Giovanni Almondo

Piemonte, piemonte Italy

We’ve been drinking Giovanni Almondo’s Arneis for years, as it is a favourite of our Barolo producers, who order it almost before we’ve sat down in the restaurant.

This family-owned estate is based in Montà, in the Roero hills north of Alba. Although the Almondo family has lived here for over 600 years, Domenico Almondo was the first, in the early 1980s, to make wine from their 18 hectares of meticulously tended vines. He is now assisted by his sons Stefano and Domenico.

The commune of Montà is geologically divided. Giovanni Almondo’s Arneis achieves great aromatic expression in the higher-acidity, sandy soils of the northern vineyards, while his Nebbiolo thrives in the south on slightly lower-lying calcareous soils of marine origin.

The single-vineyard ‘Bricco delle Ciliegie’ is made from Arneis grown on a six-hectare, south-east facing plot at 300-400 metres above sea level. After pressing, the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks where it matures for six months. The result is a unique expression of this variety. Powerful, vibrant and defined, its distinctive aromatics and great length make it a must-stock wine in the finest restaurants of the Langhe. ‘Bric Valdiana’ is 100% Nebbiolo, produced from a south-east facing single vineyard. After a cold soak (to extra colour and aromas), the must and wine spends about 3 weeks on the skins during and after fermentation. The wine is then aged for approximately18 months in large Slavonian oak casks. This graceful and elegant wine displays the complexity typical of Nebbiolo from this historical but lesser-known denomination.


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