Top 5 Italian winemakers to watch

Following our round up of Italian master winemakers, we take a look at the country’s next generation of vintners currently making a name for themselves.

Augusto Cappellano – CAPPELLANO

Augusto-CappellanoThe Cappellano estate in Piedmont’s Serralunga d’Alba dates back to 1870, and the name has long been famous in Italy for a Barolo Chinato based on an old family recipe of herbs and spices. By the time Augusto Cappellano took over as a young, fifth generation winemaker six years ago, the estate had shrunk to under 4ha, but what it lost in size it has gained in stature thanks to his father. Teobaldo Cappellano was one of the great traditionalists like Bartolo Mascerello and Beipi Rinaldi who formed a buffer against the modernists with their manipulative winemaking and French barriques.

The tradition continues. The vineyards are all certified organic and the wines undergo a slow, gentle maceration and fermentation using only indigenous yeasts. They are then given a long ageing in botte grandi before they are bottled unfiltered. A year after all the hype around the 2010 Barolos, Cappellano is releasing his vintage only now. Despite refusing to pander to the critics and submit to scores, the wines are beginning
to attract a small cult following.

One Response to “Top 5 Italian winemakers to watch”

  1. Great article. It is good to know that wine interests more and more young generations!

    Portugal has also great winemakers to watch, both recent or traditional wine families.

    Cheers!
    http://www.winetourismportugal.com

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