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.

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"Ettore Germano is a wine estate in Serralunga d’Alba that can boasts one of the most impressive lineups of wines of any winery in the Barolo denomination.. they make what most people consider to be Italy’s best Riesling wine (Hérzu); a number of Alta Langa bubblies that are far and away amongst the best of that denomination and amongst the more interesting sparkling wines made in Italy; and a bevy of Barolos from really top-notch sites that speak clearly of the site the grapes were sourced from and that age gracefully.. when you buy a Barolo from Ettore Germano you are getting a Barolo that is made from a true grand cru or high-quality premier cru vineyard district" Ian D'Agata, Terroir Sense (May 2024)