Ettore Germano

Since 1856, the Germano family has seen four generations of devotion to both their viticulture and excellent wine production. The estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d'Alba named "Cerretta", a hill with a wide winegrowing area facing South, South-West. Germano’s 6.6 hectares of vineyards are dedicated to the cultivation of Chardonnay, Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo, while a smaller area is reserved for Riesling and the indigenous white grape Nascetta. The Germano family is blessed with some of the very best vineyards, owning vines in Lazzarito (a true grand cru), Cerretta, Prapò and now, thanks to an inheritance, even the legendary Vigna Rionda, which many experts consider the single greatest Barolo vineyard of all.

Sergio and his wife Elena manage the estate from viticultural to winemaking to sales. Sergio’s wines have steadily improving for the last decade, and today we are proud to represent one of the most talented winemakers from Piedmont. Having all of his red vineyards situated within Serralunga, enables Sergio to make characteristically powerful, muscular and intense wines, that are the biggest, richest and most long-lived of all Barolo.

Using what may appear to be very modern techniques (stainless steel), the driving force behind the winemaking here is actually solid tradition. Fermentation is short, around 12-15 days, in open wooden fermenters and maturation is completed in a variety of barrel sizes (225 litres and upwards) made from up to two year old French oak.

Ettore Germano is devoted to both passion and tradition but also evolution. The believe that the smallest details can vary the final result, which is seen in their viticultural and vinicultural work.

All wines by this producer (8)


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(Barolo Cerretta 2008) "Hefty nose of smoky bacon but with ample plummy fruit too. Very rich and forthright, highly concentrated, with firm acidity and tannins. Still youthful and almost raw, as the alcohol is a bit too apparent, but it’s still harmonious and voluptuous with admirable length; will go the distance." 98 points, Steaphen Brook, Decanter (October 2018) 

(Barolo Cerretta 2013) “New leather, red berry, tobacco and menthol are some of the aromas you'll find in this powerfully structured but elegant wine. The firm palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and cinnamon flavors framed by noble, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity.” 95 points, Kerin O’Keefe, The Wine Enthusiast (October 2017)

(Brut Rosé 'Rosanna' 2016) 'Enticing multilayered aromas and flavors of raspberry, almond paste, violet, rose and minerals. Very precise, with an almost piercing quality and lively clarity to its Nebbiolo fruit profile. Finishes long and bright. A knockout sparkling Rosé.' 94 points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous (May 2019)