Since 1856, the Germano family has seen four generations of devotion to both their viticulture and excellent wine production. The estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d'Alba named "Cerretta", a hill with a wide winegrowing area facing South, South-West. Germano’s 6.6 hectares of vineyards are dedicated to the cultivation of Chardonnay, Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo, while a smaller area is reserved for Riesling and the indigenous white grape Nascetta. The Germano family is blessed with some of the very best vineyards, owning vines in Lazzarito (a true grand cru), Cerretta, Prapò and now, thanks to an inheritance, even the legendary Vigna Rionda, which many experts consider the single greatest Barolo vineyard of all. Sergio and his wife Elena manage the estate from viticultural to winemaking to sales. Sergio’s wines have steadily improving for the last decade, and today we are proud to represent one of the most talented winemakers from Piedmont. Having all of his red vineyards situated within Serralunga, enables Sergio to make characteristically powerful, muscular and intense wines, that are the biggest, richest and most long-lived of all Barolo.
The grapes are picked by hand, brought to the cellar in small boxes and with a pressed slowly and delicately to obtain a pale pink colour. 80% of juce is fermented in stainless steel, 20% in 3 and 4 year old wooden barrels. In the following May the still wines are blended and prepared for the secondary fermentation. The fermentation in bottle lasts about 3-4 months, with a further ageing on the lees of at least 18 months. The wine is then disgorged and topped up with sparkling wine only, without adding any ‘liqueur.’ The wine is then left for three or four months following disgorgement before it is ready for release. The wine has an pale pink colour, with a fine and persistent perlage. The aromas are reminiscent of red fruits, yeast, together with floral notes of roses. In the mouth, the entry is full and fresh, the fine bubbles giving the wine a creamy texture and a long, a long, refreshing finish.