Borgogno Wine Cellar

I was thrilled to see a 1964 Borgogno Barolo settling in the kitchen in preparation for our wine dinner tonight hosted by David Rosengarten. This dusty bottle brought back memories from the fabulous Borgogno tour Troy and I were lucky enough to go on in Alba, Italy. Details of that tour are below.

Our host Giuseppe—and his good friend Marco—were kind enough to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour of Borgogno. Built in 1761, Borgogno is one of the oldest wine cellars in Barolo County and is located in the Piedmont region. Its specialty is Barolo wine, made from Nebbiolo grapes and aged for at least five years (three in Slavonia oak barrels). Known for its decadence and impeccable oak flavor, Barolo is quintessential Italy.

As one of the faculty at the distinguished wine school in Alba, Scuola enologica di Alba, Marco has instructed many students, including Andrea Farinetti. The Farinetti family acquired Borgogno in 2009. This tour was very special because it consisted of our host Giuseppe, Marco and his students, and was led by Andrea Farinetti.

Giuseppe, Claudio, Andrea, Marco

The evening began with a tour of the cellar. Over sized barrels and musty smells overwhelmed our senses as we marveled at ancient bottles of Barolo. Borgogno praises slowness, habit, thrift, and obstinacy as their methods stay true to the past. Care is taken with each bottle as all Barolo labels are pasted by hand.

Next, we taste. 2004 Barolo Reserva starts us off with a bright, oaky bite. As the wine ages, the color deepens and the finish smoothes. Each taste travels farther inside of me. Next, the 2000 and 1982 Reserve enlivens me with its richness. We finish with the 1967 Barolo. Wow. It sends me. What a privilege to experience a Barolo that is older than me. As Giuseppe says, “orgasmico.”

Borgogno is rich in history, tradition, and acclaim. It represents what we treasure about Italy.

Thank you Andrea, Marco, Giuseppe, and Claudio for an extraordinary tour. We appreciate you sharing your love of wine with us.

Click here to read our post on Oscar Farinetti’s Eataly.

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