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REPUBBLICA DI PERNO
Vicolo Cavour 5
Frazione Perno
Monforte d'Alba
Telephone: 011-39-0173-78492
Open Friday through Tuesday
Lunch: 12-2pm
Dinner: 8pm until 10


CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEB SITE

 

This is a new place, opened in the Summer of 2014, by our old friend Chef Marco (formerly of La Libera).
This guy is one of the top chefs of Piemonte...no doubt about it, he's upper echelon in the kitchen.

We stopped in and had a light lunch...(if that's possible), tasting a few good plates.

In good weather, they may have seating available outside, if I understood correctly. There's a large table near the kitchen, but most likely you'll be guided upstairs to the main dining area.

And seating is at a premium.  There are perhaps 20 seats, if that many.
You'd be best advised to call and book a table.


You'll be offered "still" or "sparkling" water...they have a machine which makes their own fizzy water and, wow, was it fresh and bubbly!
The bread and grissini are excellent, too, by the way.


Some peppers stuffed with tuna, I believe.


Insalata Russa.
 

These little ribs were amazing!  Served on a bed of thinly-shaved fennel...


Some little fried Snails...and a little fried "mystery meat" dish...quite tasty...
 
This was a wonderful meal...I will definitely book a table here next time I'm in Piemonte.


The "King & Queen" of the Repubblica of Perno!
 

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TRATTORIA LA COCCINELLA
Via Provinciale, 5
SERRAVALLE LANGHE (Cn)
Tel./Fax: +39 0173 748 220

Closed Tuesdays

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEBSITE

Noted winemaker and gourmand, Sergio Germano, extended an invitation to dine at this family-operated trattoria.  We gladly accepted the invitation, having heard good things about the three brothers who run this place up in the hills.

It's a 20 minute ride south of Serralunga.  

 

We arrived on a Friday night and found the place packed with locals.  

Antipasti are ten Euros or you can have a 'tasting menu' of antipasti for 15.  A pasta is 12 and a main plate is 16.  (May-2009)

The wine list is impressive...lots of local vintners are represented, by there are numerous wines from other regions around Italy.


Millefoglie di Quaglia with polenta.


A bottle of Monti Barbera and some "Plin" (Piemontese agnolotti)--
Plin di Coniglio


Tajarin al ragu di Vitello


Sergio brought a bottle of his 2003 Lazzarito Barolo...


Coda di Vitello con tartufi.


Duck.


Dessert.


The three brothers...

 

Another visit in April 2011:

La Coccinella is a magnificent, soulful place for a good meal of typical Piemontese dishes.  You're out in the countryside, well away from the "big" city of Alba and outside the tourist areas.

The one caution I'd have is be sure you can find your way back to your hotel safely.



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OSTERIA VEGLIO
Frazione Annunziata 9
La Morra
(On the road to La Morra from the Alba-Barolo road)
Tel: 011-39-0173-509341
Lunch: Thursday-Monday 12:15-2pm
Dinner:  Wednesday through Monday 7:30pm until 9:30pm

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEB SITE

I've passed by this place for years and never stopped in.  But in 2015 I had a chance to dine here at lunch and had a splendid, elegant meal.  
The restaurant is under new ownership, too.  Two young couples are partners in this little place.

There were 7 antipasti offerings when we were there...including a Swordfish "Crudo" with Shrimp,  Vitello Tonnato and a version of Carne Cruda.  Five "pastas" (two were soup, actually).  Six main plates, including Roasted Lamb, Tripe or, if you're really adventuresome, Finanziera (a mix of organ meats, typically).


A little Amuse Bouche was delicious...some sort of smoked fish.

For a starter, our friend Silvio ordered the Cotechino.

It's served on a bed of potatoes and topped with Fonduta.

I had a plate of Plin...

...damned good!

Their "Stinco di Vitello"...

...is elegantly presented.  It's meat from a veal shank served on a bed of mashed potatoes.

As we were a bit pressed for time, we skipped dessert, but did have a lovely coffee.


This is a lovely and comfortable place.
I did not see the wine list, though.

During warmer months, I believe they offer outdoor seating with a wonderful view of the vineyards near and far.

