This historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. The winery is based in Alba, in the heart of Piemonte and is now run by Federica Boffa and Cesare Benvenuto, the fifth generation of the family. Pio Cesare developed Barolo’s reputation overseas in the 1950s by being one of the first producers to export the wine to the UK. The founder’s great grandson Pio Boffa was deeply convinced of the importance of cultivating and growing owned land to produce high quality wines and played a key role in the acquisition of vineyards in the same locations where Cesare Pio used to buy his grapes from. Today Pio Cesare owns 80 hectares located in several premium hill-side positions, selected for the exposure, soil composition and microclimate in the Barolo and Barbaresco regions. The wines are made in a style that manages to balance the best of the old with the best of the new. The estate includes most of the municipalities in the Barolo and Barbaresco areas.
The grapes for this wine come from old vines in selected vineyards in Santa Vittoria d’Alba, in Neviglie and in Trezzo Tinella.
The grapes are picked by hand and then gently pressed. The juice undergoes partial fermentation in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures and under pressure. After partial fermentation the wine stays in stainless steel tanks with extensive lees contact followed by short bottle age.
The 2022 vintage faced significant agricultural challenges due to a lack of soil water reserves, especially during winter and spring. Early-season rainfall was limited, and a warm spring accelerated vine growth. Summer brought intense heat, causing flowering to occur ten days early. Rainfall was primarily concentrated in the summer months, benefiting the vineyards. Preparations in May and June helped the soil absorb this much-needed moisture. To safeguard plant health, strategies like careful green management, leaf protection for bunches, and green harvesting were implemented. These efforts resulted in robust vine growth, ensuring the vines were in excellent condition at harvest, with healthy, balanced grapes.
Aromas of stone fruit with citrus and honey. The palate is semi-sweet with a delicate fizz and attractive apricot flavours. Produced in very limited quantity.
Excellent accompaniment to cake or fruit based desserts.
Serve at 10-12°C.
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