Pio Cesare was founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio. This historic family-owned estate is based in Alba in the heart of Piemonte, which is nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. The estate is surrounded by hills, ideal for vine growing with unique micro-climates and varying exposures. Now over 70 hectares of vineyards within the Barolo and Barbaresco regions, which include the “ Ornato” Estate and the “Colomaro” Vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba. The “Gustava” Estate in Grinzane Cavour, the “Roncaglie” in la Morra and the “Ravera” in Barolo-Novello.
Within the Barbaresco territory, Pio Cesare holds the “II Bricco” Estate and the “San Stefanetto” Vineyards in Treiso.
In the 1950’s Pio Cesare was one of the first producers to export Barolo to the UK and thereby developing the wine’s reputation overseas. Today the founders great grandson, Pio Boffa, continues the family tradition producing Piemontese wines in a style that manages to balance the best of the old world with the best of the new.
Pio Boffa has been responsible for evolving the family style, carefully modernizing the wines without losing the classic family traits or the Piemonte character.
Nebbiolo is the traditional grape of Piedmont, however Pio Boffa is at the forefront of a trend to prove that the Barbera grape has great potential. He planted Barbera instead of Nebbiolo at the Colombaro vineyard and has succeeded in producing a top rated wine from this indigenous variety.
Innovatively, Pio Boffa has added a limited range of ‘single vineyard’ wines to the range, Barolo ‘Ornato’, Barberesco ‘II Bricco’, Barbera ‘Fides’ and ‘Piodilei’ Chardonnay. These collectables are only produced in the very best vintages, offering a more modern interpretation of some of the great individual sites in Piemonte, an unparalleled concentration and a remarkable ageing potential.
Pio Cesare Barolo
The grapes are sourced from family owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba (Ornato), Grinzane Cavour (Gustava), La Morra (Roncaglie) and Barolo-Novello (Ravera). The balance of the grapes comes from other exclusive vineyards owned by growers, who have been providing grapes to the Pio Cesare family for generations
A classic style Barolo. Excellent structure, harmony, elegance. Soft tannins and balanced fruit. Approachable, but with a very long ageing potential. Barolo is such a great wine which should not be described as a “basic” or “regular” Barolo, simply because it does not have any additional indication on the label.
Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato
Pio Cesare own 52 hectares of vineyards in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco, including some of the prime sites for growing Nebbiolo including 16 hectares of the ‘Ornato’ vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the best vineyards in the Barolo area. In 1985, Pio Cesare decided to select a small quantity of Nebbiolo from three different plots within the vineyard to create a Barolo that reflects the characteristics of Serralunga soil. The soil here is poor and compact, resulting in a wine of great structure and ageing potential. “Ornato” is only produced in outstanding years.
Pio Cesare Barbaresco
The grapes are sourced exclusively from family owned vineyards in Treiso (Il Bricco, San Stefanetto and Bongiovanni) and in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio (Rocche di Massalupo)
Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barabaresco
The grapes are sourced exclusively from the single vineyard ‘Il Bricco’ estate, one of the prime sites within the Barberesco appellation situated in the village of Trieso.