Liberty Wines boosts its Piemonte portfolio with first Gattinara from Cantine Nervi

Liberty Wines is delighted to welcome the historic Alto Piemonte producer Cantine Nervi - owned by Roberto Conterno of the fabled Giacomo Conterno estate in Barolo - to the Ireland market.

Founded in 1906 by Luigi Nervi, when this part of northern Piemonte had more area under vine than the Langhe, Nervi was acquired by Roberto Conterno in spring 2018. He had previously consulted to the estate since 2014. The property’s 28 hectares of vineyard (22 of which are in production) include some of the prestigious Gattinara DOCG’s prime vineyards and are primarily planted to Nebbiolo (locally called Spanna) on volcanic soils against the backdrop of Monte Rosa.

David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, comments: “Alto Piemonte has a long history of growing Nebbiolo that pre-dates both Barbaresco and Barolo, and Nervi is the region’s oldest winery. Under Roberto’s ownership, we can expect to see this estate develop into one of the best in Piemonte. Roberto’s mark is already present on the Nervi wines and we are excited to offer them to our customers in Ireland.”

Roberto Conterno believes that 2014 is one of the great post-war vintages in Piemonte, explaining that “as a cooler year, it gave wines that were a better expression of Nebbiolo.” The ‘Vigna Molsino’ Gattinara 2014 is made from a selection of grapes from this single vineyard, a south-facing amphitheatre at an altitude of 400-420 metres above sea level, giving a balanced, elegant wine with silky tannins, bright acidity, great length and ageing potential. Roberto did not make a single vineyard wine in the warm 2015 vintage, instead blending and using the fruit from ‘Molsino’ and ‘Valferana’ as a base for the Gattinara 2015, a delicious, open and forward wine.