The Giamello family were living a ‘polyculture’ lifestyle first, starting around the 1900s, by raising vines, grains, and cattle. For three generations, much of the grape harvest was sold off, while keeping a dollop for family winemaking. In the 1950s a simple farm life was not prosperous and many families left the Barbaresco area for factory work in larger cities. Brothers Luigi and Ercole Giamello stayed and launched a trucking company while their mom replanted most their land to vines. In the 1970s Luigi shifted his focus back to the mature vines, boosting production and passing the project onto his son Silvio. When finances are tight there isn’t excess money to spend on chemicals to treat vineyards so their vines were always farmed natural and kept healthy through continual care. That is the only mindset Silvio and his wife Marina carry. This DOCG Nebbiolo from the Barbaresco vineyard of ‘Vicenziana’ has vines with over 50 years of age and the wine is aged in Slavonian oak barrels of 20-30 hectoliters for 2-3 years. Pair alongside quail, beef with wild mushrooms, risotto with porcinis, and Robiolo cheese.Label I.Q.
: According to Kermit Lynch, “the name of the ‘Vicenziana’ vineyard is a mutation of ‘Villa Gentiana’ for the manor of the ancient Roman consul Lollio Genziano, which once occupied the land.”