Gazing out over the hills of Barolo from the belvedere of Verduno, Fabio Alessandria points out Monvigliero as well as Verduno’s lesser-known crus. Besides two hectares in the former, his family has vineyards in Breri, Rocche dell’Olmo, Boscatto and Neirane.
It’s a mild sunny morning in mid-November. All is quiet as Piedmont has been declared a red zone – again. Normally the park would be buzzing with tourists and kids. ‘I spent my youth playing ball here,’ says Fabio. The fifth-generation winemaker at GB Burlotto, he is deeply rooted in Verduno.
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One of Barolo’s historic names, Giovan Battista Burlotto was born in 1842. He inherited a working farm from an uncle when he was just a young boy and decided to focus exclusively on viticulture and winemaking. ‘At that time in Piedmont, this was very uncommon,’ recounts Fabio. A true pioneer, Giovan Battista sold by the bottle rather than the cask, and his esteemed wines were even sent to the Royal House of Savoy.