The winery visit is perhaps the moment that most excites us, the one that gives real meaning our work. Of course, producing high quality wines is the passion of us Rosselli men, but seeing them understood and appreciated by those who come to visit us is the greatest satisfaction.
To achieve this the path of our visit starts from the base, from the origins of land, vineyard and wine, up to the tasting, during which the rules just learned are put into practice.
Our goal is to welcome you, whatever your level of understanding in the wine field, and to retrace the life of our labels, knowing that at the time of goodbyes you’ll have a souvenir of knowledge to bring home with you.
It’ll be me, Marco Rosselli – “Rusel” for my friends – to welcome you in the parking lot of the panoramic showroom
It all starts here, in this spacious courtyard, hidden between the narrow curves of Barbaresco.
To welcome you you will find our logo – the lion – the large windows of the showroom and me, Marco Rosselli. Behind you a panoramic view of the precious Langa hills.
After the various presentations I’ll start by introducing myself, my family and our work. I’ll illustrate the reality of Produttori del Barbaresco, to which we have always been affiliated and through which we vinify and promote our flagship wine.
Important for the visit is that you understand the peculiarities of the territory in which we produce: through a map in relief I will tell you about the Langhe, talking about the difference between the various production areas, between the exposures, the terroirs, the microclimates. Together we’ll dig into the history of these hills, reaching their origin in the Cretaceous.
We’ll then move to the cellar, to dive deeper into the production and understand our choices
First we’ll walk through the aging area, where I’ll start by talking about the differences between the various wines we produce, between Nebbiolo and Barbera analyzing their aging times. I’ll explain the particularities of the oaks used for the barrique compared to those of the large barrel and the notes they give to the wine, justifying our production choices.
From here we’ll move on to winemaking, with an explanation that also in this case will start from the base, interesting also for those who already know about it. We’ll review together the various steps of the birth of a wine, from the moment the grapes arrive in the cellar until its bottling, through fermentations, temperatures, malolactic fermentation, cryomaceration.
When the climate and humidity of the soil allow it, we’ll move to the panoramic vineyard right above the showroom, where we grow part of our Nebbiolo. From here we’ll have the confirmation of the theory explained during the introduction: in addition to the geological formation of the hills, the distinction between the steep slopes to the south, characterized by the combed Barbaresco vineyards, and the softer ones in the north that on each hill have clearly visible hazel groves and woods.
The final demonstration
With the guided tasting you’ll have the finalizing of everything learned and understood so far
No theoretical idea can really remain impressed if you do not associate it with a concrete experience: here is where our final tasting comes into play, which more than a moment of promotion wants to be didactic and captivating.
Each wine presented will be paired with a dish, designed to balance its taste. We’ll start with a white, with which we’ll propose a crouton that varies according to seasonality (bruschetta, butter and anchovies …).
We’ll start with a white, with which we propose a crostino that varies according to seasonality (bruschetta, butter and anchovies…).
We’ll then move on to Nebbiolo, which we’ll compare with Barolo and Barbaresco comparing their structure, body and diversity of vintages to better understand the two fruits of different soils. These wines will be accompanied by a board of local cured meats.
The remaining wines are available for tasting upon request.
We’ll end the tasting with a glass of Moscato with hazelnut-based desserts (nougat of Alba, “Brutto e Buono” or simply toasted hazelnuta), through which we’ll connect once again to local products, to the conscious exploitation of the potential of each area.
After a moment of sharing and feedback, a fundamental aspect for us, we’ll prepare to say goodbye. Those who wish can take a few bottles with them, choosing from the tasted ones or those exhibited in our showroom, which include – in addition to our production – the labels of Produttori del Barbaresco.
We hope, however, that even those who choose not to buy can say they’re leaving with something more than when they entered: knowledge, interest or who knows, even the beginning of a new passion.
The area of Barbaresco
Wine and territory are deeply intertwined. Both influence each other with extreme intensity: the territory is in fact profoundly modified by wine production, and this embodies all the character of the land from which it is born. For this reason, part of our visit to the winery involves the introduction and description of this area, its origin and the differences it presents compared to Alta Langa, Monferrato and Roero.
Barbaresco is located on the right bank of the Tanaro river, north-east of Alba. The municipality is the fulcrum of the production area of the homonymous wine, which includes 4 other towns: Neive, Treiso, San Rocco and a part of Alba. The terroir that differentiates this area is rich in what is called Marne di Sant’Agata, a slightly rocky soil, mainly composed of solidified sand, less draining than that of Barolo and therefore translated differently into wine, with sweeter tannins, different ripening time.
Which wines can be tasted during the visit?
The tasting includes 5 wines, in this order: a white, Langhe Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbaresco in comparison and a glass of Moscato d’Asti.
How much does it cost?
The visit has a cost of 22 euros per person, which include the tour, the tasting and the pairing of each wine with local food.
How big can the groups be?
We can also accommodate large groups, up to a maximum of 50 people. Reservations are required for groups, in order to guarantee space and availability.
Is there a parking lot?
Yes, in front of our showroom there’s room for 5 – 6 cars. For large groups and busses we suggest parking down the road, in the next group of houses.
In which languages can you welcome visitors?
The visit can be made in Italian and English. Our English is not perfect, but it is fluent enough to understand each other :-)
Can I bring my pet?
Your pet friends are welcome, as long as they are docile and calm.
Do you accept credit cards?
We accept all major cards.
Is it possible to book the wine / products during the visit and have them shipped home?
Yes, we deliver home wines purchased locally or by telephone order.
How many ectars of land do you have?
To date we have 10 hectares of vineyards.
What are the visiting hours?
10:30 → 12:00
15:30 → 17:00
During the remaining hours the winery is open for direct purchases.