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?


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    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 
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