 

 

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TRATTORIA DELLA POSTA
Località Sant'Anna, 87
12065 Monforte d'Alba 
Tel:  (0173) 78 120

Closed all of February...
Closed all day Tuesday and Lunch on Fridays
CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEBSITE


This is an elegant, old, traditional place about a ten minute drive south of Monforte.  Despite its elegance and refinement, it's still a comfortable "family" restaurant and a good dining experience.

 


The chefs greeted us warmly...


Some sort of stuffed onion and cheese starter.


Bagna Cauda was on the menu and I could not resist...the pepper was filled with the "bagna" mix...anchovies, garlic, olive oil.  It's quite intense and, frankly, too much for one person as a starter.  But I forged ahead valiantly.

Our dear pal Ceri Smith (that's her Witness Protection Program name) ordered some sort of salad...and we had a bottle of Pelaverga from Verduno.


Tajarin.  Yum.


Gnocchi.

 


Brasato.

Our friends were thrilled to order frog's legs for a main plate.

I thought they were more like legs of tadpoles, but they sure were nicely presented and delicious!

We ordered a nice bottle of Barolo, too...




Ceri skipped the main plate and went right for the cheese trolley...



Dessert?
Are you kidding?

La Posta is a bit "out of the way" and known mostly to locals.  It's a comfortable dining experience, with spacious dining rooms, a calm, quiet ambience and friendly, gracious service.
The food is classic Piemontese cooking...not modern, artistic, fusion (or confusion) cuisine.

The wine list is quite good and they have all the top producers featured.  You can find older vintages and more current bottlings and wines in a good range of price.

 

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RISTORANTE (Albergo) VITTORIA

Via Roma 14
Tigliole d'Asti (about 10 minutes drive from Asti--40 minutes northwest of Alba)

Tel:  011-39-0141-667713

Closed Sunday Night and Mondays

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEB SITE

This is a wonderful, family-operated, fancy dining room and they have some hotel rooms, as well.  It's a place frequented rented for small conventions, weddings and parties.

We dined there on a Saturday night and the place was busy, but with such spacious dining rooms, quite comfortable.

Dinner began with a small "Amuse Bouche."


Stemware is good, as one might expect in a Michelin-starred restaurant (one star since the late 1990s)...

Then they brought out an antipasto plate for everyone...

Then some pasta...


Plin...


Tajarin...

Our friends brought a bottle of Napa Cabernet they'd acquired in California a year, or so, earlier, while on vacation.


A beef dish...quite intense and rich.

And then dessert.


And then some coffee...

Molto buono!

 

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Ristorante BREZZA (Hotel Barolo)
Via Lomondo 2
Barolo
Tel: 0173  560.026

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEB SITE

This is an old time, old-fashioned place in Barolo.  The Brezza family makes good wine, as well as running a hotel and restaurant.


Signor Brezza

We were there for a pre-set dinner with a group of local winemakers...

The fellow sitting next to me was allergic to cheese and asked to skip the Flan course...me too.
They graciously brought a lovely plate of "Carne Cruda," but not the "hamburger" meat one typically finds...

Here's the Zucchini Flan, though:

There were "Plin" A-Plenty:



They selected a great main course to pair with the wonderful Barolo wines from the various vintners in attendance.

I'm reasonably certain Aldo Vaira was not suggesting Maria Teresa Mascarello buy some French oak barrels for her Barolo.


1986 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo.

 

 

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Ristorante MASSIMO CAMIA  (former owner of Borgo Antico)
Used to be in Barolo...now he's in La Morra (officially) but the place is ina location near Castiglione Falletto and Barolo...

    
Click here for their website

Tel: 0173 56355
Closed Tuesdays all day and Wednesday at lunch.
Closed for vacation in February and March and from the end of July through mid-August.
Chef and owner Massimo Camia is busy in the kitchen preparing lovely and elegant Piemontese cooking, while his wife, the charming Luciana, oversees the staff in the upstairs dining room.  The place is rather small, seating only about 40-50 people.  Reservations are a good idea, since we've noticed a fair number of locals dining here along with the tourists from overseas and elsewhere in Europe.

The new restaurant is located in a place own by the Damilano winery, hence you'll find a good selection of Damilano's wines in the cellar.

