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 (9)


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(Lazzarito 2016) "There’s a delightful seashell edge to the very ripe red fruit aromas, as well as hints of lightly polished oak and a myriad of pressed flowers. But you need to dig in because it’s still quite closed. Full and very silky with fine, firm tannins that are beginning to integrate with the fruit. Long, balanced finish that will only expand with time. A classy Barolo that’s delicious to drink now, if you like your Barolo on the firm side, but will delight everyone from 2025." 96 points, James Suckling (October 2022)

(Vignarionda 2018) 'Released with an extra year of bottle age, the Ettore Germano 2018 Barolo Vignarionda shows a dark ruby color and a more evolved personality with blackberry, dried cherry, pressed rose and savory spice. There are hints of tobacco or tea leaf that add a savory taste profile to this vintage. The vintage character with its marked aromatic highlights is what stands out most.' 95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (August 2023)