WorldWine Blog

2012-05-31

Aldo Conterno, pioneer of modern Barolo, has died at the age of 80

Yesterday, at the age of 80, Aldo Conterno, one of the pioneers of modern Barolo, has died. Aldo was third generation of an old Monfortino wine dynasty but made his first professional experiences in California, where he had been sent to in the 1950ies to help his oncle set up a winery in the Napa Valley. The early dead of his uncle and a call to arms during the Korean War put a rapid end to these plans. At the end of the decade, Aldo returned to his native Piedmont where he worked with his brother Giovanni, a declared traditionalist and father of the world famous Barolo Monfortino. At the end of the 1960, though, the differences between the traditionalist and the modern thinking Aldo became unsurmountable and Aldo bought the Cascina Favot to found his own winery. In the following decades he created number of monuments of the Barolo winemaking: Cicala, Bussia Soprana, Colonello or Granbussia. Still today wines like the 1982 Gran Bussia and Bussia Soprana or the 1999 Colonello are unforgettable. His Nebbiolo Il Favot was a pioneer work for the barrel ageing of the Nebbiolo grape, and his Conca Tre Pile was the first barrel aged Barbera at all. His work will be continued by the sons Giacomo, Stefano and Franco who had supported their father for many years already.

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