They made wine here back in the 1800s, but it was not until 1919 that Mario Vietti turned the family farm to viticulture and Vietti labels first appeared on the Italian market. The winery grew through the 1950’s, when new export markets opened and Mario’s daughter and son in law Alfredo Currado pioneered what was later to become a defining regional idea - single vineyard Barolo and Barbaresco. Today Vietti remain a towering name, with a portfolio occupying the top tier in most Piedmontese categories - particularly their profoundly important expressions of Cru Barolo. But history will also remember Vietti and Alfredo Currado for something quite different: the survival of the Arneis variety. It was Currado who almost single-handedly revived this hitherto ignored and abused grape and, appreciating its inherent qualities, not only persuaded others but led from the front to create the first, the most beautiful and still the most classic examples of what is now enshrined as the Roero Arneis DOCG.
What The Critics Say
Winemaker notes on current vintage
"Description: Pale straw yellow color with fresh floral, citrus and melon aromas with hints of almond. An unoaked, dry, medium bodied white wine with crisp acidity, the Arneis is well-balanced, elegant wine with good complexity and a lingering finish. Food Pairings: As an aperitif with light hors d’oeuvres, crudités, seafood, salads, light soups, simply prepared veal, pork, chicken and creamy cheese."
16/20 Jancis Robinson (2016 vintage)
"A 50th anniversary bottling of this speciality of Roero. Very floral and crisp. Neat and fresh. Not opulent but a nice aperitif."
90/100 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer (2012 vintage)
"(fermented very cool and kept on its lees until June): Bright green-tinged yellow. Lively aromas of sour apple, peach, minerals, flowers, spices and chlorophyll. Dry and rich on the palate, with noteworthy old-viney fat that's leavened by a bracing lemony quality. Conveys a strong glyceral impression of dry extract and finishes with lovely length. A superb vintage for this bottling. Luca says 2012 is a brilliant vintage for white wines: "minerally, fresh and floral, with strong acidity." Luca's father Alfredo practically invented dry arneis in 1967 and was responsible for rescuing the variety from extinction; previously arneis had been vinified sweet. Another name for the variety is "white nebbiolo," noted Currado, suggesting that arneis could have been an early mutation of the red variety."
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