Cosimo Commisso shares one of his latest favourites from a sprawling Italian winery
This sprawling winery in Alba, Italy, has been around since 1881, and while it has greatly expanded since — it now consists of over 130 acres of vineyard in the area — it hasn’t lost its old-time winemaking traditions that instill its every bottle with authentic Italian taste and craftsmanship. The integrity behind the brand alone is enough to make this winery Cosimo Commisso-approved, but the wine itself is something you can’t afford to miss.
My favourite selection from Pio Cesare is the “Fides” Barbera d’Alba D.O.C. 2013, which one wine critic has claimed to be “perhaps the greatest Fides ever made.” He’s not kidding: this sumptuous elixir bursts with the essence of fresh, ripe fruit and boasts depth and harmonious flavours. It is crafted from the grapes from Pio Cesare’s “Colombaro” vineyard near the famous Ornato Estate in Serralunga d’Alba. “Fides” is Latin for “faith and trust” — a fitting name for the wine, since it took the Pio family quite the leap of faith and trust to plant Barbera in a vineyard, where a great Barolo could have been produced instead. All I can say is that the wine lovers of the world are glad they took that leap.