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One way to tour the heart of Piedmont is to rent a car and drive a circuit from the city of Alba through Barbaresco and several of the communes of Barolo, then across the Tanaro River into Roero, and then continue up to Asti and into the Barbera district. Or you could just go to Vietti winery. Winemaker Luca Currado of Vietti is an artist who really loves his job and has an enviable palette of materials to work with. The result is a mind-boggling array of iconic wines of Piedmont, all under one roof. 

The treasures of the collection are the Barolos. Vietti’s vineyard holdings cover 90 acres spread over nine communes, including at least a row or two in an amazing 15 of the 20 Grand Cru sites of Barolo. Moreover, Currado is happy to vinify them separately to show off the nuances of these exceptional Nebbiolos, providing a great opportunity to really get to know Barolo. And to top it off, why not see how the Barolos compare to Barbaresco and a Nebbiolo from the broader Langhe DOC, which Currado also makes? 

As good as the Nebbiolo-based wines are, Vietti’s dedication to Barbera is at least as impressive. Who else has a vineyard of Barbera planted in a Grand Cru Barolo parcel? (Answer: No one.) Again, Currado produces multiple variations of Barbera from several vineyards in Langhe (Barbera d’Alba) and Monferrato (Barbera d’Asti). 

Then there’s Arneis. Now an important dry white wine in Piedmont (specifically Roero), the Arneis grape variety was virtually extinct until Luca’s father Alfredo Currado brought it back from the brink in 1967. Alfredo is now known as the “Father of Arneis” (presumably making Arneis and Luca siblings). 

To round out the field of bottlings, there are sweet white Moscato d’Asti, a dry red frizzante Freisa, and others that Dalla Terra doesn’t have room for. This remarkable family’s history in the wine business goes back to the late 19th century. At that time, there were two young Vietti brothers growing up, but when they came of age and started families, the farm could only sustain one, so the younger Vietti, Mario, left the farm and emigrated to Boston. Sadly, the older brother died in World War I, so Mario Vietti—Luca Currado Vietti’s great-grandfather—returned, bringing with him a knowledge of export markets and the international wine trade. Vietti produced its first wines bottled with their own label in 1873.

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WINERY LOCATION: Castiglione Falletto (Cuneo province), Piedmont
WINE REGIONS: Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, asti DOCG, Roero DOCG, Barbera d’asti DOCG, Barbera d’alba DOC, Dolcetto d’alba DOC, Langhe DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 86 acres (35 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato Bianco, Arneis, and Freisa
WINE STYLES: Dry red; red frizzante; dry white; sweet white frizzante
YEAR FOUNDED: 1873
OWNER: The Krause Family
WINEMAKERS: Luca Currado Vietti

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VIETTI ROERO ARNEIS DOCG

In 1967 Alfredo Currado, enologist and owner of the Vietti winery in the mid-20th century, was the first to re-introduce Arneis during a time when the grape was being abandoned due to its difficult nature or was often used for blending. It was also known as "Nebbiu Blanc" or white Nebbiolo up until this point in time.  Today Alfredo Currado is fondly known as the "father of Arneis" and in the half century since then, Arneis has spread to around 2,400 acres of vineyards, mostly in Piedmont. 

VIETTI “TRE VIGNE” BARBERA D’ASTI DOCG

The spiritual home of Barbera is in the Monferrato hills of Asti province east of the Langhe. Vietti sources Barbera grapes from three vineyards (tre vigne) in the Grand Cru area of Asti - specifically two separate areas of the La Crena vineyard and one adjacent to La Crena - for complexity and full expression.  

VIETTI “TRE VIGNE” BARBERA D’ALBA DOC

In southern Piedmont, Nebbiolo is the prestige grape variety, but Barbera is the variety that is most planted and that, for many, pays the bills. People drink Barbera more often than Nebbiolo, partly because of the price differential and also because it is easier to drink when first released.  Vietti’s “Tre Vigne” Barbera d’Alba is sourced from three of the most distinctive vineyards (tre vigne) including Scarrone in Castiglione in the Langhe area around Barolo and the city of Alba.

