In 2015, family-owned Barolo producer Vietti, of Piedmont, Italy, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the very first single-vineyard cru Barolo ever produced in the Langhe region, from the Rocche vineyard in 1961.
In 1960, Alfredo Currado, son-in-law of winery founder Mario Vietti, was one of the first producers to choose grapes from a single vineyard, a practice which other Barolo producers soon adopted.
“It was a risky gamble, but today single-vineyard wines from our region continue to proliferate,” says Luca Currado. “My father's foresight substantially changed how winemakers interpret the special terroir of their vineyards. Essentially, it was the first time that the notion of 'terroir' was introduced in the Barolo region.”
In celebration, Luca Currado, fifth-generation owner and winemaker, will release the 2011 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione (suggested retail price $150), marking 50 years of single-vineyard cru (designating vineyards of particularly high quality and renown) production. To commemorate the anniversary, the wine will be adorned with a special back label paying homage to Alfredo Currado.
Vietti wines are imported exclusively by Dalla Terra Winery Direct from Castiglione Falletto, a medieval village in the heart of Piedmont's famous Langhe wine region.