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Ernesto Dellapiana is known to say: “I have a crazy love for the earth.” Born in Alba, Italy in 1940 his passion for the land of the Langhe and winemaking drove him to reclaim a historic lost family property named Cascina Boito in 1984, the purchase of the Villa Manzola farm in 1997, and further acres of vineyard land in Treiso, Neive and Neviglie through 2016.

In 2004, following his older sister Jole, Enrico Dellapiana joined Rizzi as winemaker. He graduated from the University of Turin with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology. Enrico strives to make wines that are “alive”; clean, pure and elegant. As talented a painter as he is a winemaker, Enrico designs the Barbaresco Rizzi Riserva Boito labels for each vintage and hand paints each individual label for the limited magnum production of this special wine. His creative passions shine through in both his winemaking and artistic sensibilities.

Almost directly south of the classic town of Barbaresco lie the rolling hills of Treiso, a land steeped in Piedmont history. The Cascina Rizzi estate, one of the largest and most interesting in the Barbaresco area, is comprised of 40 total hectares (98.84 acres) located primarily in this famous Trieso zone. Elevation ranges between 200m and 430m (656ft and 1410.76ft), with 20 hectares (49.42 acres) of Nebbiolo planted. The vines produce elegant and sophisticated wines from the vineyard crus Rizzi (from which a Riserva Vigna Boito is also born), Pajoré, Nervo, Manzola, Giacone, and Bricco di Neive. An additional 20 hectares (49.42 acres) of the estate produce Langhe Nebbiolo, Dolceto D’Alba, Barbera D’Alba and Moscato D’Asti from vineyards in the nearby zone of Neviglie.

It is impossible to visit this very special zone of Barbaresco without traversing the impressive, steep, vine-clad hills of Treiso and partaking in the warm hospitality of their peoples. Their protection of this idyllic environment and the validation of the region and its estates are essential guidelines for the continued growth and work of the Rizzi winery and the Dellapiana family.

 

 

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) Treiso, Neive, Neviglie
Proprietors Enrico Dellapiana
Founded 1974
Winemaker Enrico Dellapiana
Annual Production Between 7,500 to 9,000 9L cases

VINEYARDS

The township of Treiso sits at 410 meters above sea level with 35% of their total vineyard acreage planted to Nebbiolo. This zone, particularly that known as the Southern Sector, boasts a cooler climate and steeper vineyards than many of the Barbaresco appellation’s towns and is home to the historic vineyard crus of Rizzi, Nervo and Pajoré.  Within the cru Rizzi rests the important Vigna Boito, one of only three officially named vineyards in this township.  Steep, terraced vineyards, primarily south and southwest facing, are comprised of the white, sandy soils typical of this zone; one exception is the hilltop Vigna Boito which showcases more clay soils reminiscent of the Barbaresco zone.  The estate’s current vineyard practices include the use of cover crop following objectives outlined by “The Green Experience” designed to guide sustainability and to help produce wines respectful to the traditions of the zone.

WINERY

Reacquired by the family and rebuilt in 1973 with enlarged storerooms, aging and processing facilities. Ernesto Dellapiana, considered an innovator in the viticulture field, was amongst the first in the Langhe in 2006 to install a photovoltaic system on the roofs of the farm for the production of electricity to power the estate.  The estate went through another modernization in 2014 with the construction of storage facilities and the addition of cement storage tanks, the preferred resting method for the wines and one that Enrico feels compliments their aging in the cellar in 50HL (5000L) Austrian-produced Slavonian oak barrels.

 

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Total = 106.25 acres / 38 ha
Barbaresco Rizzi Nebbiolo Planted 1967, 2013 white marl clayey- calcareous, alternated by sand 29.7 acres / 12 ha
Barbaresco Nervo Nebbiolo Planted 1974, 1997, 2005 white marl clayey- calcareous, alternated by sand 9.39 acres / 3.8 ha
Barbaresco Pajoré Nebbiolo Planted 1965, 2008 white marl clayey- calcareous 7.41 acres / 3 ha
Barbaresco Rizzi Riserva “Boito” Nebbiolo Planted 1972, 1995 white marl clayey- calcareous 4.94 acres / 2 ha
Langhe Nebbiolo Nebbiolo Planted 1976, 2005, 2012 white marl clayey- calcareous 5.44 acres / 2.2 ha
Barbera D’Alba Barbera Planted 1965, 1971, 2008 white marl clayey- calcareous, alternated by sand 5.44 acres / 2.2 ha
Dolcetto D’Alba Dolcetto Planted 1976, 1981 white marl clayey- calcareous, alternated by sand 4.94 acres 2 ha
Moscato D’Asti Moscato Bianco Planted 1978, 2013 white marl clayey- calcareous 27.18 acres /  11 ha