WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN ROERO, BAROLO AND BARBARESCO WINES?
Some more famous, some less…but what do these wines have in common? Nebbiolo, of course.
Every wine mentioned in the title has in common with others the type of grape, but this is nothing compared to the character that each winery gives them. DOCG we know nowadays, it was not used in the past, until the need to distinguish each wine by its different features was born. These days the Piedmont ones are Roero, Barolo and Barbaresco.
SOME OF GEOGRAPHY
The landscapes and the lands differ greatly from one another. although they are similar. Barolo and Barbaresco are to the right of River Tanaro on the hills named Langhe which are rich in minerals and go to the border of Liguria. On the map Roero goes from the left side of River Tanaro and ends on the Turin lowlands area in a sandy and sandstone territory rich in fossil remains.
Actually we can discover the heart of Roero in its territory. Moreover, we find medieval villages, rough hills interrupted by the terrific Rocche, real canyons of hundreds metres deep formed as the result of the demotion of River Tanaro milions of years ago. Personally I suggest to visit the small villages and the historical centres of Montaldo Roero, Monteu Roero and Baldissero d’Alba in order to admire this part of territory. Remember to drop by and visit the medieval castles in these villages. They are privately-owned, not famous and rather remote, so you could visit them peacefully in spirit of adventure.
Like we said before, we are talking about Nebbiolo but the exposure and the value output per hectare are the same for all three. What changes is the ageing of each wine, in addition to the features of the terroir.
Barolo and Barbaresco require three years and 18 months of refining in barrel; on the other hand Roero requires 6 months of refinement.
Why? This is a matter of factors as acidity and tannins. Each wine requires a different process of development and a different maturing time.
Our oenologist Luca’choice, provides for a refinement in 10 hl barrels for at least 12 months which may vary depending on the features of the year. We inform you that in our winery you can find the year 2015 now… So come and join us for a delightful tasting!
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