Barolo vs. Barbaresco: who will win the contest?
Degustazione in cantina

There are many wines produced by our beloved and generous Langhe terroir, but the two that can compete for the title of the King of the Langhe are undoubtedly Barolo and Barbaresco. Follow this extraordinary match: Barolo vs Barbaresco

But wait a moment…are we talking about the extraordinary wines by those names, or the charming villages that bear the same ones? Barolo vs. Barbaresco: who will win the contest?

A contest has begun today: will you be from the Barolo team or the Barbaresco team? All joking aside, both places are both magical and fascinating, and each of them offers breathtaking views that will delight the eyes of the travelers who choose the Langhe as their destination. But in this article I would like to better illustrate what Barolo and Barbaresco represent for the Langhe region, and also provide you with a short guide that you can consult in case you happen to have the opportunity to come here!

Barolo vs Barbaresco: 2 happy and elegant towns

Barolo. 

Barolo Wimu
View of Barolo and the castle

A small town of just over 700 inhabitants, located in the province of Cuneo within the Langhe region. Like most of the surrounding villages, it was founded by the Celtic peoples, who had called the place by the name bas reul”, or “low place”.

The village was established around the year 1000, but in 1250 it passed to the Falletti family, who retained ownership until 1864. Today, thanks to the Falletti family, Barolo is the territory where Barolo wine is made.

One of the can’t-miss attractions is the Falletti Castle, which has played host to the Wine Museum (WIMU) since 2010. Created and set up by F. Confino, the museum presents an interactive and exciting journey into the world of wine that touches on traditions, culture, history, and winemaking methods. It is “not a place where you learn, but a place that speaks of the relationship between “us” and “him”, says F. Confino.

The museum wins along a descending path. Rooms full of colours, sounds, lights, videos, images; in short, a well-rounded museum of all five senses, and an experience that will surely leave you breathless!

 

Barbaresco.

Many people believe that the name ‘Barbaresco’ stems from the barbarica silva, occupied first by the Ligurians and later by the ancient Romans. Others instead believe it to come from the Saracen people, who were nicknamed “Barbareschi.” torre barbaresco langhe

The most interesting part of the village is certainly the tower, called the Tower of Barbaresco, where a medieval wall begins and which still circumscribes the boundaries of the village.

The tower is 36 metres tall, and from the top you get a wonderful view of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, which extends beyond the river Tanaro.

The tower was built around the year 1000, and its function was defending and keeping watch over the territory of the Saracens. This is why it’s visible from so many parts of the adjacent territory; if you notice, driving through the hills around Barbaresco, you will always be able to see it!

 

It was part of a broader system of defensive fortification which unfortunately has been lost to the mists of time. It is likely that alongside the Tower of Barbaresco, there were other similar towers that stood along the river Tanaro. After a period of restoration, today it can be visited again. We can also offer you a glass of excellent Barbaresco in tribute to the moment!

However, Barolo and Barbaresco are not just two wonderful Langhe villages, they are also the home of two esteemed wines of international renown!

Barolo vs Barbaresco 2 excellent Wines

Here is a table that summarizes their most salient features

Una degustazione in cantina Langhe

BARBARESCO DOCG BAROLO DOCG
Grape  Nebbiolo Nebbiolo
Zone of Production The entire territory of the villages of Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso, and the portion of the hamlet San Rocco that is part of the town of Barbaresco and which has been aggregated into the municipality of Alba (falling within the province of Cuneo) The entire territory of the villages of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba and parts of the territories of the villages of Monforte d’Alba, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour, Diano d’Alba, Cherasco, and Roddi (falling within the province of Cuneo).
Sensory characteristics A wine of remarkable consistency and with a soft, dry, and full flavour. When young it shows slightly fruity notes, and after aging, shows a tannic finish. On the palate it is elegant and measured. It is a wine with earthy characteristics and a hint of tannin, giving the wine body and delicious notes of licorice and coffee.
Minimum Aging Time 26 months, 9 of which are in a wooden barrel 38 months, 18 of which are in a wooden barrel
Percentage of Alcohol 12% vol. 12,50& vol.

 

If you have not tried them yet, I strongly recommend them!

Are you still undecided about the winner of the challenge? Well, then hurry up and book one of our Langhe wine tours so that you can finally determine which one is King of the Langhe!

 

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