Azienda Agricola Varaldo
Azienda Agricola Varaldo is a young family run cellar, with its roots firmly set in tradition. Today the production of wines is carried out by the third generation of winemakers, with the same passion and care for the vine that has been handed down from father to son since the business was founded, 50 years ago, by Michele Varaldo.
The grapes are currently grown on approximately 7-hectares (17-acres) of vineyards, tended under the guidance of Pier Mario Varaldo and his sons, Rino and Michele.
Michele, who works as the cellar winemaker, is always attentive to the latest innovations in the winemaking technology. Their production consists of 55,000/60,000 bottles per year of red wine from the Langhe region, in the heart of Piemonte.
The vines are trained using the Guyot system, with thinning of the bunches during the summer period, producing an optimal yield, in order to obtain the highest quality each vintage has to offer.
All the substances contributing to the wine’s structure are extracted in a very short period of time (4-5 days on the skins) using horizontal rotofermenters, which also provide an ever-appealing softness and roundness. The malolactic fermentation then takes place in tanks or oak casks/barrels, where the wines stays for an ageing period that varies (depending on the development of each single wine) from a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 30 months.
Their wine cellar has now been running for more than 50 years with a single purpose in mind: quality. A process that starts out in the vineyards, still worked by hand, and continues in the winery where state-of-the-art winemaking techniques help highlight the special properties of each single variety.