Discover Piedmont’s Real Roero in Chicago June 12th!

Nestled in the northwest corner of Piedmont, Roero is a rising star and hidden gem. Join us for a taste of the region’s elegant Nebbiolo’s and refreshing Roero Arneis. The area’s sandy soils create a mineral character truly unique to the area, different from its famous counterparts. 

During the hour-long seminar presented by Carlo Deltetto of Deltetto Winery and Aldo Zaninotto of Osteria Langhe we will have a taste of Roero Arneis Spumante, Roero Arneis, Roero, and Roero Riserva (including older vintages.) A true value for any wine list, be one of the first to discover this delicious region. Following the seminar, we will have a wine bar of additional wines to taste (including some seeking representation.)

Please RSVP directly to or via this link: 

We look forward to welcoming you on Monday,  June 12 to Sepia!


Meet 50+ Producers of Roero & Roero Arneis at VinItaly 2017!

This year, the Consorzio of Roero is proud to share that over 50 of its members will be present at this years VinItaly fair April 9-12. The stands are located throughout the fair, please find the list below. Note that all stand numbers came from the VinItaly Catalogue and may be subject to change.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Abbona: Hall 10, Stand O2

Almondo Giovanni: Hall 10, Stand E2

Antica Cascina dei Conti del Roero: Hall D, Stand E3

Barbero Stefano: Hall 10, Stand N2

Battaglino Fabrizio: Hall 10, Stand C2-14.1

Bordon Giuseppe: Hall 10, Stand D3-13.5

Calorio Andrea: Hall 10, Stand D3-9.4

Marchesi di Barolo: Hall 5, Stand D1

Careglio Pierangelo: Hall 10, Stand G4-16.3

Careglio Valdinera: Hall 10, Stand H4-15.1

Fontanafredda: Hall 10, Strand P3

Cascina Ca’Rossa: Hall 10, Stand G1

Casinca del Pozzo: Hall 10, Stand D3-9.8

Cascina Chicco: Hall 10, Stand M2

Casinca Val Del Prete: Hall 10, Stand G1

Poderi Vaiot di Franco Casetta: Hall 10, Stand E4-17.3

Chiesa Carlo: Hall 10, Stand D3-9.7

Cornarea: Hall 10, Stand Q2

Nino Costa: Hall 10, Stand E3-12.9

Cravanzola-Bricco del Conte: Hall 10, Stand Q1

Delpero di Manuele: Hall 10, Stand O2

Deltetto: Hall 10, Stand N2

DeMarie: Hall 10, Stand C3-14.4

Dogliotti: Hall 10, Stand M2

Dosio Vignetti: Hall 10, Stand H3-6.10

Fenocchio Giacomo: Hall 10, Stand G1

Franco Casetta: Hall 10, Stand E4-17.3

Gallino Filippo: Hall 10, Stand O2

Generaj: Hall 10, Stand N2

Giacomo Vico: Hall 10, Stand Q2

Grimaldi Giacomo: Hall 10, L2

Malabaila: Hall 10, Stand F2

Malvira: Hall 10, Stand E2

Marco Porello: Hall 7, Stand B4-B5-B6

Marsaglia: Hall 10, Stand N3

Massucco: Hall 10, Stand P3

Matteo Correggia: Hall 10, Stand E2

Monchiero Carbone: Hall 7, Stand D11

Montaribaldi: Hall 10, Stand H2

Negro Angelo e Figli: Hall 10, Stand L3

Nota Giuliano: Hall 10, Stand G4-16.1

Pace: Hall 10, Stand E3-13.9

Pelassa: Hall 10, Stand E4-17.1

Pescaja: Hall 10, Stand O2

Poderi Moretti: Hall 10, Stand G3-7.4

Ponchiero Maurizio: Hall 10, Stand H2

Produttori di Govone: Hall 10, Stand N3

Rabino Andrea: Hall 10, Stand G1

Rosoretto: Hall 10, Stand D3-13.6

Taliano Michele: Hall 10, Stand H2

Tenuta Carretta: Hall 10, Stand R4

Tibaldi: Hall 10, Stand C3-5.7

Viglione Antonio: Hall 10, Stand D3-8.6

We look forward to raising a glass with you!

Roero DOCG Releases Map Designating “Grand Cru” Vineyards Throughout Territory

After 8 years, the Roero Consorzio has released the region’s MGA

After 8 years in the making, the Roero Consorzio released the region’s Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva (MGA) or, simply put, the territory’s vineyard or “subzone” classification map that classifies top vineyard sites in Roero, the third Italian wine region to do so.

The map designates those areas best suited for the production of Nebbiolo and Arneis based on soil, climate, provenance, and other criteria with the purpose of aiding trade and consumers in understanding the quality wines of the region.

