9 June 2023
Giuseppe Quintarelli
31 March 2021


Vigneti e Cantine

T he centuries-old history of the Oddero family has profoundly influenced the architecture of the farmhouse where our wine cellars are located. Each generation has designed and built a part of the building, adding living-spaces, productive areas, and new hallways. But the central body has remained substantially the same. It is built in the typical “L” plan with a spacious courtyard between the twoarms in the traditional style of historical Langhe farmhouses, facing south. We use wood and stainless steel for aging our wines. For the ageing of Barolo classico and individual MGA vineyards (Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive) of Barbaresco Gallina and Barbera d’Alba or Nizza, we use large oak casks from Austria, Slovenia and France.

The historical cellar of the Oddero winery is located in Santa Maria di La Morra, annexed to the principle living-space. It has two sections: the first is used for vinification, equipped with the most modern enological technology; the second is the 18th century cellar where wines are aged and stored long-term. The new wine cellar is located in Santa Maria di La Morra nearby the historical buildings. It was completed in 2015 and designed using modern techniques of insulation and energy conservation.

This building is the contribution of the new generation of the long Oddero history. The cellar is divided into three sections. The first houses the spacious locale for aging wines in the bottle before they go on the market. The area respects and gives value to the long waiting timesour Barolo wines undergo, especially for the Riserva: five years for Riserva Bussia Vigna Mondoca and a full ten years for Riserva Vignarionda. The second locale, beautifully furnished with repurposed materials, is used for a historical museum. Here, visitors may retrace the centuries-old history of the Oddero family and their vinicultural vocation through an exhibition of antique bottles.

The total surface area of Oddero vineyard property is about 35 hectares, of which 16.5 are cultivated with Nebbiolo for making Barolo and Barbaresco. The family property also includes about 6 hectares of hazelnut trees, the prized Nocciola Piemonte IGP of the Langhe. The new Production Regulations (Disciplinari di Produzione) for Barolo and Barbaresco officially include the codifications for “Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive.” These are geographical areas that are particularly prized for Nebbiolo cultivation. Several of the Oddero winery’s historical vineyard properties enter into this designation, and the names have been used since the 1980s on the labels of our Barolo and Barbaresco wines..