VIETTI BARBERA D’ASTI LA CRENA DOCG

The La Crena vineyard, in the commune of Agliano Terme south of Asti, is near the heart of the respected Barbera d’Asti denomination. Here in the Monferrato hills, Vietti sources the grapes for its single-vineyard Barbera d’Asti DOCG from old vines planted in 1932, which were purchased by the winery in 1996.

VIETTI BARBERA D'ALBA VIGNA SCARRONE DOC

The fruit for Vigna Scarrone comes from a single cru vineyard planted to Barbera in one of the most famous sites for Barolo in Castiglione Falletto. Vigna Scarrone is truly a great wine that stands on its own and shows the potential and full expression of Barbera in the "land of Barolo."

VIETTI BARBERA D’ALBA SCARRONE VIGNA VECCHIA DOC

Not only is Scarrone Vigna Vecchia a single-vineyard wine - from the Scarrone vineyard close to the winery in Castiglione Falletto - but it’s from only the oldest vines in that vineyard. Planted in 1918, these vines are most likely the oldest vines of Barbera planted in Barolo and they produce the richest, most complex grapes, which translates into a wine of exceptional depth.  Over the years this wine has established its reputation as one of the finest Barberas made and has a cult following.  

VIETTI “TRE VIGNE” DOLCETTO D’ALBA DOC

Dolcetto is the lightest of the three primary red grape varieties of Piedmont and an "every day wine" for the Piemontese.  The Vietti “Tre Vigne” Dolcetto d’Alba is sourced from three vineyards (tre vigne) in Monforte d’Alba, Novello and Castiglione Falletto - all of which are in the area around Barolo and the city of Alba.  Given the provenance of the grapes for this Dolcetto, it tends to be more intense and focused then many others.

VIETTI “PERBACCO” LANGHE NEBBIOLO DOC

Fondly known to many as a "baby Barolo", Perbacco is always 100% Nebbiolo sourced from some of the fifteen different Grand Cru vineyards in Barolo. Recently the winery started using a small portion of grapes from its vineyards in Barbaresco as part of the blend as well.  Each Cru is vinified separately, aged for two years in oak (as with the Barolo) and then a selection is made for expression of the vintage and then blended together.  An incredible value, Perbacco is intended to show the full complexity of the zone and the Nebbiolo varietal to novice and seasoned wine lovers alike.  

VIETTI “CASTIGLIONE” BAROLO DOCG

Vietti’s Castiglione Barolo is the primary Barolo produced by the winery. It is named after Castiglione Falletto, the commune where the Vietti winery is situated, but it contains grapes from a careful selection of the best 15 Grand Cru of the Barolo zone (Bricco Fiasco, Bussia, Fossati and Ravera, to name a few) all located around Castiglione Falletto. Truly a remarkable expression of Barolo year after year, it's also a remarkable value.  

VIETTI BAROLO BRUNATE DOCG

Brunate is one of the most famous sections of the Barolo denomination, located in La Morra.  Vietti's Barolo from this historic vineyard demonstrates elegance and finesse, with more fruit and a good weight on the palate.

VIETTI BAROLO LAZZARITO DOCG

Located at a top of hill near Serralunga, the Lazzarito vineyard is a historic site long known for its fresh air and favorable exposition. Located in the Eastern part of the Barolo region, wines from this vineyard are known more for their “masculine” style - powerful and true to the territory.

VIETTI BAROLO RAVERA DOCG

The Ravera vineyard is located in Novello and is known for producing wines with higher acidity, which results with a vibrancy and mid-weight on the pallet.  Extremely age-worthy, Vietti's Barolo Ravera is powerful, yet elegant.  

