Located in Annunziata, a tiny hamlet near the historic commune of La Morra, Renato Molino is one of the few truly “old school” Barolo winemakers remaining in Piedmont.
The cantina was founded by Renato’s grandfather Luigi, who bought the estate back in 1926. Nearly 100 years on and not much has changed. Renato, his wife Maddalena and their four daughters Chiara, Grazia, Lucia and Olimpia follow the same winemaking traditions as their ancestors with meticulous care of the vineyards and minimal intervention in the cellar.
The family produce a small quantity of two Barolo wines. The straight Barolo is made with select grapes from their holdings in Villero (Castiglione Falletto) and Rocche dell’Annunziata (La Morra). From the best grapes of their 50 years old vineyard in Rocche dell’Annunziata, Renato crafts a stunning single cru Barolo. The family also make a young and vibrant Nebbiolo-based Vino Rosso called Spluva.
The work in the cellar is traditional. The grapes are strictly selected by hand and gently pressed before going through a slow maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats. Ageing takes place in 10-40hl used Slavonian oak “botti”.
Renato’s wines are classy and elegant wines typified by their delicacy and unadulterated expression of terroir. The total production is approximately 7,000 bottles, but varies depending on the vintage.
Ultravino is the UK exclusive importer
Barolo Docg, Rocche dell’Annunziata
Spluva Vino Rosso