Episode 440 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and features Aldo Vacca, the Managing Director of the Produttori del Barbaresco in Italy’s Piemonte region.
If in the future I need someone to cogently and efficiently sum up 100 years worth of change and evolution, I will definitely reach out to Aldo Vacca. He does a very good job here of summarizing the century long transition of Barbaresco from a humble home of farmers without an appellation to today’s area synonymous with high quality Nebbiolo. It seems it was by no means a foregone conclusion that Barbaresco would achieve the position it enjoys now, and Aldo points to several key moments in the history of the region that set the course for where the wines are today. He also explains how the vineyards of Barbaresco relate, comparing and contrasting several prestigious crus. And there is an emphasis in this interview on where Barbaresco could go in the future, as Aldo observes the changes in the market outside the zone and the climate within it. If you would like a cogent analysis of the historical route and future path for Barbaresco, check out this interview.
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