Barbera d’Alba “La Gamberaja” DOC

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.
This small, south-facing vineyard of only .6 hectares (1.5 acres ) enjoys a beneficial position with an altitude of 270-320 meters (890-1,050 feet) above sea level. And in fact, it is a bright and sprightly Barbera featuring ripe black berries, refreshing acidity and lovely tannins. Aged twelve months in large Slavonian oak barrels and eight months in barrique. Further aged in bottle for at least eight months.

Wine exported to

Japan, USA, Canada, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2015 | James Suckling91
  • 2011 | Wine Advocate90
Grape Varieties:

100% Barbera

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:

20 months

Aging in bottle:

10 months





Vineyard name:

La Gamberaja

Vineyard location:

Barbaresco, Piedmont

Soil composition:

Calcareous marl

Vine training:



350-371 meters (1148-1217 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,000 vines per hectare


1.3 kg (2.86 lbs) per vine



Years planted:


Age of vines:

35 years old

Time of harvest:


Total yearly production (in bottles):

Depends on vintage, but it only made in good vintages

Tasting notes:

Crimson red with dark ruby highlights and a complex, elegant bouquet reminiscent of blackberries and spices confirmed on a full, fresh, flavorful palate with a consistent, lingering finish.

Serving temperature:

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

Food pairings:

Goes perfectly with meat, pasta and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

22-30 years


Alcohol cont. 14.5% by volume; dry extract: 31.9 g/l; total acidity: 6.0 g/l; residual sugar: 2.2; pH 3.5


Giuseppe Marengo