On October 3rd it was decided by the Council of State in Italy that the four vineyards surrounding the famous and historic vineyard in the Barolo area, Cannubi, can use the Barolo name on their label. This will expand the Cannubi area from 37 acres to now 84 acres. This has some of the local vineyard land owners, 11 of them, disgruntled due to their ownership of land in the original territory and the level of prestige and quality associated with the original Cannubi territory. Now the additional four vineyards, Boschis, Muscatel, Valletta and San Lorenzo, will be able to use the Cannubi name as well on their labels.
I'll be discussing more about Barolo, nebbiolo and this territory in an upcoming blog when I share some of my experiences meeting some of the winemakers of this region, in particular Carlo Giacosa, Damilano and Fratelli Ravello. Stay tuned!