Barbera d’Alba 2022
Barbera from forty to eighty year old vines in Olek’s Altavilla vineyard, high in the hills above the city of Alba. It spent about a month on the skins, before being pressed off to botti for a year of rest. This is a Barbera of rare depth and complexity, with dense, brambly fruit and a welcome freshness thanks to the hallmark acidity for which the grape is so well known.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Olek Bondonio has become one of the most sought after names in Barbaresco.
He grew up in the family’s farmhouse, ‘La Berchialla’, which sits amongst Barbaresco’s most famous crus and has been in his family for 200 years.
He used to visit the farmhouse each summer, studying the vineyard workers with intent. A seed was sown and after conquering Italy as a snowboarder, he turned his mind to wine, working in the Langhe and also abroad before returning home to look after the family’s vineyards.
Olek is lucky enough to work with some of the very best sites in Piemonte and does everything he can to make sure each wine speaks of this wonderful place.
Vineyard work is fantastic, with a real attention to detail borne from doing everything himself, while his winemaking exhibits a patience beyond his years.
The resulting wines are pure, old-fashioned expressions of Piemonte’s many wonderful grapes.