Barolo Wine

Barolo, a.k.a. “The king of wines, the wine of kings” is perhaps the most prestigious wine produced in Italy, in the Piedmont province. It’s based on the Nebbiolo grape, which is notoriously difficult to grow. In fact, the earliest Barolos (documented as far back as the 13th century) were produced in a sweeter style, with more residual sugar due to the winemakers’ lack of control over the cooler regional temperatures. The fermentation process would halt too early under the frigid conditions, and the lack of proper yeasts would bring up the alcohol and sugar content. But for centuries, everyone seemed to be OK with this. 

The name most likely derives from the Celts, who dwelled in the region in ancient times and referred to it as “bas reul,” low-lying place. In the Medieval age it was called Villa Barogly, and then by 1600, Barrolo or Barollo. Eventually the single “r” and “l” spelling came about, probably to avoid further argument. Speaking Read more »

Varietals Produced in Barolo View all

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Barolo

Popular Wineries in Barolo View all

  • Conterno Fantino

    The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends ...

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

    The Scavino family farm is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, where it was founded...

  • Cascina Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Marchesi di Barolo

    Marchesi di Barolo was and is a winery that has received numerous awards for its wines and has be...

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Cannubi Boschis Barolo. Luciano Sandrone 2008


    Lots of sweet, toasty oak spice on the nose is accompanied a touch of chalk and some savory, meaty, almost jerky tones. On entry a slight edge of sweetness is quickly washed away by bright and tart cherry and strawberry fruit. This is rather elegant, and fairly surprisingly transparent with good length still driving the light sweet edge here, ti... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I'm Paolo Demagistris, a wine enthusiast, heir with no grapes of a Barolo makers family. Spent some years in France, got good friends from Bordeaux and got a spell. Currently spending lot of time in Serbia, found a place so wine-wise unconventional, I love Slovenian wines. I'm Italian, I can't live without Chianti. Could drink millions of bottle... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Thought Foxall would have chimed in on this already but... A couple evenings ... Guiseppi E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato - Mine and others WOTN. A pure joy to drin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Meet and Greet at...

  • Melville "estate-verna'S" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by malaparte

  • Brophy Clark Cellars Pinot Noirsanta Rita Hills 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by amynraleigh

  • All this Wine talk over the passed couple days (yes mylady Amour and James ... ... ... I still had 3 bottles of Barolo I had bought (if I recall correctly from Royal Coffee in Pattaya) 4 or 5 years ago.For some strange reason I really quite felt in the mood for a nice Barolo, perhaps becuase my girlfriend had used some Occitane Roses hand crea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barolo Giribaldi 1998, 1999,...

  • Oddero Langhe Collaretto 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by ceekaynj

  • I'm making a lasagne bolognese for a dinner party (the whole deal from ... ... it. I'd love to get a Barolo but the cost is a bit prohibitive...I'm like to keep it at about 15 a bottle or less.Also maybe a light Italian white to have with appetizers. Unfortunately I live in PA so my selection is very limite Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian dinner party

  • Sanctuary Estates Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2008


    Beautifully aromatic wine. Aromas of cedar, musk, ripe crushed red berry fruit of strawberry, currant and some Bing cherry. Some red and pink flowers. Luscious on the palate with lovely balanced spice notes and cedar around ripe, fresh berry fruit. Hints of white pepper. Suggestions arise mid-palate of cough syrup, but it's not so much so ... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Cappellano Reserva Speciale 1967


    A little funky on the nose at first, in fact this smells a bit like mutton. There is decent complexity here with hot stones on the nose, light tar and strawberry fruit thats a bit smoky and recalls burning strawberry jam with a caramel top note. Complete, the first wine with fruit that is complete and still towards the front of the palate. This... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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