Carlo Tancredi Falletti married Juliette Colbert de Maulévrier, a French noblewoman and the great granddaughter of the Sun King’s well-known Minister of Finance. Juliette saw the great potential of the wine made in Barolo. Juliette died in 1864, and today Marchesi di Barolo is still a family business owned by Anna and Ernesto Abbona – the 5th generation.
Marchesi di Barolo controls approximately 120 hectares of vineyards and produces wines from the major indigenous varieties of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. In order to better define and enhance their different characteristics, the most prestigious historical crus are made from a single variety, and individually aged and bottled. Visit them at Marchesi di Barolo.
Marziano Abbona - the history of the Abbona winery is full of hard work and challenges, but also loyalty to tradition and passion for experimentation. At the heart of the story are the hills of the Langhe and hard work in the vineyards.
For three generations, the Abbona cellars have made great wines of the Langhe, striving to express the most important emotions: love for our work, and gratitude that we live in one of the most extraordinary wine territories in the world.
Celso, father of Marziano Abbona handed down a heritage that he and his daughters live intuitively today. Their passion and dedication continue to help produce high quality wines that are exported around the world. Visit them at Marziano Abbona.
Mauro Veglio - to understand their history, you must return to the beginning of the 1900s in the village of Ciotto near La Morra. In this cluster of houses, the Veglio family has been dedicated to working the land for generations. To be a farmer in the Langhe meant bending over the vines, cultivating orchards and gardens, raising livestock, and inventing new ways of getting by every day.
Angelo Veglio was born in 1928 and startet the winery. Of Angelo’s three sons, only Mauro followed in the footsteps of his father. In the 1980s, not many people were willing to bet on Barolo, even though it was the most promising challenge in winemaking. In 1986 at 25 years old, Mauro took over the management of the winery after his father came down with an illness. This was when the winery and farmhouse underwent restoration, the vineyards were renewed, and the first experiments in winemaking were carried out. Visit them at Mauro Veglio.
Negretti Vini - the Negretti family’s roots have always firmly set in their passion and love for wine. The company philosophy is based on the constant, persistent pursuit of quality. The ongoing commitment of brothers Massimo and Ezio is to dedicating all their attention in person to both the vineyards and the product on its way to our glasses. The estate stretches out over around 13 hectares of vineyards on prime wine-growing slopes in the villages of La Morra, Roddi and Monforte d’Alba. Visit them at Negretti.
Palladino - from here you can feel the history of Langhe, surrounded by the vineyards of Serralunga d'Alba, in the heart of the production of Barolo. The winery is an old building in the center of the village, where, since 1870, wine and life have established a strong pair. In the winery the historical evidence is everywhere: the outdoor wall stone plaque dates the house to 1870 and tells about an 80.000 Liras bequest. This sum of money was used to start a wine production business. The cousins Maurilio and Mauro Palladino bought the winery in 1974 and started the wine production in bottles in 1978, after a renovation. Visit them at Palladino.
Paolo Manzone - the estate is of approx, 10 ha. cultivating different grapes where 4 ha. is Nebbiolo for Barolo. All the operations on the vineyards and picking are carried out by hand, granting a very good grape quality with a yield on average smaller than 20 30% compared to normal production.
Furthermore the vineyards in the area around Serralunga d'Alba are located in a traditional cru area of Barolo, named "Baudana" and "Lazzarito", in the south facing slope of a hill infront of the village of Castiglione Falletto. The vineyards are situated in one of the best areas specifically adapt to this particular cru named "Meriame. Visit them at Paolo Manzone.
Pietro Rinaldi - is located in Piedmont, in the hilly region of Alba, in Madonna di Como, an area of Langhe which is particularly suitable for the cultivation of vines. In this estate, our great-grandparents Pietro, Paolo and our grandfather Costanzo had been producing Nebbiolo since 1920. After four generations, at present wine is considered the fruit of experience, says Paolo.
Pietro Rinaldi is always in pursuit of high quality through is continuous efforts in the improvement of the vineyards, the great care in the cultivation of grapes, precise vinification methods and the collaboration with skilful professionals such as the Oenologist Beppe Caviola. Visit them at Pietro Rinaldi.