The wine list is impressive...a Who's Who of Barolo, but with some wines priced reasonably and others costing a bit of a premium.  There's quite a good spectrum of wines on the list and you can drink well for small money or splurge a bit.  

The dining room is bright and comfortable...quite nice, actually. 

The menu is varied, but features local ingredients and Piemontese cooking with a modern and light touch. 

I have not been to their place in its new location, but I've retained my original write up...I look forward to checking out the new place, which friends who live in the Langhe say is really excellent.

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Ristorante La Ciau del Tornavento
Piazza Baracco, 7  in  Treiso (near Barbaresco)
Tel. (0173) 638333 - 638352 - fax (0173) 638352
They now have a web site: 
http://www.laciaudeltornavento.it
Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch.
We were the guests of some friends at this place one lazy, warm day near the harvest.  Most of the diners were seated outside on the terrace overlooking a number of hills and valleys of the Langhe.  The menu was pre-arranged and the young lady who was serving our table indicated she could also take care of the vegetarian in our party.  We had a terrific bottle of Dolcetto with a memorable lunch.  The menu was varied, including a risotto, "plin" (the pinched little stuffed pastas common in Piemonte's Langhe) along with some sort of roasted bird.    The restaurant has been there a long time and has been under the same management for more than a decade.
I was privileged to dine here at at large feast organized by the local grower's association in May of 2007.  The food was good, but I will say it was very salty for my tastes...your mileage may vary.


Saffron Risotto and a nicely-oaked Barbaresco.


Cosciotto al Forno al Fieno


Cheeses...


Dessert...some sort of Panna Cotta gelato...fruit on a stick...



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Ristorante Daniel's al pesco fiorito
Corso Canale, 28  in Alba
Tel. & fax (0173) 441977

Closed Sundays and around Christmas/New Years and late July to late August.
It's been a number of years since I dined in this place, though they have a good menu and nice wine list as I recall.  They have a number of typical plates of the region, so you can get risotto and other pastas, as well as veal "brasato al Barolo" (braised in the style of Barolo, but with the price of Barolo, I'd be surprised....).

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LA PIOLA
Piazza Risorgimento 4
12051 Alba
Phone  0173--442800
Closed Sunday nights and Mondays and they closed from Mid-to Late December until Late January.

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEB SITE


Owned by the Ceretto family, famous producers of Albese wines, there is a more fancy restaurant one level above this ground floor, informal osteria.  
In warm weather, there are tables outside in a covered area.  

A small group of us arrived one Spring afternoon and ordered a bottle of Ceretto's Arneis, a rather commercial, lightly fizzy white wine.
The waiter, seeing seven of us, asked that we try to order the same plate for everyone to make life easier for the kitchen.  We had a range of antipasti served family style and I think everyone opted for the Agnolotti which were excellent.
This is one of those "good eats" places...informal, nicely done and reasonably priced.

The Vitello Tonnato, a very typical Piemontese starter, was exceptional.


The Carne Cruda was also wonderfully prepared.


Agnolotti.

 

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OSTERIA e VINERIA IL TORCHIO
Via Croce 4
Dogliani
Tel: 347 984-8067  or 366 436-5793
Closed Mondays

We were guests of a group of winemakers from the Dogliani area on a Friday night.  The place was rather busy and we had one of their dining rooms to ourselves.
 

Antipasto, including the famous "Salsiccia di Bra."
 
 
Here's a very typical plate and it was actually good partnered with Dolcetto di Dogliani...

Acciughe al Bagnet Verde...
A cup of green sauce made with parsley, garlic, capers and oil...
The anchovies are not excessively salty and the green sauce is the antidote (along with the Dolcetto)...

We then had a really lovely Risotto al Dolcetto di Dogliani...

I could not say whose Dolcetto they used in the kitchen...


We were offered a secondo if we wanted, but we too full after the antipasti and the risotto...
 
 

 

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OSTU di DJUN

Via San Giuseppe 1
Castagnito
(15 minutes from Barbaresco...maybe 20 from Alba)

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Tel:  (0173) 213600
Reservations advised...the place is packed with locals...not tourists!


This is one of those places frequented by the neighbors, but it's not a restaurant catering to foreign tourists.


Candles and Playboy Magazines are displayed at the front door...

The tables are large, typically seating 6 to 10 people.

