Almost 150 years of history summarized within the walls of this structure: objects and letters that speak of an important past and of a territory that has a lot to tell.
It all began in 1760, when the first nucleus of the Bertoroni farmhouse was built, surrounded by woods and vineyards, in a landscape similar to the current one.
The story changed in 1873, when the young Luigi Arnulfo received a letter from his cousin Zabaldano in which he was proposed to buy the property.
At only 22 years of age, Arnulfo gave up following his safe family career as a pharmacist and became a wine producer, directly experiencing the arduous activity in this corner of the Langa. His studies were not in vain, however, and pharmaceutical training soon came in handy, facilitating him throughout the course of his working life with futuristic ideas.
Starting in the 1890s, new markets and opportunities opened up and thanks to Arnulfo's resourcefulness, Barolo wine finally landed in North America and, more precisely, in California.
The death of L. Arnulfo in 1928 unfortunately marked the beginning of the decline of the cellar. His daughter Carolina was not animated by the same passion and foresight of his father and after a few years he chose to sell the land inherited in usufruct, abandoning the direct production of wine. When, in 1975, Carolina also died without other heirs, the property remained in the hands of Mr. Barale who continued the cultivation of the vineyards as before, but the farmhouse remained uninhabited.
In 1988 the love at first sight and the turning point: Paolo and Guido Sartirano invested in this property with the dream of bringing it back to its former glory. It is here that the Arnulfo winery is reborn under the name of Costa di Bussia, an ancient toponym already used in the nineteenth century to identify this property. The renovations necessary to restore the winemaking and aging rooms where Arnulfo already operated, as well as the replanting and care of the vineyards last about a couple of years, but here in 1990 the first production harvest and Costa di Bussia presents again his wines.
Between 2012 and 2014 the rooms on the first floor were restored, those where Arnulfo and later his daughter had spent their lives, today a peaceful and elegant farmhouse.
The oldest part of the farmhouse, however, today houses the Luigi Arnulfo Historical Museum and the attached tasting room.
The Wines selected: Barolo 2014 & 2017
BAROLO DOCG BUSSIA 2014: The strategy in the vineyard and the favorable season ending allowed us to obtain an excellent Barolo despite the difficult vintage: fresh floral with lively and persistent tannins. Classic and inviting, spicy. The soft ruby red color typical of Nebbiolo, an excellent harmony of flavors and tannins, silky and persistent, the hints of rose make it unmistakable.
BAROLO DOCG BUSSIA 2017: The 2017 vintage will be remembered for the hot weather and in particular for the low rainfall. But between late August and early September the long-awaited rains led us to accumulate water that served to rebalance the water supply of the grapes. Temperatures then dropped and returned to seasonal averages. Nebbiolo has certainly benefited most from this situation: in fact, we have recorded better values both in quantity, in the accumulation of tannins and in their extractability, an essential factor on aging wines such as Barolo. The Nebbiolo harvest in 2017 left us with very high expectations that we are now rocking in the cellar waiting for Barolo to be finally ready to reach your tables.
Barolo D.O.C.G. Bussia 2014
The strategy in the vineyard and the favorable season finale allowed us to obtain an excellent Barolo despite the difficult vintage: fresh floral with lively and persistent tannins. Classic and inviting, spicy. The soft ruby red color typical of Nebbiolo, an excellent harmony of flavors and tannins, silky and persistent, the hints of rose make it unmistakable.
CLASSIFICATION: Barolo DOCG
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14,00% ORIGIN: Piedmont
GRAPE VARIETY: Nebbiolo
WINE STYLE: Dry red
FOOD PAIRINGS: game meat, roasts, mature cheeses
Barolo D.O.C.G. Bussia 2017
The 2017 vintage will be remembered for the warm weather and in particular for the low rainfall. But between late August and early September the long-awaited rains led us to accumulate water which served to rebalance the water supply of the grapes. Temperatures then dropped and returned to seasonal averages. The Nebbiolo harvest in 2017 left us with very high expectations that we are now rocking in the cellar waiting for Barolo to be finally ready to reach your tables. After 18 months in large 5000L Slavonian oak barrels it is now "resting" in the bottle.
DOCG ORIGIN: Piedmont
GRAPE VARIETY: Nebbiolo
STRUCTURE: Still WINE
STYLE: Dry red FOOD PAIRINGS: game meat, roasts, aged cheeses
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