Producer: Paolo Conterno

Grape: Nebbiolo 100%

Pronunciation: ‘Nebbi-oh-lo’

Region: Piemonte, Italy

Zone: DOC d’Alba

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:

 bright garnet red colour; flowery nose, showing roses and fruity sensations. Mouth-filling and elegantly-structured; round with complex, slightly spicy flavours lingering nicely on the palate.

Growing System: Guyot counter-espalier training system.

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


the grapes are crushed and destemmed immediately after picking, and then undergo maceration in tanks for soft, continuous extraction of the noble components in the skins. After 7-8 days the wine is drawn off, and the fermentation is completed without any further intake of tannins. Maturation in casks of French oak holding 35 hl for an average period of one year, bringing out the fullness of its character while keeping intact its youth and freshness.

Alcohol (%):  12.5%