Marchesi di Barolo historical cellars are located in the town of Barolo, in the building overlooking the Castle of the Marquis Falletti. It is here that more than 200 years ago a beautiful story began. The story of a wine cellar where, in the heart of the Langhe area and protected by gentle hills, a wine was born. This wine, as the French tradition suggests, was called Barolo like the town where it was produced for the first time. No one at that time could imagine that it was destined one day to be king: the King of Wines, the Wine of the Kings.
The story begins precisely in 1807, in Paris, when the Marquis of Barolo Carlo Tancredi Falletti married Juliette Colbert de Maulévrier, a French noblewoman and the great granddaughter of the Sun King’s well-known Minister of Finance. Juliette saw the great potential of the wine made in Barolo that, after a complete fermentation and a long aging in wood, would have been able to unveil all the qualities typical of the soil and of the grape variety: Nebbiolo, powerful and austere, able to last long and to express all the characteristics of this extraordinary terroir.
Today the Abbona Family continues the work that began more than two centuries ago producing high quality wines meant to enrich, year after year, the history of this important cellar where modernity and tradition meet and where a great heritage of vineyards and knowledge has been passed down from parents to children for over five generations.
The village that gave its name to the “King of Wines” is located in Piedmont, in the heart of the Langhe hills: seabed emerged from the sea in different eras which have donated to our hills irregular shapes and profiles, with an original and exclusive composition of the soil. The name of Langhe derives from Celtic language and means “Strips of Land”. Two sub-areas essentially characterize the area of production of Barolo: one on the East side, which dates back to the Helvetian era (about 14/16 million years ago), and the other on the West side, a bit younger, which dates back to the Tortorian era (about 7/11 million years ago).
Barolo raises in the middle of these two sub-areas. Its name means “low-rise place” because, even though it is on the top of the hill overlooking the valley towards Alba, it is surrounded by highest hills that protect it from weather fronts and an extreme flow of air. Barolo and the Langhe in general are located in a very special area: protected by the Alps to the North, West and South and characterized by an environment with great biodiversity. The climate, therefore, is exceptionally favorable for viticulture: thanks to the continental cool-temperature and the well-defined seasons, grapes can bring out particularly fine and intense aromas.
(Source Marchesi di Barolo Italy)