Producer: Paolo Conterno

Grape: Nebbiolo 100%


Pronunciation: ‘Nebbi-oh-lo’

Region: Piemonte, Italy

Zone: Barolo DOCG

Producer Info: 

Founded in the late 19th century by Paolo Conterno, the Casa della Ginestra as it was once affectionately known, was one of the pioneering producers in Barolo*. The original Paolo had the foresight to predict a market for fine, single vineyard wines, and from as early as 1886 he began to sub-divide his vineyard by variety and exposure. More than a century on, and the now fourth generation of Conterno’s continues the tradition in Ginestra inherited from their great-grandfather, producing distinctive Monforte wines and combining a passion for the land with high levels of technical expertise. Still very traditionally made, meaning long macerations and large oak maturation, even for the Dolcetto and Langhe Nebbiolo. This combination of technique and tradition has meant that, in the past couple of decades especially, Paolo Conterno has gained its position as one of the premier  producers in Monforte d’Alba and indeed all of Barolo.

*Therefore although this is not the best known ‘Conterno’ in Barolo, they are the originals, pre-dating Giacomo  Conterno by about 20 years 

Tasting note:

2006 Barolo Riserva Ginestra shows the broad shoulders and pure structure of the vintage. Cinnamon, flowers, herbs and dark fruit flesh out as this powerful Barolo flows from the glass. The 2006 riserva is deep and intense from start to finish. This is a classic and representative interpretation of Ginestra. Anticipated maturity: 2014 - 2026

Growing System: Guyot counter-espalier training system.

Soil Composition: mainly clayey and calcareous, providing ideal water retention.


the grapes are carefully selected to make a wine with great structure and longevity. Immediately after picking they are crushed and destemmed, followed by maceration for 22-28 days in special tanks to gradually extract the noble components in the skins. When the ideal rapport has been reached between the extracted tannins and colour, the wine is drawn off and the first rackings are carried out.  Traditional maturation in 35 hl casks made of French oak for 4 to 4,5 years, and 12 months in the bottle until the various components of the wine are perfectly balanced.

Alcohol (%): 15%