VIETTI BAROLO ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE DOCG

From the area of Castiglione Falletto, Rocche is arguably one of the best Grand Cru vineyard sites in the Barolo zone.  The Vietti Barolo Rocche is known for its power, elegance and great potential for aging.

VIETTI BAROLO VILLERO RISERVA DOCG

Vietti’s Villero Riserva is an outstanding wine even by Vietti’s and Barolo’s standards. It is made only in the best vintages—just nine times in the last 30 years. The grapes come from the Villero vineyard, and the wine gets the extra aging required for Riserva status, remaining in the cellars for more than 5 years before release.

VIETTI “MASSERIA” BARBARESCO DOCG

Though rightly considered a Barolo expert, Vietti produces top-quality wines from all over southern Piedmont, including Barolo’s friendly rival Barbaresco. This wine is from the single vineyard Masseria in the commune of Treiso of the Barbaresco denomination. Besides being excellent in its own right, Vietti Barbaresco Masseria presents an extraordinary opportunity to taste this wine alongside a single-vineyard Barolo produced by the same winery under similar conditions in order to experience the two great Nebbiolo denominations with as few variables as possible.

VIETTI FREISA VIVACE LANGHE DOC

Freisa is a little-seen grape variety typical of southern Piedmont, and Vietti’s Langhe Freisa Vivace is definitely not a run-of-the-mill red wine. After a relatively normal initial fermentation, Vietti adds some unfermented juice that was held back after crushing to the finished wine, then bottles the mixture. The sugar in the juice begins a new fermentation in the bottle, although there is variation between bottles, so the resulting sweetness-effervescence balance is not always the same. This is somewhat similar to sparkling wine production, but the amount of sugar involved is much less, so the final wine is just a bit fizzy (vivace, lively)—and, of course, red.

VIETTI “CASCINETTA VIETTI” MOSCATO D'ASTI

The Vietti Moscato comes from the family’s estate in Castglione Tinella and is made with the same care and attention as the still wines.  They use a selection of older vines from the estate, green harvest, and the traditional fermentation process with a closed-top tank and natural fermentation for two to three weeks.

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Castiglione Falletto (Cuneo province), Piedmont

VINEYARD:
Barolo, Langhe and Roero, Piedmont

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96+
JUNE 2019
Vietti Barolo Lazzarito DOCG 2015

"Opening to a beautifully floral bouquet, the 2015 Barolo Lazzarito delivers fragrant tones of violets, wild rose and a touch of orange blossom. As is the norm at Vietti, I tasted this wine and then wrote this review based on impressions gained from two samples—one opened several hours before my tasting and one opened at the moment of my review. Those floral notes came forth with increased intensity and clarity in the bottle that had been opened longer. The bouquet continues to surprise with touches of black fruit and freshly milled white pepper. However, like many wines from Serralunga d’Alba, this expression from Lazzarito reveals a pretty inner paradox. Those ethereal and balsamic aromas cede to a dense and rich mouthfeel, characterized by structure and power. Those two sides of the wine reach beautiful parity and lasting harmony."

96
JUNE 2019
Vietti Barolo Ravera DOCG 2015

"Starting off a bit shy and closed at first, the 2015 Barolo Ravera showed noticeably better in the sample that had been opened a few hours prior to my arrival at the winery for my annual visit. This makes perfect sense as Vietti’s wines are intentionally slow at first but are built to endure the long haul. From the Novello township, this vineyard site is recognized for it power, structure and the uniquely broad approach it shows to the palate. There is a larger span of black fruit at its core. The positioning of the Ravera cru means it is open to the elements and the cold air from the Alps, and the wines result in freshness and mineral character as well. Luca Currado describes a salty, anchovy-like aroma that does indeed appear. Otherwise, this wine shows tightly polished and glossy tannins."

