LABOR OF LOVE – Barolo Wine Families

 

What a great week it has been for my upcoming book, “Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte.”

I’m not surprised to see so much interest in the stories of the families behind the bottles of wines from the Langhe, Monferrato and Roero regions of Piemonte. My book includes stories from 22 wine families – some very famous, some not, but all wonderful examples of the passion and courage it has taken over the centuries to turn this special part of Italy into one of the most notable wine regions in the world. I loved hearing stories their stories – and still do – and found it such a privileged to be trusted with telling them.

I recognize Piemonte is one of the largest regions of Italy and these are but three of the wine zones, but this is merely the beginning of my discovery and the telling of these stories. In addition to these three zones, Alto Piemonte and Gavi are brimming with stories. And that’s just Piemonte’s wine country. Wherever there is a wine family, there are stories.

My hope with “Labor of Love” is that my curiosity and prodding will inspire other families to begin their own exploration and preserve these precious stories that hold in them the traditions that have kept this region alive for generations.

The Families

I embarked on my labor of love odyssey intending to interview, research and write about 10 families in Roero and Langhe, the two places I knew best in Piemonte. That was March 2013. By the time I returned to Italy in June, the list had grown. In June 2015, when I finished the last of well-over 100 hours of interviews, I had the stories of 22 wine families of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato – plus a little something from Alto Piemonte – to share with the world.

Thousands of emails and countless hours since March 2013, when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2015, my writing was finished. Now it’s time to introduce those I have carried with me day and night in my heart for nearly three years.

The Barolo Wine Families

The women of Barolo and their families who will come alive in ways Piemontephiles never expected are:

E. Pira e Figli by Chiara Boschis
Barolo

Chiara Boschis with Colorado importer Steve Lewis of Giuliana Imports and Zino Ristorante partners Chef Nick Haley and Giuseppe Bosco.
Chiara Boschis with Colorado importer Steve Lewis of Giuliana Imports and Zino Ristorante partners Chef Nick Haley and Giuseppe Bosco.

 

Paolo Scavino
Castiglione Falletto

SCAV - SH - 1 - door bell - low rez

 

Marchesi di Barolo 
Barolo

Proprietors of Marchesi di Barolo, Ernesto and Anna Abbona with daughter Valentina.
Proprietors of Marchesi di Barolo, Ernesto and Anna Abbona with daughter Valentina.

 

Poderi e Cantine Oddero
La Morra

Oddero
The Oddero sisters – Maria Cristina (right) and her sister Maria Vittoria with daughter Isabella – and their beloved patriarch, Giacomo. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto

 

Ettore Fontana di Livia Fontana
Castiglione Falletto

Fontana
Livia Fontana with her sons Michele and Lorenzo Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto

 

Giuseppe Rinaldi
Barolo

Sisters Marta and Carlotta Rinaldi Photo Credit - Elisabetta Vaccheto
Sisters Marta and Carlotta Rinaldi
Photo Credit – Pierangelo Vaccheto

 

Bartolo Mascarello – Maria Teresa Mascarello 
Barolo

Maria Teresa Mascarello Photo Credit - Elisabetta Vacchetto
Maria Teresa Mascarello
Photo Credit – Eugenio Vacchetto

 

Elio Altare
La Morra

Lucia Altare with her daughters Elena (left) and Silvia.
Lucia Altare with her daughters Elena (left) and Silvia. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto

 

G. D. Vajra
Vergne

Nature's light through man's art creating a heavenly workplace at G. D. Vajra
Nature’s light through man’s art creating a heavenly workplace at G. D. Vajra — Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto

 

Castello della Volta
Castello della Volta — Photo Credit – Pierangelo Vacchetto
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