Nebbiolo is considered to be one of the most prestigious vines, suitable for making high quality aged wines.
It is thought that the term ‘nebbiolo’ derives from the word ‘nebbia’ (fog), as, on the one hand, it describes the grapes which are dark with a pale ‘foggy’ coat , and on the other it indicates that as the grapes ripen so late, they are often picked in the autumnal fog.
Thanks to its fruition of properties, the Nebbiolo vine produces grapes of the highest quality, resulting in a wine that is well-balanced between colour, body, acidity, persistent and volatile aromas and alcoholic strength.
By definition, it is suitable for ageing and has stable aromas and colour. The main wines produced are Nebbiolo wine and the famous Barolo wine.
Pre-eminently it is the great Italian wine, made purely from Nebbiolo grapes. Originating in the heart of the Langa hills, just a few kilometres south of the city of Alba, Barolo is produced throughout the rolling hills of 11 different town councils being; the territories of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba, and part of the territories under La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Roddi, Verduno, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Novello and Grinzane Cavour.
Barolo is an exceptionally rich and harmonious wine, enhanced by its structure that reveals a complex, enveloping bouquet that, in time, is lucky enough to evolve and improve without losing its extraordinary organoleptic characteristics.
It has orangey- red garnet reflections, an intense and persistent fragrance, with a particularly complex olfactory content that is equally fruity and spicy. Barolo is appreciated after 4-6 years, but reaches its peak after 10 years of ageing, remaining excellent even after 20 or more years.
In the mouth, its “hard” properties (acidity, tannins, minerals) result in being well-balanced with its “soft” ones (alcoholic and polyacoholic), with the exceptional intensity and persistence that make Barolo a strong, elegant and charismatic wine.
It is made of 100% Nebbiolo grapes, and requires at least thirty-eight months of ageing, of which eighteen in wooden casks. All of the vinification, ageing and bottling must take place within the DOCG area.