Unmissable Barolo Tastings

Barolo Tastings

Welcome to the fascinating world of Barolo tastings!

In this article, we will explore the wonders of this renowned Italian wine, focusing on tasting experiences in the region’s wineries. Discover how to immerse yourself in a vertical of different vintages and capture the nuances of this noble grape through exciting wine tours.

Get ready to taste Barolo like never before!

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The origins of Barolo

The origins of Barolo

Barolo, one of Italy’s most renowned and appreciated wines, has a fascinating history rooted in the heart of the Langhe, a mountainous region in Piedmont.

The origins of Barolo date back to the 19th century when the viticulturist and politician Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, became involved in promoting and developing this wine. While traces of Nebbiolo grape vinification, the primary grape variety for Barolo, can be found in this region as far back as the 13th century, Cavour significantly contributed to its growth. He advocated for the adoption of modern winemaking methods and the production of Barolo in bottles rather than barrels, making the wine suitable for aging in cellars.

Over time, Barolo gained a reputation as a high-quality wine, earning the title “King of Wines” and becoming the favorite of royal courts and European aristocracy. The first controlled designation of origin (DOCG) for Barolo was established in 1966, further emphasizing its importance in the world of wine.

Today, Barolo is admired for its complexity, strong tannic structure, and aging potential, making it a symbol of Italian winemaking artistry. Its origins, rooted in centuries-old traditions and the passionate work of local winemakers, make it one of the most iconic and celebrated wines in the world.

The production territory

The Barolo production area is located in the captivating hills of the Langhe, in the heart of the Piedmont region.

The Barolo hills offer a charming landscape with terraced vineyards that stretch across steep slopes, featuring a mix of soils rich in sand, clay, and minerals. These varied geological conditions significantly influence the characteristics of the wines produced in this area.

Barolo is primarily crafted from the Nebbiolo grape, known for its complexity and elegance. The Barolo production area is divided into various valleys, each with its unique characteristics contributing to a variety of Barolo styles. Among the most renowned valleys are Serralunga, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, and Castiglione Falletto.

Barolo wines are celebrated for their robustness, well-structured tannins, and complex aromas of red fruits, roses, tobacco, and spices. These wines require extended bottle aging to reach their full expression, making them true oenological gems.

The Barolo production area is a fascinating destination for wine enthusiasts, offering not only the opportunity to taste some of Italy’s finest wines but also to explore a picturesque and historic countryside dotted with small medieval villages and traditional wineries.

Where to experience Barolo tastings

To visit Barolo wineries and savor fabulous wines, you can trust Divinea. Choose the perfect experience for you!

1. Cascina Pugnane

Cascina Pugnane

Cascina Pugnane is a winery that dates back to the 1600s. The Ghisolfi family has revived the traditional production of Barolo and Nebbiolo, choosing to modernize the winery using materials sourced from the ruins of Ancient Rome found in the region.

You can enjoy various types of experiences at this historic winery. The tour that takes you through the entire property is undoubtedly an unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Barolo. During the experience, you can have an aperitif on the panoramic tower and pair Barolo and Dolcetto with four traditional Piedmontese appetizers, including a cheese platter with honey, roasted hazelnuts, and wood-fired oven-baked chocolate.

If you feel like spending a relaxing weekend, you can book a winery experience with overnight accommodation. You’ll have access to the wellness area, which includes a solarium, sauna, Turkish bath, emotional shower, and an outdoor hot tub with a view of the landscape.

Learn more about Cascina Pugnane‘s experiences!

2. Castello di Perno

Castello di Perno

In Monforte d’Alba, nestled between the ridges of Perno and Serralunga, you’ll find Castello di Perno, a winery with a classic and contemporary approach that seeks to express elegance in its wines while respecting the local terroir.

Using twenty and fifty hectolitre Austrian oak barrels from Stockinger, they aim to achieve the utmost expression of Langhe DOC Nebbiolo and refine their Barolo DOCG Castelletto and Perno, considered protagonists of the region.

The winemaking project began in 2014 with the goal of producing high-quality wines that are distinct, balanced, and reflective of the territory’s character.

Today, they offer various experiences, including a vertical tasting of Barolo, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample four different vintages of their Barolo DOCG.

The objective of this experience is to savor the sensory differences resulting from the climatic variations that characterize these four different vintages.

