ABOUT THE WINERY
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.