Poderi Gianni Gagliardo
The Gagliardo family has been deeply rooted in the history of cultivating grapes and producing wines in Piemonte, one of the most prestigious wine regions, since 1848. The Gagliardo ancestors, the Colla family, initially began producing Moscato from Santo Stefano Belbo. Then the next generation of the family moved to Diano d’Alba producing Dolcetto, and finally Paolo Colla bought a small farm and vineyard in La Morra in the Barolo region and started producing Barolo wine with the care and attention that only a great passion and respect for the land can provide.
In 1972 Paolo’s daughter, Marivanna, married Gianni Gagliardo, a young man from the nearby Roero area. Gianni was an ambitious outsider for vines and wines, but with a notable entrepreneurial talent. Within a year he helped his father-in-law Paolo evolve his winemaking activity from a hobby into their profession. The grapes at the time were coming entirely from their original single vineyard, Serra dei Turchi in La Morra.
Today, the passion of Gianni’s three sons represent the “power unit” of the winery, and they are all fully committed to making exceptional wines. Their handcrafted approach is traditional, with a focus on the environment and sustainability. Each and every phase of production is meticulously executed. Stefano is one of the premier winemakers in Barolo. At his side, his brother Alberto, has taken on the responsibility for the vineyards, continually seeking to obtain outstanding results following the most sustainable organic practices. Paolo, the third son, with a degree in Agricultural Sciences, is in charge of daily winery operations.
Location of Vineyards
Total Langhe vineyards – 26 acres
Total Roero vineyards – 23 acres
Red wines of Poderi Gianni Gagliardo:
Of the eleven official communes within the Barolo appellation, Poderi Gianni Gagliardo has vineyards located in five of the best communes (Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Verduno, Barolo and La Morra). Within these, they have ten Barolo single-vineyards in different “MGA’s” (Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva, essentially the equivalent of the French term “Cru”): Lazzarito, Castelletto, Monvigliero, Mosconi, Fossati, Bricco San Pietro, Santa Maria, and the original vineyard, Serra dei Turchi dating back to 1961. The family also has one Barbera single-vineyard in Monforte, named San Sebastiano. The family cultivates three other vineyards in the neighboring area of the Roero in the commune of Monticello d’Alba, which are dedicated to other varieties, including Favorita, for which they are making a very unique white wine, called Fallegro.
The vinification area and cellars are built underground, just below the original farmhouse above the Serra dei Turchi vineyard in order to preserve the precious landscape of the vineyards of Langhe, which were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014.
White wine of Poderi Gianni Gagliardo – Fallegro:
Because Gianni Gagliardo was born in the Roero area he decided in 1974 to start planting Favorita, an almost forgotten white variety from his home village Monticello d’Alba. Now more than 40 years later the winery is considered to be the premier producer of this grape. Confirmed by recent DNA testing, Favorita from Piemonte is 100% Vermentino, and now thought to have arrived in the area hundreds of years ago. Also proven to be one of the oldest clones still existing today and the only know Vermentino grown in a continental climate. Today the Poderi Gianni Gagliardo Favorita ‘Fallegro’ is internationally famous as the Piemontese original.
Quoting Stefano Gagliardo, “I want to make wines that take the brain. They must also respect our land and ecosystem, and contribute to the elevation of our territory and all people involved.’’
Stefano Gagliardo, a sixth generation grape grower, is now among an elite group of innovative and next generation winemakers. His family’s roots, having originated on both wine sides of the area – the Roero zone on his paternal side and the Langhe zone on his maternal side, make for a glorious combination. He has been passionate about wine from an early age, and as a very young man began traveling and accumulating experience in many of the world’s wine-making regions. Stefano is a graduate of the Winemaking School of Alba and has a PH in enology and viticulture from the University of Torino in 2000.
With the 2013 vintage Stefano decided to start separating all of the single vineyards into MICRO CRUS – a decidedly new and unique approach for Barolo. He is taking tiny selections of the very best bunches and generating a small range of new collectibles. Names such as Monvigliero, Castelletto, and Lazzarito ‘Vigna Preve’ will progressively be included in this range.
“Gagliardo is part of an elite group of vintners that represents a new and exciting generation in Barolo.” Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast Magazine.