These are exciting wines, embodying ancient methods and modern know-how. In the past, vine-growing and making was based on tradition, experience, and instinct, with sometime uneven results. The Roagnas have held fiercely on to tradition, but have tempered the instinctive choices of their ancestors with an understanding of the science behind them. The result is refined, very reliable wines that are genuine, pure, and perfectly reflect the soils in which the vines grow.

They eschew the wave of modernity that has swept across Piedmont in recent decades. There is an insistence on old vines farmed organically, sélection massale rather than clones, indigenous yeasts, long post-fermentation maceration (up to two months) and prolonged ageing in old oak. Harvests tend to be more protracted than their neighbours, and the wines are ripe and intense.

Luca and Alfredo Roagna

Luca Roagna, who joined in 2001, represents the latest generation to work in this historical Barbaresco wine estate, alongside his genial father Alfredo, whose 15 hectares also include vineyards in Barolo. The flagship vineyard Paje was acquired by Luca’s grandfather in the 1950s.

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