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History

Notary documents from the 19th century attest to the presence of the Rocca family in the township of Barbaresco since 1834, the same year our ancestor Francesco (1834-1894) was born. In 1864, Francesco drafted the prenuptial agreements with his future wife, Luigia Cheinasso. In the document, Francesco is defined as “a farmer born and living in Barbaresco”, the co-owner with his brother Giuseppe of “houses, sites, vineyards, and slopes” located within the township.

 

According to later documents, our family’s activity revolved around a multi-purpose farm. Viniculture was an important part of the household finances alongside fields for foraging and raising livestock.

 

Leaping ahead to the end of the 1950s, our family history becomes inextricably tied to one of the most celebrated cru of these hills: Rabajà. It was due to the intuition and courage of Francesco Rocca (1907-1978), nephew of the first Francesco, that the family moved from the center of Barbaresco to the zone of Rabajà at its most southern point in 1958.

 

The land in Rabajà had always been renowned for producing high quality grapes; in fact, they were sold at a significantly higher price than other nebbiolo grapes from Barbaresco. Further proof of its quality comes from the fact that the community winery to which we sold our grapes in 1967 already bottled them separately under the label “Vineyards from southwest Rabajà.”

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Vineyards

The heart of our production revolves around the vineyards in the Barbaresco zone, where production is allowed in just four townships (Comuni) of southern Piedmont: Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso, and San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, a small frazione of Alba. The total production area is about 682 hectares (1682 acres), producing just over 50 thousand quintals of nebbiolo grapes. It is, in other words, a small area, but a vinicultural masterpiece that is recognized at an international level. We are deeply in love with this land. It is where we dedicate all of our hardest efforts for high quality.

 

Barbaresco was one of Italy’s first appellations to obtain the DOC certification (Denomination of Controlled Origins) in 1966, together with Barolo; and DOCG certification (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origins) in 1980. In 2007, Barbaresco was the first wine to use the Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive (MeGA): the official division of 65 cru, or unique vineyards, to exalt and define the particular characteristics that the hills of Barbaresco give to its wines.

 

One of the major milestones of this area was in 2014, when the hills of Barbaresco were officially recognized within Italy’s fiftieth UNESCO World Heritage site.

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