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Italian wine and grape guide : Barolo

Barolo

Barolo was one of the first Italian wine to be granted the DOCG status and it is often referred as the King of Italian wines . Barolo is a red wine produced with nebbiolo grape generally high in acid and tannins. Barolo wines must be 100% Nebbiolo, no other grape allowed.

Barolo is a small village located in the Langhe area, near Alba. There are 11 communes that make up the wine producing area of Barolo, and the five most important are Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, and Monforte d’Alba.

The Barolo “disciplinare”, the wine regulations that tell wine makers the characteristics the wine should have, says that Barolo wines not only must be 100% Nebbiolo, but aged for at least 38 months, 18 of those in wooden barrels. Barolo can be labelled as “riserva” when the wine has been aged for at least 62 months of which 18 in wooden barrels. Barolo wines are rich and full-bodied, with a high acidity and tannins and suite for long ageing.