The quality of Vietti's wines is second to none, with remarkable consistency from the Moscato d’Asti right up to the single vineyard Barolos
(PRWEB UK) 31 October 2011
Bibendum has strengthened their Italian portfolio with the addition of top Barolo producer Vietti.
Based in Castiglione Falletto, Vietti is a small, family-run winery with a reputation for producing outstanding wines. The Wine Advocate rated Vietti’s 2007s Barolos extremely highly: the Barolo Rocche was the only wine from the vintage to be rated at 99 points. The Barolo Brunate was one of just six to be rated at 98 points.
Founded in the 19th Century, the Vietti name first appeared on bottles of Barolo in the early twentieth century. Alfredo Currado inherited the family business in 1952 and quickly expanded production, with Vietti becoming one of the first wineries in Barolo to produce single vineyard wines that express the different terroirs of the region.
Today, the estate is managed by Alfredo’s son-in-law, Mario Cordero, while production is overseen by Alfredo’s son Luca Currado. The family has 35ha of vineyards including sites in both Barolo and Barbaresco, and produces wines from all of Piedmont’s main grape varieties.
Vietti’s Arneis is also particularly noteworthy. The family first made wine from Arneis over forty years ago in 1967. At the time the grape was on the brink of extinction, and Vietti was one of just two producers growing it commercially. The Currado family have played a large part in establishing Arneis as Piedmont’s most important white grape variety and Alfredo was often referred to as the “father of Arneis.”
Stuart Grundy, Bibendum Director of Buying for the Northern Hemisphere, said: “Vietti are a very exciting addition to our range. They were my top target when we started looking for a new Piedmont agency and I am delighted they are now on board. The quality of the wines is second to none, with remarkable consistency from the Moscato d’Asti right up to the single vineyard Barolos.”
Bibendum is importing six wines from Vietti for its UK trade and private customers: Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta 2010, Roero Arneis 2010, Dolcetto d'Alba Tre Vigne 2009, Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2009, Nebbiolo Langhe Perbacco 2008 and Barolo Castiglione 2006. Bibendum also has allocations of Vietti’s top single vineyard wines which are available on a pre-release basis.