Book your experience at Castello di Perno now!

3. Cascina Sòt

Cascina Sot

Cascina Sòt is an agricultural company active since 1975, located in Monforte d’Alba, in the heart of the Barolo production area.

Founded by Maria and Giuseppe, initially as sharecroppers, they later acquired the property and focused their activity on winemaking. Through meticulous care of the vineyards and scrupulous attention to every phase of the process, they manage to create exceptional wines that best represent the characteristics of Nebbiolo and the originating territory.

The company adopts sustainable practices both in the vineyards and in the cellar, demonstrating a strong commitment to environmental and territorial preservation.

At Cascina Sòt, you will experience a complete tasting guided by one of the family members, discovering the finest wines of Piedmont. Each experience includes a platter of typical local cured meats and cheeses.

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4. Diego Morra

Diego Morra

The Diego Morra winery is located in Verduno, within the prestigious Monvigliero cru, and is managed by three generations of winemakers: Domenico, Antonio, and Diego. They started with a small plot of land in the 1950s and now own 30 hectares of vineyards in the finest areas of Verduno, La Morra, and Roddi, in addition to 20 hectares of hazelnut orchards.

The winery is family-run and exclusively produces wines from grapes grown by them, with particular attention to vineyard care. With respect for the past and ambition for the future, they are expanding their facilities to enhance production and offer a panoramic tasting room with a view of the vineyards.

The primary goal of the winery is to captivate visitors by providing a direct experience with their wines, history, and family. Francesca, Diego’s wife, guides visitors on a journey of discovery through stories, experiences, tastings, and images, allowing them to immerse themselves in the beauty of the land, vineyards, and wines while preserving the unique characteristics of each season and moment.

Through the Barolo tasting experience, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a selection of different vintages to explore the nuances of the grape, various terroirs, and different years. During the visit, you can explore the various interpretations of the wines, following the process from the vineyard to the glass.

For younger visitors (aged 3 to 12), a fruit and vegetable extract tasting activity is available upon request, designed to entertain them, stimulate their curiosity, and develop their sensory skills.

The experience includes:

  • A comprehensive tour of the cellar, including exploration of the winemaking and aging spaces.
  • A tasting of six different Barolo wines, each representing different vintages.
  • Pairing with grissini, their own hazelnuts, and some unexpected gastronomic surprises.

Book your winery experience with Diego Morra today!

5. Fortemasso

Fortemasso

Fortemasso is a winery located in Monforte d’Alba, belonging to the AGB Group – Agricole Gussalli Beretta, renowned for producing top-quality DOCG wines.

This winery stands out due to its privileged location in the vineyards of MGA Castelletto, situated on steep slopes between 360 and 450 meters above sea level, characterized by sandy soils.

This location offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Langa region, encompassing the vineyards of Serralunga and Monforte. Fortemasso’s production philosophy is clear: it places great importance on the vineyard and adopts a minimally invasive approach in the cellar to preserve the distinctive characteristics of Nebbiolo.

The company has a modern, eco-sustainable underground cellar, designed to harmoniously integrate with the surrounding rural landscape and optimize the production process.

Through the Barolo-focused experience, you can embark on a journey of discovery into this iconic Italian wine. You will explore its history, trivia, and key characteristics while tasting a Nebbiolo DOC, two different vintages of Barolo DOCG Castelletto, and a Barolo DOCG Castelletto Riserva.

Discover more about Fortemasso ‘s experiences!

6. L’astemia pentita

L'Astemia Pentita

L’Astemia Pentita is located in Barolo, right where the Cannubi ridge begins its ascent towards the center of the town. This winery stands out for its rebellious nature and visionary aesthetics, bringing a unique perspective and innovative language to the Langhe region.

Here, the centuries-old winemaking tradition of the Langhe merges with a modern and ever-changing concept of art, where hospitality becomes the primary vehicle for sharing authentic wines.

Thanks to their Barolo vertical, you have the opportunity to visit the cellar and taste different vintages of their Barolo wines, including: Barolo Cannubi DOCG 2015, Barolo Cannubi DOCG 2012, Barolo Cannubi DOCG 2014 Riserva, Barolo DOCG Terlo 2011.

Book your Astemia Pentita experience now!

 

Discover the world of Barolo in many different ways. Find the one that suits you best and immerse yourself in the Divinea world!

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