Barolo and Barbaresco are true icons of Italian winemaking tradition, especially in the Langhe region. These are two distinguished red wines that share the same grape variety: both are made from Nebbiolo grapes.

Here are the similarities and differences between these two famous ambassadors of Piedmont in Italy and around the world.

Origin

Barolo, known as the “King of Wines,” is exclusively produced in a horseshoe-shaped area spanning 11 municipalities of the western Langhe: Barolo (which gives the wine its name), Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, part of Monforte d’Alba’s territory, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour, Diano d’Alba, Cherasco, and Roddi.

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Barbaresco comes from an even smaller area in eastern Langhe. Only three municipalities and a fraction of Alba are entitled to produce it: Barbaresco (hence the name), Treiso, Neive, and specifically San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, whose territory is connected to the municipality of Alba.

Climate and Terroir

While Barolo is produced from vines grown on clayey marl soils rich in limestone, known for its strength, power, and structure, Barbaresco comes from a distinctly sandier area. The area is influenced by a more humid climate due to the vineyard’s proximity to the Tanaro River, leading to earlier ripening, softer tannins, and wine that consistently embodies elegance.

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Ageing

Barbaresco requires a minimum ageing period of 24 months, at least 9 of which are in wooden barrels, whereas Barolo’s regulations demand ageing for at least 36 months, with 18 in wooden barrels.

Both wines continue ageing in the bottle, where the tannins soften further, and complexity and refinement develop over the years.

Scarrone Cru in Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of the Barolo region

Our farmhouse is located among the vineyards of the Scarrone Cru in Castiglione Falletto, at the heart of the Barolo area. Here, different soil types intersect: to the west, the Sant’Agata marls, made of fine sands and sedimentary rocks typical of the municipalities of Verduno, La Morra, and Barolo; to the south, the Serravallian, a type of calcareous soil with a prevalence of clays, characterizing the territories of Serralunga and Monforte d’Alba.

In the 80s, we renovated the old farmhouse, the only one within the Scarrone cru, dedicating its cellars to the production and ageing of our Barolo, with large wooden vats for fermentation. The grapes come exclusively from the five hectares of vineyards surrounding the farmhouse, about 300 meters above sea level. The grape ripening on this hill is favoured by the excellent exposure to the morning sun, facilitating perfect ripening even in the sunniest vintages.

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The white soil where our vineyard grows is rich in marls interspersed with sands like in the best crus of Langa, producing elegant, well-balanced, and long-lived wines.

Barolo Scarrone from Castiglione Falletto

Our Barolo DOCG Scarrone is a broad and complex wine characterized by great elegance. It starts with its pronounced garnet colour and aromas of tobacco, rose, and violet, which continue to refine over time. The full taste reveals consistent yet sweet tannins, characteristic of the Castiglione cru and of Scarrone in particular.

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Langhe DOC Nebbiolo

Our Langhe DOC Nebbiolo comes from our youngest vineyard.

It is a wine with a lively and delicate ruby-red colour. Its bouquet evokes scents of flowers and fruits, like violet and small red fruits, with a spicy note. On the palate, the Langhe DOC Nebbiolo is full-flavoured, savoury, and elegant, with the round tannins characteristic of Castiglione Falletto.

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Barbaresco di Barbaresco

For many years, we have been producing our Barbaresco from a single vineyard planted on shallow soil alternating between limestone and marl for a limited number of bottles that guarantee great emotions. It is a wine that matures in wood to produce harmonious sensations with floral and spicy notes and intense colour in a solid structure but achieves the excellent elegance characteristic of Nebbiolo grown in Barbaresco. We wanted a complex, persuasive, enveloping wine capable of blending great Nebbiolo’s serious tones with the more ethereal and elegant fragrances.

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With more than 110 harvests behind us, our family has cared for our land and its vines for over a century, passing down this task and vocation through the generations.

Our historic winery in Cocconato is the place to trace this long history among relics of the past and curiosities. It is also the place to indulge in a tasting of Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, and the typical wines of Piedmont that here develop a unique identity.

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