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 70 hectares in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco and makes wines 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 family has a great passion for full bodied Rosè wines, with great structure and longevity. For this reason, they decided to produce a Rosè from the Langhe area with a selection of Nebbiolo and Syrah grapes, sourced from their family owned vineyards in the village of Treiso.
The grapes are harvested and picked in small baskets. After a very gentle pressing, the fermentation takes place half in stainless steel and half in French oak barriques. Maceration on the skin for a very short period and aged in French oak barriques for almost 1 month with extensive lees contact.
The 2021 vintage was characterised by a cold winter, but temperatures above average in February led to an early budding season in the best-exposed vineyards. The vegetative growth was slowed down by a drop in temperature in April and a rainly May. The hot and dry summer allowed flowering and fruit set within average and the ripening of the grapes was in line with previous vintage. There was a slight quantitive drop compared to 2020 but the quality of the crop was very good.
The wine was named “Rosy” after their founder’s granddaughter. Rosy has glorious amber hues, and on the nose showcases spiced red berries, and touches of mountain herbs. With lively acidity and great structure, the finish is full of spice and red berries.
Excellent as an aperitif, or to accompany dishes with asian spices, or fresh carpaccio.
Serve at 10-12°C.