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Luigi Baudana

Luigi Baudana is one of the smallest wineries in Serralunga d'Alba and the entire Barolo region, with just 2.6 hectares of Nebiolo in Barolo and 1.5 hectares of white grape varieties for the production of Langhe Binaco. It is the family winery of Luigi and Fiorina Baudana, located in the hamlet of Baudana. Luigi isn't exactly sure if it was his ancestors who gave the name to the place or vice versa: that much is lost in history. It was Fiorina though who persuaded her husband to stop selling the family's grapes to the the local cooperative and concentrate on making their own wine under their own name. In 2008 the couple were thinking about retiring. They had no heirs but then they met Aldo Vaira of V. J. Vajra fame. After many discreet meetings Aldo suggested that the Vaira family could become the “guardians” of the Baudana's history and name, rather than just buying them out and incorporating them into their business. In that way the Baudana name would live on through every bottle and perpetuate the family's legacy. From the 2009 vintage the Vairas have been at the helm of the Baudana operation, continuing to produce the wine in Luigi's tiny cellar in Baudana. Grapes are sourced from two gems of organically farmed prime vineyard sites. Baudana, a historical site of Barolo, is situated on the west slopes of Serralunga, planted at 350 meters above sea level with 50 year old Nebbiolo vines. The highly regarded Cerretta, opposite on the east slope, lies on 14 million year old Helvetian soils at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level. Although these vineyards are adjacent, the wines offer fascinating differences in the glass. Luigi Baudana remains a small-scale entrepreneurial wine-making operation - a true Garagiste producer - crafting exceptional wines with finesse and nuance.