The five best wineries in Barolo
Barolo is one of Italy’s most celebrated wines. It is a red wine with Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin and is produced in Piedmont. Barolo is one of the most appreciated wines by oenologists and one of the most famous wines in the world. Today we are going to visit the five best wineries in Barolo. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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The Piedmont region is full of historic, special and unique wineries, so you can imagine how difficult it was to choose just five of them for this post. It is evident that we did not follow the order ‘from best to worst’, as we would be unfair, but we chose the most interesting wineries and some of the most visited and loved by tourists and locals alike. The region has wineries everywhere and it is not difficult to find the one that best suits your needs. During tastings, it is common for oenologists to offer us a real lesson on grapes, wines and their pairings; in an impeccable way, they offer us the best in the world of wines with class, simplicity and a lot of friendliness.
- Some wineries are not open for visitation some months of the year! Therefore, I suggest you make a reservation and confirm it before visiting the establishment! One of the highlights of wineries is the grape harvest season. Several wineries offer special packages to visitors who can participate in this true ritual. If you want to learn more and when the harvest happens, you can read our special post: What is the best time to visit the wineries in Italy?
- Remember to confirm with the chosen winery if the harvest is open to the public, as some of them do not open during this period. We have two other very special posts for you too: “Barolo and its wines” and “What are the types of Italian wines?”
- Under no circumstances drink and drive, OK? If you want to do wine tasting, hire a private driver (talk to me, I have great recommendations!). The sanction for those who drive after drinking in Italy is heavy and if there’s something that works here, it’s the laws. To learn more, read our post: “Can I drink and drive in Italy?”
1) The five best wineries in Barolo: G.D. VAJRA
G.D. Vajra is one of the most modern canteens in Barolo. It is a canteen dedicated to producing a Barolo in the most natural way possible, making it even healthier. The canteen’s code of ethics is strictly followed and the winery has been managed by the same family since its foundation. Despite producing other wines, Barolo is the flagship and, of course, the best known. It is possible to visit the canteen, but it is necessary to make a reservation via telephone. For more information, you can click here!
2) The five best wineries in Barolo: L´ASTEMIA PENTITA
L’Astemia Pentita, one of the most modern canteens in Barolo, is defined as “a declaration of love for wine!”. Its architecture is a show in itself and the wines produced here are very special! Its name in free translation, “the repentant abstemious”, is a tribute to the creator of the project, Sandra Vezza, who was not a wine connoisseur and, upon tasting the Barolo, fell in love and decided to produce her own drink. The building that houses the winery is impressive, modern and uniquely beautiful. To visit the site it is necessary to book in advance and you can make your reservation by clicking here!
3) The five best wineries in Barolo: AZIENDA AGRICOLA BREZZA
Another historic winery in the region is Azienda Agricola Brezza. In operation since 1885, the company has only 20 vineyards, but produces an exceptional wine. It is in the fourth generation of managers and produces its wines organically, always maintaining a high standard on all its labels. It was the first winery to use glass stoppers on some of its labels, all with the aim of maintaining the maximum aromas of its most precious wines such as Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, Langhe Freisa and Langhe Chardonnay . It is in a privileged location and, to schedule your visit, you can click here!
4) The five best wineries in Barolo: ROCCHEVIBERTI
Think of a beautiful place: this is it! The Roccheviberti winery is in a prime location and is stunningly beautiful in Langhe. The Nebbioli from these hills are considered to be some of the best in the entire region. The winery occupies 4.5 hectares of land and produces several grapes, specializing in the famous Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, all native from Langhe and Piedmont. The wines produced here are, in fact, exceptional. To schedule your visit, just click here!
5) The five best wineries in Barolo: CANTINA FRANCESCO BORGOGNO
The Cantina Francesco Borgogno, in operation since 1930, has about 7 hectares and produces, on average, 35,000 bottles of wine per year. All are produced using traditional aging methods, using Slavic oak barrels to this day – although they have modernized much of the production. It is considered one of the best Italian wineries and its wines are of the highest quality. Being managed until today by the same family, it has maintained the tradition of being one of the most classic, important and famous wineries in Piedmont. To schedule your visit, just click here!
A bit of Barolo’s history
The history of Barolo began almost 2500 years ago with the Stazielli population, but it wasn’t in Piedmont, it was in Liguria. His fame, however, came in 1751, when, according to history, a group of Piedmontese diplomats had already taken the wine to the region and then sent some bottles of “Barol” to London. The wine was successful with guests and the future US president, Thomas Jefferson, who was traveling Europe at the time; he mentioned the drink’s unique flavor in one of his diaries: “almost as sweet as Bordeaux and lively as Champagne”; he best described the taste of an authentic Barolo: crisp on the palate, sweet and sparkling.
The birth of modern Barolo
The birth of the modern Barolo took place in 1830 and its credit can be attributed to the Marquises Falletti, the French oenologist Louis Oudart and the Count Camillo Benso di Cavour. The Falletti family was a banking family and over the years acquired several important land holdings in the Municipality of Alba, Piedmont. With the death of her father, Camilo, Giulia bought the lands of the Felletti family and asked the oenologist Louis for help so that she could produce wines on her land. Loius, in turn, applied techniques for the production of great French wines to the wine produced by the marquise and thus began the story of the Barolo we know today. The wine became so renowned that it even reached King Carlos Alberto de Savóia. Giulia kindly sent 325 wine carts to the king, each with a barrel of Barolo, one for each day of the year (respecting the 40 days of Lent) and the king fell in love with the drink. At the court of Turin, wine was called “wine of kings, king of wines”, such was its success.
The “Decree of typical wines”
In 1909, there was a need to protect the drink and, then, the Agricultural Consortium defined the limits of the production of this great wine. It was the beginning of an immense expansion and between the two World Wars there was a boom in Barolo producers. In 1927, the “Decree of typical wines” was published in the Diary of Republic, officially delimiting the production area of authentic Barolo. It was also in 1927 that the geological zones of the wine production areas were defined. The area of Tortonian origin, Sant’Agata, which produces fragrant, fruity and elegant wines that mature earlier; La Morra, Verduno and a strip of Castiglione Falletto, where the wine has a Helvetic origin in gray sandstone floors and layers of sand, offering us a more structured and alcoholic wine. It is ideal for aging and home to Castiglione Falletto, part of Monforte, Grinzane and another part of Barolo.
The wine presents itself in a very special way, with a garnet red color and orange reflections; its flavor is intense and persistent, and it presents us with an exceptionally complex olfactory heritage, which can change with aging. The taste can “walk” between fruity and floral notes, such as violet and vanilla, and notes such as goudron and spice. In the mouth, the components are combined in a very pleasant way and their intensity makes Barolo a powerful, elegant wine with great personality.
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