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Barolo producer Alessandro Rivetto acquires Barbaresco DOCG vineyards

Published:  01 February, 2018

Azienda Agricola Alessandro Rivetto, a winery producing Barolo from the plots within the municipality of Serralunga d’Alba, has invested in another Langhe wine - Barbaresco DOCG.

The winery said it had acquired six hectares of vineyards in the municipality of Alba, within the Montersino and Meruzzano crus.

The expansion followed several years of winery owner Alessandro Rivetto “sinking his hands in the land” of the vineyards of Montersino where he vinified the grapes, said the winery.

With the acquisition of five hectares in the cru, located within the fraction of San Rocco Seno d'Elvio - the only area of the ‘capital of the Langhe’ where it is possible to vinify the Barbaresco - the winery said it was able to dedicate its experience and passion for wine into the creation of a new label - a Barbaresco that “celebrates this land”.

The 2017 vintage will be the first label of this cru, with a limited production of 3,500 bottles bearing the new Barbaresco Montersino DOCG label poised to inaugurate the vineyard.

Starting Spring 2018, a plan to restructure the vineyards would gradually introduce new nebbiolo vines for the Barbaresco next to the existing dolcetto, barbera and moscato vines, said Rivetto.

“The smaller growing area of Barbaresco in comparison to Barolo along with its particular composition make these vineyards both rare and precious,” he said.

Situated on steep hills, the vineyards of Montersino had always required special care and attention, he added.

“Here, and hopefully in the future within Meruzzano, we will start with a limited production obtained from the best grapes that will enrich our line with a new label of Barbaresco DOCG faithful to the peculiarities of this cru capable of giving wines with inimitable elegance and aromas," he said.

Based in Frazione Annunziata, La Morra, Azienda Agricola Alessandro Rivetto manages around 12 hectares of vineyards between Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra and Alba, with annual production totalling around 80,000 bottles.

The winery’s flagship labels are: Barolo Lazzarito DOCG, Barolo Vigna Rionda DOCG and Barolo Serralunga DOCG.