“Similar to the cru classification in Barolo, Bordeaux, Germany, and elsewhere, we have developed a system of vineyard classification based on extensive tastings and research of the terroir and history throughout the region,” said President of the Roero Consorzio Francesco Monchiero. “It is another step forward for expressing uniqueness or Roero region and that we are among the top wines of both Piedmont and the world.”

Currently, a handful of Roero producers release a vineyard-designated Roero and/or Roero Arneis, but the number is expected to rise in the near future.

“We are very excited to have finally completed this project, the third region in Italy to successfully do so. After much deliberation, the map showcases the best potential growing sites for Nebbiolo and Arneis,” continued Monchiero. “We hope that the increased production of vineyard-specific wines will further perpetuate the Roero terroir.”

The Roero Consorzio released the official map to the public at the second annual Roero Days held in Milan on March 26-27, 2017 via a press conference. Copies of the map are available to press by request to


About the Consorzio Tutela Roero:

The Consorzio Tutela Roero was founded in 2013 and encompasses all winemakers, grape growers, and other members involved in the winemaking process of the region. The region of Roero was named a DOC region in 1985 and a DOCG region in 2005 for its red wines Roero and Roero Riserva, its white wine Roero Arneis, and its sparkling wine Roero Arneis Spumante. Roero Arneis Riserva is pending classification for 2017.

#ItalianFWT: Nebbiolo Beyond the B’s This Weekend (Feb. 4th)!

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We are so excited to this weekend’s upcoming Twitter chat entitled “Nebbiolo: Beyond the B’s” featuring Nebbiolo in “off the beaten path” regions such as yours truly: ROERO.

We will be logged on (10amCST) chatting with participants and sharing some of our favorite characteristics, but we thought it would be great to also write-up a short primer on the Nebbiolo of Roero DOCG to get in the spirit.

Roero because a DOCG in 2005 so it much younger than its famous “B” counterparts, but the wines are already on par with the highest of the quality. There are just 195 hectares of Nebbiolo registered under the Roero DOCG denomination – small, but mighty! That said, the first records of Nebbiolo in Roero date all the way back to the 14th century!

Roero has a higher percentage of sand than other areas of Piedmont, but the best expressions of Nebbiolo are grown on those which are predominately clay. Still, the high sand content adds elegance to the wines which are suitable for aging, but drinkable after just a couple years. Similarly, it is almost always grown on the hillsides with the best exposure to the sun. Clones in Roero include: lampia, michet and rosé.

Roero has two DOCG designations for Nebbiolo:

  1. Roero DOCG: 95% Minimum Nebbiolo, 6 months aged in wood, 20 months aging total starting from the 1st of November of the year in which the grapes were harvested. Can be sold after the 1st of July in the second year. 12.5% Minimum alcohol with a minimum acidity of 4.5g/l.
  2. Roero Riserva DOCG: 95% Minimum Nebbiolo, 6 months aged in wood, 32 total starting from the 1st of November of the year in which the grapes were harvested. Can be sold from the 1st of July in the third year. 12.5% Minimum alcohol with a minimum acidity of 4.5g/l.

All cultivated Nebbiolo must come from the province of Cuneo which is comprised of the territories: Canale, Corneliano d’Alba, Piobesi d’Alba, Vezza d’Alba and part of the following municipalities: Baldissero d’Alba, Castagnito, Castellinaldo, Govone, Guarene, Magliano Alfieri, Montà, Montaldo Roero, Monteu Roero, Monticello d’Alba, Pocapaglia, Priocca, S. Vittoria d’Alba, S. Stefano Roero, Sommariva Perno.

The Roero and Roero Riserva DOCG wines, upon consumption, must comply with the following characteristics:  Ruby red or garnet color, fruity nose with hint of wood, and full-bodied, dry, and tannic – but integrated – in the mouth.

Food pairings are often meaty – steak tartare, steak, etc. but can also be root vegetables and pasta dishes.

There are many wonderful producers in the Roero region that are just waiting to be discovered! We look forward to sharing more with participants of the chat on Saturday!


Along the Wine Trail: Sommariva Perno & Vezza d’Alba


Sommariva Perno is the municipality with the smallest number of vine-planted hectares belonging to the DOCG denomination: 4.53 of Arneis and 0.91 of Nebbiolo, making up 0.53% of the vine-planted hectares belonging to the denomination. The soils found east of the Rocche are those typical of Roero, rich in silica, sandy, and generally arid and loose, rich in fossils. These are soils that naturally lead to an underdevelopment of the vines and thus, lower yields, suitable for the production of elegant and fresh Roero Arneis, as well as for delicate Roero, with a moderate alcohol content and tannin levels, noticeably aromatic.

