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Founded on 8th Dec. 1958 with 22 socii/members by Arnaldo Rivera, a teacher & for 37 yrs mayor of Castiglione Falletto, in the same year as the Barbaresco equivalent (Produttori del Barbaresco), the Cantina Sociale Terre del Barolo now represents the interests of over 300 Langhe families & 650 hectares of vineyard (c. 15% of the region’s total), but has largely been overshadowed by its more quality-driven neighbour (Barbaresco) in recent decades, preferring instead to pursue a policy of own-label & bulk sales.
All change in 2000 with the decision to shift the strategy from quantity to quality, initially by increasing the number of bottles being produced by the cooperative. Young winemaker Daniele Ponzo (left) arrived in 2002, & more recently the squad has been bolstered by a new MD Dr. Stefano Pesci & by PR/marketer Gabriele Oderda (ex-GAJA). Separate single vineyard vinifications began in 2007, while the ‘ArnaldoRivera’ project was conceived in 2008. The best plots were identified across c. 15ha, the contracts drawn up to give roughly 35 members a five-year horizon in which to collaborate closely with a Terre del Barolo team that took an active role in determining the quality, starting in the vineyard. While in the cantina, investment has been made to provide Daniele Ponzo with fresh wood, in particular french Fontaineblue & Alliers 500 litre tonneaux coopered by Gamba.
La cantina sociale Terre del Barolo’s ‘ArnaldoRivera’ range provides us with a masterclass in Barolo: both a classic, traditional blend of Barolo, so called ‘undicicomuni’ as it’s drawn from across the eleven villages of Barolo, plus seven single vineyard Barolo, notably from the Grand Cru equivalents of Ravera, Monvigliero, Bussia, Rocche di Castiglione & Vigna Rionda. It also sheds a bright light on the clear stylistic differences between the villages! Indeed, each label clearly depicts the village/comune to which the respective vineyard Barolo belongs. An exciting, & long-awaited range of delicious Barolos that faithfully & precisely expresses their provenance.
From vintage 2018, the ‘ArnaldoRivera’ range will also feature Barolo Villero, Castiglione Falletto, & Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata of La Morra.
And with vintage 2019 arrives Barolo Cannubi!