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Elio Altare

Elio Altare revolutionised Barolo in the mid 1970s following a journey of discovery to Burgundy.  Elio believed that a number of the Burgundian techniques he witnessed could be adopted back in his own vineyards and winery, improving the wines and better reflecting the potential of his sites into bottle.  Reducing the yields in the vineyards through green-harvesting (dropping fruit) increased concentration and permitted the harvesting of fully-ripened fruit.  Shorter maceration and ageing times, including reducing the amount of time the wine spent in cask, gave better freshness and definition to the wines.  And most famously of all, Elio took his chainsaw to his old large format oak botte, removing them and replacing them with new French oak barriques.

 

Altare is located in La Morra, with organically farming around 10 hectares of vines there, including the Arborina vineyard.  There are also smaller holdings in Barolo (the famed Cannubi vineyard), Serralunga (Cerretta) and Castiglione Falletto.  Aside from the legendary Baroli, using a small parcel of the Arborina vineyard Altare make three Langhe wines - Giarborina (100% Nebbiolo), Larigi (100% Barbera planted in 1948) and La Villa, a traditional blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera.  These three wines are richer and more flamboyant than the Baroli.

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