Ferdinando Principiano

Being located on the southern fringe of the Barolo zone the Principiano estate benefits from the biodiversity of the Alta Langhe; the wilderness that lies beyond the dense planting of Nebbiolo vineyards. This helps in maintaining a biodiverse balance in the vineyard.

In 2003 Ferdinando made the decision to move away from the world of consultants and their prescriptions, both in the vineyard and cantina and since then he’s been rewarded by the purity and drinkability of his wines. The Nebbiolo is a delight of minimal intervention winemaking. Located mainly in Le Coste di Monforte d’Alba with a small percentage of grapes from Boscareto in Serralunga, this delicate Nebbiolo comes from a hectare of forty-year-old vines exposed grown at 350 metres a.sl. on sandy calcareous soils. Fermentation and maceration last from two to three weeks with native yeasts and without added sulphur. Ageing takes place for ten months in stainless steel tank. Bright with raspberries the nose is ethereal, leafy-fresh. There’s loads of crunchy punchy fruit, plenty of rose petal fragrance too. 

The Barolo Serralunga is a remarkably gratifying Barolo.  Nebbiolo grapes ripen on 3.5 hectares of land from young vines planted in the valley of Boscareto in Serralunga d’Alba. The focus on the balance of the plant and achieving the ideal ripeness of the grapes allow Ferdinando to harvest in early October. The crushed grapes ferment naturally with their yeasts and without added sulphur for about a month and the ageing takes place for 24 months in 20 and 40-hectolitre barrels.

This vibrant Barolo weaves together sensations of violets, bright red berries, forest floor, leather, sweet spices, and balsamic notes. The finesse and purity of fruit are supported by silky tannins.