This story begins in the mid-1800s when Vincenzo Roagna was one of a small group pioneering winemakers who started producing Barbaresco in the form as we know today, in the town of the same name. The estate has passed through the family and is now run by Luca Roagna, the family’s fifth generation winemaker, and his father Alfredo.
The estate’s traditional and classic style has also been carefully passed between the generations. Roagna is one of Piedmont’s traditional producers and has a reputation for premium quality wines, whilst also being an innovator.
The estate practices organic viticulture and Luca intends to establish full biodiversity in its soil and to follow permaculture principles. Grasses and cover crops that grow between the vines aren’t mowed or ploughed, providing a natural compost for the vines. Luca demonstrates the utmost respect for his land, with old vines, massale selection, and biodiversity at the core of his approach. Roagna’s approach to viticulture is deeply personal and draws inspiration from many sources, from Rudolph Steiner to Masanobu Fukuoka.
The Roagna winemaking approach applies the submerged cap vinification for at least 60 days. This is an incredibly gentle process which results in elegant and finessed wines. This tender, long and slow winemaking approach can see maceration vary in time from 60 to 90 days, depending on the wine and vintage.
Roagna’s wines are released later than most in Piedmont, spending between five and eight years in cask. One of Luca’s most impactful changes to the estate’s winemaking approach was to introduce the highest quality French oak casks that are 10cm thick; twice that of a standard cask. These thicker casks enable an unhurried micro-oxygenation, which enhances the elegance of the finished product.
Long ageing, wild yeast and long macerations capture the essence of their terroir, which is expressed in the bottle. Roagna produces deep, complex and structured wines that are built to age, and cellaring is generously rewarded. These are beguiling, intense and soulful wines.