There's no menu...you'll sit down and someone, perhaps the owner, will come to your table and ask what you'd like to drink.  They have a few shelves with magnum-sized bottles on display and they seemed happy to open any one we liked.

We were then told what antipasti they're serving that evening...
Of course, there's a basket of bread and grissini on the table.


The stemware is not fancy, but that's okay...
We  began with Bel Colle's Pelaverga, a light, berryish red particular to the town of Verduno.



Kids at a neighboring table...


Soon a sauté pan full of "plin" (Agnolotti) was brought to our table...

At this stage, a third magnum was on our table...a nice Nebbiolo from the Negro family...

And the proprietor, friendly with Massimo and Lara, now brought a pan of fresh tajarin.

It's "home cooking," basically.

I was seated near the wine display...and noticed a Castello di Neive Barbaresco "Santo Stefano," a fairly fancy wine for this sort of place.


There were a couple of different "secondi" available, so we had both!



The magnums of wine, by the way, are passed around the room, from table to table...
Very informal and friendly.

And so it was time to check out another magnum, this one a Barolo from a small Monforte d'Alba producer, Bricco Giubellini.

Another interesting facet of this place is Torrone (nougat) is passed around with a couple of tools which are useful in breaking the block into edible pieces.

And they have more "formal" desserts, too.




And, of course, there's coffee.

And the place was packed...

I suspect the prices are reasonable here...
I read recently the cost is 35 Euros per person which includes all the wine, food, grappa, water, etc.


 

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IL CUNICOLO
Via Filippo Burzio 32
Cunico
 Tel:  0141-906 074

Open by Reservation...and typically Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


This is a small, family-operated place...rather informal.
Some friends had made a reservation on a Sunday afternoon and we arrived to find this little place hosting a large, family gathering and a few tables for 2 and 4.

Chef Livio Revello, who's got a nice little cookbook, is the host.

Revello's son also is involved in the place...here seen serving some bubbles to our friends.

 

After having a few sips of Prosecco, we sat down at a table and enjoyed a leisurely Sunday afternoon meal.



As you can see, stemware is not particularly fancy here...

Carne Cruda.


Assorted Salumi.

 

This plate was so simple, yet SO good!


Tongue.

One of our party took a snapshot of some joker with a flute wine glass on top of his pointed little head!


Chef Celestino served some sort of roast beef and then came out of the kitchen with a platter of contorni (side dishes)...


A 1987 Dunn Howell Mountain from Napa...


Dessert...


...sweet wine...


...and more dessert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AGLI ARCHI  We heard this place had closed, so check it out for us, please)
Corso Europa 29
Alba
tel:  0173 - 284313

It was a Saturday night and chaos reigned on the home-front with our friends, so we ventured to the "big city" (which would be Alba in this instance) and went to a pizzeria.  The place was packed and it's hardly "just" a pizza emporium.  They have more than 20 different pizza combinations which are prepared out of view in the kitchen...
The wine list features many good producers of local wines and we opted for a chilled bottle of Arneis (about 13 Euros) as their red wines are kept in the dining room and are a bit warm.  A few beers are available on tap, but we chose to start with a sip of a local brew called Menabrea.

There's a display of antipasti in the middle of the dining area and we opted for their "insalata" of polipo (octopus) with fagioli (string beans in this case).  This was about six Euros and was exceptional!  I was very pleasantly surprised, frankly.  There's quite an interesting menu here, so 

As in most pizza places in Italy, a "pizza" is generally viewed as a "single serving" size and everyone orders their own.  The pizza here was good, though the crust was more substantially crusty than classic Naples-style pizza.  In any case, this is a good place and it's centrally located if you're on a Barolo-tasting excursion.

 

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L'ATELIER di Pierflavio GALLINA
http://www.gallina-atelier.it/
I received a card from this fellow and looked at his web site...he's an artists with what appears to be a comfortable bed & breakfast in La Morra (south of Alba, near the town of Barolo).  
The place looks nice, comfortable and is sensibly-priced.

Gallina is a well-known artist and you can see some of his work on the web site.

