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Meet the Winemaker: Aldo Vacca of Produttori del Barbaresco

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To our tastes, Produttori del Barbaresco is the gold standard to which all other Barbaresco wines are measured. Their straight "Normale" bottling is an exceptional value in any vintage, showcasing the character of that year's production. But in truly exceptional years, the cooperative of winemakers will choose to make a series of single cru wines reflective of the diverse terroir in the region. We have just received our shipment of these cru Barbarescos in time for a special visit from Aldo Vacca, Managing Director of Produttori del Barbaresco. Join us to meet this legend of Piedmont and taste through a few vintages and crus of our favorite Barbaresco.

About Produttori del Barbaresco In 1894, Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba and a Barbaresco resident, created the first cooperative, the Cantine Sociali, by gathering together nine Barbaresco vineyard owners to make wine in the local castle that he owned. He understood well the differences between the same grape, the Nebbiolo, grown in the different areas of Barolo and Barbaresco and, for the first time, recognized it on the wine label. The Cantine was closed in the 1930s because of fascist economic rules, but in 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way the small properties could survive was by joining their efforts, gathered together nineteen small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement, then in the winery built across the square where the Produttori is still located. 

Today, the Produttori has 51 members and controls more than 100 hectares (250 acres) of premium Nebbiolo vineyards in Barbaresco. Each family is in full control of its land, growing Nebbiolo grapes with centuries old skill and dedication. The vinery produces a Barbaresco D.O.C.G., a blend of Nebbiolo grapes harvested from different vineyards, and a simpler Nebbiolo Langhe suited for earlier consumption.

In great vintages, nine single-vineyard Barbarescos are produced from nine classic premium sites within the Barbaresco village boundaries: Asili, Rabajà, Pora, Montestefano, Ovello, Pajè, Montefico, Muncagota, and Rio Sordo. These are the geographical names of sites where Nebbiolo grapes have always been cultivated. The name of the single-vineyards, the total number of bottles produced, and the name of the owners of the vineyards are marked on the labels.

The Produttori del Barbaresco, which vinifies only Nebbiolo grapes, produce around 550,000 bottles (45,000 cases) per year. In a good vintage they are divided among Barbaresco (50%), single vineyard Barbarescos (30%) and Nebbiolo Langhe (20%).