Man does not live by bread alone… he needs wine too! And what wines here in Langhe!
You don’t have to be an expert sommelier to understand that when you think about the Langhe, you also think (perhaps… above all) of the excellent wines that this wonderful land offers us! Everything in these hills tells us about wine! And I am here, at your disposal, to show you the best wines that the Langhe can offer us!
Today I will tell you some news about Barolo:
The wine that always makes a good impression, the wine for special occasions, the wine to surprise! Obtained from Nebbiolo grapes, it is considered a national excellence, one of our most important business cards for the foreign panorama from the oenological point of view. It has a bright red color, very bright, is soft and provides full and persistent sensations. It expresses its best when accompanied by roasts, braised meats and cheeses. If you come to the Langhe, you can’t go home without having eaten at least one meal with this exceptional wine.
We even have to thank King Carlo Alberto of Savoy for his diffusion. Curious about this structured and full-bodied wine, he asked the Marquise of Barolo Giulia Colbert Falletti, wife of Marquis Carlo Tancredi Falletti di Barolo, to taste it. The Marchioness Giulia had the merit of transforming a sweet and slightly sparkling wine into a much more important wine. He also built underground cellars to create a protected microclimate where the wine could age in a controlled manner. The Falletti di Barolo sent King Carlo Alberto 325 barrels, one for each day of the year except for the days of Lent. And the King, after sharing it with the most influential families of the time, was so enthusiastic about it that he bought an estate in Verduno to produce his own Barolo.
Then came Cavour
In the following years, thanks to Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, Barolo became a wine known outside Piedmont. Production began and Cavour himself used it as an important occasion wine. It was offered during the celebrations for the Unification of Italy, in 1861. After the death of Giulia Falletti, the Opera Pia Barolo inherited the winery and administered the fortunes of the family. Then followed the Abbona family, who from 1900 gave impetus to this magnificent wine!
Produced in 11 municipalities, it has strict regulations:
A minimum aging of 3 years, of which 18 months in oak barrels. After 5 years can be marketed under the name “Reserve”. The alcohol content has to be at least 13 degrees.
Barolo prefers a temperature of 18-20 degrees, to be taste. The pairings are with tasty dishes based on red meat, mature cheeses but ….. even alone, enjoyed like a wine for meditation! And I also recommend it with some sweet dry pasta (such as pasta di Meliga!)
Wine tours in the Langhe offer visitors the opportunity to get to know several producers. And within a producer also the different types of Barolo, with different aging and with special and unforgettable vintages!