Produttori del Carema

Produttori del Carema is a cooperative which was originally founded in 1960 with less than 12 producers. Well known for producing high quality wines, today their numbers have risen to 81 due to their huge success.

Produced from the Nebbiolo grape, just like the more famous Barbaresco and Barolo, however, the microclimate in Carema is much different than the latter two. It is far more rigid and previously, before climate change, Carema’s Nebbiolo had trouble ripening. Furthermore, the area’s extremely steep slopes have caused trouble, a problem of the past with modern machinery. The vines are trellised on stone and lime pillars, giving the pretty countryside an unmistakable, appearance. Carema is an aristocratic, very long-lived red.  With aromas and flavours reminiscent of sour red cherries, raspberry, red roses, and tar, the wines are similar to Barolo and Barbaresco. However, they have livelier acidities, a tighter structure, and great refinement.

Unlike Barolo and Barbaresco, Carema is not required to be 100% Nebbiolo. Many contain small percentages of other local varieties, such asm Croatina or Uva Rara, but must have a minimum of 85% Nebbiolo. The wines of Carema are well-known and have been sought after for centuries.

Since the 1500s, Carema has been chosen for the festive banquets of Dukes, Kings, and Popes, as Bacci tells us in his book, De vinis Italiae naturalis historia. Due to Carema’s tradition and distinguished character, it was named one of Italy’s first DOC wines in 1967.

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“The 2018 Carema Classico is a terrific introduction to these wines. Bright and airy in feel, the 2018 is laced with the essence of sweet candied cherry, game, licorice, tobacco, dried flowers and incense. In a nutshell, this is what Carema is all about. The 2018 is just a bit rustic and gamy, but it makes up for that with its personality and overall expression of the appellation.” 91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (March 2022)

“The 2016 Carema Riserva is another knock-out effort from the Produttori di Carema, the local cooperative that has really been on fire these last few vintages. Open-knit and inviting, but with all the complexity that is so typical of the appellation, the 2016 is superb. Crushed flowers, mint, sweet tobacco, cedar and licorice are all woven together in a super-expressive Carema that offers tons of complexity in a relatively accessible style for a young wine from the appellation.” 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (September 2020)