Vietti is a name that you may recognize from Italian wine lists at upscale restaurants around the world. This winery is located under the city of Castiglione Falletto in Piemonte, and crafts single-vineyard wines from all over Piemonte. As you drive through the windy roads of the town of Castiglion Falletto, you’ll find a large gate. Just behind that is a beautiful modern tasting room along with a historic cellar that winds down under the city walls and its famous castle.
The Vietti family transformed their family farm into a winery in 1919. The family emigrated to the United States through Massachusetts, and then later returned to Italy. This gave them a unique opportunity and perspective to work to distribute widely in the United States. They produce a wide range of Piemontese wines including Roero Arneis, Moscato d’Asti, Barbera d’Alba, Barbra d’Asti, Barolo, and Nebbiolo.
Vietti labels are beautifully illustrated and haven’t changed for years. There’s no correspondence to the item pictured on the label to the wine, but the iconic designs make them easily recognizable. Vietti also offers a variety of tours and tastings. Many of the wineries we visit are small and closed to the public, but this would be a wonderful tour to book on your own. Owner, Elena gave us a small private tour of the cellars that included a unique opportunity to go into their caves deep within the castle walls.
Depending on the tour you choose, you may taste a variety of traditional Barolos, and even a few older vintages. We visited on Thanksgiving and spent the evening in Alba with owners Lucca and Elena and their friends. They took us to one of their favorite restaurants, Locanda Cortiletto in Alba, and opened bottles of old vintages paired with dishes of anchovies and traditional roasted rabbit. It was a lovely experience to meet new friends in Italy on an American holiday and to reflect on what we can be thankful for looking forward to the year to come.
Vietti, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 5 – Castiglione Falletto (Cn) Italy, +39.0173.62825