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Chiarlo’s philosophy is that they only produce “classical Piedmont appellations”. They are specialists in the 4 grapes that are the greatest Piedmont native varietals: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cortese and Moscato.
About the Brand
- Michele Chiarlo: 60 harvests of quality, long term recognition as one of the leaders of Barbera, Moscato d’Asti and Barolo
- 100% family owned and run.
- No blends, no international varietals
- Top historical single vineyards in Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera
- Two top vineyards - Cerequio & La Court – recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites, thanks to the art, La Court Park, and design – Palas Cerequio – projects in the vineyards
Since 1956, the Piedmont winemaker Michele Chiarlo has foreshadowed the continuing quest for quality on the part of so many of Italy's conscientious producers. From the beginning, the Chiarlo family winery has made superior Barberas and high quality Barolos that today are consistently among the most renowned expressions of these wines. Now, additional varieties help carry the firm’s reputation for purity of grape variety and terroir.
Setting a Standard Before DOC
Over the years, Michele Chiarlo has realized a success and recognition brought by constant pursuit of quality. Today’s winery was built on the business of Chiarlo's father: the estate vineyards and family home in Calamandrana and the cellars and bottling facility in nearby Susa. But the firm's early years were difficult ones. Prior to the establishment of the DOC laws, establishing a reputation for consistently superior quality was a long proposition for a new producer. Excellent, small-production wines often went unrecognized in the absence of a universal and uniform system of classification to set forth methods, varieties and zones—even if that system today has been outdistanced by many producers.
Michele Chiarlo did not abandon his philosophy. Rigorous selection of the best grapes from only the most reputable growers in the most favored vineyard areas and longer aging in oak and then in bottle prior to release were measures he adopted before the DOC laws. Michele Chiarlo is also credited with being one of the first producers to introduce malolactic fermentation to Italy, thereby achieving wines of greater stability, lower acidity and easier accessibility in their youth.
Maximizing Fruit Potential
Today, the Michele Chiarlo winemaking facilities consist of the home winery, cellars and bottling facility at Calamandrana; a second facility at Gavi, for the vinification and bottling of the DOCG Gavi wine; and a third facility adjacent to the Cannubi vineyard to accomodate vinify and mature wines from the Barolo zone and its "crus." These installations are among Piedmont's most technologically advanced, allowing Michele Chiarlo wines to be produced according to the quality principles that Chiarlo helped to innovate in the region, which today are commonplace, including soft presses, controlled temperature fermentation to conserve the grapes’ original fragrances and flavors, maceration with rotating sprayers, and temperature and humidity controlled cellars. Each wine type can be given specific treatment to maximize its potential.
100% Family Owned
From the beginning, Michele Chiarlo has directly managed or personally overseen every aspect in the productions of his wines. Since the early 1990s, his sons, Alberto and Stefano, have also held management roles. Alberto, the elder, directs Marketing and sales; Stefano, an oenologist by profession, manages vineyard operations and collaborates in production in the cellars.
The Orme Su La Court Art Park
Perhaps the first art park to be installed in vineyards, Orme Su La Court (Footsteps in La Court) is an art walk dedicated to the four elements of earth, air, fire and water that meanders down vine rows, among farm buildings and across the hills of the La Court property in Barbera d’Asti. Designed by the Genovese artist Emanuele Luzzati, the path begins and ends at the property’s farmhouses, where exhibitions are mounted and films are shown. The property includes areas for meditation and an observation tower. Along the path are sculptures sited in nature, notably “Le Teste Segnapalo” (Pole Heads), reminiscent of similar heads that were once hung in this countryside to ward off any negative influences on the vines. Throughout the season, shows and performances, talks and tasting events are scheduled to engage visitors in the worlds of wine art. In 2013 the installation of the “Door Gate” realized by Ugo Nespolo, one of the greatest Italian living artist, a pure Piemonte artist. In 2015 the “Mega Bench” created by the famous designer Chris Bangle. Awarded by Unesco in 2015 as one of the best Italian private project.
The Barolo cru resort is the only 5 star resort in the hearth of a Barolo grand cru, the Cerequio vineyard. Real home of the Barolo cru, with its suites devoted to the none Top Barolo vineyards, with the collection of all the Top producers of these Single Vineyards and with its Caveau of 6.000 bottles of Barolo back vintages. The main building from 18th century, with its baroque style, and the two farms, with “nature minimalistic” design, offer the choice between past and future. Awarded by Unesco in 2015 as one of the best Italian private project.