If you stay there, would you kindly report back how you liked the place?  I did receive a note from an Alameda couple:


In the process of planning our recent trip to Italy, I came across your "Touring in Piemonte" piece, which was very helpful. We knew we wanted to spend at least a few days in this region, but guidebooks are rather sparse in specifics. Followed up on the information about L"Atelier Gallina and we stayed three nights there.  Pierflavio and Giuliana spent four years restoring an old farmhouse and the results are lovely. With a mixture of excellent modern appointments and lovely antiques, it is very comfortable and charming. Giuliana's English is very good and she was so very welcoming and helpful. Pierflavio does not speak English but made a point each morning to greet everyone before heading off to one of his galleries. He had an exhibit at the Mondavi winery about 13 years ago and they both spent some time visiting in the area. Thank you so much for this tip and we would certainly recommend it to anyone traveling in the area. We were asked to send on a hello from Giorgio at Felicin - another great recommendation!

Katherine and Hugh Cavanaugh
Alameda

 

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Ristorante Il Camino Delle Fate
19 Via Giuseppe Garibaldi in Romagnano Sesia (this is well out of the Langhe near the town of Ghemme in northern Piemonte).
Tel: (0163) 833926 


The food is not fancy here, but came highly recommended by a local winemaker.
We found the place to offer good vittles and nice wines for a reasonable price.

A nice little steak paired very handsomely with a barrique-aged Ghemme from the Ioppa brother's winery.

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LA BRAJA
via San Giovanni Bosco 11
Montemagno 14030
Tel: (0141) 653 925
Web:  CLICK HERE
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Closed 28th of December til the 20th of January
and the 23rd of July to August 20th (approximately)
The Michelin Guide gives them 3 crossed knives & forks and indicates a meal runs between 40-60 Euros.

If you're in the area of Asti, this place is worthy of the drive.  It's all of three kilometers from Castagnole Monferrato, home of a curious and delightfully obscure red wine called Ruchè.  

It's a 45 minute ride from Alba and about a 25 minute ride from downtown Asti.

I was struck by some art work I saw on a residence across the street from the restaurant and I found out one of the owners, Antonio Palermino (who's in the dining room with his son Christian) lives there.  His "art" work graces the various rooms of the restaurant.


Time for lunch according to the sun dial!


Antonio Palermo


Antonio's brother Giuseppe is the artist in the kitchen.

Antonio's son Christian is also an artist.


Christian Palermino, wine-grower Marco Crivelli and Antonio Palermino


Some of Crivelli's "art."


Carne Cruda and Crivelli's Grignolino d'Asti.


Asparagus with a Terrine


Truffle shavings were the highlight of this plate.

Antonio is certainly passionate about the wines and food they serve.


A plate of "tajarin" with asparagus, peas and carrots...

...and Crivelli's exceptional Ruchè wine.

We had a simple piece of beef for the main plate...



If you're still a bit hungry, the Palermino's feature an impressive cheese trolley.




A palate-refreshing sorbet for dessert hit the spot!


Espresso and some sweet treats...

As we were departing, we thanked the chef for his artistry.

Giuseppe Palermino


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PIEMONTESE WINERIES
Piemonte is a fantastic region to visit if you're a fan of good wine and good food.
While you will find some large producers, many of the top estates are fairly small...almost "Mom & Pop" wineries.
Please contact them ahead of time and, if you secure an appointment, please honor it by being on time.  Don't schedule too many visits in a day...

PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO
A reliable source of traditionally-made Barbaresco...this winery is a bell-weather for Barbaresco wines.  They have a modest tasting room offering a few wines.
Via Torino, 54
12050 Barbaresco
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRODUTTORI WEBSITE
CANTINA DEL PINO
Just a few minutes from "downtown" Barbaresco, winemaker Renato Vacca makes a nice range of red wines.
Strada Ovello 31
12050 Barbaresco
CLICK HERE FOR RENATO VACCA'S WEBSITE
VIRNA
Winemaker Virna Borgogno has a brand new cellar along the lower road from Alba into Barolo next to that of Luciano Sandrone.  She makes good wines these days and is a rising star in Barolo.  The new cellar has a 'tasting bar'.  Her husband makes very elegant Barbaresco (Orlando Abrigo).
Via Alba 73
12060 Barolo
CLICK HERE FOR VIRNA'S WEBSITE
DAMILANO
An old producer but today being operated by a 'young' Damilano crew.  They usually have the "open" sign posted in front of the winery, but contact them to set up a visit.
Via Roma 31
12060 Barolo
DAMILANO'S WEBSITE
SANDRONE
One of the top estates for Barolo, Dolcetto and Barbera...they're not set up to receive visitors, so please contact the winery ahead of time.
Via Pugnane 4
12060 Barolo
SANDRONE'S WEBSITE
ELIO ALTARE
Elio Altare was one of the early modernistas in Barolo.  His daughter Silvia runs the place (and she speaks perfect English!).  We love their Dolcetto and Barbera wines, here, too.
They may accept visitors, but don't count on it.
Frazione Annunziata 51
La Morra
ALTARE'S WEB SITE
G D VAJRA
The Vajra family makes some top wines, including a benchmark Freisa (not the fizzy kind), a fine dry Riesling and remarkable pinot Noir.  Of course, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Moscato wines are of interest, too.
Via delle Viole 25
Frazione Vergne
12060 Barolo
VAJRA'S EB SITE
MALVIRA
The Damonte brothers made some very fine Arneis wines and some top Roero reds.
They also own and operate a delightful hotel with a fine restaurant.
Case Sparse Canova 144
12043 Canale
MALVIRA'S WEBSITE
COPPO
This family producer offers quite a range of wines.  Top Barberas, but also Chardonnay, bottle-fermented dry sparkling wines, a Cab/Barbera blend and delicious fizzy Brachetto.  Be sure to arrange an appointment, though.
Via Alba 68
14053 Canelli
COPPO'S WEBSITE
E. PIRA
Chiara Boschis is making some delicious wines, including Barolo, Dolcetto and a bit of Barbera.
Vittorio Veneto 1
12060 Barolo
E. PIRA'S WEBSITE
CAVALLOTTO
One of our favorite Barolo producers, this traditionalist estate is family operated.  Please be sure to make an appointment to visit.
Via Alba-Monforte 48
Località Bricco Boschis
12060 Castiglione Falletto
CAVALLOTTO'S WEBSITE
VIETTI
The new tasting room is ready and it has several tables around which to taste.  Modern styled ambience.  Always impressive wines.  Please contact them ahead of time regarding a visit...the web site has a special "contact" page.  Modern wines of high quality and intensity.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto 5
12060 Castiglione Falletto
VIETTI'S WEBSITE
CA' VIOLA
Beppe Caviola not only makes his own wines, he also does lab work and consulting services for dozens of good estates in Italy (mostly Piemonte, but other areas as well).
The winery and lab moved to Dogliani (south of Monforte) and they also have a small inn with several rooms.
Borgata San Luigi 11
12063 Dogliani
CAVIOLA'S WEBSITE
ANNA MARIA ABBONA
A small Dolcetto specialist near Dogliani...very good wines.
Frazione Moncucco 21
12060 Farigliano
ANNA MARIA'S WEB SITE
AURELIO SETTIMO
A small Barolo estate near La Morra, the Settimo family makes "ottimo" wines.  Barolo is definitely "old school" and these develop beautifully with a decade in the bottle.
Frazione Annunziata 30
12064 La Morra
TIZIANA SETTIMO'S WEB PAGES
ODDERO
This family has significant holdings around the Langhe and they make some exceptional wines.
Frazione Santa Maria 28
12064 La Morra
ODDERO'S WEBSITE
RENATO RATTI
Pietro Ratti runs this magnificent estate in La Morra.  His father was a major character in the recent history of Barolo wines and Pietro continues to build upon his father's legacy.  He makes a wonderful range of good wines.
Frazione Annunziata 7
12064 La Morra
RATTI'S INFORMATIVE WEBSITE
REVELLO
A small estate with modern wines, the Revello brothers also have four rooms for two along with an apartment for two and another apartment for 4.  Three night minimums...
Frazione Annunziata 103
12064 La Morra
The REVELLO BROTHER'S
ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA
Alessandro Locatelli produces a range of nice wines.  They have a tasting room just off the main parking area in  La Morra.  They also have four apartments available for rent.
Via Vittorio Emanuele 8
12064 La Morra
The LOCATELLI'S WEBSITE
GIANFRANCO ALESSANDRIA
A good source of Barolo, but also with top Langhe Nebbiolo and the other usual suspects...a small estate of less than 6 hectares of vines.
Località Manzoni 13
12065 Monforte d'Alba
GIANFRANCO'S WEB PAGES
ELIO GRASSO
This property is a bit off the beaten path, but it's well worth a visit.  Grand Barolo wines along with a few interesting surprises.  They recently constructed a massive, modern cellar.
Località Ginestra 40
12065 Monforte d'Alba
The GRASSO FAMILY WEBSITE
GIUSEPPE MASCARELLO
The Mascarello "kids" are now working in the family business and continuing to make wonderfully traditional wines.  The cellar is a bit off the beaten path, but well worth a visit. 
via Borgonuovo 108
12060 Monchiero
THE MASCARELLO WEBSITE
CASTELLO DI NEIVE
This estate makes quite a range of wines...many impressive bottles, including very fine Barbaresco (of course), but also Albarossa (a new grape that's a cross of Barbera and Nebbiolo), Arneis, Spumante and sometimes wonderful Pinot Nero.
via Castelborgo 1
12057 Neive
ITALO STUPINO'S WEBSITE
CASCINA VAL DEL PRETE
One of our favorite Roero producers, Mario Roagna makes good Arneis, Barbera and Nebbiolo.  It's a lovely, small cellar, surrounded by vineyards...
Strada Santuario 2
12040 Priocca
MARIO ROAGNA'S WEB PAGE
ETTORE GERMANO
Sergio Germano makes a great range of wonderful wines...even a top, Champenoise-styled Brut bubbly...but very fine Barolo, too.
He and his lovely wife Elena have a few rooms for two at an agriturismo not far from the cellar.
Località Cerretta 1
12050 Serralunga
SERGIO GERMANO'S WEB SITE
MASSOLINO-VIGNA RIONDA
Drive into Serralunga and you can't miss the Massolino estate...they make some classic Barolo wines along with good Dolcetto and Barbera...even a nice little Chardonnay!
Piazza Cappellano 8
12050 Serralunga
The MASSOLINO BROTHER'S WEB SITE
CERETTO
The Ceretto family has had its ups and downs, but I think they're making some good wines these days.  They own a number of winemaking facilities, some for show and others for actual winemaking.
They have regular tours and tasting hours, 7 days a week.
Tenuta Monsordo Bernardina 

