Cascina delle Rose

Piedmont, Italy
At a Glance
  • Giovanna Rizzolio was one of the few women running a winery in the Langhe in the early 90’s – she was a pioneer for women winemakers in the region.
  • Known for the Rio Sordo and Tre Stelle crus – they are the only to release a Tre Stelle cru Barbaresco
  • Elegant, aromatic Barbaresco from a tiny, family-run, practicing organic producer

Cascina delle Rose is located in the Rio Sordo Valley in Barbaresco. This 5.5-hectare estate is run by Giovanna Rizzolio, Italo Sobrino, and their sons, Riccardo and Davide. As the name suggests, roses are omnipresent on the farm and in the vineyards, practicing organic viticulture. It has been a family-run business since 1948, but it was bottled and sold under the Casina delle Rose label after Giovanna took over in 1992. 

Their small production focuses on Barbaresco from both the clay soils of the vineyard Rio Sordo and the calcareous soils of the Tre Stelle vineyard. These steep hillside vineyards are all worked by hand; grapes are harvested, de-stemmed, and fermented with natural yeasts. In 2018, they were able to obtain access to rent a small half-hectare parcel of the cru Marcorino, one that had been farmed organically for years just like their own vineyards are. Later, in 2024, they were able to purchase the parcel. The Barbareschi are then aged for 22-24 months in large botti - mostly Slavonian with a few Swiss casks they purchased in 2016. The oldest of their casks is from 1999 and the youngest from 2017. The wines spend a few months in the bottle before release as well.

When tasting these wines, the most remarkable thing is their elegance, grace, and perfume. Barbaresco is supposed to be the more elegant and feminine expression of Nebbiolo compared with its sibling to the south, Barolo, and indeed these wines deliver. The textures are more reminiscent of a top Chambolle of Ghislaine-Barthod or Fred Mugnier, yet the aromas are pure Nebbiolo in spades! Aromatic with dried cherries, rose petals, autumn leaves, and licorice. And while approachable in their youth, these Barbareschi are by no means wimpy. They have the depth and classic structure of traditional Piedmontese Nebbiolo and should continue to evolve for 15-20 years.