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Vietti

The Vietti farm was established in the late 1800's by Carlo Vietti, at the top of the village of Castiglione Faletto in the heart of the Langhe hills in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy. In 1919 his son Mario decided to create his own wines under the Vietti name, dedicating the mixed farm to vineyards and winemaking. The Vietti's have been making wine for four generations. The 1960's, however, saw a great change when Mario's daughter, Luciana Vietti, married Alfredo Currado. He was a winemaker and art connoisseur who started producing Rocche di Castiglione, one of the first Barolo Crus in 1961. Today virtually every Barolo and Barbaresco producer offers a single vineyard, or cru-designated wine, but back then this was a radical step. He also invested in rediscovering and understanding the near extinct Arneis grape variety - producing a single varietal Arneis in 1967 – and so became the “father of Arneis”. Today the Roero region north of Barolo is famous for this fascinating grape which is now cultivated in America, Australia and New Zealand. The couple’s son Luca Currado Vietti, along with his wife Elena, continued the success of the winery and today Vietti is recognised as one of the finest and most sought after Italian wine labels. Vietti was acquired by the American group Krause Holdings in 2016. This move allowed Luca and Elena to add a couple of prized crus to their vineyard holdings, and still maintain a family approach to managing the estate. The Vietti vineyards now cover some of the most legendary crus in the Langhe and Barolo (Rocche, Ravera, Lazzarito, Villero, Brunate, Monvigliero and Cerequio). Vietti have 35 hectares of vineyards on which they only cultivate native Piedmont grapes varieties – the white Arneis, Timorasso, and Muscat, and the red Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Freisa. From these they produce a broad portfolio of wines from the appellations of Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Monferrato, Roero and Colli Tortonesi. The wines are aged in a mix of steel tanks, barriques and Slavonian oak casks of different sizes, and are largely bottled without filtration. Vietti's wines have great concentration and exceptional longevity. The Arneis continues to grab attention, boasting the highest awards amongst Piedmont white wines year after year. The bottles have eye-catching labels. Since 1974, instigated by Alfredo Currado, the bottles have been dressed with specially designed original art works, inspired by the wine of that particular vintage so the labels are only used once – the labels are as unique as the wines!