Giacomo Conterno


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.


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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  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


  2. Thank you for sharing his awesome post! I am visiting in May, and I wanted to ask how you arranged a visit to his winery. Thanks so much!

  3. Are visits available to the public? We will be staying at the Hotel Costello Di Sinio in April 25-27 and we would love to visit. We are lifetime wine lovers and plan many of our vacations around vineyards/wine regions we love. Thank you

    1. Hello. This is one of the most difficult wineries to visit in the area. And the only way in is usually through the importer, but even then mostly journalists or wine professionals get in.

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