Italian Wines: Rivetto

The Rivetto family has been producing noble wines in the Langhe region for four generations.

It all began with the entrepreneurial activity of great-grandfather Giovanni who, at the end of the 19th century, began to sell wine in a small food shop near Asti. In 1921, his work was given new impetus, through the far-sighted vision of his son, Ercole, just over 20 years old at the time: along with his brother Nando, they moved to Alba and rented a wine shop in the historical centre, launching a business working with the prized grapes of the Barolo and Barbaresco area and successfully experimenting with wine production.

In 1939, grandfather Ercole gave the family business a new twist, purchasing the Tenuta Loirano, which belonged to the Vassallo counts and, before that, to the Falletti family. This property’s terrain, all of a piece, was located in the area surrounding the residence and farm, at the top of the hill between Serralunga d’Alba and Sinio. The property was expanded over the years up to its current measure of 35 hectares (about 88 acres). In the old wine cellars in Località Lirano of the municipality of Sinio and in those of Alba, Ercole and his son Sergio dedicated themselves to the typical wines of the region. Later, starting in the 1960s, having completed his studies in oenology, Sergio took over the reins of the business: through his work, the hectares dedicated to vineyards grew from 4 to 14 in just a few years. And at the same time, he expanded the spaces dedicated to wine making, rendering them suitable for cutting-edge wine production.

Today, Sergio’s sons, Alessandro and Enrico, lead the family business: with them, production has become focused on the wine making facilities in Sinio and new vineyards have been purchased and planted in the Serralunga d’Alba area. Enrico and Alessandro, out of deep respect for their land, have directed the business towards eco-compatibility and energy independence, through a plan that provides for the use of alternative energy sources and natural materials. And this is the setting in which the vines flourish, simultaneously embracing the poetry of a long history and the timeliness of a new philosophy, and above all respecting the identity of the grape varieties and their territory of origin.

THE CELLAR

The philosophy behind their winemaking aims to bring out the characteristics intrinsic to the native grape varieties, through professionalism applied to new technologies and attention to the typicality of the territory. Winemaking at controlled temperatures preserves the aromas in all of their integrity and creates the balance that is characteristic of our wines. Ageing takes place in locations protected from light and from sharp temperature changes.

The wine is stocked in steel containers and aged in French oak barrels of around 225 liters and Slovenian barrels of around 3000 liters. Testimony to the family’s long history of winemaking is found on the walls of the wine cellar, which boast around 1000 bottles of old vintages, starting from 1944.

  • Barolo Serralunga

    The Rivetto Barolo Serralunga is a wine of the terroir and Serralunga’s ambassador throughout the world. This is a Barolo DOCG with sophistication and refinement that fully express the typicity of Serralunga d’Alba. Made from 100% Nebbiolo, the wine obtained is characterized by extraordinary refinement, exceptional ageing capacity and strong tannin content. After fermentation, the wine is aged 32 months in 30 hectoliter (3000 liter) barrels from Slovenia, with and additional bottle aging of at least 10 months. A yield of 1250 cases is typical for this wine. For more details on the vineyards and soils, see the technical sheet.

    “Like macerated black cherry and plum, this is both sweet and intense, taking on a bittersweet chocolate richness at the end.”- Wine Spectator, 95 Points, Bruce Sanderson

    “Rich, forthright cherry fruit, open spice, earth and mineral perfume. Great texture, bright, savoury fruit and a nice lift on the palate. Elegant and well-made with fine grip and structure. Has weight, power and persistence. Drink from 2015.” - 17/20, Decanter Magazine, Ian d’Agata

    Point of Sale Wine Label Wine Bottle Technical Sheet
    • Barolo Leon

      After 5 years of aging, Barolo may crown itself with the title of “Reserve”. We select our Barolo Riserva from the barrels with the greatest potential for ageing and it is at its best after 15-20 years. Harvested in the sub-appellation of Serralunga d’Alba, it is made from 100% Nebbiolo. This native Piedmont grape needs a long growing season such as in Serralunga and is recognized for its quality since the ancient Roman era. The wine obtained is characterized by extraordinary refinement, exceptional ageing capacity and strong tannin content. After fermentation, the wine is aged 36 months in 30 hectoliter (3000 liter) oak barrels from Slavonia and in 225 liter French oak barrels, then bottle-aged for at least 24 months. Typical production is 4000 bottles or 666 6-bottle cases. This is a special selection of grapes from their best vineyard sites in Serralunga, which have an ability to age longer than usual. This is a wine that is more expressive over time, with the extra aging guaranteeing greater smoothness of the tannins, an intense bouquet, and more complexity on the palate.

      “A dense carpet of tannins buoys the cherry and blackberry flavors in this well-toned red, which shows finesse, yet needs time for the tannins to mellow. Tobacco and mineral notes complete the taste profile, and this has terrific balance. Best from 2014 through 2033…” - Wine Spectator, 93 points, Bruce Sanderson

      “Traditional aromas and flavors, with very firm tannins and a lovely liquorice and tobacco finish. Needs time, will be big. 2013-2030.” - Decanter Magazine, 19 points, 5 stars, Maresca's pick of the 2006 Barolos

      Point of Sale Wine Label Wine Bottle Technical Sheet