Luigi Giordano’s small family winery is situated in Barbaresco, among the hills that frame the Tanaro river’s sinuous course, at the very heart of Piedmont’s wine country. Luigi cultivates traditional local varietals on his estate and produces wine from them in his cellars.
The winery and its vineyards were founded in the 1930s by grandfather Giovanni Giordano, an act of great courage considering the crisis rocking the wine world at that time, with its particularly detrimental effects on vine cultivation and on the production and sale of quality wines. Despite drawbacks, Giordano Winery successfully went into the grape growing and selling business typical of the era.
It was Giovanni’s son, Luigi, with constant help and support from his wife Alessandra, who started to vinify the grapes at the beginning of the 1960s, when times began to change and the first quality wine denominations (DOC) were being instituted. The family vineyards are situated in very favourable terrain and the wines produced on the estate maintain all these qualities intact.
As the family firm grew in economic status, profits were constantly re-invested in the vineyards until the estate had reached its current seven-hectare capacity. All vineyards are situated within the Barbaresco zone.
Since 2000, Luigi has been aided in the running of the winery by two of his daughters, Laura and Silvia – both of whom are as passionate about wine making as their dad and grandad before them.
The winery’s vineyards are planted over the hills of some of Barbaresco’s most prestigious sub-zones, including Montestefano, Asili, Ronchi and Cavanna. Grape varietals are those typical of this area: the aristocratic Nebbiolo, generous Dolcetto, eclectic Barbera and vigorous Freisa. In addition to these, Arneis- a white wine that has been grown on the most fruitful of the Roero hillsides for many centuries- was added to the repertoire a few years ago.
Giordano Winery is to be found a stone’s throw from Barbaresco’s historical village centre. Every year, the different grape varieties are harvested from its vineyards and vinified accordingly. The winery’s Barbaresco DOCG originates from the Asili, Cavanna and Montestefano subzones, whereas its Langhe DOC Nebbiolo is made with grapes selected at harvest- time from the Barbaresco zone. The Barbera d’Alba DOC, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC and Langhe DOC Freisa are all red wines presenting a fine colour and elegant structure.
The winery’s only white, Roero Arneis DOCG, one of the most popular Piedmontese wines on the international market, is produced entirely from the vinification of Arneis grapes.
Most of the winery’s annual 65,000- bottle production comprises red wines. These are bottled in the traditional Albeisa bottle which, with its elegant and characteristic shape, ensures immediate recognition of the high quality of their contents on the international market.
AZIENDA AGRICOLA LUIGI GIORDANO – BARBARESCO
48, Via Secondine – 12050 Barbaresco (CN) - Italy
Tel. 0173 635142 – Fax 0173 635184