Produttori del Barbaresco

The Produttori del Barbaresco has a long and distinguished history and great wines have always been made here. Prior to 1894, Nebbiolo grapes were sold to make Barolo wine or simply labelled 'Nebbiolo di Barbaresco'. But in 1894, Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba and a Barbaresco resident, created the first cooperative, the 'Cantine Sociali', by gathering nine Barbaresco vineyard owners to make wine in the local castle that he owned. Cavazza understood that Nebbiolo from Barbaresco differed from Barolo and, for the first time, recognised this on the wine label. The 'Cantine Sociali' was forced to close in the 1920s because of fascist economic rules. In 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way the small properties could survive was by joining their efforts, gathered together nineteen small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement, and then in the winery built across the square from where the Produttori is still located. United once again, the small growers continued the work started by Domizio Cavazza, producing only Barbaresco wine and enhancing both the reputation of the wine and the village.


The Produttori del Barbaresco now has 50 members and 100 hectares (250 acres) of Nebbiolo vineyards in the Barbaresco appellation, which amounts to almost a sixth of the vineyards of the area.

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"Barbaresco is lucky enough to have one of the world’s greatest wine cooperatives in the village of the same name, producing a high-quality Barbaresco blend every year and single-vineyard wines in the best years. These wines offer some of the Langhe’s most attractive value, and I unreservedly recommend them" The Beauty of Barbaresco, Andrew Jefford (August 2017)


"I was blown away by these wines from the Produttori del Barbaresco. The straight 2014 Barbaresco is sublime, while the 2013 Riservas are off the charts.. the Produttori are making some of the most distinguished wines in their history. Best of all, the Riservas remain exceptionally well priced for the quality and consistency they offer." Antonio Galloni, 2014 Barbaresco: An October Surprise (October 2017)