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Cascina Adelaide, Piedmont

With vineyards in some of the best sites, including Preda and Cannubi, Cascina Adelaide produce outstanding Cru Barolos.

After a highly successful engineering career, Amabile Droco achieved his lifetime's ambition when he purchased an old farmhouse and the accompanying vineyards in the heart of the village of Barolo in 1999.

The employment of a top new winemaking team and the construction of an incredible new subterranean winery had a predictably positive effect on the quality of the wines produced. What really sets Cascina Adelaide apart however, is their vineyard holdings and their commitment to demonstrating the diversity of the terroirs within the Barolo DOCG.

Cascina Adelaide has been a working winery with its own "Cru" vineyards for over 100 years. They now own top sites in eight out of the 10 Barolo "Crus" with plans to get to 10 as and when the right sites become available.

With vineyards in some of the best sites, including Preda and Cannubi, there was always the potential to produce great fruit but with reduced yields, improved viticulture and some replanting, this potential is now being realised and fruit quality is fantastic.

A horizontal tasting of the wines demonstrates the clearly defined characteristics of each of the vineyards in terms of fruit concentration, elegance and the structure of the tannins enabling the taster to appreciate not only the quality of the whole range but also which style is their own individual preference.

Journalists been quick to recognise the fantastic quality of the wines with a number of the wines awarded 95 points from Wine Spectator as well as consistently coming out on top in Decanter tastings.