Damilano Az. Vitivinicola
Vicolo S. Sebastiano,2 - 12060 Barolo (Cn)
Tel. 0173/56265 - Fax: 0173/56315
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Web site: www.damilanog.com

Year founded: 1890
Owner: Famiglia Damilano


Total vineyard area: 5
Hectares planted to nebbiolo for Barolo: 4,5
Vineyards : Cannubi, Liste, Fossati, Marascio
Age of Vineyards: 50
Winery visits possible: Yes
Retail sales at winery: Yes

Winery location:
On the left just before the fork in the two roads that lead to Barolo from Alba




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Wines produced: Barolo Cannubi docg, Barolo Liste docg, Barolo docg, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba
Barolos produced and quantity: Barolo Cannubi docg, Barolo Liste docg
First year Barolo production: 1950
Founded in 1890 as a direct result of a marriage between Giacomo Damilano and a Borgogno, Damilano is one of the oldest Barolo brands, specialising in classic Langhe reds such as Barolo, Dolcetto d’Alba, and Barbera d’Alba. Just after the Second World War it began making and selling wine on its own.
The present winemaking facility, dating to 1965, is located at the fork of the two roads that lead from Alba to Barolo, while the main offices are still in the historical centre of Barolo. The spacious, two-storied cellar that houses all the winemaking and ageing will shortly be completely restructured to afford attractive visitor hospitality and tasting facilities.
Until the mid-1990s, Damilano was managed by three of Giacomo Damilano’s six sons, following in their father’s footsteps, but at the death of both Francesco and Giuseppe within a few months of each other, the reins passed to Sebastiano, the third brother, and to Giovanni, another brother who had not been involved to that point.
A turning point was reached in 1997, when the younger generations took over and involved more branches of the family; their declared goal was to restore to the brand its past lustre, gaining more substantial market presence and higher quality wines. Their ace: the ownership of a 55-year-old section of the historical Cannubi cru, with south-southeast exposure, universally considered among the best there.
A quartet of cousins took over in 1997. Margherita formed one pair with Guido, whose responsibility was the cellar and the five and a half hectares of vineyard, with almost five of nebbiolo for Barolo, in Cannubi and in the Liste vineyard, a very small plot in the Fossati vineyard, and the remainder Dolcetto and Barbera d’Alba; the other pair were the brothers Paolo and Mario, who directed administration, sales and marketing. A significant step forward was the addition of Beppe Caviola as consulting oenologist and of Gian Piero Romana as agronomist.
The younger Damilanos brought with them important changes in wine style. The Barolo blend from various grape sources gave way to two different Barolos, one Cannubi, the other Liste (from a 35-year-old vineyard), the crus planted at 3,300 vines per hectare and trained in the Guyot system. The wines are vinified separately, with average-length macerations of about 12 days, and barriques replaced large botti, the new oak averaging about 40-50%.
The 2001 releases could see a third Barolo, since a small plot of about half a hectare has been leased in the prestigious Cannubi Boschis cru.