The roots of the Barale Fratelli wine tradition date back to 1870 when Francesco Barale began the production of the Langhe vines, and more specifically, Barolo. Francesco already owned vineyards in the commune of Barolo, when he acquired acreage in Costa di Rose, Preda and Monforte, all in the Bussia area (this can still be seen in extracts from antique maps of the territory). Sergio Barale, the present owner, takes great care in overseeing all phases of cultivation of the 42 acres of vineyards, situated on the most historical hills of the Langhe. The subsoil of this region contain precious microelements that make these wines unique in the world (indeed, their subtle nuances & characteristics vary from one hill to the next). "The quality of the wines is obtained from the vine." This has been the guiding philosophy of the Barale family, not only in the years blessed with lots of sun, in which it is easy to produce great wines, but also when climatic conditions make it necessary to carry out stringent manual operations such as green pruning and the thinning out of the bunches, which, though very low production levels are yielded, still make it possible to obtain a good vintage. The grapes (Nebbiolo) for Barolo and Barbaresco are still fermented in wooden vats of medium capacity.
Barale Fratelli is most known for the production of Barolo. The long maturation period, 3 years, takes place in oak casks hidden in underground cellars, where the temperature remains constant throughout the year. The winemaker follows the slow evolution of the wine, day by day, with continual tastings and careful decanting in order to ensure its refinement. The result is a very long-lived wine, which, in the extraordinary fullness & complexity of its bouquet, always bears witness to the land and the men that have produced it.
Barale's heraldic crest is over a century old, and has been enriched by numerous medals won in international fairs since the late 1800s. This historic brand seals the continuity with tradition expressed above all in the company’s classic wines. Barolo and Barbaresco come from the best-exposed vineyards of the area and most of the vineyards are more than forty years old; in the Castellero vineyard old Nebbiolo clones Michet and Rosè can still be found. In the historic underground cellars, a delicate hand and time are the essential instruments to preserve the quality of these wines.
Selection Sergio Barale
A deep connection to the Langhe and knowledge of the hills’ memory have always guided Sergio to respect the region and its vines. Sergio Barale’s Selection is evidence of this, fruit of his long research into the company’s best vineyards