Cannubi is perhaps the most famous hill in Italy and is the most celebrated and prestigious vineyard with the Barolo designation. Historically, it is the oldest Italian cru when it was recognized in 1752. All the elements including altitude, exposure, soils, layout, and microclimate come together to result in a Barolo at the top of the designation. Lying on a steep slope, Cannubi was the first vineyard in Langhe to be terraced. Cannubi means ‘wedding’ or ‘marriage’ as the wines marry the two unique soils and styles of Barolo, combining the Tortonian-era soil of western Barolo that produces silky tannins and a fruity style with the Helvetian-era soil of eastern Barolo that creates a bolder and more tannic style wine.

Michele Chiarlo owns 4.5 acres of the vineyard with vines that are over 20 years old set in Tortonian and Helevetian-era calcareous marl. The terraces maximize an exceptional hillside exposure with a more than 50-degree gradient. The vines are thinned of excess bunches at the end of summer, leaving 5-6 bunches per vine on average. Hand harvested grapes are fermented on the skins in oak vats and then aged for two months in average sized oak casks before refinement in the bottle.

93 Points
2019 vintage
92 Points
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 vintage began with heavy rain and moderate snowfall the previous winter, with some snow in February that together accumulated an excellent water reserve. The classic spring weather was followed by hot and dry months of May and June. Abundant rainfall at the beginning of July allowed for an ideal and balanced ripening during the hot and dry summer season. The result was a vintage with a lesser number of grapes but characterized by outstanding quality.
Tasting Note
Ruby red in color, this aristocratic and complex wine offers notes of small fruits, licorice, and sweet tobacco. A full-bodied wine with silky tannins
Food Pairing
Mushroom pasta, roasted meat and game, mature cheese
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
PH: 3.61
ACIDITY: 5.85 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Aged for a minimum of three years - 2 months in oak barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Produced only in excellent vintages with very limited quantities
  • Cannubi is the most celebrated and prestigious vineyard of Barolo
  • Cannubi is the oldest Italian cru, recognized in 1752
  • Very low yield, hand harvested with summer thinning of excess bunches

About the Grape

Young Nebbiolo can be tough, acidic and tannic; but mature, its blackberry and wild cherry flavors and aromas develop complex and sublime violet, rose petal, truffle and tar notes.
On-Line Assistant
Ask the Expert
We look forward to hearing from you! Please choose a subject from the options below and let us know your name and email address before adding your message.