Famiglia Anselma
Loc. Castello della Volta, 12060 Barolo (Cn)
Tel. 0173/560511
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Web site: www.anselma.it

Year founded: 1976
Owner: Famiglia Anselma


Total vineyard area: 55
Hectares planted to nebbiolo for Barolo: 35
Vineyards : Monforte, Barolo, Serralunga
Winery visits possible: Yes (with reservation)
Retail sales at winery: No

Winery location:
On the road from Barolo to Vergne, a hundred metres from the Castello della Volta



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Wines produced: Barolo Famiglia Anselma, Barolo riserva Adasi
Barolos produced and quantity: Barolo Famiglia Anselma 30.000 bottiglie, Barolo Adasi 7.000 bottles
First year Barolo production: 1993
Type of Barolo produced: Famiglia Anselma
One of those incredible news flashes: Pedro Calderon de la Barca has disembarked at Barolo. In fact, only that 17th-century Spanish playwright or his doppelganger, with a rock-solid belief that “la vida es sueno,” that life is a dream, that dreaming is everything, that one should in fact surrender blindly to its soft caress, could conceive and bring into reality, step by step, such a concept, so ambitious and--it must be said--so “crazy” as that which the Anselma family is building right next to the historic Castello della Volta, a kind of cathedral of Barolo, a Notre Dame of the crus, that sticks out on the flat area before Vergne as one approaches from Barolo.
Construction was launched in February 1999 and proceeds with such slow, majestic calmness to painstakingly master the tiniest detail, the selection of which materials to use in which areas, the re-use of venerable hand-made bricks, un-hewn Langa stone, roof tiles, stone dry-wall, that only the most unbridled and soaring imagination could believe that 5-6 years later, although the winemaking cellar where vinification and some ageing is already being done is scheduled for opening in spring 2006, the project would finally and concretely metamorphose into something absolutely exotic, designed to be talked about--and why not?--, and to perdure massively through time.
With one wink at Tolkien and his fantasy-gothic Lord of the Rings and another at the Langhe architecture, typified perhaps by the self-taught Giovanni Battista Schellino at Dogliani, there is certainly no lack of imagination and allowance for a bit of Pindaric non-coherence.
Let’s leave aside, then, completion of the cellar, which the visitor can, after all, now visit to comprehend the scope of the Anselma project. The mother, Giovanna, oversees the vineyards, the father Renato the cellar and vinification, and young son Maurizio, degreed in Business and Marketing, marketing and public relations. The winery concentrates solely on Nebbiolo and Barolo, with 35 hectares distributed in the areas of Monforte (5 vineyards), Serralunga d’Alba, Novello (at Ravera), and obviously Barolo (Volta vineyard at Vergne); 10 hectares yield fruit for estate bottling, while the remainder are sold to other wineries, a programme that utilises some of the available vineyards to establish a quality presence in the market and makes possible at the same time a careful selection of top quality fruit.
This producer has made the singular choice not to produce the cru bottlings that the number and distinctiveness of their vineyards would make possible, but to concentrate on blends, with separate vinification and ageing of the lots, then assembly of the definitive blend at the two year mark
Such a policy was not lightly made, but right from the first production year of 1993 harkened back to the venerable Piedmont-Langhe, rather than French, tradition, which ensured a balanced production and consistent supply, as well as wines distinctive for their elegance, harmony, and pleasureableness.
The daedalus of multi-level work areas in the spacious cellar makes for an intriguing complex, but one with technological means of extreme functionality that will always favour the long, patient maturation of the wines and the release at the optimum moment of balance, harmony, and complexity of the normal Barolo--or simply Famiglia Anselma--, and of the Riserva Adasi, produced only in great years and solely from the Le Coste and Ravera vineyards in Monforte d’Alba.
And, finally, a space for binning in glass and for offering in retail to true wine-lovers a stock of wines making up a kind of library and historical journey of the winery, a precious sancta sanctorum, a place which one will conceivably enter, in this atmosphere halfway between Disneyland and the castles of Ludwig of Bavaria, only by pronouncing the magic word. Abracadabra? Supercalifragilistichespialidocius? No, just Barolo.