Cantina Pio Cesare
Among the pioneers of quality Italian wine, Pio Cesare (Cesare is the first name and Pio is the last name).
He started making Barolo and Barbaresco in 1881, in the wineries of historic downtown Alba where the company seat still lies today – giving them a style which even now at the fifth generation the Pio family faithfully preserves. It avails of an entire 70 ha of company-owned vineyards in particularly prestigious positions – in the hills of Barbaresco in Treiso and in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio and Barolo in Serralunga, Manforte, la Morra, Grinzane and Novello. The family has always been an advocate of the wines of the Langhe in the world, continuing to produce them staying true to their own style and with a strictness that respects the grape varieties, their terroirs and their traditional flavours, of which it is a guarantor.
The Pio Cesare wineries are the only ones which have remained in historic downtown Alba. Recently renovated, they are crossed and bounded by the ancient Roman city walls. Without a doubt they are among the most important historical buildings in the territory.
Pio Boffa, the fourth generation of the family, is currently at the head of the company, alongside his cousin Augusto Boffa and nephew Cesare Benvenuto Pio (the fifth generation of the family), and awaits the addition of his daughter Federica Rosy who is finishing her studies.
As may be deduced by the exclusivity and the position of these wineries, here tours and tastings are not exactly the order of the day. Formally closed to the public, Pio Cesare grants a few exceptions from time to time.
Barolo DOCG “Ornato”
Barbaresco DOCG “Il Bricco”
Barbera d’Alba DOC “Fides”
Chardonnay Langhe DOC “Piodilei”
Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
Il Nebbio Langhe DOC
Barbera d’Alba DOC
Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese DOC Langhe Freisa DOC Gavi DOCG Langhe Arneis DOC Chardonnay Piemonte DOC “L’altro” Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Via Cesare Balbo 6
Tel. +39 0173 440386
The city’s most important sites are just around the corner from the winery: from the Gothic Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Duomo di Alba, to the walkway over the ruins in piazza Pertinace, where the Roman temple of Alba Pompeia once stood, to the “Federico Eusebio” City Museum of Archaeology and Natural Sciences. Here the restaurants, from the most traditional to the avant-garde in cuisine, the wine bars and the stores with truffles and exclusive products from the territory tell the story of the other part of this city’s history – that of food and wine
The winery has long been in the most important guides with high ratings
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