Tenuta Serradenari, La Morra (Piemonte)
The highest Barolo vineyard
On the outskirts of the pretty Piemontese village of La Morra, already the highest village in the Barolo zone, is a signpost to the lieu-dit which is home to the Negri family. Follow the road up, almost to the telephone and satellite dishes that are as inevitable here as they are destructive to the beauty of this spot, to the highest point in Barolo, Serradenari. At 530 metres, these are mere rolling hills compared with the Alps which provide a majestic backdrop to the nearby plains of Cuneo. More...
The house divides the vineyards between the Serradenari wines and a separate range of Barolo and Chardonnay, from grafts taken from Meursault, between the house and an extensive truffle forest below. These wines, bottled as Giulia Negri, are exceptionally elegant and sophisticated with prices to match.
A document dated September 30th 1880, and preserved in the local land register describes Serradenari as the place “where there is about five days’ worth of Barolo and Barbera”, whatever that means! This document contains detailed illustrations of the ancient vineyards planted in exactly the same south-south-westerly vineyards that produce the best Nebbiolo grapes today, used to produce the Serradenari Barolo.
Today, with Venetian winemaker Roberto Cipresso and his staff, the Serradenari team produces a fairly comprehensive range of Langhe red wines as well as the Pinot Noir driven "Renoir" and some intriguing Chardonnay (there is clearly a passion for Burgundy here!). Production of wine is limited to 30,000 bottles per year.
Serradenari spreads over 13 hectares (32 acres) of land, of which 7.5 hectares (18.5 acres) are woodland and the remaining 5.5 hectares (13.5 acres), vineyards planted with an array of grape varieties. Although all grape varieties produced in these vineyards yield wines of the highest quality, the vineyards themselves vary in altitude, exposure, and soil composition.
You must be aged 18 or over to purchase wine.