Pira Luigi - in the 50s Luigi Pira decided to focus on grapes and wine, in the following decades he sold grapes and open wine to the biggest wineries in the area of Alba which sought after high quality products from Serralunga d'Alba.
It was a first step towards its own production, which was impressed in this earth and able to give great red wines, Barolo above all. In the early 90s Gianpaolo, Luigi's son, started to take part in the winery management, and the wine quality became the key factor. Today Gianpaolo is flanked by his brothers Romolo and Claudio.
Starting from the 90s, the winery has been refurbished to enable the production of high quality Barolo. The venues were restored and enlarged, the equipment was replaced keeping a balance between tradition and technology. Pira Luigi produces quality, thanks to the special features of the grapes cultivated in the area of Serralunga d'Alba.
Fermentation occurs in automatic fermentation tanks with temperature control, while for the ageing they use both small 225 or 500-l French oak barrels and large 2500-l Slavonian oak barrels, depending on the wine. Wood is skillfully used: it is a means to further enhance Barolo, but only if it is possible to achieve the correct balance between the wine, its territory, tradition and innovation. Visit them at Pira Luigi.
Poderi Aldo Conterno - In the 19th century, the forefathers of Aldo Conterno emigrated to Argentina, but on account of various family vicissitudes they returned to Italy after a few years. It was then that Giovanni Conterno brought his family back to the small winemaking farm of his father Giuseppe in Monforte d'Alba and started helping him in the production of local wine. His sons Giovanni and Aldo began to assist and follow their father in running the business. In the mid-'50s Aldo decided to set out for America.
The five-year experience in the United States had kindled within Aldo a desire to establish a business of his own. It was for this reason that he decided, after working for a considerable time alongside his brother, to carry out the dream which had been interrupted in America. He bought the "Favot" farm and founded the estate "Poderi Aldo Conterno" in 1969. Today the company is run by three sons of Aldo : Franco, Stefano and Giacomo who followed in the footsteps of their father carry on the family tradition. Visit them at Aldo Conterno.
Poderi Luigi Einaudi - The winery, which already in the first years of the 1920’s bottled and distributed Barolo, was completely renovated in 1993. The main body of the winery is almost completely under ground to reduce the visual impact and to assure a constant temperature and humidity in the areas of maturation.
In 1997, the Einaudi family had the opportunity to buy from Gancia, an important vineyard, formerly the property of Viganò, comprising 2.25 hectares of vines in the heart of the Cannubi, dominated by a fascinating farmhouse. Visit them at Einaudi.
Poderi e Cantine Oddero - The Oddero winery is located in Santa Maria, a hamlet of La Morra, at Borgata Tetti 28. One part is used for winemaking, while the other historic section, dating back to the end of the 18th century, is used for maturing and ageing the wines.
Oddero owns approximately 35.00 hecatres of vineyards, of which 16.50 are Nebbiolo for Barolo vineyards. Poderi e Cantine Oddero is proud to count among its vineyards some of the best sôrì (sunny sites) of the Langhe: Vigna Rionda in Serralunga d’Alba; Brunate in La Morra; Mondoca di Bussia Soprana in Monforte d’Alba; Rocche di Castiglione, Fiasco and Villero in Castiglione Falletto, as well as Gallina in Neive, Bricco Chiesa, Roggeri, Capalot, San Biagio in Santa Maria in La Morra, Collaretto in Serralunga d’Alba. Please cisit them at Oddero.
Rivetto - The vineyards before all else. For wines to be an authentic expression of their territory, it is necessary to trust the vineyard and lead it toward self-regulation. This is why our wine-making is minimalist: sometimes we think it's better to not take action. No synthetic chemicals for weeds, defence or fertiliser. No aggressive handling of the soil or the vines. Sowing of grassy plants and legumes in order to revitalise the soil and reduce soil compaction. Use of natural phyto-fortifiers to stimulate plants' self defence.
Unique wines from a unique territory. We are located between Serralunga d'Alba and Sinio, an area characterised by soil rich in marl, lime and clay which retains precious microelements and confers our wines with matchless fineness. Visit them at Rivetto.
Rizieri - The Rizieri winery was born from a choice of change, a common project of life, a deep respect for nature and what it produces. At first we have only dreamed of, then looked for a long time and finally found it: it was love at first sight. The site chosen is located in Diano d'Alba.
