Many call it as “the wine of kings, the king of wines”, destined to become the ambassador of Savoy Piedmont in the courts throughout Europe. It is said that one day Marquise Falletti offered King Charles Albert 325 “carràs” of Barolo (one for each day of the year except for the period of Lent), for the King had expressed the desire to taste that “new wine of hers”. The tribute went down in history: the carràs were in fact transport barrels with a capacity of 600 litres each. Carlo Alberto was so enthusiastic about the gift, that he decided to buy the vineyard of Verduno to start his own production. Similarly, King Victor Emmanuel II did some years later, purchasing the estate of Fontanafredda in Serralunga d’Alba.
Barolo is a wine obtained from the fermentation of Nebbiolo grape in its three different clones Michet, Lampia and Rosé. The varietal is one of the most valuable in the world and is originally from the Langhe area in Piedmont. The name Nebbiolo can be attributed to two peculiar features: the first is that these grapes mature late, during the first autumn mists; besides, the skins are covered with a thick layer of wax that literally “fogs” the intense blue-purple colour of the bunches. According to the production specification, Barolo needs to be aged for at least 38 months after the harvest before release, of which at least 18 months must be in oak or chestnut barrels. When subjected to aging of at least five years before release, the wine can be labeled a “Riserva”. The garnet red color is unmistakable, the same that we find on Torino F.C. jerseys.