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Located in the heart of the Langhe hills, at the top of the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Vietti wine cellar was founded in the late 1800's by Carlo Vietti. The estate has gradually grown over the course of time, and today the vineyards include some of the most highly-prized terroirs within the Barolo winegrowing area. 

Although they have been making wine for four generations, the turning point came in the 1960's when Luciana Vietti married winemaker and art connoisseur Alfredo Currado, whose intuitions - from the production of one of the first Barolo crus (Rocche di Castiglione - 1961), through the single-varietal vinification of Arneis (1967) to the invention of Artist Labels (1974) - made him both symbol and architect of some of the most significant revolutions of the time. 

His intellectual, professional and prospective legacy was taken up by Luca Currado Vietti (Luciana and Alfredo’s son) and his wife Elena, who have contributed to the success of the Vietti brand - universally recognized today as being one of the very finest Italian wine labels - by continuing along the path of the pursuit of quality, considered experimentation and working for expansion and consolidation internationally. 

In 2016 the historic winery was acquired by Krause Holdings, enabling Luca and Elena, always at the head of Vietti brand, to add a number of prized crus to the estate’s holdings, and be able as a result to look to a future with new, stimulating prospects, all while maintaining the family approach for which the cellar has always been known.

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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, Timorasso and Freisa
WINE STYLES: Dry red, dry white, red frizzante and sweet white frizzante
YEAR FOUNDED: 1873
OWNER(S): The Krause Family
WINEMAKER(S): Luca Currado Vietti

WINES

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 DERTHONA TIMORASSO COLLI TORTONESI DOC

Hailing from northern Piedmont, Timorasso has long been thought an interesting native varietal with exceptional aging and evolutionary potential.  After several years of experimentation and collaboration with local winemakers in the Derthona area of Colli Tortonesi, Luca and Elena Currado are proud to release their first vintage of Derthona Timorasso with the 2018 vintage.  

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 CEREQUIO DOCG

Of the great and historic geographical indications in the Barolo production area, Cerequio has always been at the very top of the territories of excellence.  By allowing the distinctive features of this cru to lead the way, the winery was able to obtain a wine of rare elegance and balance.  With an articulated and complex bouquet even when young, it expresses itself through a significant streak of tannins, supporting an enveloping and persistent structure.

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 MONVIGLIERO DOCG

Although the historical records of the Langhe area have always singled out the terroir of the small village of Verduno as one of the most naturally suited to creating remarkable wine, it is only in the last decade that a dedicated narrative has begun to emerge.  This has helped to increase the attention and interest shown in Monvigliero. The area boasts loose, light-coloured soil in which the Nebbiolo variety truly comes into its own in a unique way, requiring special winemaking methods (whole-bunch fermentation) to best express its inimitable character.

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 palate.  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 RISERVA DOCG

In 2015 the winery decided to move towards a further level of the "selection in the selection."  The grapes for the production of this wine were sourced from various crus within ten of the eleven municipalities in the Barolo region. All were vinified separately, with a different winemaking procedure and with the aim of highlighting the characteristics of each cru's "terroir." During aging we realized that some of these Barolo crus excelled in power, tannic structure and longevity - characteristics that pushed us to create a new Riserva Barolo.

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 ten times in the last 31 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. For each vintage, the winery selects a special work of art for the label. The 2013 features the work of Alessandro Piangiamore, a Sicilian artist born in 1976. For this "surprising" Villero vintage the artist select  Una Tigre alla Menta - A Mint Tiger, reflecting elegance and aggressive at the same time.

VIETTI “MASSERIA” RONCAGLIE 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 Roncaglie in the Barbaresco denomination. Roncaglie comes from the Latin word roncaleis, which was the name of a former Roman settlement and means "steep road." Besides being excellent in its own right, Vietti Barbaresco 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 MOSCATO D'ASTI DOCG

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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JUNE 2021
Vietti Derthona Timorasso Colli Tortonesi DOC 2019

This new wine saw its debut last year with the 2018 vintage. Vietti and many others in Piedmont are adding Timorasso to their estate portfolios, thanks to the grape's ability to age and flesh out gracefully with more time in the bottle. This 2019 Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Derthona opens to a rather neutral bouquet at this young stage, with honey and lightly fragrant apricot. Primary fruit is at center stage, but we can expect the wine to settle into notes of crushed mineral and beeswax with time. This was a release of about 9,000 bottles.

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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."

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JUNE 2022
Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione DOCG 2018

This is one of my sweetheart wines from Castiglione Falletto. The Vietti 2018 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is beautifully etched and sharp with an especially delineated quality that is uncommon in this vintage. Fruit comes from a small 8,000-square-meter parcel, and like the other wines in this cru series from Vietti, it ages in oak casks for two years. The wine's texture is beautifully smooth and polished thanks to the carefully integrated tannins. Only 3,693 bottles were made.

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NOVEMBER 2022
Vietti “Castiglione” Barolo DOCG 2018

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Vietti has been in the village of Castiglione Falletto since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Over time, they have gradually selected the best vineyards to grow Nebbiolo and showcase them in individually, showing the diversity of this grape and their terroir. This is a great entry into the world of Vietti with their Barolo. It has everything you want from this variety. Rose petal and cherries waft up from the glass with a luscious palate of seamlessly interwoven tannins adding complexity and layers to the wine. It's balanced and delicious,    it delights the palate with every sip, begging for food. This is a steal....Priced at just over $50,

94+
JULY 2020
Vietti Barbera d’Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia DOC 2017

Made with precious old vines, some of which have reached the 100-year mark, the Vietti 2017 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone is a deep, dark and luscious red wine. It tops the charts in terms of color intensity and fruit heft. The concentration and density of the wine is considerable; however, the mouthfeel never feels heavy or overdone. Yes, this is a dark and brooding Barbera, but that fresh acidity gives the wine a little skip and jump in its proverbial footsteps. That condensed fruit is followed by rusty nail, crushed stone and black licorice.

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DECEMBER 2022
Vietti Derthona Timorasso Colli Tortonesi DOC 2020

Decanter’s Wines of the Year 2022.  Reserved on the nose, with more citrus aromas and little lees. Delicious persistence in the mouth, it is really classy, with elegant acidity and open fruit expression. It is textured and oily, and has the Piedmont purity - an austere mountain wine.

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NOVEMBER 2020
Vietti Barolo Lazzarito DOCG 2016

Vietti’s vines in the Lazzarito cru of Serralunga average 37 years of age, and they’re rooted in the clay-limestone soils of the southwest-facing slope. Their fruit builds muscular tannins that, in this 2016, frame flavors of dark cherry and raspberry tinged with notes of menthol and blood orange. This wine is compelling for its raw power and energy, and it exhibits the verticality and freshness of the 2016 vintage that will allow it to improve over the next decade and beyond as those chiseled tannins soften.

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JANUARY 2023
Vietti Barolo Riserva DOCG 2015

The 2015 Barolo Riserva is a new wine from Vietti conceived as a blend that changes every year, a sort of Riserva of the Castiglione, in that it is a Barolo made from the many lots Vietti has at their disposal. Exotic red fruit, blood orange, spice, leather and cedar are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from the glass. The 2015 shows the aromatic complexity of a wine that has been in bottle for a few years, naturally it does not offer the singularity of the vineyard designates. I won't be surprised if this bottling improves in future vintages as the direction becomes even more clearly defined.