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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(Barolo Lazzarito Riserva 2015) "Lazzarito is one of the oldest and best-known crus in Serralunga, and this comes from a very old vineyard. It's intensely scented with macerated violets, roses, blood orange, and rhubarb root. The palate is fiercely fresh, with a red berry character and full body which carries a lot of weight. Ripe, velvety tannins, and lifted acidity give a tense, elegant style, and it ends with fragrant fresh fruit. Long-term cellaring potential." 94 points, Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter (December 2021) 


(Alta Langa Extra Brut 2017) 'All about creamy elegance and flavor, this gorgeous sparkler has enticing scents that recall field flowers, white stone fruit, sun-warmed hay and a hint of citrus. On the dry, delicious palate, an extremely refined perlage accompanies ripe yellow apple, white peach and juicy white grapefruit before closing on a hint of hazelnut.' 95 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (November 2021)