Andrea Oberto has made a great name as a bit of a modernista in Barolo – fair enough, with all of the brand new barrique in the cellar. However, the urge to classify a producer who uses barrique as modernist should be tempered by the realization that little NEW barrique is used – wines are often aged in second and third season barrels.
This family-run farm now extends over 16 hectares (40 acres) of vineyards, with a brand-new winery, and an annual production of around 100,000 bottles. The passion that Andrea dedicates to his craft has not changed however: while other producers have preferred to delegate the work in the vineyards, he continues to tend his vines with enthusiasm, assisted by his son Fabio and wife Ornella.
The vineyards are located in the communes of La Morra, Barolo, Alba and Cherasco. The estate's greatest wine is its Barolo Rocche, from the Rocche vineyard in the Annunziata district of La Morra. The other cru wine is Barolo Albarella, from a great vineyard in Barolo. Barbera d'Alba Giada is extremely important to Andrea and family. It has been a fabulous success ever since its first vintage in 1988. The range is completed by two Dolcettos, two Barberas and a Nebbiolo.