Enoteca Regionale del Barolo
Opening date: May 12, 1982
President: Federico Scarzello
Staff: Cristiana Grimaldi, Maria Angela Foggetti
Tastings end half an hour before closing
Closing day: Wednesday
Winetasting: Yes (up to 32 Barolos every day; the cost depends on number of samples)
Events: Official Presentation Barolo's last vintage (June)
Credit card: VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard, CartaSì, Maestro, Bancomat
Where: Barolo Castle
|The Barolo Regional Enoteca, located in Castello Falletti, was founded in 1982. It's organized and sponsored by the 11 communes that produce Barolo, by the province administration, the Cuneo Chamber of Commerce, the Barolo Consorzio, and by the Piedmont regional government. Its current president is Federico Scarzello. A non-profit entity, its mission is to promote and preserve the image of Barolo wine and its production area. Producer members, at present 195, must of course produce Barolo. The public area, in the ample and impressive “marquess’ cellars,” comprises three sections: the displays show wines (not all for sale) from the overall Barolo area, a tasting area, a retail sales area with bottles at producer-established prices.
A few more words about the tasting area. Every day 32 wines are offered, from different Barolo production areas; this is strictly an educational session, designed to point out the unique “character” of each area. Thus, one cannot request specific wines to taste. The wines offered change each day, according to criteria based on territory and on an equitable rotation of all wines. The fee depends on number of tastings.
For the same reasons, patrons should not request advice from the staff about the wines for sale. As a multi-body entity, the Enoteca is not primarily a shop but an opportunity for the visitor to wander through the areas and gain information about the world of Barolo.
Wines are admitted to the Enoteca after a favourable evaluation of samples submitted to an official Enoteca tasting panel; wines are tasted blind and must meet criteria of typicity.
In addition to an extensive presentation of Barolos, the Enoteca also features Barolo Chinato, Grappa di Barolo and local productions Verduno Pelaverga DOC and Langhe Nascetta DOC.
The Enoteca contains a relief model of the Barolo production zone, which offers visitors an effective overview of the entire area.
Last year’s vistors numbered around 100,000.