The same family has for more than 100 years - or four generations - been producing and ageing wines in the most famous winemaking region of Italy. The tradition began in 1881, when Pio Cesare started gathering grapes in his vineyards and purchasing those of some selected and reliable farmers in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco districts. Pio Cesare is family owned and is named after its founder Cesare Pio who established the business in 1881. It is based in Alba in the heart of the Piedmont region, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. In the 1950s, Pio Cesare was one of the first to export top quality Barolo, and develop the wine's reputation. The company remains family owned and is today managed by the great grandson, Pio Boffa.
Pio Cesare Vineyards
The winery's output has always been limited through there adherence to the highest standards. The firm will not make a wine, if it has not succeeded in producing mature and healthy grapes. The ripening of the grapes is carefully watched. The harvesting is rigidly controlled, selecting grape by grape. There has always been a conviction that great wine can come only from the finest grapes. Pio Cesare has eleven wines within their portfolio which all represent the significant and diverse terroirs of Piedmonte; three are “vineyard designate” (Barolo Ornata, Barbaresco Il Bricco and Barbera D’Alba) and eight are “classico” wines (Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, Nebbiolo d’Alba, l’Altro and Piodilei Chardonnay and Cortese di Gavi).
Pio Cesare Barolo 2001
"Very pretty plum and fresh flower aromas follow through to a full-bodied
palate, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and serious.
Very close to the fabulous 1997. Best after 2009." -
Rated 94 Wine Spectator
The color is an intense glossy garnet, with orange reflections. The bouquet is ethereal, with hints of violets, blackberry jam, licorice and cloves. The palate is dry and austere, with a lingering hint of almonds.
Pio Cesare Barolo
The nebbiolo grapes used to produce the classical Barolo come from family vineyards around the village of Serralunga d’ Alba. Barolo is, without a doubt, the most fascinating and emotional of all Pio Cesare wines. It has an air of aristocracy and even a domineering personality. This Barolo is produced through careful blending of grapes from different vineyards. Pio believes that the union of grapes from different vineyards makes their Barolo unique. The grapes from Serralunga give a full body, the ones from Castiglion Falletto offer an ethereal and tempting nose, and those from Monforte provide class and a refined nature. This produces a unique and inimitable wine. The grapes are soft pressed and fermented at 25 to 26 degrees, in contact with the skins for 20 to 25 days. There is a long maturation in Slovenian oak, well beyond the terms imposed by the D.O.C.
From top-class Barolo and Barbaresco to crisp Gavi and Chardonnay, the wines of Pio Cesare offer exceptional quality and value.