Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba is made from 100% Barbera grapes sourced from the family owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba (Ornato e Colombaro), Sinio (Val di Croce), Diano d’Alba and Treiso (Bongiovanni) and since the 2015 vintage from the recently acquired plot in Monforte d’Alba (Mosconi).
Pio Cesare is an historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. Today the company is run by fifth generation Pio Boffa, he applies a ‘minimal intervention’ philosophy to wine making, creating wines that year after year, are ranked among the world’s best wines. The company is based in Alba in the heart of the Piemonte region, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding hills provide a handful of ideal exposures for grape growing with unique micro-climates. The confluence of cold Alpine air with warm maritime moisture regularly creates a misty glow, or “nebbia” over these foothills, hence Nebbiolo, the great red variety of the region. This Barbera is a wine quite different from many other Barbera. This might be due to the fact that Cesare’s Barbera grapes are grown alongside the Nebbiolo grapes. This, combined with the extensive barrel ageing, results in a wine with the strength and wild energy of a Barbera, but the refined elegance of Barolo.
After harvest, the grapes for the Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba undergo 15 days of skin contact in stainless steel temperature-controlled fermenters. The wine is then aged for 11 months in medium-toasted French oak barriques (25%) and 20-50 hectolitre casks (75%) for 11 months.
Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.