The Barolo wine was one of the first Italian wines to be granted the DOCG status and it is often referred as the King of Italian wines. The Barolo is a red wine produced with nebbiolo grape, generally high in acid and tannins and Barolo wine must be 100% Nebbiolo, no other grape allowed.
Barolo is a small village located in the Langhe area, near Alba and 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 wine “disciplinare”, the regulations that tell wine makers characteristics the wine should have, says that a Barolo wine not only must be 100% Nebbiolo, but aged for at least 38 months of which 18 of those in wooden barrels. Barolo wines can be labelled as “riserva” when the wine has been aged for at least 62 months, again, with a least 18 in wooden barrels. Barolo wines are elegant and full-bodied, with a high acidity and tannins and suited for long ageing.