Estate: The Burlotto estate was founded in the mid-1800’s by Giovan Battista Burlotto [called “il Commendatore” by friends and family]. A pioneering winemaker in the region, he was one of the very first in Barolo to sell his wines in bottle [rather than a cask or demijohn]. He was the official provider of wine to the Royal House of Savoy, and put his tiny village of Verduno, in Piedmont, on the map as a region of high quality wines. Following his death in 1927, the estate “faded into obscurity”.
Today, G.B Burlotto’s great-great-grandson Fabio Alessandria has not only revitalized the 15 hectare estate, but has become renowned as an artisanal, traditionalist winemaker. In addition to his stunning Barolo, he is reviving and safeguarding indigenous grapes such as Freisa and Pelaverga. His character driven wines are famous for their purity and elegance.
The Verduno Pelaverga DOC is one of the smallest DOC regions in all of Italy. Currently, there are just over 10 winemakers and only 18 hectares of vines dedicated to the cultivation of the rare Pelaverga grape.
Winemaking: The estate practices low intervention and organic methods in both the vineyards and cellar.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, candied rose petal, white pepper and a trace of bramble. Fruit driven, with cherry, wild strawberry, red currant and blackberry accented by a wisp of roasted herbs, hint of coriander and earthy minerality over fresh acidity and black tea tannins. Cranberry, spice and grilled rosemary linger between each silky sip. Bright, fruity and very gluggable.
Verduno Pelaverga DOC
Estate Bottled by Burlotto Marina