We take care of the vines with the maximum respect for the environment and personally follow all phases of work both in the vineyard and in the cellar with patience, perseverance and, of course, great enthusiasm. We believe that this is the only way to obtain the best from our grapes. Visit them at Rizieri.
Rocca Giovanni - Rocca Giovanni’s winery consists of 22 hectares of vineyards located in the municipality of Monforte d'Alba, a small village which is part of the eleven communes of Barolo of ancient origin which now owes its fame 'as well as the beauty of the great wines. For three generations, the Rocca family cultivates with care, passion and authenticity the vineyards of his property making wine harvest. The vineyards Pianromualdo, Sant'Anna, Trenta, Mosconi, Giudice e Ravera di Monforte are the main assets of the winery as part of suited zones and subzones of the most important maps of Langa.
From the beginning the company puts into practice a simple philosophy based on respect for tradition in the land and the winery using eco-friendly products for the treatments in the vineyard and a natural winemaking that reflects more than the lifestyle of the Rocca family. Visit them at Rocca Giovanni.
Rocche Costamagna - on May 15, 1841 the police office of the royal Military Command in Alba granted Luigi Costamagna, son of the estate’s founder Francesco Antonio Costamagna, an official licence “to retail the wine produced from his own vineyards” in La Morra. In 1911, Francesco Costamagna and his son Riccardo were awarded a gold medal at the “Gran Premio dell’Esposizione Internazionale di Torino” for fifty years of winemaking.
The estate stretches over 14 hectares and yields a total yearly production of 85 000 bottles on average.
Their philosophy is to combine modern technologies with respect for the distinctive character of each local varietal. The grapes from each vineyard are processed separately to reflect both the personality of the varietal and of the terroir. Visit them at Costamagna.
Saglietti Flavio - The Saglietti farm is located on the hill of La Morra, one of the most famous municipalities of the Langhe territory and also one of the more suited for winegrowing because of its ground and position.
The wine quality is the first goal of our cultivation technique. We do a short pruning and let the grass grow between the rows, so that the soil is enriched by a more rational and balanced fertilization with natural organic and mineral substance. This wine was produced for the first time in our farm in the year 2001. The soil of the vineyard (0,5 hectares) is mainly loamy, quite deep and south, south-west-facing. The wine we obtain from this soil is full-bodied, rich in alcohol but fine enough to be drunk very young, or after eighteen months ageing in barrels. Visit them at Saglietti Flavio.
Salvano - Mr. Angelo Salvano began producing wines in his farmhouse (then called “Grillo”). The fame of his wines grew. He attributed his success to the fruit of hard work and the love of a fertile land. In 1991 the winery entered a new phase. A new rustic style winery was built, reminiscent of the old farmhouses in Langa with arches and exposed brick. Salvano wines continued to gain notoriety, gratifying the passionate pursuit of quality shared by Luciana and Piero.
The company owns vineyards in Ricca, Roddino, Barbaresco, Treiso, Serralunga, Monforte, in Roero and in Diano d’Alba. Salvano lets its grapes grow in these different vineyards where the soils of particular flavors and aromas each produce a unique grape. Visit them at Salvano.
Serradenari - "the world´s highest Barolo". Serradenari, the “peak” of the Barolo, is like a terrace overlooking the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont. The view from here embraces the Alps from Liguria to Cervino, with Mount Monviso sitting majestically in the horizon.
The name of the farmhouse, Serradenari, harks back to centuries ago, when the Black Death forced the peasants of Barolo and La Morra to leave their lands and take refuge on the crest, taking with them all their savings – hence, the name Serradenari, from “Sara D’nè,” which in the local dialect means “sierra of money.”
The Diatto-Negri family has owned Serradenari since the late 19th century : they were entrepreneurs in Turin, where they produced Italy’s first automobile in the late 1800s , and Serradenari was their country estate. But year after year the Diatto-Negri family started exporting the wine it produced almost as a hobby. It was thanks to them that Barolo and other Langhe wines were first introduced into the United States. Visit them at Serradenari.
Silvio Grasso - The Grasso family have been making wine since 1927, but have only been bottling all their production since the mid 80´s, when Alessio Federico took over from his father Silvio.
