Barbaresco “Rio Sordo” DOCG

Ca’ Rome’ is a family-run winery located in Barbaresco atop the Rabajà hill. It overlooks the seemingly endless vista of gently sloping Langhe hillsides, blanketed in impeccable rows of grapevines. It was established in 1980 by Romano Marengo, along with his wife Olimpia. Their children Giuseppe (known as Pino), Paola, and Maria now run the winery.
The winery manages 5 hectares (12 acres) under vine in Barbaresco and Serralunga d’Alba. The vineyards are cultivated eco-sustainably, with the utmost respect for the territory, under the careful yet ardent eye of Giuseppe, enologist. The family’s signature warmth, sincerity and genuineness come through in their magnificent wines.
The Rio Sordo vineyard – whose name reflects the sunny exposure the small vineyard enjoys – is located in the Barbaresco zone and the soils, known as the “White marl of Saint Agatha” in this vineyard go back to the Tortonian-Messinian period. Rich in elements like manganese, zinc and boron, with fine particles that tend to form easily erodible laminae (silty marl). This unfiltered wine ages twelve months in large Slavonian oak barrels and twelve months in barrique. It is further aged in bottle for at least ten months before release. Complex aromas of licorice and forest berries, cinnamon, cloves and violet lead to full, enveloping tannins and a long fruity finish.

Wine exported to

Japan, USA, Canada, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2017 | Wine & Spirits91
  • 2017 | James Suckling93
  • 2017 | Wine Advocate91
  • 2016 | Vinous Media92
  • 2015 | Vinous93
  • 2014 | Wine Spectator90
  • 2010 | International Wine Cellar89
Grape Varieties:

100% Nebbiolo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

3 weeks

Type of yeast:


Fermentation temperature:

30 °C (86 °F)

Maceration technique:


Length of maceration:

3 weeks

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:

Barrique and casks

Container size:

225 L and 25 hL

Container age:

New and second use

Type of oak:

French (medium toast) and Slavonian

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

24 months

Aging in bottle:

10 months





Vineyard name:

Rio Sordo

Vineyard location:

Barbaresco, Piedmont

Vineyard size:

1.3 hectares (3.21 acres)

Soil composition:

49% clay, 36% silt, 16% sand, with a pH of 8.05.

Vine training:



289-320 meters (948-1,049 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,000 vines per hectare


1.3 kg (2.86 lbs) per vine



Years planted:


Age of vines:

47 years old

Time of harvest:


Total yearly production (in bottles):

Depends on vintage, but only made in good years.

Tasting notes:

The bouquet is ethereal and complex, with touches of wild roses, violets and licorice, resulting in a silky, mouth-filling and structured palate.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Goes perfectly with complex dishes, meat, pasta and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

22-30 years


Alcohol cont. 14.5% by vol.


Giuseppe Marengo