Cabutto - Tenuta La Volta
Via San Pietro, 13 Barolo (Cn)
Tel. 0173/56168 - Fax: 0173/56376
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Year founded: 1920
Owner: Cabutto Bruno and Cabutto Osvaldo


Total vineyard area: 18
Hectares planted to nebbiolo for Barolo: 10
Vineyards : Bricco Viole, La Volta, Sarmassa
Winery visits possible: Yes
Retail sales at winery: Yes

Winery location:
Just before the hamlet of Vergne, next to the Castello della Volta



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Wines produced: Barolo, Barolo Riserva, Barbera d'Alba Superiore, Dolcetto d'Alba
Barolos produced and quantity: Barolo Vigna la Volta 25.000 bottles - Barolo Riserva 3.000 bottles
Type of Barolo produced: Traditional
Several of the local wineries are located in Vergne, the highest of Barolo’s surrounding hamlets; the oldest is the Tenuta la Volta, owned by the brothers Osvaldo and Bruno Cabutto. The winery is right next to the historic Castello della Volta, with their nebbiolo vineyards Bricco Viole and La Volta surrounding the cellar.
The agricultural estate had its beginnings in 1920, when Domenico Cabutto purchased this farm from Gastone di Mirafiori, King Umberto’s nephew. It was producing grain and hay, and raising cattle; Cabutto modernised it and began bottling some of the wine for sale to private customers and to area osterie. His son Bartolomeo, class of 1918, took over and transformed it into a true winery estate, deciding to concentrate solely on local grape varieties, nebbiolo, dolcetto, and barbera, and refining the traditional lengthy macerations and three- to-five-year maturations in large botti.
Tenuta la Volta currently has 18 hectares under vine, of which 10 are nebbiolo for Barolo (five to dolcetto d’Alba and three to barbera d’Alba); except for the small Rocche Bergera at Novello, almost all of it is in the Barolo area.
The brothers Osvaldo and Bruno Cabutto now direct the winery, dividing up the tasks in the vineyards and in the cellar: Osvaldo began in 1976, right after finishing at the Scuola Enologica at Alba, the younger Bruno in 1980. Bruno also directs marketing and sales, a significant responsibility, considering that about 95% of the production goes abroad (Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the United States being the leading markets); it is crucial to maintain good relationships with importers and distributors, and to maintain customer loyalty with special events, presentations, and tastings.
The age of currently-producing vineyards ranges from the older sections that go back to the 1960s, to others of 30-25-20 years, and to recent plantings
Only four wines are produced, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba Superiore, and the Barolo Bricco Viole (50,000 bottles), which is the traditional-style blend of grapes from various estate vineyards.
From the mid-1960s on, a very limited-production Barolo Riserva has been made, just a few thousand bottles and only with fruit sourced from the Sarmassa vineyard; it is given a long, 30-day maceration and four years’ maturation in large botti (versus three for the base Barolo). It appears only in great years: the current vintage is 1999, and the ‘90s saw 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999; a 2001 is certainly expected.