Castello di Verduno

Barbaresco, Barolo… plus Pelaverga: classic wines from the heart of the Langhe

At Castello di Verduno, everyone pitches in at harvest time.

At Castello di Verduno, everyone pitches in at harvest time.

When Gabriella Burlotto and Franco Bianco married they brought together two families with rich histories of producing wines in the Langhe. The Burlotto clan has long produced Barolo and Pelaverga in Verduno, where they have blocks in some of that commune’s finest vineyards. The Bianco family comes from Barbaresco, where they have holdings in the historic Rabaja and Faset crus.

Today, Castello di Verduno winemaker Mario Andrion produces a line of excellent wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco, that nod toward the traditional. Yet, he is also one of Piemonte’s up-and-coming “natural” wine-makers, a regular favorite at the Vini Veri (Real Wines) alternative fair held each year outside Verona as a counterpoint to Vinitaly, the Italian wine industry’s annual tradeshow.

If you wish to make a tasting appointment please call 719-902-1140 or email info@domenicovalentino.com. Further information is available on our website.

castello-di-verduno-bottlesPelaverga Basadone 2006
The tiny Verduno or Verduno Pelaverga appellation is perhaps Italy’s smallest: the wine is made from the rare Pelaverga grape exclusively in the hamlet of Verduno. Spicy and aromatic, locals believe that this excellent food-pairing wine possesses aphrodisiacal properties, hence the name Basadone or baciadonne in Italian, the “lady kisser.”

Barbaresco 2004
$420 / case of 12

Castello di Verduno’s classic Barbaresco is blended from two of Barbaresco’s most famous and coveted vineyards, Rabaja and Faset, both known for their longevity and their distinct earthiness. Low-yields and minimalist intervention in the cellar create a traditional-style Barbaresco with impressive aging potential and classic tar and rose petal flavors.

Barbaresco Faset 2001
The grapes for Castello di Verduno’s Faset are sourced from a small, estate-owned (just-under one hectare) growing site in the famed Faset cru of Barbaresco, known for its sometimes “masculine” expression in the otherwise “feminine” Barbaresco appellation. As with all of Castello di Verduno’s wines, the winemaker carries out 100% traditional vinification for this powerful wine: extended maceration and natural fermentation is followed by aging in traditional large oak barrels.

Barolo Massara 2001
Castello di Verduno’s Barolo Massara is sourced from one of the great “crus” or vineyards of Barolo, Massara. Locals call the site a sorì d’la matin, meaning an ideal site that benefits from sunlight in the morning. As a result of the eastern exposure, the grapes sourced from this historic vineyard cool off during the afternoon and can ripen properly even in overly hot summers.

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2 Responses to “Castello di Verduno”

  1. Do Bianchi Says:

    I love these wines…

  2. Mandy Says:

    My husband and I have visited Castello di Verduno twice now and rate this small producer as one of our absolute favorites. The hospitality can’t be beat and the food and wine are second to none. We have purchased several cases directly from them at each of our visits and only wish we’d gotten more!

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