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 Cerretta 2017) "Bright and charming, this strawberry- and cherry-flavored red is light on its feet and mouthwatering, with accents of tar and tobacco adding interest. No pushover, this packs some lively tannins, ending with fine balance and length overall. Best from 2024 through 2040." 94 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April 2022)


(Lazzarito Riserva 2016) "The classic spice and concentrated slumbering cherry and dried fruit hints I associate with Lazzarito. Black-pepper tingle. Supple and generous on the palate yet contained and with fine long tannins on the finish. Very long focused supple fruit with the perfect dose of gripping but fine tannins. Already irresistible." 18 points, Walter Speller, www.JancisRobinson.com (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)