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About this Episode

Valentina Abonna talks about the generational family-owned and operated vineyard, Marchesi de Barolo. She shares the genesis of the Barolo wine (also known as the king of wines and wine of kings) that dates back to the 1600s, and is birthed from a love story when a young bride was brought to the village and decided that a quality wine was needed, long before the Piedmont region was recognized as a wine region. The family has owned the winery and vineyard since and still uses barrels that date back to the 1800s.

Key points include:

  • The difference between Barolos and barbarescos

  • What makes Barolos unique

  • Innovation and the future of the winery


Transcript: Marchesi di Barolo Winery, Piedmont

Marchesi di Barolo Winery, Piedmont

RT: Hello and Welcome to CorkRules! 

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Welcome to today’s podcast with my special guest,  Valentina Abbona, sixth generation to head the iconic Marchesi di Barolo winery from Piedmont.

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RT: It was a pleasure meeting you in Aspen at the Food and Wine Classic. Let’s start by telling us about the history of Marchesei di Barolo. Is it true your are the home to first Barolo, winery dates back to 1800’s, tell us about the love story that born Barolo


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RT:  What about Thomas Jefferson Barolo and piedmont?


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RT: Tell us when your family bought it, I can feel your passion and soul in the wine, talk about your parents Ernesto and Anna. How you all work together. Role model your mother is?


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RT: Let’s talk about you and your journey into wine.


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RT: Alright now let’s talk about your wines.


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RT: Tell us difference between Barolo vs Barbaresco? What makes your wine unique in Barolo?


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RT: What are you most proud of with your wine making?


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RT: Let’s talk about what you’re showing now? Vintages-releases.


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RT: Which wine is your favorite? Do you remember the wine that touched your soul?



RT: In my research I can feel your commitment to history but also innovation in wine making, please about it?


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RT: What does the future hold with weather, the industry, what are you seeing?


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RT: Do you see changes in the consumers? How do we get more young people into wine?




RT: Valentine, Thank you so much joining us here on CorkRules sharing your journey, some fabulous wines. We are so humbled to have you. 


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