Profile of Gigi Rosso

There are few greater expressions of the magnificent and ethereal Nebbiolo grape than those produced at Gigi Rosso. It is perhaps Italy’s most important contribution to the fine wine world, a grape that at its best offers a haunting, incomparable perfume of roses, tar, and violets, with a structure that allows it to age for many decades.

Gigi Rosso, as is so often the case in the wine business, came into being simply because of the dream of one man. In the early 1970s, Gigi Rosso decided to dedicate his life to making exceptional wines in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy, and founded a modern winery in Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of the Barolo region. His vines were planted in the best terroirs in Barolo, nestled in a cluster of fog-prone hills (nebbia means fog in Italian) around the village of the same name. His first vintages were an enormous success, loved by connoisseurs and critics alike – the renown of Gigi Rosso’s sublime, elegant Barolo and later Barbaresco spread across the world like wildfire.

Today, Gigi Rosso continues to act as a passionate ambassador for the noble Nebbiolo grape, joined by his two sons, Maurizio and Claudio Rosso. Maurizio handles the winemaking at Gigi Rosso, while Claudio has worked tirelessly for three years as the (Honorary) President of the Langhe and Roero Consorzio, representing literally hundreds of producers in the region.

But ultimately, it is simply the wines that matter most to this family, having poured their heart and soul into the majestic Langhe region. This passion, dedication, and know-how reaches its apogee with the Arione single-vineyard Barolo, a wine which is surely among Italy’s finest. Bursting with exotic flavors of cinnamon, oriental spices, green pepper, anise, and violets, it’s a wine designed to convert non-believers, as much as it is to appeal to the already converted. Magnifico!

Wines produced

  • Gigi Rosso Barolo Arione

    100% Nebbiolo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats. After fermentation, the wine is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 36 months, before being subject to a further period of 6 months in bottle. Produced from a renowned single vineyard in the Barolo region, Arione can be cellared for at least 15 years after its release.

  • Gigi Rosso Barolo Castelletto.

    100% Nebbiolo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 36 months, before being subject to a further period of 6 months in bottle. Produced from the famous Castelletto estate in Barolo.

  • Gigi Rosso Barolo Riserva Dell'Ulivo

    100% Nebbiolo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats. After fermentation, the wine is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 48 months, before being subject to a further period of 12 months in bottle. Produced from the renowned Arione vineyard, Riserva Dell'Ulivo is only made in the best years.

  • Gigi Rosso Barbaresco

    100% Nebbiolo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 24 months, before being subject to a further period of 6 months in bottle.

  • Gigi Rosso Nebbiolo d'Alba.

    100% Nebbiolo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months, before being subject to a further period of 6 months in bottle.

  • Gigi Rosso Langhe rose

    100% Nebbiolo. A pale rose style, the wine is subject to a short (24 hour) maceration before being aged on its lees for several months.

  • Gigi Rosso Arneis

    100% Arneis. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is aged in bottle for 6 months.

Winery details

Gigi Rosso

Str. Alba-Barolo
34, Castiglione Falletto CN
Italy
Tel (+39) 173 262 369
Fax (+39) 173 262 224

Appellation
DOCG Barolo
Founded
1971
Area under vine
25 Hectares
Age of vines
30 years+ Low yields
Oak barrel origin
Slavonian
Winemaker
Maurizio Rosso
Owner
Rosso family
Production
90,000 bottles per annum, depending on the vintage
Grape varietals
Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Moscato, Brachetto

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