Barolo Ginestra “Vigna Sori Ginestra” DOCG

The Conterno Fantino winery is located atop a hill overlooking the historic village of Monforte d’Alba, with an extraordinary view that extends all the way to the Alps. Founded in 1982 by two friends – Guido Fantino and Claudio Conterno – the winery makes its wines knowing they have been blessed with great heritage in the form of land and vineyards, that go hand and hand with the culture and traditions of the area. In seeking to attain the highest possible quality from these invaluable resources, they pay great attention to the entire production process, carefully adapting to the climactic conditions of each growing season, with particular attention to the different characteristics of each individual cru. Environmental sustainability, preserving biodiversity, and respect for the land and heritage are the guiding principles in their vineyards, which are organically cultivated (as certified by CCPB).

Sori` Ginestra is Conterno Fantino’s flagship wine. The vineyard is located in the Ginestra district on one of the most important hills in Monforte, if not Barolo itself. It is the thoroughbred of Barolos, and fully reflects its terroir. Located 340 meters (1,115 feet) above sea level, it absolutely benefits from southern exposure, which affords the vines warm sunlight from morning to night. The soil is not sandy, but a bit more compact. The wines from this vineyard are bigger, with much more body, structure and tannins. The older part of this vineyard was planted in 1971, giving the wine its unique elegance and complexity.

Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2017 | Vinous94
  • 2016 | Wine & Spirits93
  • 2016 | James Suckling96
  • 2016 | Wine Advocate98
  • 2016 | Vinous Media94
  • 2014 | Wine Spectator94
  • 2012 | Gambero Rosso3 Bicchieri
  • 2011 | Wine Enthusiast92
  • 2010 | Decanter90
  • 2010 | International Wine Cellar94
Grape Varieties:

100% Nebbiolo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

12-15 days

Type of yeast:

Spontaneous indigenous yeast

Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Rotating paddles

Length of maceration:

12-15 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:

oak barrels

Container age:

First and second use

Type of oak:

Allier /Troncais

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

24 months

Aging in bottle:

12 months


Natural Cork



Vineyard name:

Vigna Sori' Ginestra

Vineyard location:

Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont

Vineyard size:

2.3 hectares (5 acres)

Soil composition:

27% sand, 51% silt and 22% clay

Vine training:



340 to 360 meters (1,115-1180 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

4,500-5,000 per ha


5.5 - 6 tons per hectare



Years planted:

1971, 1982, 1988

Age of vines:

40 years old

Time of harvest:


First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):

10,000 -12,000

Tasting notes:

Deep garnet red with ruby highlights, with a rich, fruity and persistent bouquet of rose petals, brushwood and blackberries and a full-bodied, luscious, and austere palate.

Serving temperature:

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

Food pairings:

A wonderful accompaniment to meat, pasta and aged cheese. A nice complement to rabbit stewed in red wine.

Aging potential:

10-30 years


Alc. cont 13.5% by vol.


Guido and Fabio Fantino