Some of Italy’s finest reds undoubtedly come from Barolo and Barbaresco, Piedmont’s superstar appellations often compared to the greatest crus of Burgundy. Just as with their French counterparts, the demand for Piedmontese elegant and age-worthy wines has only been growing and so have the prices, yet there remains a producer which consistently offers great value along with high quality and that is Produttori del Barbaresco, “one of Italy’s ultimate values for money,” according to Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate, and a terrific source for Barbaresco that rival the best made in Piedmont” as described by Robert Parker.

Antonio Galloni of Vinous has awarded Produttori’s 2017 Barbaresco with 94 points, urging wine lovers not to miss this “inviting and expressive wine”. The result of a warm vintage, it shows, as noted by Galloni “an extra kick of richness that fills out its frame and adds so much immediacy. Sweet red berry fruit, cinnamon, rose petal and mint are open in the glass, but it is the wine’s seductive radiance that wins the day.” While Piedmont cognoscenti are still waiting for the epic 2016 Barbaresco Riservas to be released by Produttori, this is a wonderful wine to enjoy right now: “readers will want to have the 2017 Barbaresco in the cellar,” says Galloni. Offered at just £22.50 per bottle it is an absolute steal with a fantastic price over points ratio of 19.

Produttori del Barbaresco traces its history all the way back to 1894, when Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba and a Barbaresco resident, gathered together nine local vineyard owners to create the first cooperative in the area, the Cantine Sociali. The cooperative was forced to close in the 1930’s because of fascist economic rules, and revived in 1958 by the priest of the village of Barbaresco who realised that the only way the small properties could survive was by joining their efforts. The new union was named Produttori del Barbaresco and produced its first vintages in the church basement until the winery across the square was built where the Produttori are still located. Today Produttori del Barbaresco, as Greg Sherwood, MW, puts it “is the greatest red wine Co-operative in the world! It is also one of the most innovative, consistent and highly acclaimed producers in Piedmont, making exquisite traditional Barbarescos that are among the best examples of the appellation.” Led by the talented Aldo Vacca, the cooperative is joined by 51 vignerons and covers more than 100 hectares of Nebbiolo vineyards in the Barbaresco appellation. Each family is in full control of its land, growing Nebbiolo grapes with centuries old skill and dedication. While their Riservas and their single-vineyard wines remain some of the most sought-after Piedmontese reds, their Barbaresco, as well Langhe Nebbiolo are wonderful expressions offering grace and complexity at an astonishing price.