Topic of the Week 2/14/2019 - Master

Pu'er prophecies last week from , , and . Gold star to for an especially thorough job!

This week: Beppe Colla

Who was he? What were his significant contributions to a region that we all love so much?


  • He started at Bonardi in Piedmont at 19.  Then started Prunotto and sold it to Antinori in 1990.  Started another property Poderi Colla after that.  

    Along with Ratti and Cavalotto plotted the boundaries of Barolo in the 60's.  He was also instrumental in introducing crus to Barolo, one of the first producing recognizing and using them on labels. He was also very careful of over-extraction of Nebbiolo.

    He passed away in January at the age of 88.


    A “founding father” of Barolo who favoured fruit and soil taste over technology.

    • He made the first cru Barolos and Barbarescos
    • 1956 - took over at Prunotto (until Marchese Antinori in 1987)

    • At Prunotto, he used the first stainless steel fermenters in the Alba area

    • 1961 - he bottled the first range of single - vineyard wines: Barolo Bussia, Barbaresco Montestefano, Nebbiolo Valmaggio, Barbera d’Alba Pian Romualdo, Dolcetto d’Alba Cagnassi, Freisa Ciabot del prete

      • With Renato Ratti and a few other like-minded individuals, he founded the Ordine dei Cavalieri de Tartufo e dei Vini d’Alba, a group that is widely credited with having spurred the modern revival of Piedmontese gastronomy
      • Barolo: Cannubi a Barolo, Brunate a La Morra, Bussia a Monforte, Rocche di Castiglione a Castiglione Falletto, Vigna Rionda a Serralunga, Ginestra a Monforte
      • Barbaresco: Montestefano a Barbaresco, Rabajà a Barbaresco, Gallina a Neive, Rizzi a Treiso, Roncaglie a Barbaresco
      • Favorite wines he produced during the time at Prunotto he singles out: Barolo Bussia 1961/1971/1982; Barbaresco 1964/1971/1978; 1961 Dolcetto d’Alba Caramelli; 1967 Nebbiolo d’Alba Occhetti; and 1971 Barbera d’Alba Pian Romualdo
      • Worked with his son Tino and daughter Federica who started Poderi Colla