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January 03, 2020

Vine Plantings Put on Hold in Barolo

Barolo

As the rest of Italy are busy ringing in the new year, a new piece of legislation handed down by the Barolo and Barbaresco Consorzio comes into effect. The Consorzio are a group of producers from the Piedmont region working together to set out rules and regulations in an endeavour to protect the identity of their wines. It was the aligning of local producers in 1908 to create the ‘Certificate of Authentic Origin’ for the region that paved the way for the Consorzio’s formation in 1934. Their latest initiative is likely born from a concern amongst the members that there may be a glut of Barolo wine coming from the region. This could simultaneously dilute the prestige of Barolo and draw attention away from other wines of the region. They have therefore decided to halt all new planting of Nebbiolo vines to produce Barolo for the next three years. Any wines produced from vines planted in this period cannot be labelled as such and would be sold unclassified. What impact this ruling will have on the Barolo market remains to be seen, but when the wines produced over the next three years come to market, we may see a price hike as demand is likely to continue growing organically up to this point and could be met with a sudden reduction in availability of new vintages.