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Stately, refined, transparent, mystical, expressive, pure, vertical...these words are often used describe the impressive wines of Matteo and Marco Garrone, the third generation of Cantine Garrone, a small cantina wedged into the Italian Alps, with Switzerland 10km to the west and Lake Maggiore 30km to the east.

 

The estate was created in 1920 but it wasn’t until 1994 that they became commercial, releasing just 36 bottles...They own two hectares of vineyards plus work closely with 60 close-knit, miniature scale farmers (the Valli Ossolane growers association) who, like the Garrone family, aim to preserve the winemaking culture of the valley. Many of the parcels have vines aged over 100 years old, which are grown on the local traditional pergola training system called ‘toppia’. Cantine Garrone are the masters of their appellation and one of the most intriguing and unique Nebbiolo producers in the world. Nebbiolo lover? Get out of your comfort zone and into the mountains...