Castello di Verdunoby Gabriella, Elisa and Liliana Burlotto
APPELLATION: DOC Dolcetto d'Alba
Castello di Verduno is an historic Piemontese estate that makes classic Barolo and Barbaresco from prime vineyard sites in both appellations. The winery is located in Verduno, the northernmost commune of Barolo. The winery has a total of 10 hectares – five in Verduno planted to Nebbiolo & Pelaverga and five in Barbaresco planted to Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera.
Franco Bianco and his wife Gabriella are the titular heads of the estate, they have a very talented young winemaker, Mario Andrion, who has run the cellar since 2000. Mario was trained in Italy, but has also worked harvests in Oregon. Franco and Gabriella’s daughter Marcella is increasingly involved in day to day operations.
The winery’s philosophy is to produce wines that speak of place in a classic way and are also sustainable and protect the land. As such, they practice organic farming and are meticulous both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Mario uses minimal SO2 and also vinifies with indigenous yeast. Their wines are firmly traditional in style though never rustic; in fact just the opposite, they retain a rare elegance and purity.
Piedmont, which comes from a Latin phrase meaning “at the foot of the mountains,” is a region in the northwest part of Italy. To its south is Liguria, to its east Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy, and the Aosta Valley to its northwest.
This region is surrounded by the Alps. It is adjacent to France and Switzerland. Much of the region is mountainous, although there are expansive plains and hills also. Peaks, rice paddies, and hillsides also form some of the geographical features of the region.
The influence of “slow food” for over a decade and a half has served to enhance and highlight the viticulture and agriculture in the area. Many popular alcoholic beverages come from the region of Piedmont: quality red, white, and sweet white wines, as well as vermouth and the internationally exported Asti Spumante.
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