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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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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 "

91
NOVEMBER 2019
Vietti “Tre Vigne” Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2017

10 STELLAR PIEMONT REDS AT 90+ POINTS  

High-toned black currant, black cherry and violet aromas and flavors are accented by vanilla and toast notes in this suave red. Supple and intense, with a lingering aftertaste of dark fruit, licorice and spice. Drink now through 2024. 6,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. ~ Bruce Sanderson    

93
NOVEMBER 2019
Vietti Barbera d’Asti La Crena DOCG 2017

This is a very impressive nose indeed for a Barbera, dripping in smoke, dried lavender, licorice, elderberries and herbal liqueur. Despite the exuberant initial impression, the palate is polished and suave, casting a web of neatly arranged tannins amidst plush dark fruit. Drink from 2023.