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Located in the heart of the Langhe hills, at the top of the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Vietti wine cellar was founded in the late 1800's by Carlo Vietti. The estate has gradually grown over the course of time, and today the vineyards include some of the most highly-prized terroirs within the Barolo winegrowing area. 

Although they have been making wine for four generations, the turning point came in the 1960's when Luciana Vietti married winemaker and art connoisseur Alfredo Currado, whose intuitions - from the production of one of the first Barolo crus (Rocche di Castiglione - 1961), through the single-varietal vinification of Arneis (1967) to the invention of Artist Labels (1974) - made him both symbol and architect of some of the most significant revolutions of the time. 

His intellectual, professional and prospective legacy was taken up by Luca Currado Vietti (Luciana and Alfredo’s son) and his wife Elena, who have contributed to the success of the Vietti brand - universally recognized today as being one of the very finest Italian wine labels - by continuing along the path of the pursuit of quality, considered experimentation and working for expansion and consolidation internationally. 

In 2016 the historic winery was acquired by Krause Holdings, enabling Luca and Elena, always at the head of Vietti brand, to add a number of prized crus to the estate’s holdings, and be able as a result to look to a future with new, stimulating prospects, all while maintaining the family approach for which the cellar has always been known.

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WINERY LOCATION: Castiglione Falletto (Cuneo province), Piedmont
WINE REGIONS: Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, asti DOCG, Roero DOCG, Barbera d’asti DOCG, Barbera d’alba DOC, Dolcetto d’alba DOC, Langhe DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 86 acres (35 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato Bianco, Arneis, Timorasso and Freisa
WINE STYLES: Dry red, dry white, red frizzante and sweet white frizzante
YEAR FOUNDED: 1873
OWNER(S): The Krause Family
WINEMAKER(S): Luca Currado Vietti

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VIETTI ROERO ARNEIS DOCG

In 1967 Alfredo Currado, enologist and owner of the Vietti winery in the mid-20th century, was the first to re-introduce Arneis during a time when the grape was being abandoned due to its difficult nature or was often used for blending. It was also known as "Nebbiu Blanc" or white Nebbiolo up until this point in time.  Today Alfredo Currado is fondly known as the "father of Arneis" and in the half century since then, Arneis has spread to around 2,400 acres of vineyards, mostly in Piedmont. 

VIETTI DERTHONA TIMORASSO COLLI TORTONESI DOC

Hailing from northern Piedmont, Timorasso has long been thought an interesting native varietal with exceptional aging and evolutionary potential.  After several years of experimentation and collaboration with local winemakers in the Derthona area of Colli Tortonesi, Luca and Elena Currado are proud to release their first vintage of Derthona Timorasso with the 2018 vintage.  

VIETTI “TRE VIGNE” BARBERA D’ASTI DOCG

The spiritual home of Barbera is in the Monferrato hills of Asti province east of the Langhe. Vietti sources Barbera grapes from three vineyards (tre vigne) in the Grand Cru area of Asti - specifically two separate areas of the La Crena vineyard and one adjacent to La Crena - for complexity and full expression.  

VIETTI “TRE VIGNE” BARBERA D’ALBA DOC

In southern Piedmont, Nebbiolo is the prestige grape variety, but Barbera is the variety that is most planted and that, for many, pays the bills. People drink Barbera more often than Nebbiolo, partly because of the price differential and also because it is easier to drink when first released.  Vietti’s “Tre Vigne” Barbera d’Alba is sourced from three of the most distinctive vineyards (tre vigne) including Scarrone in Castiglione in the Langhe area around Barolo and the city of Alba.

VIETTI BARBERA D’ASTI LA CRENA DOCG

The La Crena vineyard, in the commune of Agliano Terme south of Asti, is near the heart of the respected Barbera d’Asti denomination. Here in the Monferrato hills, Vietti sources the grapes for its single-vineyard Barbera d’Asti DOCG from old vines planted in 1932, which were purchased by the winery in 1996.

VIETTI BARBERA D'ALBA VIGNA SCARRONE DOC

The fruit for Vigna Scarrone comes from a single cru vineyard planted to Barbera in one of the most famous sites for Barolo in Castiglione Falletto. Vigna Scarrone is truly a great wine that stands on its own and shows the potential and full expression of Barbera in the "land of Barolo."

