Giacomo Conterno

Giacomo Conterno is not just any name in Piemonte or the wine world but among the greatest and most influential winemakers and vineyards. A name synonymous with the breakthrough of Barolos and continuously growing cult status, representing expertise, passion, and sublime quality for generations of wine enthusiasts worldwide.

If your taste buds favor Barolo, experiencing Giacomo Conterno's wines is an absolute must. Whether it's the single-vineyard Barolos, Nebbiolo, or Barbera, you can expect top-notch quality and a guarantee of great tasting experiences.

The Story of Giacomo Conterno

The Conterno family began cultivating wine as some of the first in Piemonte around 1800. However, Giacomo Conterno himself took the helm about 100 years later, starting wine production in the Barolo area of Piemonte in 1908 and releasing his first vintage in 1924. To truly understand the vineyard's history, we need to go one generation further to his son, Giovanni Conterno, who developed the philosophy and style underlying the fame and wines we know today.

Today, the vineyard is led by Giovanni's son, Robert Conterno, representing the third generation and continuing the proud traditions around the estate's wines, some of the region's best and most sought-after.

Giacomo Conterno has always been ultra-traditionalist, never embracing the so-called modernist movement in the 1980s in Barolo, where several winemakers started using French barriques instead of traditional large botti grande. Conterno exclusively uses these large, old barrels.

The Vineyard, the Vineyards, and the Mythical Barolo Wines

The "Cascina Francia" vineyard is in the heart of Barolo in Monforte d’Alba, precisely in the historic center of the town of Monforte. However, it is in Serralunga d’Alba that Conterno's outstanding land possessions are located.

Francia

It all started with the Barolo Cru Francia, which formed the basis of the entire estate's wine portfolio for many years. Giovanni Conterno purchased the vineyard in 1974, along with the associated land. This marked the end of buying grapes from local farmers, as he could now begin planting new vines on the Francia plot. Grapes from the Francia plot were first used in the production of the estate's Barolo in 1978 when the vines were about 4 years old. This is, of course, the legendary Barolo Cascina Francia.

However, the name Barolo Cascina Francia was only used on the label from 1980 but was changed to simply Barolo Francia in connection with the official classification of the vineyards in 2010.

From Conterno's 16-hectare Francia plot, the estate also produces its flagship and pride: Barolo Monfortino, exclusively made in the best years with carefully selected grapes from the plot. Monfortino is a name to know if you love Barolo, as it is arguably the most iconic of them all.

Cerretta

Over the years, several plots have been purchased on nearby Cru vineyards, and the portfolio has expanded. It started with the estate buying a small plot on the Cerretta vineyard in 2008. The vision was to vinify this as Barolo, but only when the land was cared for enough to yield the desired quality. Therefore, Nebbiolo and Barbera were produced from Cerretta until the first vintage of Barolo Cerretta, released in 2019, which we can attest tastes absolutely superb even in its youth.

Arione

Subsequently, in 2015, Conterno made a historic acquisition of the Arione vineyard, covering a whole 9 hectares, previously owned by the famous winemaker Gigi Rosso. On Arione, 7 hectares of Nebbiolo are cultivated for Barolo, 1 hectare for Nebbiolo d’Alba, and 1 hectare for Barbera d’Alba.

Quality in a Class of Its Own

Common to all Conterno wines is the estate's uncompromising approach to quality through gentle cultivation and care of the vineyards, meticulous grape selection, slow fermentation, and even greater patience in the maturation process in large, old barrels. All to ensure that every bottle, whether labeled Barolo, Nebbiolo, or Barbera, delivers quality in a class of its own and has the potential to be aged for decades. According to Roberto himself, perhaps even generations.

There is no doubt about Giacomo Conterno's cult status among wine lovers, making these wines extremely difficult to come by. However, you often find an extraordinary selection for sale from private collectors on ShareWine.

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Drikkeklar og moden eliksir fra Kongen af traditionel barolo. Fortsat et betydeligt udviklingspotentiale i retning af tertiære noter m.m. Købt ved frigivelse og opbevaret ved optimal temperatur/luftfugtighed. Stand A og perfekte labels.
5 Days 15 Hours
Kalundborg
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2,400 DKK
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Recent CT-note (96 p): WOTN. Still a young wine, but coming around, notes of chalky tobacco, a sweet well defined fruit underneath, focused, concentrated. Vertical - and very elegant - world class. No crime to drink it now. Drikkeklar og moden eliksir fra Kongen af traditionel barolo. Fortsat et betydeligt udviklingspotentiale i retning af tertiære noter m.m. Købt ved frigivelse og opbevaret ved optimal temperatur/luftfugtighed. Stand A og perfekte labels.
5 Days 15 Hours
Kalundborg
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2,400 DKK
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Perfekt magnum flaske.
19 Hours 7 Minutes
Karlslunde
Current Price:
1,400 DKK
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Piemonte
2 bottles (sold together), 1.5 L (Magnum)
Bemærk at det er magnum flasker.
3 Days 19 Hours
Karlslunde
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Enestående Barolo med kompleksitet og dybde. perfekt til samlere og vinelskere. Sjælden udbudt
2 Days 20 Hours
København Ø
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Current Price:
7,500 DKK
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Giacomo Conterno er et af de største navne i Piemonte og måske det vigtigste, når det kommer til Barolo. Her i en årgang hvor Giacomo ikke lavede Monfortino så det bedste materiale er sammenstikket i denne vin. Vinen er købt hos Urbanwine og opbevaret i god kælder siden.
12 Hours 31 Minutes
Frederiksberg
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i 1,831 DKK
Current Price:
2,099 DKK
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Here in the ad an exemplary tale of Barolo Extra Aged Monfortino by Giacomo Conterno from 1941 Excellent condition despite the age, in fact the label shows signs of wear and the level of the joint has just decreased but the color has remained perfect Giacomo Conterno's Monfortino is one of the most prestigious red wines in Italy, a true legend of the Langhe. Monfortino is a Barolo, an expressive, deep and territorial Barolo, just like the cellar founded by the Conterno family in 1900. The first time a Monfortino label appeared was in 1924, as the vineyards were mostly near Monforte d 'Alba, while since 1974 Monfortino has been produced with grapes from Vigna Francia di Serralunga d'Alba. The bunches are chosen with care and abundance, vinification takes place through an alcoholic fermentation process in oak vats with maceration on the skins; subsequent malolactic fermentation in oak barrels from Austria. The refinement lasts 84 months and is carried out in large barrels. Barolo Monfortino has an intense garnet red color, the olfactory notes are divided into mint and flowers, with hints of violet, roses, wisteria, licorice and cloves. The taste, at the moment of tasting, is tenacious and balanced, accompanied by a note of tannic acid, sweet and nuanced, with a long persistence. Barolo Monfortino is a wine of great longevity, already of the highest quality if drunk when it is released on the market, but it is recommended to let it rest in the cellar to better appreciate its great qualities that will mature over time. Monfortino can be left to rest in the cellar for more than 20 years. Monfortino is a traditional Barolo produced with Nebbiolo grapes of the best quality and with a unique characteristic: It is able to age in an excellent way for tens of years. Even after many years of aging they do not seem to affect the quality of this wine.
4 Days 20 Hours
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Castell'Alfero
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