A producer whose wines have long gone under the radar is Elio Sandri. Owning around 8ha of some of Monforte d’Alba’s best terroirs, he’s been making wines that are a window into Barolo’s past
They are aged for long time in barrel (and partially also concrete, depending on the vintage characteristics)，resulting in some of the most hauntingly ethereal and perfumed wines we have ever met. These really are wines that go straight to the heart
Barolo Perno Vigna Disa Riserva
Barolo Perno Riserva
Barbera d’Alba Superiore
The Roagna estate has long roots in the commune of Barbaresco, having been created in the early 20th century by Vincenzo Roagna. Nowadays, the fifth generation, Luca Roagna，is running the property after his graduation from oenological school in 2001
The family’s 6.5 hectares of vineyards are located in the heart of Barbaresco, mostly in the cru of PajĿ. In 1989, the family’s long-held aspirations of owning top level crus in Barolo came true when they purchased a parcel historically known as La Rocche e La Pira. Nowadays, the family farms some of the most famous crus of Barbaresco and with the monopole of Pira also Barolo, making it one of the most impressive set of vineyard holdings in the region
The Roagna style of wines has been carefully passed down through the generations, with a very traditional and classical approach. All cru bottlings are from vines aged 25-50 years, the old vine cuvees from vines older than 50 years and the very rare Crichet PajĿ from vines over 80 years old. A pioneer in terms of vineyard work, Luca focuses on producing wines that are incredibly deep, concentrated, but at the same time pure, transparent and complex making them some of the greatest made in Piemonte today
Barbaresco Crichët Pajé
Barolo Pira Vecchie Viti
Barbaresco Pajè Vecchie Viti
Barbaresco Montefico Vecchie Viti
Barbaresco Asili Vecchie Viti
Barolo Pira Riserva
Barbaresco Pajè Riserva
Nervi is the oldest, benchmark Gattinara producer, founded in 1906 by Italo Nervi. Nervi owns some of the most prized vineyard holdings, which include the crus of Molsino and Valferana (which have historical records dating back to 1471 and 1231 respectively) as well as Garavoglie and Casacce
The winery was purchased by Roberto Conterno of Giacomo Conterno in 2018. While Roberto had not been actively seeking out a new winery, the opportunity to acquire such an historic estate with great vineyard holdings of Nebbiolo was too hard to pass up. Large scale improvements in the cellar have been seen since then.
Roberto’s aim, along with his son, is to apply the same fastidious attention to detail and quality to the wines of Nervi as he does to those of the Giacomo Conterno estate. The wines are already traditional,pure and age-worthy and they are surely only going to get better from here!
Nervi Gattinara Vigna Molsino
Nervi Gattinara Vigna Valferana
Conterno is a historic estate dating back to 1920’s, producing one of Italy’s greatest and most iconic wines, the Barolo Monfortino.
Robert Conterno pays unmatched attention to details and continues to raise the bar on every minute aspect of the viticulture and winemaking process at his estate.
With vineyards owned in the crus of Francia, Cerretta and Arione, Conterno produces what is without doubt the very highest quality of Barolo made these days.
With a shared passion for great wine and food, Lara Rocchetti and Luisa Sala bought 0.5 hectares of La Morra’s Roncaglie vineyard from Federico Oberto in 2015 and vinified their first vintage in 2019.
The young pair have worked in famous wineries around the world, including Cécile Tremblay and Comtes Lafon in Burgundy.
Now they farm 5 hectares in both La Morra and Monforte d’Alba, renting prime sites in Bussia Bovi and Le Coste Di Montforte. The vineyards are cultivated organically.
Grapes are partially destemmed by hand à la Leroy, removing the peduncle and maintaining the berries intact, to produce a lifted and perfumed fruit character.
They produced 3 wines: Barbera and Langhe Nebbiolo is vinified in cement tanks and aged in old oak vats, Barolo Le Coste Di Montforte is vinified and aged in oak vats for 24 months plus 3 months in cement.
Lalù’s style is bright and soft with an immediate accessibility which is rarely found in Piemonte region.
There are a handful of producers around the world that exemplify their region on their own. Pepe counts among them, as there are hardly any other wineries in Abruzzo who have done so much for their region as the Pepe family have
These are some of the most long-lived and fascinating wines in all of Italy and thanks to the careful management of their older vintages, the estate is able to release perfectly stored bottles all the way back to the 1970s