Roero Wine Region Guide

From Obscurity to Excellence: Discover the Unmatched Value and Diversity of Roero's Nebbiolo and Arneis


Last updated: July 9, 2024


Indefatigable in their love for Nebbiolo, wealthy collectors will pay lavish sums for the best red wines of Barolo and Barbaresco in northwest Italy. And who can blame them? After all, Nebbiolo reaches the summit of perfection in the fog-covered Langhe hills, south of the River Tanaro. Much like Grand Cru Burgundy, these are wines of character, complexity, potency, and finesse. And, thanks to the marketing genius of men like Angelo Gaja, people now take them as seriously as Musigny and Chambertin.

However, Italian viticulture has no monopolies – not even in Piedmont! Capricious yet utterly brilliant, Nebbiolo does not have to be grown in Barolo to make structured and aromatically complex wine. The most compelling evidence comes from the vineyards of Roero, situated on the River Tanaro’s left bank in Piedmont.

After years of languishing in obscurity, buyers and sommeliers are paying more attention to these ‘outlying’ regions, not least because of rampant inflation in the US and elsewhere. And Roero is no stranger to the vine; archaeologists have discovered wine amphorae dating back to Etruscan times in the undulating landscapes of northwestern Italy.

Meanwhile, the fragrant, pear-scented Arneis grape, a local specialty of the appellation, only adds to Roero’s appeal. Two great wine styles for the price of one? That sounds like a bargain to us.


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