29 Marzo, 2019 IoBevoTanto
I met Claudio Alario at the Barolo, Barbaresco & Roero event organized by the GoWine association; I tasted some of his wines but above all I met a DOC producer, a person who aspires to himself, his company and his wines. Claudio works in the vineyard and in the cellar, assisted by the Alario family in full. I thought about asking him some questions: here is what he told me!
Hello Claudio! Can you briefly introduce us to the company?
The company is family-run with a 10 hectare park, we manage every aspect of production internally, from the vineyard to the cellar.
How many bottles do you produce annually?
The bottles produced annually are 45,000 divided between three Dolcetti (Sorì di Montagrillo, Sorì Costa Fiore and Sorì Pradurent), a Barbera, a Nebbiolo, two Baroli.
How many people work in the company and what are their tasks?
Only family members work in the company: all of them take care of the management of the vineyard, the cellar and sales.
As you recently explained to me, your seven products follow seven different processes instead of standardizing production. Has it always been like this? Why did you choose this line?
We decided to vinify each vineyard individually from the beginning in order to preserve the characteristics of each single vineyard and with different vinifications we try to preserve the great quality of the grapes brought to the cellar.
What is your favorite vintage from 2000 to today?
From 2000 to today there have been several great vintages, but one above all perhaps 2004, both for the great quality of the grapes that it has brought to cellars as in others (I remember 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 , 2016, 2017, 2018) and because in 2004 it was the first harvest of Barolo Sorano that still today, every time I taste it, it gives me great emotions (and how to blame it, ed)!
How do you think the year 2019 will be?
The 2019 vintage is currently looking positive even if the accounts are made in October: for now it is certainly good.
I know it’s difficult, but which product satisfies you most? And which one do you drink most often?
I don’t have a favorite wine because I invest the same job from Dolcetto to Barolo: the idea I have in mind is to create a line of high-level products, without compromise.
How do you imagine the future of the company?
I see the future of my company rosy, my children Matteo and Francesco have joined the company and I try to pass on all my knowledge and experiences to them, and there is a great interest and desire on their part.
I thank Claudio Alario for the interview, with the hope of going to the cellar and seeing a company live that will only improve, year after year.
Azienda Agricola Alario Claudio Via Santa Croce, 23, 12055 Diano d’Alba CN, Italia