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The Azienda Agricola Giovanni Sordo is to be found in the heart of the well-known Barolo region,
in the municipality of Castiglione Falletto – just few kilometers away from Alba, in the province of
Cuneo. It’s a family-run winery, now in the capable hands of Giorgio – Giovanni’s son – the third
generation of a family who has been tending and producing wines for more than a century. The
estate was founded in 1912 by the great-father Giuseppe, but the real turn over came with his son
Giovanni who – together with his wife Maria, the real witness of the family’s story – bought several
vineyards of Nebbiolo for Barolo - the Sorì in Piedmontese language – among the best in the Barolo
wine district. The soil of these vineyards – a compact calcareous marl – is rich in micro-nutrients
which – together with the unique microclimate of the Langhe region – creates a perfect environment
for the growing of Nebbiolo grape. It is a vigorous and difficult grape which can give amazing
wines with powerful aromas and great aging potential.
Today the Sordo family owns 53 hectares, spreaded out in the municipalities of Castiglione Falletto,
Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour and Vezza
Sordo is unique: it is the only existing winery which can boast 8 different kinds of Barolo – the crus
– whose vineyards are located in the areas of 5 different municipalities in the Barolo wine district.
Only last generations equipments for the fermentation, storage and bottling are used at Sordo’s,
together with a huge cellar – 111 big barrels from 50 to 120 hl – to ensure a perfect maturation
and aging of the wine.
Big barrels, made with Slavonian oak, are the secret of this centenary winery: this wood – thanks to
its gentle feature – is not invasive with the wine which keeps its authentic taste so that what you will
find in your glass is the real taste of our terroir. This is what tradition means – to carry on an habit
that our ancestors tought us – just like the Sordo family has been doing for more than a 100 years.
Every single step of the production – from the vineyards to the cellar – follows exactly the process
given by the tradition – which has been the mainstay of the family ever since.
Since 2014 Sordo built a new cellar with a amazing tasting room, a showroom – where you can
discover and buy all the amazing wines with all the ranges of Barolo until 1990 – and a production
line completely total automatic accessibile to the visitor.
The experience you will try at Sordo’s is unique: you will discover how we work through a tour into
our cellar. A guide will take you into the Sordo world showing you all the processes of the production
– from the vinification which takes place in the old part of the building to the bottling and
SORDO: 100 YEARS OF BAROLO
We treat our vineyards according to the principles of modern agriculture.
In the vineyards, in between one row to another, we keep some space – where we plant different
kinds of grasses – in order to keep and protect the soil from the run-off and increase the
organic substance in it.
We treat our vineyards with organic materials so we can avoid to use chemical fertilizers and
herbicides. The wines are treated for the most part with sulphurs and copper compounds –
such as Bordeaux mixture – and only in cases of rare necessity other products are used.
We have sorted out the harsh problem of waste water by installing a state-of-the-art phytodepuration
system which returns ground water to the soil – free from polluting substances.
We carry on improving our work by keeping up with the latest researches and we make our best
to defend and protect our Mother Earth.
RESPECT FOR NATURE AND
THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT
stocking – walking through the big Slavonian oak barrels, running down at 12 meters underground
to find the pearl of the family – the magical infernòt, a Piedmontese word which means little dark
cellar where the family jelously keeps the best wines – following the tunnel where big bottle formats
are aging, all the way down to the tasting room – where a breathtaking view on the Langhe is waiting
for you; here you will try our wines and of course the Barolo through guided tastings: we will make
your visit here unforgettable.
Follow us on: www.sordogiovanni.it or write at: firstname.lastname@example.org