Somewhere outside Broni, Lombardy, about 30 miles south of Milan, four hectares of vineyard cling to a very steep slope, surrounded by forest. This is Barbacarlo, a vineyard whose wines have been made by the Maga family since 1886. This is seriously old-school winemaking. The blend is made up of various local varieties, and the wines are fermented in very old, open casks, then bottled unfiltered. These ageworthy, wild wines are unique, authentic and complex. There is very little mature Barbacarlo left now. Try it while you still can.
|Blend||Croatina, Uva Rara and Ughetta|
|Region||Italy > Lombardy|
|Appellation||DOC Oltrepò Pavese|
|Vineyard||The Barbacarlo vineyard is on a particularly steep slope, 300m above sea level. The vines are up to 100 years old.|
|Farming||Organic (not certified)|
|Winemaking||Fermented with ambient yeasts in old wood casks. Unfiltered, the wine often completes its fermentation in bottle.|
|Lifespan||Ages magnificently, for 20-30+ years in good vintages.|
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