93
JUNE 2019
Vietti “Perbacco” Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2016

"Luca Currado likes to remind me that this wine could qualify as a full-fledged Barolo. Barrels not used in the final Barolo Castiglione blend are used to make the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco. The Vietti family, along with Bartolo Mascarello and Dott G Cappellano back in the day, had battled for some variation of a Rosso di Barolo in the appellation laws. That never happened, but Langhe Nebbiolo is a concept that follows that same idea: you get great Nebbiolo quality at a fraction of the price. Today, Langhe Nebbiolo is one of the fastest-growing categories in the entire wine region. This beautiful vintage, with its balanced fruit and freshness, is a perfect example. "

90
JUNE 2019
Vietti Roero Arneis DOCG 2018

"This is always such a delicious wine and one I could imagine pairing with a Thai salad or grilled shrimp. The 2018 Roero Arneis opens to fragrant aromas with spring flower, cut grass and white peach. This is a lean-bodied white with a bright, tonic and zesty personality."

97
JUNE 2019
Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva DOCG 2012

"This is the 13th edition that Vietti has come out with, over the span of 38 years, of this stunning Riserva, a wine that ultimately is produced only about once every four years or so. It was not made after the previous harvest, in 2011. The recent editions have been nothing short of spectacular, earning 100-point scores in both 2007 and 2009 and 99 points in its latest appearance, 2010. It's a series that has set the bar extraordinarily high, and this 2012 Barolo Riserva Villero is a little less exciting in comparison. However, the wine holds its own as one of the most beautiful in the entire appellation and one of the best in the somewhat lackluster vintage. Balsamic and truffle notes pepper the palate of this handsome Barolo, but it's just really hard to reproduce that magic, release after release, for a wine regularly expected to sell at several hundred dollars apiece. 3300 bottles "

95
JUNE 2019
Vietti Barolo Brunate DOCG 2015

" This newest release, the 2015 Barolo Brunate, definitely makes up for the lost ground. This is an explosive and absolutely exuberant expression of Nebbiolo from a vineyard site in La Morra near M. Marengo’s property. Vietti farms two parcels here, a higher side of the vineyard and a lower one (near Damilano and Ceretto). These lower parts of Brunate perform very nicely in the cooler vintages. Instead, this warm vintage expression puts a lot of its fruit depth and personality upfront in a confident and no-fuss manner. You absolutely know what you are getting here, even at the first sniff of the bouquet. The wine proceeds to open and blossom before your nose, offering dark fruit, rose, spice and a very linear mineral tone at the back. That linear flinty note is just terrific. Some 3,600 were produced."

95+
JUNE 2019
Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva DOCG 2012

"Vietti’s 2012 Barolo Riserva Villero is absolutely gorgeous. In 2012, the Villero is especially lifted and aromatic, showing a distinctly floral and red-toned expression of fruit rather than the darker, more balsamic inflections that are typical of this Castiglione Falletto cru. Light on its feet, fresh and graceful to its core, the Villero is another terrific wine from Vietti in 2012. Veins of Villero tannin and bright acids give the wine energy, vibrancy and tons of character. More than anything else, though, the 2012 Villero is a very clear continuation of a stylistic evolution that can be traced to the 2010 Barolo Ravera in which the Barolos are now made in a more traditional style than in the past, which includes malolactic fermentation in cask rather than barrique. In 2012, that approach was not in place for all the Barolos, but it is very much evident here."

94
JUNE 2019
Vietti “Castiglione” Barolo DOCG 2015

"The 2015 Barolo Castiglione is a soft and elegant expression with marked freshness and delineated fruit. Indeed, Luca Currado maintains that 2015 was not a hot vintage per se, and any jammy notes that might appear in the vintage may have to do with an overzealous approach to leaf pulling during the summer season. Old habits die hard, he says, and leaving the leaves intact contributes to the color stabilization of the wine and the successful management of its acidity. From an analytical point of view, this wine does flaunt that much-needed inner crispness. It adds focus and sharpness to the layers of dark, succulent fruit that appear on first nose."