Ca' del Baio

A small domaine with deep roots in Piemonte

Giulio Grasso from the domain Ca' Del Baio was recently awarded grower of the year by the famous Gambero Rosso! Congratulations!

The Grasso family has been making wine in Barbaresco since the 1880’s. Giulio and Luciana Grasso, fourth generation wine makers, are now running the family business with the help of their daughters Paola, Valentina and Federica. They maintain their traditional values with particular attention to the vines, especially during pruning, crucial for yield control and fruit quality. The use of herbicides and fertilizers in the vineyards was banned long ago and only natural yeasts are used for fermentation. Sulfur dioxide is used in very small quantities to preserve the wines’ intrinsic qualities. They grow Moscato, Chardonnay, Cortese, Riesling, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Barbera for their remarkable range of organic wines.

Fans of great Italian wines will not only appreciate the Grasso family’s work philosophy, but also their pricing policy: they are against adding any profit margin they feel unjustified. This is why some of the Barbaresco appellation’s best wines can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of other producers. This policy has earned them some criticism but, to the delight of many connoisseurs, the family is sticking to their principles ...

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About the region

Barbaresco in Piedmont

A region in Barolo’s shadow

The AOC surrounding the village of Barbaresco was long overlooked for the neighbouring Barolo appellation. This lack of awareness or notoriety had nothing to do with the quality of its wines; it was simply because none of the Barbaresco producers were kings, aristocrats or ministers. All the attention was thus, until the 1950s, focused on the neighbouring town with its many notables and dignitaries. In addition, Barbaresco’s vineyards only cover half the size of Barolo’s and has thereby fewer producers. Nowadays however, Barbaresco’s elegant and fragrant wines are now recognized around the world as among the best in Italy and the region is slowly but surely catching up with Barolo.

The soil composition in Barbaresco is more homogeneous than in Barolo. Although the two appellations are often considered as very similar because of their proximity there are differences in the subsoil’s mineral constitution. Barbaresco has more copper and zinc and a lower concentration of manganese, resulting in a distinctly different spectrum of aromas. The climate is also warmer, allowing the Nebbiolo to reach its phenolic maturity faster. The wines are thus sometimes slightly less alcoholic than Barolo wines and usually easier to appreciate in their youth because of their delicate tannins.

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