The estate was founded in 1920 by patriarch Lorenzo Scavino in Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of Langhe, which lies in the extreme north of the Barolo region of Piedmont in the north west of Italy. The unique soils here are of tortonian and helvetian origin stratified together, and combine to create exceptional wines with both elegance and power. In 1967 it was Lorenzo's son Alfonso who began to bottle the wines under the Azelia name. After 100 years the business is still family-run, now fourth and fifth generation by Alfonso's grandson Luigi and great grandson Lorenzo. These days Azelia have nine vineyards which together total 16 hectares of vines located in three villages: Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and Montelupo Albese, from which they produce DOC and DOCG wines made from the three native grape varieties of the area, Barbera, Dolcetto and of course Nebbiolo to which 75% of the vineyards are planted. Luigi is the cousin of Enrico Scavino who owns the neighbouring Paolo Scavino winery, and together they share ownership of the famed Fiasco hill in Castiglione Falletto, from which renowned Cru Barolos are produced. At Azelia they only use fruit from their own vineyards, and the grapes are hand-picked from very old vines [their vines are between 20 and 95 years old!] which produce low yields and concentrated flavours. They farm organically and do not use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. The wines are created with extreme precision resulting in wines with uncompromising quality – this is one of Barolo's undiscovered jewels!