Località San Cassiano 34
CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEB SITE
DOMENICO CLERICO
This fellow is one of the pioneering "modernistas" and now no longer a contrarian kid, but a leading light.
His wines are elegant and charming.
There's a newly-constructed cellar and a nice tasting room.
Località Manzoni 22/A
12065 Monforte d'Alba
CLERICO'S WEB SITE
GAJA
Gaja has typically been closed to the public, but in 2014 they adopted a policy allowing private customers to visit, whereas previously they only opened the door to trade members.
If you donate 300 Euros to one of their favorite charities, they will open the door for you.
That's 300 per person, by the way.
via Torino 18
12050 Barbaresco
GAJA'S WEB PAGE
PELISSERO
Giorgio Pelissero has long been making really fantastic Barbaresco wines, a couple of top Dolcetti and nice Barbera.  We do not carry his wines as the importer asks a ridiculous ransom, but we mention him as his wines are stellar.
via Ferrere 10
12050 Treiso
GIORGIO PELISSERO'S WEBSITE
CASTELLO DI VERDUNO
This is the source of a very fine example of the Verduno "specialty," Pelaverga.  This wing of the Burlotto family also makes good Barbaresco and Barolo wines.  The have several agriturismo rooms for rent along with an apartment in Barbaresco and one in Verduno.
Via Umberto I, 9
12060 Verduno
CASTELLO DI VERDUNO'S WEBSITE

 

ANOTHER HELPFUL WEB SITE:
WINE PASS PIEMONTE
Lots of good information!
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THE TOWN OF LA MORRA:
La Morra has a valuable web site...including some itineraries for
hiking around the vineyards of Barolo!
CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR SITE

The La Morra site has good maps for those wanting to hike through the vineyards.
Look for the link to "7 Paths" or "I 7 Sentieri."


BAROLO DI BAROLO
This web site also has some directions/instructions and maps of various hiking trails.
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