Roagna Winery Guide

For more than 150 years, the Roagna Winery has been a shining example of quality, traditional-style winemaking in the Barbaresco commune in the beautiful wine region of Piedmont. The tiny winery is located in the hamlet of Barbaresco itself, near Gaja, Bruno Rocca, and the Michelin-starred Antinè restaurant.

Long famed for its potent, expressive Barbarescos and Barolos, which in characteristic Barbaresco style can often age for decades, Roagna is one of the old guards of producers, making modern and balanced versions of full, tannic wines that marked this region for so much of the 20th century.

Today, the fourth generation of the Roagna family reigns the company. Young Luca Roagna took charge in 2001 and has earned praise for upholding the company’s traditions of making classic wines with impressive structure, depth, and aging potential. Roagna’s most prized wine is the Barbaresco Crichet Pajé (D.O.C.G.), “the maximum expression of our wine cellar,” according to Luca Roagna. This signature wine is a full-bodied and elegant creation that can mature for 20 or 30 years. For example, Luca cites the 1978 vintage as being a wine “in great shape” today. Such longevity has made it a cult favorite among serious collectors.

These long-lived wines are due, in part, to Roagna’s vinification techniques, which include a 60-plus-day maceration and aging in large oak barrels for up to ten years. They may be held even longer in the bottle before being released. The company’s main estate covers 6.5 hectares in the Barbaresco region’s heart, mainly in the cru of Pajè, a highly esteemed area on a south-southwest-facing ridge between Barbaresco and Treiso. Two Barbarescos, the Barbaresco Pajè and the Barbaresco Crichet Pajè (a Riserva), are made from the grapes grown here. Other important vineyards include Rocche and Pira, both in the lovely hilltop town of Castiglione Falletto. These vineyards are the birthplace of the Barolo wines Rocca el la Pira.

Though best known for its Barbarescos and Barolos, Roagna also makes other wines, including a young, light Nebbiolo Langhe Rosso cuvée, an intense flavored Dolcetto, and the white Langhe Bianco Solea. “Our traditional yet innovative style is defined both by our search for maximum quality wines and our preservations of traditions and typical character,” Luca Roagna says. “We also think that respect for nature is fundamental, since that is the mother of the grape that gives us our long-lasting wines. We are sure that the coupling of the fruits of nature with the techniques of the wine cellar (both modern and traditional) can create a unique, native wine unlike any other in the world.”

Wines produced

  • Barbaresco Crichet Pajé

    Nebbiolo 100%, Aged 5-7 years in French oak.
  • Barbaresco Pajé Riserva

    Nebbiolo 100%, Aged 5-7 years in French oak.
  • Barbaresco Pajé

    Nebbiolo 100%, Aged 5-7 years in French oak.
  • Barolo La Rocca e la Pira Riserva

    Nebbiolo 100%, Aged 5-10 years in French oak.
  • Barolo La Rocca e la Pira

    Nebbiolo 100%, Aged 5 years in French oak.
  • Opera Prima

    Nebbiolo 100%, Aged 2-6 years in French oak.
  • Solea

    Chardonnay 75-80%, Nebbiolo 20-25%; Aged 3-5 years in French oak.
  • Langhe Bianco

    Chardonnay 90%, Nebbiolo 10%
  • Langhe Rosso

    Nebbiolo 100%, Aged 3-4 years in French oak.
  • Dolcetto d'Alba

    Dolcetto 100%

Facts & Figures

Appellation

Barbaresco and Barolo

Founded

The winery began in 1880, although the Roagna family has been in this area for much longer.

Area under Vine

15 hectares

Age of vines

Most vines are 50-70 years old

Oak barrel origin

100% French Oak

Winemaker

Luca Roagna

Owner

The Roagna family

Production

Grape varietals

Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Chardonnay

Grape Varieties Used by the Winery

  • Chardonnay

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  • Dolcetto

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  • Nebbiolo

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Winery Appellations

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  • Barbaresco Wine Region Guide

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