Vine Growers:

1. Agosto Nadia
2. Astegiano Giuseppe


There are 200 total hectares in Vezza d’Alba, and almost 100 of these belong to the DOCG denomination. There are 85.21 are planted with Arneis and 12.73 with Nebbiolo: these vineyards, in some way or another, are representative of the Roero and its viticultural territory, thanks to the sand-rich soils and the extreme inclinations of its hills. The soil is typical of the central portion of the area of Roero, where the Pliocene part comes together with a loam slate that is richer in limestone and clay (with some spots reaching 50%), which increase the viscosity and compactness of the soils, leading to Roero and Roero Arneis that bring together freshness, structure, and complexity. Among some of the most important vineyard locations we find Valmaggiore, an amphitheater-like hill that has expositions ranging from southeast to southwest, with extremely steep inclinations, very little nourishing substances, and with an almost single sand component of marine origin, with the addition of rocks and fossils. The microclimate generally foresees hot summers, little precipitations and winds of marine provenience. Known for the quality of its Nebbiolo from the 17th century, it was selected by Beppe Colla in 1961 and vinified as a single vineyard, soon to be followed by Bruno Giacosa at the beginning of the 1970s, indicating the name of the vineyard on the label. In addition to this “monument” of the Roero, there are other well-known and prestigious vineyard locations: Audinaggio, Pioiero (just along the municipality limits with Castellinaldo), Colla, Sanche, Tanone.


Antica Cascina dei Conti di Roero
Battaglino Fabriszio
Battaglio Mario
Cantina del Nebbiolo
Demarie Giovanni
Pezzuto F. lli

Vine Growers

1. Battaglino Claudio
2. Battaglino Daniela
3. Battaglino Giovanni
4. Battaglino Franco
5. Battaglino Ivan
6. Battaglino Luigi
7. Bongiovanni Armando
8. Bonino Piero
9. Bordino Giuseppe
10. Canonica Stefania
11. Castellotto Luigi
12. Cavagnero Ivano
13. Davezza Lorenzo
14. Delmondo Antonio
15. Delsanto Giuseppe
16. Demaria Antonello
17. Ferrero Luigi
18. Ferrero Maria Rosa
19. Lurgo Luigino
20. Pagliasso Giancarlo
21. Pagliasso Matteo
22. Pagliasso S.S.
23. Pezzuto Eugenio
24. Pezzuto Sergio
25. Rabino Margherita
26. Robino Marisa
27. Sacchero Giuseppe
28. Saglia Angelo
29. Vivai Ferrero Di Ferrero

Congratulations to the Tre Bicchieri Recipients, 2017

c0b9551977076f4d39877c4ee1020b1d_genericThis year, six Roero wines received the honor of the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri.

They include:

Each of these wines was selected by way of a series blind tasting by unbiased panels. The first is made up of at least three individuals that are only informed of the varietal, region, and vintage. Top scoring wines continue onward to a second round of tasting, and top scoring wines from those tastings at selected by the editors of Vini d’Italia and other selected tasters. Only wines receiving over 90 points, an average of all the scores from teh tasters, are awarded the Tre Bicchieri.
We are incredibly proud of the six wines awarded this title from Roero and it continues to showcase the high quality of wine coming from the region.
So raise a glass, or three, with us and enjoy some Nebbiolo!


Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte heads to SF Sept. 11

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Calling all Californian wine lovers!

Suzanne Hoffman, author of the recently penned Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte continues its official book launch in the fine city of San Francisco in conjunction with the San Francisco Wine School.

Hoffman’s book celebrates the winemaking families of Piedmont with a focus on the matriarchs of 22 prestigious wine families and their role – often behind-the-scenes – in the success of these families.

The first-of-its-kind book explores a side of Piedmont previously untapped and leaves wine lovers and novices alike with a renewed sense of the region.

Can’t make it to San Francisco? Hoffman will be in Walnut Creek at Prima on Sept. 9th for a special book signing and aperitivo featuring the wines of our favorite region, Roero, alongside some of our prestigious neighbors. Tickets $45 at the door for the tasting; $85 with book included.

For SF, tickets are $65 in advance, additional details below.


Guided Tasting  I  Book Reading  I  Walk-Around Tasting

Join the San Francisco Wine School at 2pm on Sunday, September 11th as we celebrate the wines and wine producers of Piemonte, Italy.

Master sommelier David Glancy will kick things off with a guided-tasting of four fine Piemonte wines. This will be complemented by readings and personal commentary from Suzanne LeBlanc. Suzanne has just published “Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte.”  Her 320-page book tells the fascinating and dramatic stories of the wine women from 22 multi-generational wine-producing families.

Next, enjoy a walk-around tasting of more than 25 Piemonte wines sponsored by Henry Wine Group, Gregory Condes, & Kobrand.  Among this line-up of celebrated producers: Azelia, Michele Chiarlo,  COPPO, Matteo Correggia,  Monchiero Carbone, Damilano,

Bruno Giacosa, Marenco, E. Pira e Figli by Chiara Boschis, Produttori del Barbaresco, Paolo Scavino and La Spinetta.

Wines and book  will be available for purchase at the event.  Suzanne will be available during the tasting for autographs and questions.