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ENRICO SERAFINO

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The story of the Enrico Serafino winery is the story of Roero, one of Piedmont’s key winegrowing areas. Roero faces the famous Langhe hills across the Tanaro River in the northeast part of Cuneo Province, and together with Monferrato to the east, Roero and Langhe are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for their beauty and their winemaking traditions. Enrico Serafino is the oldest winery in the area, having been established by a gentleman of the same name in Canale d’Alba in 1878. The winery has now been in operation continuously in its original location for 140 years. 

In typical Piemontese fashion, founder Enrico Serafino made a wide array of different wines, using grapes grown in areas that even then were known for their high quality, such as Barolo and Gavi. Under modern laws, the wines of a denomination must normally be made inside the specified winegrowing boundaries, but this was long before the first DOC laws were passed in Italy, and it was not unusual for wineries to bring in fruit from any number of neighboring communes. Due to its very long history of making Barolo in Canale, the Enrico Serafino winery is grandfathered as an exception to the requirement to vinify Barolo inside the limits of the Barolo DOCG. Today the winery owns 25 acres of Barolo vineyards in the renowned areas of Serralunga, Monforte d'Alba, and Castiglione Falletto and also makes traditional red wines of Barbera d'Alba and Nebbiolo d'Alba. 

Less typically, Serafino in 1878 also began making metodo classico sparkling wines. At that time, sparkling wines as we know them today (wines that were clear of yeast sediment and didn't routinely explode) were a relative novelty. The process had really been mastered in Champagne only a couple of decades earlier, and the procedures and technology were just starting to be available outside Champagne. But sparkling Moscato was beginning to be made in Piedmont, and Serafino was a trailblazer for the nascent industry. 

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WINERY LOCATION: Canale (Cuneo province), Piedmont
WINE REGIONS: Alta Langa DOCG, Barolo DOCG, Gavi DOCG, Barbera d’alba DOC, Nebbiolo d’alba DOC, Roero DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 62 acres (25 ha) owned and 49 acres (20 ha) contracted
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable
GRAPE VARIETIES: Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Pinot Nero; smaller amounts of Arneis, Chardonnay, and Cortese
WINE STYLES: White and pink sparkling; dry red; dry white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 400,000 bottles (300,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1878
OWNER: The Krause Family
WINEMAKERS: Paolo Giacosa

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ENRICO SERAFINO "PICOTENER" LANGHE DOC

This unique and rare sub-variety of Nebbiolo was largely forgotten across Piedmont over the last decades. When Enrico Serafino was studying the clonal varieties in their historical vineyards in recent years, they discovered Picotener was planted widely across their vineyards. After trial and study, they determined this forgotten biotype of Nebbiolo called Picotener is capable of expressing unique characteristics and a distinct personality worthy of a singular bottling.  

ENRICO SERAFINO ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT

Enrico Serafino is a specialist in classic-method sparkling wine, having produced this style of wine since the foundation of the winery in 1878. The Alta Langa Brut is the pinnacle of this long experience, made primarily from Pinot Noir for flavor and body, with 20% Chardonnay for elegance and added complexity. This is an exemplary vintage sparkling wine, showing a great depth of flavor and aromas from at least 3½ years of bottle aging in contact with yeast cells.

ENRICO SERAFINO ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT ROSÉ

Enrico Serafino is a specialist in classic-method sparkling wine, having produced this style of wine since the foundation of the winery in 1878. The Alta Langa Brut Rosé is a variant on the standard theme, using 100% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and picking up a pleasing rosé color and some red-fruit aromas from a short maceration on the skins before the initial fermentation. It is then finished with at least 2½ years of bottle aging in contact with yeast cells.

ENRICO SERAFINO BARBERA D’ALBA DOC

Enrico Serafino Barbera d’Alba is the winery’s leading red, a very versatile wine that is particularly food-friendly and can be enjoyed on a daily basis. Barbera is Piedmont’s most popular red grape variety, grown in and among other vineyards throughout the region. Enrico Serafino’s vineyards are located inside Roero DOCG, a famous denomination for Nebbiolo (and white Arneis) wines. These Barbera vineyards enjoy the same excellent terroir, in sites that are best suited for Barbera.

ENRICO SERAFINO BAROLO DOCG

Enrico Serafino has expertise in producing Barolo spanning 140 years. Over that time, the winery has come to control more than 30 acres (12 hectares) of Barolo DOCG vineyards in the renowned areas of Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto, and Monforte d’Alba. These communes are all in the part of Barolo with Helvetian soil, which gives full-bodied wines with great longevity. In the near future, Enrico Serafino will begin producing some single-vineyard Barolos in the highly reputed crus of Briccolina, Carpegna, and Meriame in Serralunga d'Alba, but for now, all of these great vineyards are blended into the Enrico Serafino Barolo—the perfect harmony of terroir, Nebbiolo, and elegant oak refinement.

ENRICO SERAFINO GAVI DI GAVI DOCG

Enrico Serafino Gavi del Comune di Gavi is a classic example of Piedmont’s noble white wine made from Cortese. Gavi DOCG is the most esteemed source of Cortese wines, and the town of Gavi at its heart is recognized to produce the finest expressions of the denomination, thanks to the sloping hills and exposure as well as the marly, white chalky and clay-rich earth. That is why Enrico Serafino Gavi del Comune di Gavi is well known for its clear-cut character, amazing freshness, and minerality as well as complex structure.

ENRICO SERAFINO NEBBIOLO D’ALBA DOC

Enrico Serafino has been producing Nebbiolo wines for 140 years, from vineyards in Barolo as well as on the north side of the Tanaro River. Enrico Serafino Nebbiolo d’Alba is sourced from north of the Tanaro in the communes of Canale and Priocca—both of which are also inside Roero DOCG—and also from the commune of Alba itself. The softer and sandier soil of the Roero area is perfect for more fruity expressions of Nebbiolo, while the Alba vineyards in the Langhe produce fuller-bodied reds. Enrico Serafino Nebbiolo d’Alba provides elegance and harmony.

ENRICO SERAFINO “ZERO” ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT

Enrico Serafino is a specialist in classic-method sparkling wine, having produced this style of wine since the foundation of the winery in 1878. The Alta Langa Brut Zero is a variant on the standard theme, catering to modern tastes for extremely dry sparkling wines. After its second fermentation to produce the bubbles, the Brut Zero ages in contact with yeast cells for over 5 years, and then does not receive the traditional dose of sugar for sweetening. The result is a rich and yet austere wine with no hint of sweetness.

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WINERY:
Canale (Cuneo province), Piedmont

VINEYARD:
Barolo, Langhe, Roero, Southern Piedmont

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