The total vineyard surface area is 14 hectares where 6 are owned and 8 are leased. Federico Grasso is backed by his wife Marilena and by his two sons Silvio and Paolo. Visit them at Silvio Grasso.
Simone Scaletta - He is a young winemaker who makes his own wine at Monforte d’Alba, one of the 11 Barolo towns. He grows in Località Manzoni five hectares of vineyards with a natural approach, in full respect of the earth and its fruits. Chirlet is one out of his four vineyards which also give the name to his Barolo.
His Barolo is rich of personality and character, made by natural vinification, which follow several decantings at the right moment and a slow fining, without filtering, giving a balanced, authentic and natural evolution. Visit them at Simone Scaletta.
Sordo Giovanni - is located in the heart of Barolo zone, called Castiglione Falletto. Sordo is a family run company with long traditions. Today Giorgio Sordo run the company as the third generation after his grand father founded the company in the early twentieth century. Today they have about 52 hectares of which 40 are vineyards located in Serralunga d´Alba. In addition they have vineyards in Monforte, La Morra and Novello. Visit them at Sordo Giovanni.
Sukula - is a family-run, artisanal wine estate located in the medieval village of Serralunga d’Alba in Piedmont, Italy. Nestled in the heart of the Barolo DOCG zone, Sukula has been producing world-class wines since 2006. The estate is just under two hectares, which allows for an incredible attention to detail that is not always found at other wineries in the region. Due to the limited production size of the estate and a careful eye for quality, Sukula produces only 4,500 bottles per year.
Sukula’s first Barolo vintage was bottled in 2007. While Sukula doesn’t have decades of historical vintages to rest upon, the wine that is being produced is only of the highest quality and is receiving accolades from esteemed wine critics around the world. Visit them at Sukula.
Tenuta Rocca - in the heart of the Langhe district, in the Ornati area of Monforte d’Alba, Tenuta Rocca is an estate with 37.06 acres (15 hectares) of vineyards. From 1986, it was managed by brothers Bruno and Gianni, who constantly modernized the vineyards over the years, and since 2011 Gianni and his son Andrea, an enotechnician, have taken over management of the estate.
The large farmhouse dating back to the eighteenth century has been restored to its original splendour following meticulous architectural refurbishment. The creation of the modern cellar with underground rooms for optimal development and ageing of wines confirms the commitment, passion and determination with which the wine production that symbolizes the Alba area of the Langhe district is conceived.
In order to compete at the very highest levels of quality, being fully aware of the goals already achieved by the estate and those to which it still aspires, it cooperates with the agronomist Gian Piero Romana, and the enologist Piero Ballario. Visit them at Tenuta Rocca.
Viberti Giovanni - The Viberti winery was founded in the early 1900s, when Antonio Viberti purchased an Inn in the Vergne district of Barolo, known as “Al Buon Padre”, along with an adjoining farm that produced the wine served in the trattoria.
Today at Viberti Giovanni, Claudio, the youngest son, represents the third generation to run the family business. Claudio is directly committed to the wine making process using his know-how, which has been passed down through the generations.
The winery can count on a total production of 70,000 bottles per year and is constantly growing, with a motivated young staff, ambitious to reach new goals every day. Visit them at Viberti Giovanni.
Virna di Borgogno - Today the "Virna" estate stretches out over an area of around 12 hectares, producing wines from grapes grown on its own vineyards located in historic crus in the Barolo wine-making area; Cannubi Boschis, Preda, Sarmassa, I Merli, San Giovanni, Costa delle rose.
Virna represents the latest generation of the Borgogno family and after completing her studies in enology at the winemaking school in Alba in 1988, she joined her father Lodovico in the running of the family farm, and three years later she became the first woman in winemaking techniques from Turin University. Visit them at Virna di Borgogno.
Brangero is situated on a magnificent hilltop with breathtaking views of the rolling hills of the Langhe and the nearby medieval town of Diano d'Alba. The estate, like so many in the Langhe, is a family run business.
The terroir is perfect for producing many of the wines the Langhe is most famous for. Well known international names like Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba and Nebbiolo d'Alba are all produced by the Brangero winery.