Giacomo Conterno

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Finally, a visit to Conterno. This winery has been on the list for quite some time, and I was very happy when the dream became reality. Located in Monforte, it has an amazing view (as you can see above) and the winery is recently renovated, absolutely stunning.

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Roberto Conterno, the grandson of Giacomo, now runs the winery and he gave us the tour (along with a translator). I personally thought his English was good, but none the less… The winery is relatively small, they produce a small quantity of wine, and as of now they only really make 3 different wines, sometimes 4 when they also make the Monfortino. He uses big botti, a “traditionalist”, and all his wines are aged in wood (none in stainless steel).

The tasting consisted of his Barbera and the 2 barolos. Conterno is known for his Francia, that he uses both for his barbera and one of the barolos. I thought the 2014 Barbera Francia was excellent, which is rather strange, because 2014 was a difficult year and the wines have been so so… Roberto joined us for a glass or two, and passionately explained his philosophy. Overall a fantastic visit.

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2 thoughts on “Giacomo Conterno

  1. Hi there,

    we are importing to Denmark from Piedmont (VinAmore – no web yet) and from these producers;

    Dave Fletcher – Barbaresco (organic) Dave is also winemaker at Ceretto!

    Riikka Sukula – Serralunga, Meriame (organic)

    Enrico Cauda – Santo Stefano Roero (biodynamic stuff, low sulphur)

    Alberto Oggero – Canale, Roero

    Teo Costa – Castellinaldo (sparkling wines only – no sulphur)

    The quality is generally quite high, but of course unknown producers. Anyway, just a hint if you would like to meet some new people.

    Best greetings from Denmark,

    Frank Johansen

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