Posts with the label "elio altare"


Italy 2016

Italy 2016

Monday 9th March 2020
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

In anticipation of the new vintage, we asked our growers to describe this using one word - 'una parola'. 

Click here to see what they had to say.

Piedmont Paulee

Piedmont Paulee

Sunday 15th April 2018
by Mark Dearing

We were all in high spirits following our annual tasting of the latest Piedmont vintage in London. This year it was the turn of the 2014s; wines that deliver bright and lively vineyard characters while being fresh, energetic and easy to taste young. 

Buoyed though we were from that tasting, the bar was about to rise. For one night only, Justerini & Brooks had reserved the entire Rex Whistler restaurant, part of the esteemed Tate Britain gallery. A London institution amongst wine lovers, the Rex Whistler is celebrated for its generous and mature list of fine wines, impeccable service, and hearty, enjoyable food. It was the obvious choice for a “Piedmont Paulee”.

For the first time in its history one of the UK’s most lauded art institutions would have a full-blooded, boisterous Italian installation on its lower ground floor. Fifteen of the region’s top producers including Giuseppe Mascarello, Elio Altare, Paolo Scavino, Fratelli Brovia, Castello di Verduno, Marco Marengo, Piero Busso, Azelia, Roberto Voerzio, Davide Carlone, Matteo Correggia, and new kids on the block Luigi Oddero, would be joined by forty five eager Nebbiolo enthusiasts for a bespoke four course meal to be enjoyed with innumerable bottles generously donated from one another’s personal cellars.

Piedmont 2013:

Piedmont 2013: "Nothing short of outstanding."

Monday 3rd April 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

For the Justerini & Brooks buying team, the annual Piedmont trip is one of the most eagerly anticipated. Protected by the Alps to the north and the Mediterranean to the south, Piedmont is a very special place.

Arriving from busy Milan, spirits lift as the Langhe hills loom into view. It is a striking landscape. Atop winding country roads, medieval villages cut a sharp silhouette, hopping across steep, jagged valleys and awe-inspiring vineyards from one hilltop to the next. It was good to be back.

Of course, we were here to taste the wines. This time our focus was the latest 2013 vintage releases from Barolo, Barbaresco and Alto Piemonte. A week in mid-March under dry, sunny skies was just the climate for strolling vineyards and tasting in cellars. Growers were happy too – a spell of fine weather signalling the arrival of spring and budburst in a few of the earlier ripening vineyards. Our schedule was busy; twenty estates in four days - with the great and the good - and some new faces too.

Harvest Report: Altare

Harvest Report: Altare

Wednesday 14th September 2016
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Back to the Roots: A lesson of Humility... A harvest update from the wonderful Silvia Altare. 


From the domaine that makes some of the most intense wines Piedmont has to offer, in the words of Silvia. "It's that time of year again where we are back to the roots and we're  back to the crazy days. You anxiously feel the need to look at the weather forecast every 4 hours and working 15 hours a day seems normal..."  Read on to discover more.

Interview: Silvia Altare at 61 St James's

Interview: Silvia Altare at 61 St James's

Tuesday 15th December 2015
by Justerini & Brooks

We were lucky enough to speak with Silvia Altare in the cellar last week. Her passion and enthusiasm for the wines Elio, her father, has spent 50 years curating is contagious. In her words, “Elio started the revolution; I am part of the evolution.”

Indeed, Altare has been part of Justerinis’ portfolio for an impressive 30 years. Silvia herself, has been at the winery for 15 years now, but tells us that Elio is still very much in charge.  The Altare team is a small one, “there are six of us running the whole show. We work really hard, from January to December, undertaking everything from pruning to sales.” Silvia has no plans to change this set up, “we are very happy with the current situation, but as a woman, in Italy, in the countryside, in winemaking and Elio being so much a part of the history of Barolo – the pressure is very much on. But the brand is in good hands and everyone is very loyal.”

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