Barbaresco


The Barbaresco is a red wine of particular charm, whose quality has been determined from the italian law since 1966 when it was aknowledged as DOC. wine and in 1980 as DOCG. Wine. It grows in the Province of Cuneo in the territory of the villages of Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive and in the hamlet San Rocco Seno d'Elvio of the town of Alba, from the hillside vineyards exposed to the sun, cultivated with the Nebbiolo grapes. It is a wine of extremely ancient origin and was mentioned by Livy in his monumental History of Rome. According to an old tradition, the Gauls were attracted to Italy and descended into the peninsula because of the goodness of the wine of Barbaritium, from which the word "Barbariscum" and later Barbaresco were derived. However, some experts argue that the wine derived its name from the barbarian hordes that raided extensively in Italy before and after the fall of Rome. Long ago, Barbaresco was called Nebbiolo or Barolo and those who vinified it added Moscatello and Passeretta grapes, which gave the wine a sweetish flavor and made it effervescent. Barbaresco, the aristocratic red wine we know today, was mentioned in 1799, when Austrian General Melas requested "Nebbiolo di Barbaresco" to celebrate in worthy fashion his victory over the French. It was only toward the middle of the 19th century, however, that production was begun of a dry type of wine, which brought out all of Barbaresco's extraordinary qualities. Professor Domizio Cavazza, a noted enologist, introduced new vinification techniques and, in 1894, founded a cooperative winery exclusively dedicated to the production of Barbaresco. The enologist, comparing it with the greatest French wines, described Barbaresco as "fine, soft and generous."

Maximum admissible production: 8000 kilos per hectare of specialised vineyard, corresponding to 52 hectolitres.
  • Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
  • Colour: Vivid garnet red with ruby hues that tend towards orange as the years go by.
  • Bouquet: Fine and elegant, with a composite and ethereal bouquet featuring exceptional harmony and completeness. Violets, dog roses, geranium, often apples and cherries are joined by scents of vanilla, cinnamon and green peppercorns, fruit jam and even flowers and the dry leaves of the woodland floor.
  • Flavour: Dry, full, caressing and gently strong, austere but velvety, harmonious and smooth, it reveals continuous body, breeding, character and extraordinary aristocracy.
  • Aging: Minimum 2 years of which minimum 1 year on wood-barrels
  • Alcohol: Minimum 12,5%, often up to 13,5-14%
  • Best served with: Red meats, matured cheese and the tasty local dishes of Piedmont
  • Serving temperature: 18-19 C opening the bottle in advance.