Consorzio Tutela Roero: The Facts about the Wines of Roero

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The Facts about the Wines of Roero

The Consorzio Tutela Roero was officially created in 2013. The region of Roero was named a DOC region in 1985 and a DOCG region in 2004 for its red wines, the Roero, Roero Riserva, Roero Arneis, and Roero Arneis Spumante.

Logo: The logo is the modern version of the ancient emblem of the family Roero, a noble family who ruled this land in the Middle Ages; it was a red shield with three silver wheels on it. The ladybug is a symbol of good luck and is commonly found in our vineyards unpolluted.

Location: Roero is located in the northwest corner of the Langhe region of Piedmont next to the city of Alba. The official winegrowing area runs from the north bank of Tanaro and runs along the river between the areas of Bra and Govone. There are 23 villages in Roero, with Canale being the largest. Each area may contain more or less sandy soils; not all areas are deemed suitable for winemaking.

In 2014, Roero was named a Unesco World Heritage site.

Vineyard Area: 878 ha / 2,169 acres (2012, V)

Production: 47,530 hl (total 2012); avg. 423,900 cases bottled annually

Soils: An ancient sea, called the Golfo Padano, once covered the area of Roero in its entirety. As a result, many fossilized marine creatures and large amounts of sediment are still found in the soils. The soils are primarily sand with limestone mixed in, in certain areas, and/or clay.

Climate: Roero has a cold and temperate climate with harsh, cold winters filled with snow and an unpredictable spring and autumn which can be very wet. Summer is hot, but can be humid.

History: Traditionally, Roero was better known for its agriculture of fruits and the truffles of Alba than it was for its wines. However, evidence of wine production in this area date as far back as the BC era. Focus on quality and promoting the quality wines of Roero, Arneis and Nebbiolo, truly started in the 1980’s and has grown considerably since then.

Roero received its name from the noble family, Roero, who ruled the area during the Middle Ages. On each hill in Roero, there is still a castle.

The Wines:

Nebbiolo from Roero: Notes of spice, sour cherries, forest fruit. Elegant and refined, bold and fragrant; ages well.

Arneis from Roero: Notes of citrus, stone fruits, and minerality. Best examples can age and develop nutty character.

Roero DOCG: Min 95% Nebbiolo, aged min 20 months with 6 months in barrel, min 12.5% abv.
Roero Riserva DOCG: 100% Nebbiolo, aged min 32 months with 6 months in barrel, min 12.5%abv.
Roero Arneis DOCG: Min 95% Arneis, min 11% abv, Roero Arneis Spumante DOCG: Min 95% Arneis, can be made at any sweetness level, min 11.5% abv.

Traditional Foods of Roero:

Carne crudo
Sliced veal with tuna sauce
“Bagna Caoda” (vegetables dressed with a sauce of olive oil, garlic and anchovies)
Veal tongue in green sauce

Social media:
Twitter: WinesofRoero
Facebook: RoeroArneis
Instagram: WinesofRoero



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