Aldo Conterno is one of the historic names of Italian wine. The Conterno family has been making wine in Monforte since at least the 1700s. Aldo's grandfather, Giovannni Conterno, founded his own winery in 1908 which was run in turn by his son, Giacomo. After a stint in the United States in the 1950s, Aldo worked with his older brother Giovanni in this winery until he decided to strike out on his own in 1969. Aldo is renowned for being an innovator of great importance in Barolo and this dynamism has been passed on to his three sons who now make the wine (Stefano) and run the business (Franco and Giacomo).
When he broke away from the family estate, Aldo was given a small property with vineyards on the hill of Bussia, which he then built up into the marvellous, 25 hectare estate it is today. Situated in the village of Monforte d?Alba, in the heart of the Barolo region, his Baroli are fine but intense examples of the Nebbiolo grape. The vineyards are at an altitude of approximately 100m above sea level, with soils of calcareous marl alternating with layers of sand. 12 of the 25 hectares are planted with Nebbiolo. The three top cru on the famed Bussia slope produce their three flagship Barolos. These wines are made only in excellent vintages and a selection of grapes from these vineyards goes into the Gran Bussia Barolo, made only in exceptional years. The family owns 100% of both Cicala and Romirasco vineyards, and the top part (just under two hectares) of Colonnello.