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Roero Aocg: white and red wines in the same designation

Arneis and nebbiolo are autochthonous vines protected by “Consorzio di Tutela Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba Langhe e Roero”.

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In the Cuneo area are produced 6 Docg wines including Roero.

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Roero wine is produced in the homonym area, in the Cuneo province, on the hills which overlook the Tanaro river. The name “Roero” is only for white and red wines wich are produced in accordance with established rules of production. The red wine can bear  exclusively the label “Roero”, while the white can have also the “Arneis” indication. The Roero Arneis is produced also in a sparkling version. It is a fragrant, parfumed and very elegant wine. The colour is intense red. The taste recalls violets, raspeberries and wild strawberries.  It is obtained from the vinification of Nebbiolo vine, sometimes is it produced adding up to 5% of other  black berries vines. The minimum alcoholic content is 12.5%. The minium ageing period is 6 months in wood barrels and if it is aged more than 32 months it can bears also the label “Superiore”.

Area of production

The production area overlaps with the Roero area located on the left side of the Tanaro river and it included the  following municipalities: Canale, Corneliano d’Alba, Piobesi d’Alba, Vezza d’Alba and partly those of  Baldissero d’Alba, Castagnito, Castellinaldo, Govone, Guarene, Magliano Alfieri, Montà, Montaldo Roero, Monteu Roero, Monticello d’Alba, Pocapaglia, Priocca, S. Vittoria d’Alba, S. Stefano Roero, Sommariva Perno.

History

In the Roero area, the Nebbiolo vine gives an interesting wine which took its name from the territory where it is produced. The grapes grow on hilly and sandy soils, where only the vine cultivation is possible. The Nebbiolo importance is documented from the Middle Ages, when it has already a key role in the economy of the Langhe area. It is mentioned in notarial and accounting documents and also in many inheritances. It was rarely offered to the soldiers who came in this area, because inhabitants gave to them less prestigious wines. It was appreciated by nobles of Turin for its sweetness. Since the 18th century the counts of Guarene started to produce a sweeter type of Roero and at the Beginning of the 20th century the Nebbiolo Roero has been used to produce red sparkling wines. In the ‘50s  it was so fashionable and appreciated. In 1994 was created the “Consorzio di Tutela Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba Langhe e Roero” and in 1990 was founded the “Enoteca regionale del Roero”, whose aim is to promote and protect the whole wine production of Roero.

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