Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo
The story begins precisely in 1806, in Paris, when the Marquis of Barolo Carlo Tancredi Falletti married Juliette Colbert de Maulévrier, a French noblewoman and the great granddaughter of the Sun King’s well-known Minister of Finance. Juliette saw the great potential of the wine made in Barolo that, after a complete fermentation and a long aging in wood, would have been able to unveil all the qualities typical of the soil and of the grape variety: Nebbiolo, powerful and austere, able to last long and to express all the characteristics of this extraordinary terroir. In 1864, Juliette’s death marked the end of the prestigious Falletti dynasty: in order to perpetuate the Marquise’s memory and charitable work, the Opera Pia Barolo was founded and established in the beautiful Palazzo Barolo in Turin. This story was meant to cross path with the story of another family in Barolo: the Abbona family who had its own wine cellars next to the Castle of Marquis Falletti. Indeed, at around the same time Pietro Abbona was born. Thanks to his skill and tenacity, Pietro, together with his brother Ernesto and his sisters Marina and Celestina, was eventually able to acquire the Agenzia Tenuta Opera Pia Barolo: the ancient cellars of vinification and refinement of the Marchesi di Barolo estate.

Today the Abbona Family continues the work that began more than two centuries ago producing high quality wines meant to enrich, year after year, the history of this important cellar where modernity and tradition meet and where a great heritage of vineyards and knowledge has been passed down from parents to children for over five generations. Anna and Ernesto Abbona – the 5th generation – with his sons Valentina and Davide – the 6th generation – firmly believe in the original and distinguished wines produced in this region, characterized by a number of highly prestigious native vines and a unique soil composition, with amalgams of clay, limestone marl, blueish marl, tuff, sandstone and sand. In addition to the diversity of the soil, the Langhe are characterized by a rather particular micro-climate, more temperate than the neighbouring areas: the Alps protect against the cold north-western winds while the southern side is protected by the Apennines. Temperature range is essential during harvest in order for the grapes to become intensely fragrant: the sudden change in temperature between day and night causes crystallization on the skins of the grapes, resulting in extraordinary scents and fragrances after vinification. The greatest merit, however, goes to the people who were able to deeply understand what nature has spontaneously offered.

Through its great, historical human experience, Marchesi di Barolo has been and still is a faithful exponent of the diversity of the land and its native vines, while rigorously respecting and preserving the typicality of its products. All this is achieved by using grapes that come from estate vineyards and from contributing vintners selected over the years, favouring optimum position and the ability to maintain individual vineyards. Marchesi di Barolo controls approximately 120 hectares of vineyards and produces wines from the major indigenous varieties of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. In order to better define and enhance their different characteristics, the most prestigious historical crus are made from a single variety, and individually aged and bottled.

Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo
Via Roma 1
12060 Barolo ((CN))

+39 0173 564491

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