Situated near the village of Barolo, in the heart of the Langhe which are among the most beautiful hills in the world, the "Francesco Rinaldi e Figli" company continues a 130 year-old tradition.
The Company was founded in 1870, when the grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to Barolo, where he had just inherited a vineyard and a house. Some years later he was supported by the help of his sons and today the business is run by his descendants, who love this evocative little world just like he did.
In 2001, I had the good fortune to visit the winery for the first time, to taste barrel samples, and to discuss winemaking philosophy with Luciano Rinaldi. A traditionalist to the core, I noted a brand new French 500 liter tonneau in his cellar. Shocked, I asked him where he had obtained the new wood. “I bought it five years ago. And I still haven’t taken the shrink wrap off of it!”
These wines are produced in extremely small quantities, in large part from vineyards in the famous crus of Le Brunate and Cannubbio, from parcels owned by the family. They are traditional, balanced, beautiful, and they will improve in the cellar over many decades. Everything is, of course, produced from their own vineyards.
Fabio Gemme is now full time as enologist, as Luciano Rinaldi (now 82 years of age and going strong!) retired after the devastating 2002 vintage (no wine was produced at all for this vintage). GianFranco Cordero is consulting enologist.