GENEVA

Your journey into the greatest Barolo and Barbaresco starts here 

We select a very small number of the greatest Langhe wines.

 

We carefully import the bottles and store them in a temperature and humidity controlled facility just outside of Geneva.

You can pick them up for free at the cellar or in the centre of Geneva, or have them delivered at home.

 

 Current selection

BARBARESCO DOCG

Selezione Ronchi 2014 

Azienda Agricola Ronchi 

We love it because it is made using only the best grapes from the Ronchi cru in Barbaresco, handpicked to create a stunning yet gentle wine.

CHF 44

(inc. sales tax)

BARBARESCO DOCG 

Azienda Agricola Ronchi 

 2014

We love it because the Nebbiolo grapes used to make this wine come from one of the best exposed hill in Barbaresco, which give it delicate and charming touches of licorice, caramel and spice.   

CHF 35

(inc. sales tax)

BARBARESCO DOCG 

Selezione Fausoni 2015

Azienda Agricola Rivella Silvia 

We love it because this is the passion project of the winemaker who created some of the best wines of the last decades.

CHF 89

(inc. sales tax)

BAROLO DOCG                 

del Comune di Serralunga 2014

Azienda Vitivinicola Principiano Ferdinando

We love it because this is one of the most immediate and true Barolo we tasted. No yeasts nor sulfur were added during the fermentation of the crushed grapes.

CHF 50

(inc. sales tax)

 

Barolo and Barbaresco

Barolo and Barbaresco are two of the oldest DOCG 'Denominazione Origine Controllata e Garantita'  wines in the Country.

They're both made of Nebbiolo grapes, albeit sourced in two different town of the Langhe: the homonymous Barolo and Barbaresco.

The main difference between the two is due to the soils. This cause the vines to produce different amounts of tannins and therefore two completely different interpretation of the same grape.  

Barolo and Barbaresco have also different aging requirement: four years for the former and three for the latter.

As a result, Barolo is the fuller and the more elegant of the two, and Barbaresco is generally considered more gentle and more immediate. 

The Langhe

The Langhe is a hilly area in the Piedmont region of the north west of Italy. 

It became a UNESCO Word Heritage site in 2014 for its cultural landscape and its hundred year old winemaking tradition.

The Langhe hills are the natural home of Nebbiolo grape and Barolo and Barbaresco are just two of the hundreds of small villages that are 100%  dedicated to wine making since 300 years.

 

Our winemakers

We personally know each of the winemakers we chose to work with.

 

Every one of them has a long history as wine producers as a family business. They make wine using only grapes that come from lands they own and cure personally. That means they can produce just few bottles per year.   

They all share the love for using their own hands to take care of the vineyards and a philosophy based on the respect for the characteristics of the land. 

This is what makes their wines special. 

 

Azienda Agricola Ronchi

Giancarlo Rocca

 

For more than four generations, the Rocca family has lived surrounded by the vines of the ‘Ronchi’ cru in Barbaresco, where 5.5 hectares are devoted to Nebbiolo grapes.

The vineyards are part of the family; winemaker Giancarlo Rocca can walk from his kitchen table to his vines in less than a minute. All work is performed by hand, and as naturally as possible; no herbicides or pesticides are used.

Barbaresco DOCG 2014
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Vineyards: the ‘Ronchi’ vineyard, in Barbaresco.

Terrain: classic mix of clay, limestone. 

Production: hand-harvested. Fermentation on indigenous yeasts.

Traits: licorice, caramel.

Pairing: white and red meat, cheese.  

Barbaresco DOCG
Selezione Ronchi 2014
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Vineyards: just the top (called Sorji) of the ‘Ronchi’ vineyard, at 960 feet above sea level and facing southeast.

Terrain: classic mix of clay and limestone.

Production: hand-harvested. Hand selection of the best grapes. Fermentation on indigenous yeasts.

Traits: romas of black cherries, licorice, game, light smoke.

Pairing: meat, game and cheese. 

 

Az. Agr. Rivella Silvia

Guido Rivella

 

 

This is the label of Guido Rivella, the former Gaja enologist of forty years. Now retired, he has been making very small quantities of wine at his 3 hectares family estate located right at the heart of Barbaresco since 2010.

 

His wines are something special: their Barbaresco are powerful and deep and have a tannic structure that is comparable to the ones typical of Barolo wines.  

Barbaresco DOCG 
Selezione Fausoni 2015
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Vineyards: 0,70 Hectares of which 0,30 with South exposure and 0,40 with West exposure

Terrain: clayish, calcareous, deep with light sand stratifications.

Production: fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 22-25 days at controlled temperature. Malolactic fermentation and aging in small wood for 14-18 months, followed by a few months in the bottles before going on sale.

Traits: spicy, with a strong licorice and chocolate flavours. It’s a wine with a strong personality, refined and elegant.

Pairing: rich meat dishes, such as braised meats and game, or aged cheese. 

 

Az. Vitiv. Principiano Ferdinando

Ferdinando Principiano

The modern estate was founded back in the 1950s by Americo Principiano, Ferdinando’s father. In 1993, all of the holdings were finally converted to vineyards, until then it was a mixed agriculture farm. Ferdinando advised his father that focusing on wine production was the right move. 

Initially, Ferdinando made wines along the wave of fashionable high-scoring wines, but after observing these wines' precipitous decline within a decade of bottling, Ferdinando decided to focus on making traditional Barolo. 

He looks for the most naturality possible, with many experimentations trying to reduce the use even of that products admitted  by biologic farming, as copper and sulfur.

Barolo DOCG
del Comune di Serralunga 2014
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Vineyards5 hectares of land in the valley of Boscareto in Serralunga d'Alba.

Terrain: clay

Production: crushed grapes ferment without inoculated yeasts and without added sulfur for about a month. Aging takes place for 24 months in 20 and 40 hectolitres barrels and then in about 20,000 bottles produced.

Traits: exciting mix of dark fruit and some black currant flavors but also some tar and rose petals. Big tight tannins, as it should be.

Pairing: red meat, raclette, game, aged cheese. 

 

Our story

This project is born out of our love for the Langhe, and our desire to give other people the opportunity to discover truly stunning wines that are not (yet) very well known on international markets.

 

Giulia is a redeemed teetotaler, who has rediscovered the pleasure of drinking a good glass of wine or two thanks to Franco and the great winemakers we have met along the way.

Franco is a true wine connoisseur, passionate about wine from all regions, but with a soft spot for the Langhe ones.

You can find us in Geneva or Turin during the week, and lost in the Barolo and Barbaresco hills, looking for more hidden gems most weekends.

 

CONTACT US

giulia@wineinsiders.ch

+41 79 703 28 71

franco@wineinsiders.ch

+39 329 4195546

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