VIETTI BARBERA D’ALBA SCARRONE VIGNA VECCHIA DOC

Not only is Scarrone Vigna Vecchia a single-vineyard wine - from the Scarrone vineyard close to the winery in Castiglione Falletto - but it’s from only the oldest vines in that vineyard. Planted in 1918, these vines are most likely the oldest vines of Barbera planted in Barolo and they produce the richest, most complex grapes, which translates into a wine of exceptional depth.  Over the years this wine has established its reputation as one of the finest Barberas made and has a cult following.  

VIETTI “TRE VIGNE” DOLCETTO D’ALBA DOC

Dolcetto is the lightest of the three primary red grape varieties of Piedmont and an "every day wine" for the Piemontese.  The Vietti “Tre Vigne” Dolcetto d’Alba is sourced from three vineyards (tre vigne) in Monforte d’Alba, Novello and Castiglione Falletto - all of which are in the area around Barolo and the city of Alba.  Given the provenance of the grapes for this Dolcetto, it tends to be more intense and focused then many others.

VIETTI “PERBACCO” LANGHE NEBBIOLO DOC

Fondly known to many as a "baby Barolo", Perbacco is always 100% Nebbiolo sourced from some of the fifteen different Grand Cru vineyards in Barolo. Recently the winery started using a small portion of grapes from its vineyards in Barbaresco as part of the blend as well.  Each Cru is vinified separately, aged for two years in oak (as with the Barolo) and then a selection is made for expression of the vintage and then blended together.  An incredible value, Perbacco is intended to show the full complexity of the zone and the Nebbiolo varietal to novice and seasoned wine lovers alike.  

VIETTI “CASTIGLIONE” BAROLO DOCG

Vietti’s Castiglione Barolo is the primary Barolo produced by the winery. It is named after Castiglione Falletto, the commune where the Vietti winery is situated, but it contains grapes from a careful selection of the best 15 Grand Cru of the Barolo zone (Bricco Fiasco, Bussia, Fossati and Ravera, to name a few) all located around Castiglione Falletto. Truly a remarkable expression of Barolo year after year, it's also a remarkable value.  

VIETTI BAROLO BRUNATE DOCG

Brunate is one of the most famous sections of the Barolo denomination, located in La Morra.  Vietti's Barolo from this historic vineyard demonstrates elegance and finesse, with more fruit and a good weight on the palate.

VIETTI BAROLO LAZZARITO DOCG

Located at a top of hill near Serralunga, the Lazzarito vineyard is a historic site long known for its fresh air and favorable exposition. Located in the Eastern part of the Barolo region, wines from this vineyard are known more for their “masculine” style - powerful and true to the territory.

VIETTI BAROLO RAVERA DOCG

The Ravera vineyard is located in Novello and is known for producing wines with higher acidity, which results with a vibrancy and mid-weight on the pallet.  Extremely age-worthy, Vietti's Barolo Ravera is powerful, yet elegant.  

VIETTI BAROLO ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE DOCG

From the area of Castiglione Falletto, Rocche is arguably one of the best Grand Cru vineyard sites in the Barolo zone.  The Vietti Barolo Rocche is known for its power, elegance and great potential for aging.

VIETTI BAROLO VILLERO RISERVA DOCG

Vietti’s Villero Riserva is an outstanding wine even by Vietti’s and Barolo’s standards. It is made only in the best vintages—just ten times in the last 31 years. The grapes come from the Villero vineyard and the wine gets the extra aging required for Riserva status, remaining in the cellars for more than 5 years before release. For each vintage, the winery selects a special work of art for the label. The 2013 features the work of Alessandro Piangiamore, a Sicilian artist born in 1976. For this "surprising" Villero vintage the artist select  Una Tigre alla Menta - A Mint Tiger, reflecting elegance and aggressive at the same time.

VIETTI “MASSERIA” BARBARESCO DOCG

Though rightly considered a Barolo expert, Vietti produces top-quality wines from all over southern Piedmont, including Barolo’s friendly rival Barbaresco. This wine is from the single vineyard Masseria in the commune of Treiso of the Barbaresco denomination. Besides being excellent in its own right, Vietti Barbaresco Masseria presents an extraordinary opportunity to taste this wine alongside a single-vineyard Barolo produced by the same winery under similar conditions in order to experience the two great Nebbiolo denominations with as few variables as possible.

