Barolo – King of Wines

Barolo is arguably the most recognised and indeed coveted of all Italian wines – hence its long held moniker as the King of Wines (though no doubt the French might have something to say about that!) Barolo brings with it a rich heritage and royal associations that mirror the picturesque Piedmont landscapes where the wine originates. With a history dating back to the 19th century, Barolo has evolved from humble beginnings to become a symbol of elegance, excellence and indeed opulence. 

Scattered throughout the Langhe hills South and East of the Tanaro River, the wineries of Barolo produce this exquisite red wine from the Nebbiolo grape. Known for its complex aromas of dark fruits, roses & violets, Barolo’s flavour profile evolves over time, revealing earthy and truffle-like notes as it ages – one of the characteristics that makes it so special. Its robust tannins and high acidity make it an ideal candidate for cellaring, often improving in character and value for decades.

The church of San Lorenzo in Castiglione Falletto
Serralunga d’Alba

The wine’s garnet hue and bouquet set the stage for a tasting experience that’s intense, rich, complex and deeply satisfying. Pair it with hearty dishes such as braised meats, risotto, and aged cheeses. For newcomers, exploring a classic Barolo from renowned vineyards like Serralunga d’Alba, Cannubi, or La Morra is an ideal starting point. These bottles encapsulate the terroir’s essence, revealing the profound connection between the land and the wine.

Discovering Barolo is a history-steeped adventure through vineyards, traditions, tastes and food combinations. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a budding enthusiast, this noble elixir holds the promise of a lifelong love affair that gets better with time. And a great place to start is by heading over to Tuscany for a sojourn at Karma Borgo Di Colleoli – besides the excellent native wines, you’ll be able to get your hands on some superb Barolo – just ask at reception for guidance.

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