Virna e Lodovico Borgogno Az. Agr.
Via Alba, 73 - 12060 Barolo (Cn)
Tel. 0173/56120 - Fax: 0173/56120
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Web site: www.virnabarolo.it

Year founded: 1950
Owner: Virna Ivana, Lodovico Borgogno

INFORMATION

Total vineyard area: 10
Hectares planted to nebbiolo for Barolo: 7,5
Vineyards : Preda 1,2 ha, Sarmassa 0,50 ha Cannubi Boschis 2 ha, Merli 3,50 ha
Age of Vineyards: Preda (20) Sarmassa (25) Cannubi Boschis (25), Merli (7)
Winery visits possible: Yes
Retail sales at winery: Yes

Winery location:
Beneath the Cannubi hill on the old road from Alba to Barolo

 

NOVITA'

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Wines produced: Barolo "classico", Barolo Preda Sarmassa, Barolo Cannubi Boschis, Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba.
Barolos produced and quantity: Barolo Classico 20.000 bottiglie, Barolo Preda Sarmassa 7.000 bottiglie, Barolo Cannubi Boschis 7.000 bottles.
First year Barolo production: Labelled bottles, 1961
Type of Barolo produced: Traditional and partly modern
The last name Borgogno is a very common one in Barolo and thus it is almost taken for granted that a Borgogno would be involved with wine and that such a wine would be the great nebbiolo-based red wine of the bassa Langa.
And such is the case with Lodovico Borgogno and his daughters Virna and Ivana. Descendants of a dynasty that has owned vineyards in Barolo since 1720 and following in the footsteps of Enrico Borgogno, who in 1950 founded the winery and bottled his own wine from 1961 on, they now manage the winemaking cellar that was built in the 1970s right at the bottom of the hill of Cannubi. But it is a cellar that in a year’s time will surrender its function to a new structure quite close by, one more suitable to winemaking and to the requirements for longer and improved maturation.
After long years at the winery, Lodovico Borgogno passed the reins some years ago to his daughters, who not only absorbed their lessons from their father but who are both married to winemakers; he now directs the winery’s retail establishment at #59 Via Roma in the heart of the town of Barolo.
The responsibilities are solomonically divided: Ivana, the elder, has the administrative role, while Virna oversees the oenology and in particular the management of the vineyards, availing herself still of the experience and wisdom of her father.
There are ten hectares of estate vineyards, with seven and a half in nebbiolo for Barolo, located on sites that for those who know the history and stories of Barolo are real jewels: Sarmassa, Preda, Cannubi Boschis, and Cannubi, vines with 30 and more years of life that have now reached a natural balance which expresses itself in low yields and high quality. Not to mention the other vineyards, Merli and Sottocastello in the commune of Novello, which go to the regular Barolo, and that of San Giovanni, in Monforte, which produces the Barbera d’Alba.
The Azienda Agricola Virna is in the midst of change. (Borgognot, now gone, was the name of the old business that produced wine for local growers.) It is numbered among the traditionalists, but with the debut of Virna and Ivana it is slowly changing its spots and starting to march, at a steady pace, to a more modern tempo.
Macerations now last no more than 12-15 days, and although the traditional Barolo matures still in large Slavonian oak botti (with the future signalled by the new 30-hl botti about to arrive from a famous Italian cooperage), both Slavonian oak botti as well as 500-litre French oak tonneaux are used for the Preda-Sarmassa, a blend of the two vineyards, with the Sarmassa providing the structure and body for the Preda’s elegance and crisp fruit. And, finally, the Cannubi Boschis goes exclusively into French oak, 300- and 500-litre Allier tonneaux.
Measures, that when combined with updating in the vineyards and more rigorous and rational cellarwork, are meant to improve the distinctiveness of Barolo and to better express the unique characteristics and nuances, both in aromas and flavours, of the various terroirs of which the winery has ownership... and responsibility.