Tenuta Car­retta

Cel­e­brat­ing 550 years of pas­sion for fine wine in Pied­mont, Italy

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Tenuta Car­retta can be found at Piobesi d’Alba, in the hilly Ro­ero re­gion of Pied­mont on the left bank of the Ta­naro river. The soil is largely sand­stone. This is land that was formed af­ter the neigh­bour­ing Langhe, from the an­cient seas of the Po re­gion in the Pliocene phase of the Ter­tiary era.

The in­ter­ac­tion of soils, mi­cro­cli­mate and dif­fer­ent grape va­ri­eties, com­bined with lim­ited yields, make for wines with unique char­ac­ter­is­tics. Sandy soils pro­duce the most el­e­gant and fra­grant wines; and where the sand mixes with a more chalky base the wines be­come more aus­tere.

For Tenuta Car­retta, recorded wine­mak­ing his­tory dates back to 1467, mak­ing it the old­est win­ery in Pied­mont. The Car­retta name comes from its no­ble lady owner, from Alba, “dom­ina Careta Con­stanzi”, who lived in the mid-14th cen­tury. Nev­er­the­less, it’s the share­crop­ping con­tract drawn up by lawyer Gior­gio di Mon­tea­cuto on 28 Novem­ber 1467 that pro­vides the start of the es­tate’s wine­mak­ing his­tory and pro­vides this year’s 550th An­niver­sary. The con­tract is drawn up be­tween the Lord of Piobesi, An­drea Dami­ano, and broth­ers Cor­rado, Gi­a­comino and Pi­etrino Por­rino, who are given per­mis­sion to work the land (and pick the crops) of “cassina Careta” for nine years.

This con­tract is a par­tic­u­larly valu­able source of in­for­ma­tion, be­cause of its very pre­cise in­struc­tions. Most telling is the stip­u­la­tion that when it comes to grapes, the har­vest is to be di­vided 50/50 be­tween share­crop­pers and owner, ex­cept for grapes com­ing from the Po­dio hill vine­yard ( Podium Ser­rae), which are re­served for the Lord of Piobesi, ab­so­lutely, (“salvo et reser­vato vites Podi Ser­rae, de quibus se nil im­pedire te­nean­tur et de­beant”). This is a pro­to­type of qual­ity dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion that is unique in Pied­mon­tese his­tory and sur­vives to­day in the sta­tus of ex­actly the same vine­yard as the source of the es­tate’s finest wines. Tenuta Car­retta has be­longed to the tex­tile-man­u­fac­tur­ing Miroglio fam­ily from Alba since 1985.

Vine­yards

Tenuta Car­retta has 65ha vine­yards. The prin­ci­pal 35-hectare sec­tion lies around the win­ery in an arc from south to north-west. Here the grapes and wines are mostly Arneis, Neb­bi­olo, Bar­bera and Fa­vorita (the lo­cal name for Ver­mentino).

The com­pany also owns 2.6ha in the pres­ti­gious Can­nubi cru site of Barolo, where they make Barolo Can­nubi and Barolo Can­nubi Ris­erva .

Other vine­yards (Cascina Bordino, and Garassino) pro­vide Neb­bi­olo to make Bar­baresco , while Vigna Tav­o­leto in Alba makes Neb­bi­olo d’Alba .

Sus­tain­abil­ity in the en­vi­ron­ment is a key fac­tor in Tenuta Car­retta’s pro­duc­tion phi­los­o­phy.

Tourism

The win­ery at Tenuta Car­retta is part of a so­phis­ti­cated wine tourism offer that in­cludes: • Guided tours of vine­yards and win­ery, • A Miche­lin-starred restau­rant, Ris­torante 21.9, with chef Flavio Costa at the win­ery, • A restau­rant and Lo­canda guest-house (Al­bergo de Charme) on the Can­nubi hill in Barolo, • A wel­com­ing Wine Shop.

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