VIETTI FREISA VIVACE LANGHE DOC

Freisa is a little-seen grape variety typical of southern Piedmont, and Vietti’s Langhe Freisa Vivace is definitely not a run-of-the-mill red wine. After a relatively normal initial fermentation, Vietti adds some unfermented juice that was held back after crushing to the finished wine, then bottles the mixture. The sugar in the juice begins a new fermentation in the bottle, although there is variation between bottles, so the resulting sweetness-effervescence balance is not always the same. This is somewhat similar to sparkling wine production, but the amount of sugar involved is much less, so the final wine is just a bit fizzy (vivace, lively)—and, of course, red.

VIETTI MOSCATO D'ASTI DOCG

The Vietti Moscato comes from the family’s estate in Castglione Tinella and is made with the same care and attention as the still wines.  They use a selection of older vines from the estate, green harvest, and the traditional fermentation process with a closed-top tank and natural fermentation for two to three weeks.

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Castiglione Falletto (Cuneo province), Piedmont

VINEYARD:
Barolo, Langhe and Roero, Piedmont

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95
DECEMBER 2020
Vietti Barolo Lazzarito DOCG 2016

Juniper, sage, green tea, cherry and tar flavors mark this savory red, which is rich, backed by a bracing structure, yet remains balanced and long on the finish. Very pure and vibrant, with a fine matrix of tannins. Best from 2024 through 2043. 774 cases made, 225 cases imported.

91
JANUARY 2021
Vietti “Perbacco” Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2018

Vibrant aromas of raspberries and tart cherries, covered in smoky earth, rose petals, graphite, slight tones of soy, white pepper and mushroom broth. Fresh and bright on the palate, focused, accessible but has some structure to the tannins as well. Raspberries, cherries and red currants, mixed with savory, floral, spicy tones (clove, anise, spiced tea), with mineral, earthy undertones. Drinking great now. Sourced from 15 different Grand Crus, vinified separately and blended later. Really solid, value-driven baby Barolo here.

96
NOVEMBER 2019
Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione DOCG 2016

Aromas of blueberries, sliced strawberries and peaches. Full body and firm, chewy tannins that are polished and velvety in a refined way. Better after 2022

98
NOVEMBER 2020
Vietti Barolo Ravera DOCG 2016

Another exciting wine from Luca Currado’s 2016 releases, this one is from Novello’s Ravera cru, where Viettiowns 7.4 acres of vines with southwest exposures. Exuberant aromas of rose petals lead into taut red-cherry and plum flavors that are deep and penetrating. The flavors arrive in waves, propelled by cool acidity, laced with menthol and orange zest, all of it feeling fully integrated.

96
OCTOBER 2020
Vietti Barolo Brunate DOCG 2016

Graceful and focused, displaying rose, strawberry, cherry and eucalyptus flavors, this red also reveals a solid spine of tannins on the finish. This is balanced, yet needs a few years to find its stride. Shows terrific energy and freshness. Best from 2023 through 2043. 304 cases made, 73 cases imported.

97
FEBRUARY 2020
Vietti “Masseria” Barbaresco DOCG 2016

The 2016 Barbaresco Masseria is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Powerful and explosive with stunning lift, the 2016 is just gorgeous. Dried flowers, mint, blood orange, red cherry and chalk infuse the 2016 with striking layers of nuance, but it is the wine's balance and total sense of harmony that leave the deepest impression. Vivid, powerful and wonderfully alive in the glass, the Masseria will thrill readers lucky enough to own it. The 2016 is such a stunning wine. The Masseria is a blend of several sites built around a core of fruit from Giaccone, in Treiso, along with Pora and Faset, both in Barbaresco. All I can say is: Wow!

96
FEBRUARY 2021
Vietti Barolo Ravera DOCG 2017

The 2017 Barolo Ravera is a powerhouse. My impression is that the 2017 is going to develop into something truly special. It has all the energy that makes this site so distinctive, but with an extra kick of fruit density and a whole range of exotic aromatics that make for a truly drop-dead gorgeous wine. Bright red/purplish fruit, rose petal, chalk and white pepper build into a finish laced with searing intensity. This is such an impressive wine.

92
FEBRUARY 2021
Vietti “Castiglione” Barolo DOCG 2017

The 2017 Barolo Castiglione is a wild, exotic wine. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, cinnamon, tobacco, new leather and rose petal all flesh out in this ample, voluptuous Barolo from Vietti. The 2017 is a wine of significant heft hidden behind a wall of tannin. Give it a few years to soften or open it well in advance. Time brings out striking translucence as well as finesse.