The Modest Merchant
Piedmont Azienda Ghiomo, established in the early C19th, takes its name from the Ghiomo farmhouse - formerly a monastery - in Guarene, in the heart of the Roero just 3 kms from Alba. Here the 10 hectare, 40,000 bottle-a-year winery is run and managed by viticulturist Giuseppino. The vineyards lie at the foot of the Roero hills and enjoy similar characteristics, terroir and altitude to those of La Morra, in the heart of Barolo. The soils are rich in grey marl, clay, and a little sand, which enables Giuseppino to make expressive wines with great texture and precision. Here, across his 5 vineyards: Croera, Fussot, Granda, Lavai, Rivet he grows only the three key native Piemonte varieties; Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Arneis. In 1999 he turned a corner in his winemaking and decided to stop trying to make the wines he wanted but instead the wines which best expressed the land he has.