Elio Altare   Piedmont, Italy  
 
 
 
  Elio Altare is universally acknowledged to be one of the world's greatest winemakers. Altare was a leader of the revolution in cellar and vineyard technique in the Barolo zone; among his many now-commonplace innovations were the use of rotary fermenters, a short maceration period, and the use of small barriques for aging. The resulting wines, from Dolcetto to Barbera to Barolo, are often considered to be the ultimate expressions of the soft, fragrant and lush qualities characteristic of the commune of La Morra, and today Altare is mentor to many of the younger generation of La Morra barolisti including Mauro Veglio, Mauro Molino, and the Revello brothers - his influence even extends to northern Ghemme where he lends advice to the Ioppa family.

Elio owns 5 hectares and rents four more, planted in the ratio 40 percent Nebbiolo, 30 percent Dolcetto, 25 percent Barbera and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvingon.  The best of the local vineyards each comprise their own amphitheatre, south or south-east facing slopes at 280 metres above sea level on a sandy, tufaceous, marly soil.  Elio Altare has vines in two of those: 1.5 ha of 50-plus year old vines in Arborina, and a small parcel in Brunate which he started renting in 1995.  These vines are pruned very severely.  Altare wants no more than 1.5 kilos of grapes per vine.,  And there are merely 5500 vines per hectare.  This is the real key, Altare maintains, plus an organic approach to viticulture.  "You can't make great wine without concentrated fruit."

Winery Information:


Address: Fraz. Annunziata, 51 La Morra
Vineyards surface (hectares): 9.00
Nebbiolo 33%, Dolcetto 30%, Barbera 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Other red grapes 7%
Description of Vineyards:
Barbera - 1.80
Cabernet sauvignon - 0.90
Dolcetto - 3.00
Nebbiolo - 3.00
Other red varieties- 0.30
Vine trellissing system:  Guyot
Soil cultivation: Grass is left between the vines
Green Harvest: YES
Harvest period: From first of September to mid October
Agronomist: Elio Altare
Oenologist: Elio Altare

Farming Practices:
Elio Altare defines himself as “much more organic than most certified producers”. No chemical fertilizer or herbicide has been utilised for 30 years. Elio bought two cows in order to have production of manure. Sulfur and copper base products are prevalent. Claude Bourguignon, a world famous French specialist in soil microbiology, consults for the Altare estate. Mr Bourguignon has developed very efficient alternative techniques in order to preserve the ecosystem of the soil (i.e. preservation of the soil microbial biomass and structure). Low doses of SO2 used in the wines. 
 
  Website: http://www.elioaltare.com
 
  Wines:      
  Note: * indicates limited item, please consult your sales rep for availability size formats other than 750ml may not contain wine information.      
 
Barbera d'Alba, Altare 2013    
Barolo 'Cerretta', Elio Altare 2006    
Barolo 'Cerretta', Elio Altare 2007    
Barolo 'Cerretta', Elio Altare 2008    
Barolo 'Cerretta', Elio Altare 2006   (1500ML)
Barolo 'Cerretta', Elio Altare 2008   (1500ML)
Barolo (La Morra), Altare 2006    
Barolo (La Morra), Altare 2007    
Barolo (La Morra), Altare 2008    
Barolo (La Morra), Altare 2009    
Barolo (La Morra), Altare 2010    
Barolo, 'Arborina', Altare 2009    
Barolo, 'Arborina', Altare 2010    
Barolo, 'Arborina', Altare 2010   (1500ML)
Barolo, 'Arborina', Altare 2009   (1500ML)
Dolcetto d'Alba, Altare 2013    
Langhe Arborina, [Nebbiolo], Elio Altare 2011    
Langhe La Villa, [Barbera/Nebbiolo], Elio Altare 2008    
Langhe La Villa, [Barbera/Nebbiolo], Elio Altare 2010    
Langhe La Villa, [Barbera/Nebbiolo], Elio Altare 2011    
Langhe Larigi, [Barbera], Elio Altare 2010    
Langhe Larigi, [Barbera], Elio Altare 2011    
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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