Italy – Terre del Barolo
Terre del Barolo winery was founded on December 8, 1958 by Arnaldo Rivera, a distinguished teacher and mayor of Castiglione Falletto, and 22 growers in the various villages in the neighbourhood. The number of partners soon grew to 40, and by the first harvest in 1959 there were already 362 members.
These were difficult years for the market, but right from the outset sound, diligent management has allowed the company to pursue a philosophy based on quality, commercial reliability and genuine local wines.
It has certainly contributed also to the reputation of these products, and consequently to the economy of the whole wine-growing area around Alba, absorbing a considerable proportion of the total production of grapes.
In 1978, anticipating the self-control regulation in force today, Terre del Barolo introduced a technical assistance program for its grower members, encouraging them to protect their vineyards and the surrounding environment.
Located in Castiglione Falletto in the heart of the Langhe, today the winery brings together about 300 growers who own more than 600 hectares of great vineyards in the villages of Grinzane Cavour, Serralunga, Monforte, Diano d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Roddi and Castiglione Falletto.
These grapes are vinified following traditional procedures using modern technology. The main focus is for Barolo docg, which undergoes the main part of its maturation in French and Slavonian oak casks, and represents the highest volume; smaller quantities of wines produced with local grapes (Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto) are available as well, included the renowned little appellation Verduno Pelaverga and Nascetta di Novello.
The latest exciting venture of the winery are represented by:
– a new organic line including Barolo docg, Nebbiolo d’Alba doc and Barbera d’Alba doc
– the ArnaldoRivera project, named after the founder of the cooperative, and designed to highlight the quality of many of the top vineyards of Barolo which have always been part of the winery heritage.