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Elio Altare, Piedmont

In my opinion, one of the benchmarks of a truly great estate is exceptionally high, uncompromising quality across the board. Altare is without question one of those properties where every wine is well worth the effort of seeking out.
- Antonio Galloni

Elio Altare is universally acknowledged to be one of the world's greatest winemakers. Altare was a leader of the revolution in cellar and vineyard technique in the Barolo zone and the resulting wines, from Dolcetto to Barbera to Barolo, are often considered to be the ultimate expressions of the soft, fragrant and lush qualities characteristic of the commune of La Morra, and today Altare is mentor to many of the younger generation of La Morra 'Barolisti'.

"These new releases find Elio Altare at the top of his game. What else is new? Actually, quite a bit. These days, it’s Altare’s daughter, Silvia, who is increasingly running the show while Altare spends more time on his passion projects in Liguria and the rustic hillsides in western Piedmont, where Altare is now making Castelmagno, arguably Piedmont’s most famous cheese. Over the last thirty years, so much has been made about Altar’s innovative approach to winemaking than his decidedly artisan approach to farming has completely been overlooked. Altare keeps some of the most detailed notes on growing conditions of anyone I visit in Piedmont, so his observations are especially worth taking into account."
- Antonio Galloni, March 2016

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