I've slowly been amassing this collection from Barbaresco's most historic estate. There's no winery in Piedmont, or perhaps the world, which exemplifies the spirit of collective contribution quite like the Produttori del Barbaresco. Their traditional approach to vinification and aging produce wines that gracefully transform over time. While the single-vineyard Barbarescos garner much of the fame, the blended straightBarbaresco has proven to be one of the world's great values in aged wine. A brilliantly fresh 1988 opened last fall was a testament to this estate that literally put Barbaresco on the bottle.

It was in 1894 when the headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba, Domizio Cavazza, created the cooperative by pulling together nine vineyard owners to bottle their wines in his castle. Before then, grapes had been sold off to Barolo producers or simply labeled as "Nebbiolo di Barbaresco". This Cantine Sociali was then closed in the 1930's due to the economic restrictions of fascism. In 1958, the priest of Barbaresco gathered together nineteen growers, knowing the only chance at prosperity was to form as one - the Produttori del Barbaresco was officially founded.

Today, 51 growers are the backbone of production covering nine great single-vineyard Barbarescos: Asili, Rabajà, Pora, Montestefano, Ovello, Pajè, Montefico, Muncagota, and Rio Sordo. Truly reflecting this band of brothers, these prized Barbarescos will only be produced if each one meets the highest standards. Should only one vineyard not make the cut then there will be no single-vineyard wines produced that year. 

The Langhe Nebbiolo is the entry-level wine of the Produttori, offering immediate accessibility. The straight Barbaresco is made each year comprised of grapes within the DOCG zone. For me, this is the benchmark bottling of the region, offering a value that consistently delivers well above its price point.

In exceptional years, the nine single-vineyard Barbarescos will be produced. The rigorous standards today are as strong as ever. Barolo saw an exceptional vintage in 2010, but the less consistent quality in neighboring Barbaresco meant that none of the single-vineyard wines would be produced, instead being blended into the straight Barbaresco. It's this strict focus on quality that have endeared these wines to collectors throughout the globe.

2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo
$23 per bottle.

2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 
$35 per bottle.

2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 3L
$169 per bottle.

2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
$54 per bottle.

2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 
$56 per bottle.

2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1.5L
$141 per bottle.

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
$99 per bottle.

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1.5L
$233 per bottle.

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
$84 per bottle.

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello
$89 per bottle.

2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello 1.5L
$189 per bottle.

2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
$93 per bottle.

2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1.5L
$219 per bottle.

1999 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
$136 per bottle.

1998 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
$79 per bottle.

1998 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1.5L
$226 per bottle.

1989 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
$169 per bottle.

1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
$99 per bottle.

1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1.5L
$236 per bottle.

1985 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajá
$247per bottle.

1979 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajá
(Fall Arrival)
$173 per bottle.