The Crus of Barolo you should know

Perhaps the most reputable of Italian red wines, and certainly one of the most popular is Barolo. Named after the town in Piedmont, the appellation is made up of eleven villages or townships. The most famous, and singled as the highest quality communes are the ones you should be acquainted with: These are La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Monforte d'Alba, Barolo and Castiglione Falleto.

The top quality vineyards are located amongst these five terroirs. The south and southwest slopes and soils are what distinguish the areas. The western part of region, also known as the Central valley is predominantly Tortonian soils, a calcareous marl that is compact, fresher and more fertile, producing softer, fruitier, rounder wines.

By contrast to the east, in the Serralunga valley, the soils called Helvetian have a higher proportion of red sandstone and quartziferous sand. This promotes the development of wines with firmer structure, tannins and age-ability.

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Below is a list and general names of producers that make cru designate wines.

Helvetian Soils

Castiglione Falletto Vineyards

  • Bricco Rocche (Ceretto)
  • Bussia
  • Lazzarito
  • Villero (Giacosa, Vietti)
  • Monprivato (G. Mascarello)
  • Fiasc (Scavino)
  • Mariondino (Parusso) -
  • Pira (Roagna)
  • Rivera (Oddero)


Serralunga d’Alba Vineyards

  • Falletto (Giacosa)
  • Francia (G. Conterno)
  • Marenca (L. Pira)
  • Marenca-Rivette (Gaja)
  • La Serra (Giacosa)
  • Margheria (Massolino)
  • Ornato (Pio Cesare)
  • Parafada (Fontanafredda)
  • Vigna Rionda (Massolino, Oddero)


Monforte d’Alba Vineyards

  • Bussia (A. Conterno, Prunotto)
  • Cicala (A. Conterno)
  • Colonnello (A. Conterno)
  • Dardi (A&G Fantino)
  • Ginestra (Clerico, P. Conterno)
  • Mosconi (Rocche dei Manzoni)
  • Munie (Parusso)
  • Romirasco (A. Conterno)
  • Santo Stefano (Rocche dei Manzoni)

Tortonian Soils

La Morra Vineyards

  • Arborina (Altare, Bovio, Corino)
  • *Brunate (Ceretto, Vietti, Voerzio)
  • *Cerequio (Chiarlo, Voerzio)
  • Conca (Molino)
  • Gancia (Molino)
  • Gattera (Bovio)
  • Giachini (Corino)
  • La Serra (Voerzio)
  • Marcenasco (Ratti)
  • Rocche dell’Annunziata (Corino, Scavino, Ratti)


Barolo Vineyards

  • Bricco Viole (Viberti)
  • *Brunate (Rinaldi, Marchesi di Barolo)
  • Cannubi (Prunotto, Scavino)
  • Cannubi Boschis (Sandrone)
  • Liste (Borgogno)
  • Preda (Virna)
  • *Sarmassa (Marchesi di Barolo)
  • Via Nuova (Einaudi)
  • Ruè
  • San Lorenzo

*shared between communes


List of Barolo producers from Tenzing:

2006 Borgogno Barolo 

2007 Borgogno Barolo 

2008 Borgogno Barolo 

2008 Borgogno Barolo Liste

2006 Borgogno Barolo Pinin

2000 Borgogno Barolo Riserva

2006 Borgogno Barolo Riserva

2007 Elio Grasso Barolo Vigna Rüncot 

2008 Elio Grasso Barolo Vigna Rüncot 

2009 Elvio Cogno Barolo - Bricco Pernice 

2010 Elvio Cogno Barolo - Cascina Nuova

2010 Elvio Cogno Barolo - Ravera 

2010 Massolino Barolo

2010 Massolino Barolo DOCG 

2009 Massolino Barolo Margheria

2006 Massolino Barolo Margheria 

2009 Massolino Barolo Margheria 

2009 Massolino Barolo Parafada

2004 Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 

2007 Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 

2008 Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 

2000 Massolino Barolo Vigna Riserva Dieci Anni

2010 Mauro Molino Barolo

2009 Mauro Molino Barolo Conca

2009 Mauro Molino Barolo Gancia 

2010 Mirafiore Barolo Normale 

2010 Mirafiore Barolo Paiagallo

2004 Mirafiore Barolo Riserva

2008 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra DOCG

2010 Paolo Conterno Barolo Riva del Bric DOCG